The Spinster’s Christmas by Camille Elliot

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Spinster's ChristmasThe Spinster’s Christmas by Camille Elliot

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

Somehow, his touch made her feel more substantial than she usually did in this household. He knew her, he saw her, where everyone else tried to forget her.

The significance of being seen and known comes alive in The Spinster’s Christmas by author Camille Elliot.

Now, as sweet as its fitting cover is, don’t think this novel is all sweetness and holly and heart-flutters and nothing more. Miranda Belmoore and Captain Gerard Foremont are in for a Christmastide unlike anything they expected, and what could easily have been a nice but flimsy Regency tale is instead a rather gritty and passionate holiday story of danger and longing, with dashes of humor and irresistible grace.

The suspense comes on gradually, and the romance develops with a gentle yet intense quality that–well, romance enthusiast that I am, I’m not exactly the biggest “swooner” around, but I may have been surprised into a swoon this time. I appreciate a romance with some layering and substance to the chemistry, even a measure of unpredictability, and I found that here.

And then, well, “She had to believe. Thou God seest me.” It’s an inspiring theme that ties in beautifully.

Regency, suspense, and romance fans alike would do well to partake of this story, at “Christmastide” or any season of the year.


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