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She loves her family dearly, but they don't make life all that easy for Marian or for themselves. Her younger brother Alistair is sent down from Eton and her elder brother Percy is often away. Her sister Ariadne, though beautiful, will not say `boo' to a goose and her mother is often self-absorbed and critical of Marian to the point of unkindness.
Marian is educated rather than accomplished; she frequently speaks without thinking and displays hoydenish tendencies - but for all that, she is devoted to her family and wants only to secure their happiness. Unfortunately however, the death of her father has left the family in straightened circumstances, and they will have to sell their home in order to clear the debts he left behind. This will therefore be the last Christmas they have in the house, and Marian is determined to ensure that it is their best ever.
I would normally have difficulty in empathising with a heroine who is so young, but Marian is so well written that her youth is never an issue. She is naturally lively, intelligent and caring; and if there are times when she does act rather immaturely, those are more than compensated for by the depth of her compassion and love for her family. And as the novel progresses, we see her starting to make the journey from girlhood to womanhood as she becomes more circumspect while losing none of the qualities which make her so likeable.Read more ›
Marian’s (beautiful, but shy) sister is about to be married off to a rich oaf, in return for saving the family home, at risk after her father died having gambled away their money. Marian has no plans to marry and sites both her plain appearance and her tenacity as reasons why she might not be an attractive deal. It’s Christmas, and Marian wants the perfect season for those around her, including encouraging her sister in her quest to marry the local, poor vicar. Enter a handsome, but scarred, friend of her older brother and the story follows the family as Christmas arrives.
It has some sweet storylines, the second half of the book was much more exciting, and some lovely description, but I often found myself skimming, and having to backtrack for details.
Not really my thing, but if you’re into similar gentle romances then it could be right up your street!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another enjoyable novel it has intriguing plots engaging heroes and heroines ,a happy book to snuggle down to on a winter's eveningPublished 10 days ago by trail
What a charmer is Marian whose place in the family with its problems of finance is a delight. The
charm of the story especially the humour, is a joy to read. Read more
This is a well written Christmas tale, the characters are fun and interesting and the book leaves you with a warm satisfied feeling.Published on 17 Dec. 2013 by maggie