by Shannon Donnelly

October 2001
ISBN: 0-8217-7104-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

This is a wonderfully written love story of two people who marry for the wrong reasons, but soon find out that love is the only right reason to marry.

Shy Eleanor Glover is surprised when the handsome Geoffrey Westerly, Lord Staines, asks for her hand in marriage. He makes it plain to her that he only wishes for a sensible wife and a Christmas Eve wedding to please his dying father. With three beautiful sisters and no suitors of her own, Eleanor accepts, yet soon fears that despite Geoffrey's promise to give her anything her heart desires, he will never give her the one thing that she wants most of all, his heart.

Geoffrey is challenged by Eleanor's shyness. He once loved another woman, and now believes that his passionate nature is the reason she was scared away. But when he finds Eleanor beneath the mistletoe, tradition demands that he steal a kiss, but to do so might bring fear from her, and he must rein in his desire for her or scare her away. What he doesn't except, is her sweet and utter acceptance of his passions, of all that he promises to give her. Can he risk all and give his new bride what she truly wishes, his heart? Does he have the strength to bear his soul and let her into his heart?

Only love and the Christmas season of miracles will decide.

This is a beautiful love story. It is rather a short book, and the characters could have been more developed, but they are still compelling, and you won't be able to put it down. Eleanor is a beauty in her own right. Her beauty is on the inside rather than on the outside. Geoffrey is a strong man, both physically and emotionally. He's not one to let his feeling run full reign.

If you want a quick and loving read, then this is the book for you.

Happy Holidays!!

Reviewed in November 2001 by Debbie.

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