I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Match Made in Mistletoe by Anna Campbell
Published by Self Published on November 30, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
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A mistletoe wish…
All her life, Serena Talbot has been in love with the handsome boy next door, Sir Paul Garside. She always eagerly looks forward to Paul’s visit to her family over the Festive Season, even if he usually brings along his dark, sardonic friend Lord Hallam. This year, Serena is determined that Paul’s kiss under the mistletoe will lead to a proposal. Even if she has to enlist every ounce of Christmas magic she can get her hands on to make that happen.
But the mistletoe gets it wrong!
When Serena slips a sprig of mistletoe from the village kissing bough under her pillow, it’s not Paul who turns up in her dreams as the man she’s going to marry, but brooding, intense, annoying Giles Farraday, Marquess of Hallam. Still more annoying, once everyone arrives for the annual Christmas house party, she can’t stop watching Giles, and thinking about Giles. And kissing Giles, whether there’s mistletoe about or not. Now Paul wants to marry her, and Giles wants to seduce her–and Serena has a bone to pick with the old wives who came up with all this superstitious nonsense in the first place.
A Christmas of confusion lies ahead! Will mistletoe magic lead the way to a happy ending?
Serena Talbot has only had eyes and heart for golden boy Paul Garside as far back as she can remember. Now that she’s twenty-one, he’s finally paying her the attention she’s always wanted but the dark and broody Giles Farraday is distracting her from the man who’s ready to marry her…in person and in her dreams.
Serena’s grown up with both men as they were her brother’s friends since childhood so she’s knows them well, or so she thinks. The sprig of mistletoe she placed under her pillow brought the romantic dreams she was hoping for but not of the man she imagined.
I really liked this story, especially Serena. She’s bright, resourceful and witty, easily someone that you can imagine both men finding appealing. She now sees the focus of her childhood affections through adult eyes and he’s not so shiny. Her change in perspective made this feel like a modern story though it was very much a regency period piece in vernacular and setting. The banter between Giles and Serena was well written and pithy, the real heart of this tale of unrequited love that gets life. And, the spirit of the Christmas season was an important part of the story since everyone was under one roof for the holidays. That made for some very interesting interludes.
Short and lovely, this was a delightful story for the holiday season.