by Johanna Lindsey

December 2003
ISBN: 0-06-054284-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

In The Present, Johanna Lindsey gathers together her most popular characters, the Mallorys, for a wonderful family Christmas and a surprising discovery of a long-ago love affair between the first Mallory and a wild, beautiful gypsy. This book was first released in 1998 and was a best-seller. All of the Mallorys are in the storyline with their wives, husbands and children. It’s a full house that discovers lost secrets and a love that has lasted for eternity. One of Ms. Lindsey’s best Mallory stories yet!

In Home For The Holidays, two rival hearts are united by a Christmas miracle where love is discovered and a humble peace is found for a man who has been so hell-bent on revenge, that he has forgotten the true meaning of forgiveness. Vincent Everett, Baron Everett of Windsmoor is out to ruin the Ascot family just as they had ruined his brother. But when Vincent forecloses on the Ascot home, he is not prepared for Ascot’s daughter Larissa, who is more beautiful that words can describe. He offers to set Larissa and her sickly brother up in his residence, until they can find another place to live. What he doesn’t expect to discover is a woman who fascinates him and makes him feel again; after nursing a hatred for her family for so long. This is a very sweet and moving love story that will make you believe in the power of love and miracles.

Johanna Lindsey is one of our most beloved and respected historical authors. She writes her characters true to life and nothing is ever left to the reader’s imagination; you will always know what’s going on and never left wondering or guessing as to what happened ‘before’. The Mallory family is Ms. Lindsey’s wonderful gift to her readers. With each story, you can’t help but fall in love with them all over again.

In her second story, Ms. Lindsey gives us Vincent who is an alpha-male, if there ever was one. Strong, handsome and stubborn to boot. Everything has to be his way or no way at all, and that includes his love life. Larissa is the perfect heroine; strong and resourceful but always careful where Vincent is concerned. The secondary characters in the story only add to it’s heartwarming tale.

With a Johanna Lindsey book, you can never go wrong. This is a wonderful addition to anyone’s holiday romance collection.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Debbie.

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