A Kiss At Christmastide: Regency Novella

A Kiss At Christmastide: Regency Novella

by Christina McKnight

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Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society's prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa's white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her stranded and alone. But a muddied, angry and devilishly handsome lord appears at her door demanding shelter.

Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, has been summoned by his parents, the Marquis and Marchioness of Bowmont, to attend a holiday party in the wilds of the country, far from his London townhouse. He suspects they command his attendance for far different reasons than a simple country party. When a storm strands his carriage, he's forced to seek shelter at the only home for miles around, a local manor called Helton House.

When Lady Pippa is reluctant to admit him, he does what he's been raised to do--demand she provide him and his servants with shelter until the storm passes. But the beautiful woman draws his interest far more than he's willing to admit. Can Lucas find a way out of the predicament his parents are planning?

As Lady Pippa scrutinizes another arrogant, demanding lord, she is bombarded with memories of betrayals in her past. Can she forget those difficult life lessons to claim a Christmastide kiss from a perfect stranger?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156779444
Publisher: La Loma Elite Publishing
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Series: Connected by a Kiss Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 156
Sales rank: 267,972
File size: 450 KB

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USA Today Bestselling Author Christina McKnight writes emotionally intricate Regency Romance with strong women and maverick heroes.

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A Kiss At Christmastide: Regency Novella 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lady Pipa awaits her parents return for Christmas time, but their arrival is delayed by a fierce winter rainstorm. Hearing a knock late at night, she rushes to open the entry door to let them in out of the storm, but instead of her family she finds a coachman and bossy nobleman demanding she put him up for the night since his carriage is broken and unable to continue in the storm. What is a proper young lady to do when courtesy requires her to comply, but etiquette demands she not receive a man into her house unchaperoned? A charming read with conflict, attraction, and past difficulties pushing these two unexpectantly together and apart while searching for a place their hearts can call home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sweet l read this book? ten times, its wounderful.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Pippa and Lucas' story! Pippa has been in seclusion since her best friend ruins her reputation (what a friend...) and is awaiting her parent's return to their home. She is awaken in the middle of the night to a pounding on the door. Lucas has been stranded on the way to a house party and is seeking shelter. Pippa reluctantly allows Lucas and his servants to stay. Since they are snowed in, there isn't much to do but to get to know one another. Which, of course, leads to their HEA. I really enjoyed the bantering between the two of them. It had me laughing out loud at times. This was a quick, enjoyable read and a great start to the Connected by a Kiss series!
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A sweet, easy-to-read Regency romance... “Life – and love – are much like a storm. The clouds, the wind, the rain may make it impossible for you to see a clear path to your fated destination, but with time and a lot of faith, you will find the correct path once more – or a better path, one that could not be seen before the storm made it visible.” A Kiss at Christmastide is a charming historical holiday read. The cover is gorgeous and drew me in right away. The story is well-paced with a few surprising twists. It’s the first book in a three-book series of standalone - but connected – holiday novellas set in Somerset, England. The other books in the series are by Amanda Mariel and Dawn Brower. Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, has been betrothed to Lady Natalie - sight unseen - by his parents from whom he is estranged. His trip to meet Lady Natalie at a holiday party and to have their betrothal announced is sidelined by a raging thunderstorm which breaks the wheel of his carriage. He unhappily seeks and takes refuge at the home of Lady Pippa Godfrey who is home alone save for her servants. Lucas does not make Pippa privy to his betrothal and she remains entirely unaware that he is betrothed for most of the story. Pippa and Natalie were previously best friends and confidants. However, they had a falling-out when Natalie decidedly ruined Pippa’s first season by perpetuating lies about Pippa. Lucas’ and Pippa’s chemistry grows hotter as the storm continues to keep them sequestered inside growing to where Pippa enjoys a first kiss with him fulfilling a Christmas legend: Kiss under the kissing bough and a lady is guaranteed to be wed before the following Christmastide. Will the legend hold true? Here’s a short favorite snippet from A Kiss at Christmastide: “Lucas,” she started again. “You may release me now.” “And if I refuse?” “Then we shall be found in short order in a position most scandalous by my servants.” “And we do not want that to happen?” This time, it was a question, not a statement. Pippa wanted nothing less than to be released. “Surely, the wisest decision would be that.” “Are you a wise woman, Pippa?” he asked, his breath fanning her face. “Because, I assure you, at this very moment, I do not feel like a wise man.” A Kiss at Christmastide is a sweet, easy read. While it is a Regency novella, it doesn’t strictly adhere to historical facts. Since I just wanted to escape into a festive romance for a short time, I ignored those aspects that I knew to be untrue and just enjoyed the tale. If you are looking for a quick, magical Christmas read with a delightful warm-fuzzies happy-ever-after at the end, you may want to check out A Kiss at Christmastide. My full review is published at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
