I absolutely loved this book and read it from cover to cover in one rather long sitting! It is rather unusual in that both the two main characters suffered dreadful childhoods (or so they believe). The heroine was a foundling who has risen to become the companion of a lady. The hero is that lady's son who was abandoned by his parents at aged 8 and never allowed home from school after that for over thirteen years. This experience severely affects him and renders him unable to trust, love and gives him a deep distrust of marriage and family life. Summoned home on a pretext that his mother is dying he meets Camilla, the companion, who does not know his history and believes he is merely a neglectful son. Their interaction causes sparks to fly and there is a lot of misunderstanding to unravel between these two and between Pearce and his mother before the end can occur. It is all set against a charming background of a Regency Christmas, with Camilla's young son, providing some lovely moments throughout. A really lovely story. Plenty of plot and interest. Plenty of emotion. Not many Americanisms, although there are a few... Why why why must they keep putting "gotten" in. No English person would say that now and certainly not in 1820. Please take note authors! It just grates. Apart from a tiny niggle then, it was great and one for the keeper shelf.