Title: Marian’s Christmas Wish
Author: Carla Kelly
Publisher: Sweetwater Books
Release Date: September 8, 2011
Miss Marian Wynswich is a rather unconventional young lady. She plays chess, reads Greek, and is as educated as any young man. And she’s certain falling in love is a ridiculous endeavor and vows never to do such a thing. But everything changes when she receives a Christmas visit from someone unexpected a young and handsome English lord.
Marian Wynswich is 16 and wants to have the best Christmas ever. That’s not too much to ask for, is it? She doesn’t want any reminders that they are about to lose their beautiful home because of all the debts her father left them when he died a year earlier. She wants her older sister Ariadne to be able to marry the man she loves, Sam, who is a poor, poor vicar (and has no means to help them out of their financial mess).
When her younger brother, Alistair returns home sooner than he is expected because he has been expelled from Eton for one too many pranks, her wishes for a great Christmas start disappearing quickly. Shortly after, her older brother, Percy, returns home with two men. One of them, Sir William, has agreed to marry Ariadne and save the family from financial ruin. Sir William has no redeeming qualities, but he seems to be the family’s only hope for survival.
The second gentleman, Lord Ingraham, is an earl and a diplomat. Recently scarred, he doesn’t feel ready to see his family yet and so he agrees to join Percy for Christmas.
Over the Christmas pudding, Marian surprises herself when instead of wishing for Ariadne and Sam – or Alistair to grow up – as she had planned, she wishes instead for Lord Ingraham to have the best Christmas ever. She is convinced that he cannot have the best Christmas ever without returning to his family in Bath. Alistair, in an attempt to “help” his beloved sister – pulls his worst prank ever… which results in himself, Lord Ingraham, and Marian all heading to Bath.
Throughout the adventure, Alistair finally grows up and Marian discovers that she has not only grown up, but grown in love… to Lord Ingraham! But while in Bath, Marian also discovers a secret side to Lord Ingraham that she is not sure she can live with!
A great Christmas read…
Rating: 5 stars