Number one New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in a new generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic, and love.
It's December 1837, and the young adults of the Cynster clan have succeeded in having the family Christmas celebration held at snowbound Casphairn Manor, Richard and Catriona Cynster's home. Led by Sebastian, Marquess of Earith, and by Lucilla, future Lady of the Vale, and her twin brother, Marcus, the upcoming generation has its own plans for the holiday season.
Yet where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind. The festive occasion brings together Daniel Crosbie, tutor to Lucifer Cynster's sons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster's daughter. Daniel and Claire have met before, and the embers of an unexpected passions molder between them, but Claire - once bitten, twice shy - believes a second marriage is not in her stars. Daniel, however, is determined to press his suit.
Meanwhile, out riding on Christmas Eve, the young adults of the Cynster clan respond to a plea for help. Summoned to a humble dwelling in ruggedly forested mountains, Lucilla is called on to help with the difficult birth of a child, while the others rise to the challenge of helping her. With a violent storm closing in and severely limited options, the next generation of Cynsters face their first collective test - can they save this mother and child - and themselves, too?
Back at the manor, Claire is increasingly drawn to Daniel, and, despite her misgivings, against the backdrop of the ongoing festivities their relationship deepens. Yet she remains torn - until catastrophe strikes, and by winter's light she learns that love - true love - is worth any risk, any price.
©2014 Stephanie Laurens (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
Slow start but good setup for next book. didn't need all the children to be explained at the beginning. but once the story really got started it was good. I have started the next book and this one was a good setup for the next one.
I have listened to nearly all Stephanie Laurens' books and I normally really like them. I had trouble forcing myself to finish this one. It was just boring. The plot just didn't involve much suspense or potential conflict and the characters were not well-developed.
The plot was disappointingly boring.
Matthew Brenher is getting very good at pronouncing and keeping the voices straight, Helena is French so he is missing that accent, but we get her character, it is such a delight to listen, I do prefer audio to print.
There are not many books that show three generations and their commitment to love.
His rich voice for the Cynster males, and determined females.
And the rhythm, there is a beautiful scene he takes us there the winter wonderland, Stephanie describes it with visual detail, but MB is there.
I cried every time children and family scenes were described.
Can't wait for the next two, of the twins.
"A book for Cynster fans"
I would recommend this book to fans of the series. If you haven't read any Cynster books don't start with this one.
No the book is too long for a single sitting.
This is an ok book and if you are a fan of the Cynster series then you would probably quiet like it, as it does a good job of introducing all of the new generation of Cynsters and gives you a glimpse of your old favourites. The love story is ok but not really as a stand alone book. You have to be fairly on the ball as the is a fair amount of chopping between different groups and their stories.
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