This is a Christmas novella that looks at friendship and families and how they can make or break a person’s life. Lady Pippa Godfrey is a genuinely good person who has been hurt during her first season in London. One night, when her parents were visiting friends, a bad storm brings Lucas Hartfield, Earl of Maddox, to her door seeking shelter since his carriage is stuck in the mud. As is expected of her she does find a room for Lucas and space for his servants. The storm continues a few more days stranding him with Pippa for a few days. With nothing but time on their hands they get to know one another, manage a kiss under the mistletoe and then say goodbye to one another only to have her parents return, neighbors and Lucas’s parents also arrive a bit of drama ensue. Eventually there is the HEA ending for all. This a fun easy holiday story that would be a treat to read before a fire on a cold winter day. It would have made an excellent novel with more fleshing out and time involved but I enjoyed this almost love at first sight story and think you will, too. Thank you to NetGalley for the copy to read in exchange for my honest review. 3.5 Stars
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. After her best friend, Lady Natalie, inexplicably publicly betrays her by starting an untrue an scandalous rumor about her that ruins her debut season in London and leaves her reputation in tatters, painfully shy Lady Pippa Godfrey flees to the quiet sanctuary of the country where she awaits the arrival of her parents for the holidays. But when a storm delays them, late one night she finds an unexpected visitor pounding on her door, seeking shelter for the night. Knowing it is improper for an unchaperoned young woman to receive male guests, Lady Pippa is hesitant to admit the stranger, however, the raging storm, the man's roguish good looks, and her guest's commanding personality conspire to convince her to extend traditional hospitality to him. Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox and son of the Marquis of Bowmont, is on his way to Lady Natalie's holiday party where he expects his parents to finalize his betrothal to her when the wheel on his carriage breaks and the storm compels him to seek shelter at Lady Pippa's home. But as Lucas and Pippa find themselves marooned together at her home for several days by the inclement weather, Lucas finds himself thinking not of his soon-to-be betrothed, but of the enchanting Lady Pippa. Will Lucas find a way to escape the match his parents want to make for him in favor of following his own heart? Will Pippa be open to love, or will the betrayals of her past keep her from trusting ever again? This charming Christmas novella follows a fairly predictable plot line, however, the lively banter between Pippa and Lucas keeps it entertaining. The author paints a vivid portrait of Lucas as a tortured soul haunted by the tragedy experienced in his childhood, then compounded by its mishandling by his seemingly unfeeling parents. Pippa is also well-drawn as a wounded young woman struggling to understand why a friend would choose to hurt her in such an egregious manner without allowing herself to become bitter, though at times she seems too forgiving and kind to be true. The mystery behind Natalie's actions is never addressed, though the reader can make an educated guess, but a longer format addressing this point would have made for a more satisfying read. Overall, this novella is a festive, quick read that fans of historical fiction will enjoy passing an afternoon with to get into the holiday spirit.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
'A Kiss at Christmastide' by Christina McKnight is the story of Lady Pippa Godfrey and Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox. Lady Pippa and her best friend were to make their coming out but something happened that ended up putting Lady Pippa in a slight scandal. Lady Pippa has put herself from the town's view and into one of her family's country Somerset estate. Lady Pippa has been there a while awaiting the arrival of her parents for the Christmastide. But the only thing to arrive is a bad storm and Hartfeld. Hartfeld carriage has broken a wheel and is stuck in the mud of the storm. Hartfeld is head to a Holiday party that his parents insist that he attends. Hartfeld thinks the party will have his parents wanting him to become engaged to a certain lady there. So he is in no hurry to attend and is happy enough to stay at Lady Pippa house. But these two, have been battling their words and trying to fight a growing attraction. When I started reading this I had to know how it ended. I felt for Lady Pippa and how hard I am sure it was to try to trust and understand a close hurt that came to send her off into her own exile. Hartfeld had a few things to work out too. I loved these to together in addition to their smart banter between them. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
BJTodd More than 1 year ago
