A Christmas Kiss by Elizabeth Mansfield

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I also enjoyed that the resolution of the romance didn’t go exactly smoothly either. Given how the situation started, the way it ended felt more realistic. This is another Mansfield winner for me.
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During the holiday season, a governess loses her heart to an earl with no intention of marrying again, in this Cinderella story set in Regency England.

After defending her virtue by striking the besotted son of her employer, Miss Evalyn Pennington is discharged from her position under a cloud of scandal. With no place to go and no prospects for the coming year, the impoverished governess accepts an invitation from Jamie Everard, heir to an earldom, to spend the holidays at his family’s estate. But Evalyn has barely settled in at Gyllford Manor when she catches the eye of Philip Everard, the fourth Earl of Gyllford—and Jamie’s father.
 
After his wife died, Philip vowed to never marry again, despite his sister’s best efforts to reintroduce him to London society. Then, his son brings a guest home for Christmas. Is the lovely, intelligent Evalyn the woman to make his footloose son settle down at last? But why does Jamie treat Evalyn in such a cavalier manner? And what is Philip to do about the reigning beauty of London who has set her cap for him—and is about to set in motion a scheme that will have far-reaching consequences for them all?
 
A witty and warm tale about morals, mores, marriage, and mistaken intentions, this classic Regency holiday romance introduces a woman who refuses to surrender her ideals, and a man in danger of losing the one thing he swore never again to give: his heart.
 
 
 

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Paula Schwartz wrote and published more than two dozen Regency romances, writing as Elizabeth Mansfield. Under various pseudonyms she also wrote an American immigrant family saga, A MORNING MOON (as by Paula Reibel), and two American history romances, TO SPITE THE DEVIL (as by Paula Jonas) and RACHEL'S PASSAGE (as by Paula Reid). Paula Schwartz was born in the Bronx and went to Hunter College. She started teaching Drama and English as a junior high school teacher, then a high school teacher and finally a college teacher. She was married and had a son and a daughter. She wrote plays and humor pieces before starting her career as a novelist and shortly thereafter, in 1973, she began writing full-time. Paula Schwartz died in December 2003. An interview with the author, from 2001, is posted on the All About Romance website at http://www.likesbooks.com/mansfield.html. Some of the details in this bio were extracted from that interview.
 
Published October 4, 2016 by Open Road Media Romance. 180 pages
Genres: History, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jayne on Nov 11 2016

I also enjoyed that the resolution of the romance didn’t go exactly smoothly either. Given how the situation started, the way it ended felt more realistic. This is another Mansfield winner for me.

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