Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.3 in
Published: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Gallery Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451642466
ISBN - 13: 9781451642469
About the Book
Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, is estranged from his mother. When his mother's new companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart, writes to tell him that his mother is seriously ill, he goes home. But when he learns that the lovely widow tricked him in order to effect a holiday reconciliation, he refuses to stay.
Read from the Book
1 December 1826 T hirty-one-year-old Pierce Waverly, Earl of Devonmont, sat at the desk in the study of his London town house, going through the mail as he waited for his current mistress to arrive, when one letter came to the top, addressed in a familiar hand. An equally familiar pain squeezed his chest, reminding him of that other letter years ago. What a naive fool he’d been. Even though he had grown bigger and stronger, even though he’d become the kind of son Father had always claimed to want, he’d never been allowed home again. He’d spent every school holiday—Christmas, Easter, and summer—at Waverly Farm. And after Titus Waverly and his wife had died unexpectedly in a boating accident when Pierce was thirteen, Titus’s father, General Isaac Waverly, had returned from the war to take over Waverly Farm and Titus’s orphaned children. Even though Pierce hadn’t received a single letter from his parents in five years, he’d still been certain that he would finally be sent home—but no. Whatever arrangement Titus had made with Pierce’s parents was apparently preserved with Pierce’s great-uncle, for the general had fallen right into the role of substitute parent. Despite all that, it had taken Pierce until he was eighteen, when neither of his parents had appeared at his matriculation from Harrow, to acknowledge the truth. Not only did his father hate him, but his mother had no use for him, either. Apparen
From the Publisher
Unwrapping her talent for creating "scintillating wit and
heart-stopping sensuality" (Library Journal ), Sabrina Jeffries
gives readers a gift to cherish: a touching new novel of an
unexpected Christmas reunion-sparked by a cunning ruse, family
secrets, and the mysterious ways of the heart.
. . . I feel I should inform you that your mother is very ill.
If you wish to see her before it is too late, you should come at
Mrs. Camilla Stuart
Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has led an unabashed rogue's
life, letting no woman near his heart. Inexplicably abandoned as a
child to be raised by distant relatives, he never forgave his
parents, refusing to read any of his mother's letters after his
father's death. Then came a letter that shook his resolve. A
Christmas visit to Montcliff might prove his last chance to
discover the truth of his past, and come to terms with the stranger
he calls "Mother."
But two surprises await him at Montcliff. His mother is perfectly
healthy, nowhere near a deathbed, as her meddling lady's companion
led him to believe. The second is Camilla Stuart herself, a lively
vicar's widow, too bright and beautiful not to arouse the scoundrel
in Pierce. Though she alone is reason enough to prolong his stay,
he is soon faced with other tantalizing riddles: What secrets lie
in his mother's past to explain his childhood abandonment? Why is
the captivating Mrs. Stuart so determined to mend the breach
between mother and son? Meanwhile,
Camilla herself is caught up in love's complications since the
arrival of the irresistible earl. As his bold flirtation and
suggestive whispers draw her dangerously close, can anything
protect her vulnerable heart? If they are destined to share real
happiness, there must be honesty between them-yet telling him the
truth about her own life may shatter that chance.
None of them can predict the startling revelations to come. Or the
secrets, both heartening and shocking, divulged between a mother
and son, and between two lovers haunted by their respective pasts,
that will make Christmas night at Montcliff one to remember-and the
glorious night after, one to treasure for a lifetime.
About the Author
Romance author Sabrina Jeffries was born in New Orleans in 1958. Her parents became missionaries and most of her childhood was spent in Thailand. She received a doctorate in English literature from Tulane University with a specialty in Early Modern British literature. She is the author of The School for Heiresses series, The Hellions of Halstead Hall series, The Swanlea Spinsters series, The Royal Brotherhood series, and The Lord Trlogy. She also writes under the pen names Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas.
"Jeffries'' latest historical romance is an enchanting holiday charmer with a complex and captivating plot; characters that interact with emotional authenticity; and a rich set of conflicted, heart-tugging obstacles--all of which combine to provide a satisfying happily-ever-after set against a fun holiday backdrop. Skillful writing and storytelling, compelling sexual and emotional tension, and a cast of realistic, vulnerable characters contribute to a lovely, spirited Christmas winner."