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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (28 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848453442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848453449
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The first romance stories Stephanie Laurens read were set against the backdrop of Regency England, and these continue to exert a special attraction for her. As an escape from the dry world of professional science, Stephanie started writing Regency romances. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels about the masterful Cynster cousins captivated readers, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years and is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.

Learn more about Stephanie's books from her website at www.stephanielaurens.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Manon Stemmer on 31 Oct. 2014
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I had higher hopes for this book. I found her books of the last two years lacking what I come to love since I started reading her novels. Luckily the last of the Sister series, Mary Cynster, and the Loving Rose book convinced me to give her another try,

I can understand the purpose of this book but it feels like two short novels mixed together. The part of the younger generation is good but the story about the tutor and governess really lacks. It feels shallow and rushed. It should have been a story in its own with more background and more sex. I admit her love scenes are one of the reasons I like her.

I hope Lucilla's story will be more like her old style. I actually got one of my favourite novels out after finishing this one to remember myself why I still buy her books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader, I Read It on 3 Feb. 2015
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I haven't read a Laurens book for years: I found that they were getting repetitive, that the characters were becoming the same, and that the writing had gone down to a shocking degree.
I'm sorry I didn't mind the reviewers who gave this few stars.
The prose is stilted; the dialogue is only slightly better; the descriptions are repetitive; the issue the heroine has, that is keeping her from the hero, is simplistic; the excessive goodness of all the Cynsters is dull; the pacing is poor...
I loved the Scottish Cynster novel best of all, and was delighted to see that we'd be revisiting that place. It was pretty disappointing. I almost put this down when, after having read an section about the eldest Cynster children helping a crofter in her labour, the children upon return told the entire story over again. Whaaaaat? Was there a word count that had to be reached?
If you feel you must, ask your library to get it for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By East End Lady on 9 Nov. 2014
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This book is set in a sort of mythical brigadoon Scotland, with fey characters, impenetrable blizzards and wild hunts.It is a very slight piece of work and the romance between governess and tutor is neither interesting or surprising, however it is a good Christmassy read,- with even a spot of midwifery thrown in,- and I found it better than some of her other recent books.The lack of villainy was quite refreshing.
It will be interesting to see how the second romance will progress in the next book, I suspect HIghland clearances may be involved.
I don't really know why I enjoyed it but it felt as if some of the author's magic touch had returned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tina walsh on 13 Nov. 2014
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A book I couldn't put down.

Some of the Cynsters, Devil, Vane and their families are spending Christmas in the Vale, home of Richard and Catriona. This having been arranged by the oldest children before they begin their life in the ton.

While out riding, the oldest six cousins, Lucille,Marcus, Sebastian, Michael, Prudence and Christopher are called on to help with a birth. Encountering a mystery neighbour. Romance is in the air for some.

Of course there is a happy ending, including a new baby and a marriage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Skinner on 28 Oct. 2014
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I really enjoy the books by this author, and would give all her past works 4 or even 5 stars, but this one ,to me, just hasn't such a good storyline. I can see the purpose of this book is to introduce the next generation, but I do like a decent plot, murder, blackmail, etc, and this was definitely lacking, in my opinion. I will however buy the next book,as I hope that Stephanie will be back to her usual fantastic form.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandy S. on 10 Nov. 2014
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: 3.75 stars--BY WINTER’S LIGHT is the 21st installment in Stephanie Lauren’s CYNSTER series of historical romance novels focusing on the Cynster family. By Winter’s Light is a storyline that focuses on the next generation of Cynster’s-those young men and women about to enter into adulthood, but not quite reaching the age of marriage and independence.

The ensemble cast includes most of the previous storyline couples including Devil and Honoria, Demon and Felicity, Richard and Catriona, and their growing brood of children. By Winter’s Light focuses on the upcoming holiday celebrations, the impending winter storm, the birth of a child, and a love match of which the Cynster’s cannot help but become involved.

As the preparations for the holiday feast begin, Claire Meadows (governess to Gabriel Cynster’s daughter) and Daniel Crosbie (tutor to Lucifer Cynster’s sons) begin a lover’s dance around one another. Daniel has been attracted to Claire for quite a long time and he believes the holidays are the perfect time to ask for Claire’s hand in marriage. But Claire is a widow who is afraid to commit to another man. It will take the entire household and some powerful magic foreseen by the Cynster matriarch to give Claire a little push in the right direction.

The secondary storyline finds the older Cynster children aiding in the preparations for the upcoming celebration but on a journey of their own. When a young pregnant woman is in need of assistance, Lucilla and her cousins will find themselves preparing for the arrival of another sort. It is here where Lucilla may have met her future in the form of Thomas Carrick-the nephew of the ‘Mad Manachan Carrick’ the head of the Carrick family and the Laird of the northern boundary manor..
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