But during the season for giving, surrendering to temptation may be the greatest gift of all.
A French spy, Georges, Marquis Cruzy-le-Chatel, has lived in England for years, sacrificing his life for his country but not his heart. For he’s never been able to forget his childhood friend, Madeleine.
And now, in her hour of need, he is there to rescue her.
The victim of a ruthless statesman, Madeleine, Comtesse du Beaune, has been abducted and sent to England to work in a brothel. Her greatest wish is to return home for Christmas, and her only hope of it is to marry Georges though she will be his wife in name alone. Yet as they steal across the snowy countryside, Georges decides to woo her with kisses that melt the winters frost and leave her longing for a holiday miracle.
REVIEW: November 1814, Beaune France
Madeleine, Comtesse de Beaune, is an intelligent woman who has been responsible for keeping her family together since her father died. Her twin brother, Armand, is feared to have been killed in the war. During that time period, a family title could be inherited by a daughter if there were no more living males. However, the government won’t completely let her take over the responsibilities so they have assigned a Monsieur Coupe to oversee her work. Madeleine is well-educated and very well versed in the family winery and this man is not. Coupe is an odious little man who wants to offer for her hand to her total disgust. At this time, King Louis is in power and the family fears that he may seize their holdings. In addition, the men of Fouche have been seizing young women to work in brothels in Paris. So, when they arrive at her house to take her little sister, Genevieve, age 13, Madeleine steps in and offers herself instead to save her sister. Her hope is that once in Paris she may be able to find friends of her father’s to help them.
Georges, Marquis Cruzy-le Chatel was betrothed to Madeleine 10 years ago when they were children by their families but he has not seen her since that time. So, when Georges learns of Madeleine’s capture, he is determined to find her and rescue her. In addition, he has learned that property that was once taken from him now has been returned.
It is on a lucky hunch that Georges finds Madeleine and takes her to his mother’s home to protect her. His plan is to marry her and thus save her from the brothels and finally return to France. Will they be able to deal with all of the political factions in France and return to a life they once knew?
I wanted to like this book and had to take some notes so I could try to keep up with the plot. However, the story left me cold as it seemed to not have any real substance to it. Therefore, I am sorry to say that it is not a book I really cared for.
Connie for b2b
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