I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Christmas Stranger by Anna Campbell
Published by Self Published on November 16, 2017
Genres: Christmas, Historical Romance
Source: the Author
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At Christmastime, a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune…
When Josiah Hale, society’s favorite aristocratic architect, stumbles upon an isolated manor house in the middle of a snowstorm, he feels like he’s entered a fairytale world. And Sleeping Beauty in this secret corner of Yorkshire is lovely, vulnerable Maggie Carr, surely a princess disguised as a humble housekeeper. Is Josiah her prince – or the man who will break her heart and leave her life in ruins?
But is the stranger’s arrival lucky for the girl Christmas forgot?
Maggie Carr has worked as a housekeeper at isolated Thorncroft Hall since her beloved mother died five years ago. No matter how often she tells herself she’s accustomed to being poor and alone, Christmas always stirs poignant memories of a time when she had a place in the world and a family to love. But this Christmas, a handsome stranger bursts into her solitary world and makes her feel like a desirable woman. Maggie has already lost so much to cruel fate. Now as the season advances and she finds herself in thrall to the man who challenges her loneliness and turns winter nights to sultry summer, what price will this irresistible passion demand of her?
Will the Yuletide enchantment vanish with the season’s decorations? Or have Maggie and her Christmas stranger discovered a magic to sustain them through a lifetime of happiness?
Margaret (Maggie) Carr is the housekeeper of Thornton Hall, located in the isolated woods of a small town in Yorkshire. It belongs to her deceased mother’s cousin, Dr. Thomas Black, who’s supported her over the last five years. Maggie’s facing another pretty lonely Christmas until architect Josiah (Joss) Hale shows up in the middle of a snowstorm. See, Dr. Black is trying to do a little matchmaking at the request of Joss’s mother. He just forgot to let Maggie know a stranger was coming.
If you’re in the mood for a sweet but sensual romance story set during the Christmas season, this will warm you inside and out. Maggie’s an innocent but she’s also bright, witty and resourceful. Joss is a big man with an outsized personality, a talented architect who’s lived life fully. I wouldn’t characterize him as your typical rake as he’s unmarried only because he hasn’t found a woman who didn’t bore him to death. Things between the two of them do progress quickly as they’re stranded in the house for days but it worked in this story.
Campbell has created two interesting and likable characters that you want to be together. Their fun in celebrating an old-fashioned Christmas evokes all the right emotions for the season. I enjoyed everything about this one.