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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Proposal and a "rising star in the romance genre" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance.

Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.

Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour - until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.

Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day...or are they? 

©2019 Jasmine Guillory (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Discover renewed love in this wonderful performance by Janina Edwards.... Edwards captures a strong, mature black woman who is no stranger to love and heartbreak. She expresses Vivian's thoughts with warmth and authenticity, making her a relatable and sympathetic character. Edwards's genuine narration of this steamy yet charming romance will hook listeners to the end." (AudioFile Magazine)

"A seasonal gem." (OprahMag.com) 

"Another sparkling hit from Jasmine Guillory." (PopSugar) 

"Filled with delightful, swoon-worthy dates and many laughs, this affectionate, cross-continent holiday romance is perfect for cozying up with on a cold winter’s night." (Library Journal

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FYI: Not a Clean Romance

The story and characters were okay, though i felt at times the author treats the readers like idiots and repeats her point too often, but then it got trashy. I know some people are into that, but I want to warn those who are looking for a Hallmark Christmas movie in a book that this isn't it!

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The Poor British narration hurt my ears

The story is sweet, but opted to read the book instead. I wish they used a male narrator to do the British dialogue or made Janina do some training on the accent. I just couldn’t listen to it.

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Grown up romance for grown up people.

I loved the naturity of the writing and the story. This was a grown up romance and it was refreshing. The characters weren't too sappy, and the story progressed in fun but realistic way.

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amazing journey

The author brings together mother- daughter relationships, later in life relationships, work- life balance and travel brilliantly. She also successfully includes the importance of non-traditional family roles and adults who choose not to have children. The narrator was great and drew me in. I will definitely re listen next year.

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Lovely

This features Maddie's mother, Vivian, and Malcolm, a Brit who is the Queen's private Secretary. They meet when Maddie and Vivian go to England for Maddie to style the Duchess. I enjoyed this; romance is not just for the young.

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Bizarre narrator choice

If you are casting an actor to read a book set in London, where half of the characters are British, you think you’d cast an actor who can do an English accent. I winced every time she read the lines of the male lead character. It’s rough going.

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Social Work love story

I was happy to know the main character, Vivian, was a social worker... that’s not something you see often. (I’m a social worker myself) great story telling very vivid almost cried when they parted from her initial 4 day stay! Awesome writing and storytelling!

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Feel Good Xmas Love Story

I love all of Guillory's books. This was a cute story. The story was predictable but is a needed feel good story.

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Such a sweet story, just what I needed

I gravitate toward happy endings during this dark time, and this sweet story didn’t disappoint! I enjoyed transcontinental travel vicariously and could almost see the sights via the beautiful descriptions of this author. How lovely to enjoy the holidays THIS way. I think I will re- read it next Christmas❤️

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Love Jasmine Guillory

I received one of her books last year as a Secret Santa gift and fell in love with this author. I rushed out and bought all of her books but got so busy I haven't had time to read. When I joined Audible I was thrilled to see them all available. This one was great and the narrator was awesome. I can't wait to start the next one.