The Joy of Christmas Present by L.G. Rollins
(A Dickens of a Christmas Book 1)
Regency Romance, Proper Romance, Christmas Story
Helena Spencer will never forgive the Earl of Chapman for snubbing her so publicly. It wasn’t her idea that they get married, after all. She was practically a bystander to the whole debacle, yet she alone bore the brunt of society’s judgment. Snubbed by an earl? She’d likely never recover. But then she finds herself at the same holiday house party with Lord Chapman. What a way to ruin Christmas.
After his father’s sudden death, Lord Chapman had little choice but to step into a life he hardly felt ready for. He quickly learned that everyone had opinions about how an earl’s life should look, even the aging relative who tried to marry him off to a woman he’d never even met. Now he had to spend Christmas at a house party with his mother and sisters? What a wretched way to spend the festive season.
With their shared history, Helena and Lord Chapman are unlikely friends. But when circumstances continue to throw them together, Helena presses the earl to help repair the damage he inflicted on her reputation by aiding her attempt to snag a husband from among the gentlemen at the party. The only trouble? Lord Chapman is falling for Helena’s charms himself. Would that she allow the gentleman that wins her heart to be him.
What I thought
I received a copy of this book from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Another amazing book by L. G. Rollins! Really she is an amazing author. Once again I was sucked in and I found it very hard to put down. This is the second book in her A Dickens of a Christmas trilogy. The first book focuses on Christmas Past, the second on Christmas Present, and the third on Christmas Future. These books can all be read as a standalone so no worries if you have not picked up the first one yet. You can start with this one and you would not have missed a thing. These books are not a retelling of a Christmas Carol but use key elements from the original story to build the basis of this story. The tie-in of these threes book is Mr. Scrooge, he plays a different role in each book.
I loved watching these characters grow and come into their own. Helena and Fred both have so much on their plates and grow into their own as the story progresses. Fred does some really dumb things, but his heart is always in the right place. I loved how Emily, Christina, and Eleanor all banded together to help Helena. You can not go wrong with a strong female friendship in the midst of scandal and gossip.
This book gave me everything that I needed when I read it and I can not wait until the next book comes out!
My Rating: /5