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5.0 out of 5 stars Soooo Enjoyable!, 21 Nov. 2012
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 2 Nov. 2012
Nik (Solihull, England) - See all my reviews
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Am writing this from my kindle so short and to the point. This is a great story with wonderful characters. As always superbly written by Sabrina Jeffries just sad I have to wait till next summer for another book. You must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Georgian romance following on from the "Hellions of Halstead Hall" quintet., 19 July 2013
Marshall Lord (Whitehaven, UK) - See all my reviews
This entertaining Georgian romantic comedy, most of the action of which is set in December 1826, is a sort of sequel to the "Hellions of Halstead Hall" romances and is set a year later.

The hero of the story is Lord Pierce Waverly, Earl of Devonmont, who was a major character in "To Wed a Wild Lord" in which he was the heroine's cousin, and who also appeared in "A Lady never surrenders."

These had been the fourth and fifth volumes respectively in the romance and murder mysteries featuring the five brothers and sisters of the Sharpe family of Halstead Hall, which were:

1) "The Truth About Lord Stoneville (Hellions of Halstead Hall)" (Oliver's story)

2) "A Hellion in Her Bed (Hellions of Halstead Hall)" (Jarret)

3) "How to Woo A Reluctant Lady (The Hellions of Halstead Hall)" (Minerva)

4) "To Wed a Wild Lord (The Hellions of Halstead Hall)" (Gabe)

5) "A Lady Never Surrenders (Hellions of Halstead Hall)" (Celia)

Apart from Pierce himself, several of the characters of the "Hellions" series reappear in this book, including Sir Jackson Pinter, hero of the concluding volume, and who we now learn to have been knighted for solving the mystery of the murders of the Hellions' parents.

There is a prologue set in 1803 when Pierce is eight, and having somehow mortally offended his father has been packed away to Harrow during term time and to stay with the family of his great-uncle, General Sir Isaac Waverley, during the school holidays.

From the age of eight until he inherited the estate on his father's death, Pierce was never allowed home, and both his parents refused to speak to him or communicate with him throughout that time.

Eventually his feelings for his mother changed from love and loss at not seeing her to a cold fury at the parents who had refused to see him for nearly two decades. When Pierce became Earl of Devonmont he banished his mother to the estate's dower house, refusing to see her again after his father's funeral or to read the letters which at that point she began to send him.

It would be a spoiler to explain in full detail at this stage why Pierce believes his mother completely abandoned him or to give her side of the story. Let's just say that he has good reason to find the way he had been treated by his parents to be unforgivable, and regard his Great Uncle Isaac and his cousins on that side as his real family. Even after inheriting the Devonmont estates he always spends Christmas at his uncle's farm.

Then, shortly before Christmas 1826, the Earl of Devonmont gets a letter from his mother's companion, a widow called Camilla Stuart. Mrs Stuart's letter gives the strong impression that the Dowager Countess is dying and if he wants to see his mother alive again the earl must come quickly before it is too late.

When he arrives, Pierce is surprised to find that his mother shows no signs of being at death's door, but is delighted to see him. He quickly realises that Mrs Stuart has lied to him, or at least seriously overstated the seriousness of his mother's condition, in an attempt to prompt a reconciliation between mother and son. He is tempted to leave immediately, and the only thing that stops him is an interest in the pretty widow herself - and to his surprise, in her six year old son Jasper.

This could be an interesting Christmas at home after all ...

If you like historical romantic comedies set during or slightly later than the Regency period, you will probably enjoy this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the price, 11 Nov. 2013
This review is from: ' Twas The Night After Christmas (The Hellions of Halstead Hall Book 6) (Kindle Edition)
I stumbled upon this book by chance, I love reading a good christmas story every year so downloaded this started reading and was so engrossed didn't want to put down.

The story line is very interesting I like the way you get the story from both points of view( the lords and the companions)
by the end of the book I was disappointed it was finished because I enjoyed it so much

have since gone on to download more of Sabrina Jeffries books
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