By Winter’s Light: A Cynster Novel
Harlequin Mira, Oct 28 2014, $16.99
In 1837, the six Cynster families, their servants and others in their circle like tutors come to Casphairn Manor in Scotland to enjoy the holidays. Attracted to each other, Daniel Crosbie (tutor to the sons of Lucifer and Phyllida) and Claire Meadows (governess to the daughter of Rupert and Alathea) especially look forward to the extended family gathering as this gives them an opportunity to see each other.
Daniel patiently waited until he is on sound financial footing before he asks Claire to marry him. Though she believes she loves the kind honest tutor, the widow refuses as being married once was one time too many for her. However, Daniel knows who he wants to spend his life with so he continues to court his reluctant Medy.
The second Cynster Christmas special (see The Promise in a Kiss) is a pleasant holiday historical with a large cast (a listing helps with who belongs to whom) that includes the romance between the two likable employees, the return of leads from the previous twenty novels and the introduction to the Cynster offspring who will probably lead in a new Victorian series. Targeting her fans, Stephanie Laurens authors a warm (even in snowy Scotland) Yuletide treat.