A few Christmases ago, Charlotte Alderidge fell in love with Edward Barringer, a peer that both of their families were hoping she would marry. Unfortunately, Edward had other ideas and turned his back on his noble name to make his own way in the world and gather his own fortune. Rejected and heartbroken, Charlotte has made a new life for herself and vowed to put Edward behind her and move on.
Edward Barringer is back and can't believe that Charlotte has grown into a beautiful, fascinating woman. He never meant to hurt her all those years ago, but he was determined to make his own fortune rather than to marry into it. But now, he's completely attracted to the woman that Charlotte had become and is willing to risk all he has to prove the love between them is now and forever.
Adrienne Basso brings her readers a sweet love story for the holiday season. Charlotte may be young and inexperienced in the ways of love, but soon learns fast to keep her heart guarded, lest it be shattered. Edward is a young man determined to make his own way in the world, rather than being a fortune hunter and marrying into it. When the time is right, these two find each other again, but not without difficulties and some bumpy roads. Charlotte needs to learn to trust again and Edward has to find the way in which to earn that trust.
Wonderful characters, a plot that moves quickly and keeps the reader's interest, Ms. Basso's The Christmas Heiress is one book that will warm your heart.