Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes

Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish (Windham Sisters, #1)
Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes

The blurb:
All she wants is peace and anonymity. . . Lady Sophie Windham has maneuvered a few days to herself at the ducal mansion in London before she must join her family for Christmas in Kent.  Suddenly trapped by a London snowstorm, she finds herself with an abandoned baby and only the assistance of a kind, handsome, stranger standing between her and complete disaster.

But Sophie's holiday is about to heat up. With his estate in ruins, Vim Charpentier sees little to feel festive bout this Christmas. His growing attraction for Sophie Wiindham is the only thing that warms his spirits.  But when Sophie's brothers whisk her away, Vim's most painful holiday memories are reawakened.

It seems Sophie's been keeping secrets, and now it will take much more than a mistletoe kiss to make her deepest wishes come true. . . .

A duke's daughter with a heart of gold, Sophie's grown up protected by privilege, wealth and her loving family.  She's also a bit of soft touch. When their maid runs off leaving her baby with Lady Sophie at a stagecoach station, Sophie is at a loss.  It's fortunate for her that the young Vim Charpentier knows quite a lot about babies and helps her.  Sophie somehow invites him to her family London home and as he helps with the baby Kit, Sophie offers him shelter from the storm.  Without having made arrangements for a place to stay in London, Vim agrees against his better judgment. He finds himself drawn to the mysterious Sophie who appears to be a trusted servant, possibly a housekeeper.  As he teachers her how to care for the baby,  they fall in love.

Add to the mix a mutual desire for anonymity,  a case of mistaken identities, lack of caution and judgment.  Things take a turn when Sophie's three brothers appear and Vim learns her true identity.  Though Vim has a title of his own, he never expected to woo a duke's daughter.

Full of missed chances and misunderstandings, these star-crossed lovers make for a fun read.

ISBN-10: 1402261543 - $7.99
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (October 1, 2011), 416 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes's debut novel, The Heir, was named one of Publishers Weekly's Top Five Romances for 2010, and the sequel, The Soldier, was named one of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Romances for Spring 2011.  Both are New York Times and USA Today bestsellers.  As the final book in The Duke's Obsession trilogy, The Virtuoso, hits the shelves, Grace will be hard at work in the remaining stories of the 5 Windham sisters, of which Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish is the first.

Grace is a practicing attorney specializing in child welfare law.  She lives and works in rural Maryland.  She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached through her website at graceburrowes.com or through email at graceburroughs at yahoo.com or her fan page on Facebook.

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