STORY: Lady Patrina Tidemore gave up on the ridiculous notion of true love after having her heart shattered and her trust destroyed by a black-hearted cad. Used as a pawn in a game of revenge against her brother, Patrina returns to London from a failed elopement with a tattered reputation and little hope for a respectable match. The only peace she finds is in her solitude on the cold winter days at Hyde Park. And even that is yanked from her by two little hellions who just happen to have a devastatingly handsome, but coldly aloof father, the Marquess of Beaufort. Something about the lord stirs the dreams she’d once carried for an honorable gentleman’s love.
Weston Aldridge, the 4th Marquess of Beaufort was deceived and betrayed by his late wife. In her faithlessness, he’s come to view women as self-serving, indulgent creatures. Except, after a series of chance encounters with Patrina, he comes to appreciate how uniquely different she is than all women he’s ever known.
At the Christmastide season, a time of hope and new beginnings, Patrina and Weston, unexpectedly learn true love in one another. However, as Patrina’s scandalous past threatens their future and the happiness of his children, they are both left to determine if love is enough.
REVIEW: London, Winter 1818
Lady Patrina Tidemore, age 20, is one of four sisters, Penelope, Prudence, and Poppy. Her life is rather sad because she has been ostracized by the ton. She foolishly agreed to elope with Albert Marshville, brother of her sister-in-law, Juliet. Fortunately, they did not end up getting married and she is still a chaste woman. However, all the ton sees is a ruined young woman. Her escape comes each day as she visits Hyde Park and stares at the Serpentine lost in thought.
Weston Aldridge, the 4th Marquess of Beaufort, age 32, is a widower. He was married to the beautiful Cordelia for 10 years. However, she continued to betray him with other men. After her death, he does not mourn her but is thankful for the two children he has from their marriage. Charlotte and Daniel are normal, fun-loving children.
Today, it is snowing heavily and Patrina is shocked to be the victim of children throwing snowballs at her. But when she decides to join in the fun and throw snowballs back at them, their father, Weston, arrives and he is aghast at her behavior. They argue when Weston accuses Patrina of mistreating his children not realizing that they were actually playing. They finally part on unfriendly terms. However, a chance encounter that finds Patrina rescuing Charlotte, brings them all back together.
As Weston and Patrina get to know one another a little better, theirs is a rather rocky relationship. Patrina is ashamed of her misconduct and Weston is bitter over his late wife. Are two damaged people able to set aside the past and learn to live and trust again?
This is a story that will tug at the reader’s heart strings and is written where you can actually feel their pain. I really loved it and looking forward to more novels from Christi Caldwell.
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