A Kiss at Christmastide by Christina Mcknight. “I received a free review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.” This is the story of Lady Pippa Godfrey, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Midcrest and Lucas Hartfeld, Earl of Maddox. Because of Pippa’s mother’s humble beginnings, her (supposedly) best friend brings about some scandal during her first season and she runs away to the country by herself. Because of a broken down carriage, Lucas turns up on her doorstep during a rainstorm sticking them together and they don’t like each other very much. Novellas are always too short for me, but this one had more depth than I expected. There was background, mystery, and suspense that kept me hanging on till the end.
Liberty_Ann_Ireland More than 1 year ago
What a delicious little situation is presented in A Kiss at Christmastide! Whether you are a Regency Romance lover or not, as long as you enjoy stories at Christmastime and believe that miracles can happen – even if only within the covers of a book – you too will be enthralled by the beauty and the wonder that starts on the cover and continues throughout the story. Lady Pippa Godfrey and Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox are the wonderful hero and heroine. I can see why they are two of the author’s favorite characters. After a harsh initial meeting under something akin to the worst of circumstances, we are treated to watching as the characters discover that perhaps their initial assessments of one another were wrong. These characters are complex and fun to read and left me wanting more of Lucas and Pippa. Ms. McKnight did such a fantastic job making the story touch on both the character’s and the reader’s emotions. When Pippa decorates her home and prepares gifts to give along with the traditional things that bring joy to her and her family’s heart I was ready for the Magic that is Christmastime. I found it to be full of imagination and delightful to read. *****5 Stars***** ARC provided in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
dfosterbooks More than 1 year ago
Lady Pippa Godfrey has few friends in the ton and soon has one less and she doesn’t even know why. Escaping to the country Pippa longs for nothing but a quiet family Christmas. Alas, fate has other plans. The absence of her parents, a winter storm, and an overbearing lord threaten the very peace she is looking for. As hours turn into days Pippa soon learns the true man behind the face he presents. When the weather improves will she be able to face what she perceives as a betrayal of the worst kind? Lucas Hartfield, the Earl of Maddox, wants many things in life none of which include a trip to the country to meet the girl his parents have chosen for him. His foul mood does not improve when a winter storm erupts and forces him to find shelter and worsens when the young chit who answers the door refuses him admittance. Asserting his status he works his way in for what should be one night. As that one night turns into days Lucas finds himself drawn to the unpretentious lady, so unlike the ladies of the ton. As the weather improves and he makes to leave to disabuse his family of who is to marry things take a terrible turn. Will he be able to forward or will a misstep cost him what he holds dear I absolutely loved this story! Christina McKnight does a fabulous job engaging all the emotions and gives her characters such depth with room to grow. Pippa’s growth from a naïve young girl (and in many ways she retains that innocence) to a young lady discovering love and all the moments in between are a delight to read. Spending time with Pippa starts to change Lucas’ jaded view of the ton as he learns to relax and enjoy the simple things. However, when the outside world makes its way in watching these two revert to their former selves was enough to make me what to smack them both. When Lucas learns that something Pippa loves will be threatened if he continues to do as his father wishes he finally grows a backbone and I couldn’t help but cheer. This event also sheds a new light on Pippa’s former friend; a light I look forward to reading about in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1813 Lady Pippa Godfrey, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Midcrest, is waiting her turn to play the piano at a musicale recital. It is her first London season and she is very shy and nervous about her piano performance. Pippa is not enjoying herself at all and would be much happier at home reading. She wishes she could be as confident as her good friend, Lady Natalie, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Sheridan. But when Natalie introduces Pippa before her performance, she makes a veiled and snide comment about Pippa spending many hours with their handsome musical instructor making it sound like they were having a tryst. Shocked and deeply hurt by Natalie’s comment, she bravely faces the crowd and performs. Now, she needs to find out why her so-called friend has turned on her. Somerset, England - December 1813 Pippa is reading and listening to a cold storm rage outside her family’s country manor, Helton House, as she reads her favorite books about Christmas. It is quite late but she is still awake awaiting her parents’ arrival. They have been out of town for a couple of days. The rain has poured all day and she worries about the damage to homes in the village. Pippa loves the countryside, walking everywhere, and having a more relaxed daily schedule. Natalie’s family home is next to Pippa’s and they have been friends for many years. She has just received an invitation to a betrothal party for Natalie. Knowing she should be happy for her, Pippa still holds a grudge toward Natalie for her mistreatment of her at the musicale. A knock at the door turns out not to be her parents, but a man asking if his lord could be given shelter due to his carriage getting stuck in the mud. The man is Lucas Hatfield, the Earl of Maddox, and son of the Marquis and Marchioness of Bowmont. Pippa is taken aback at his request. Knowing the few servants in the house have long been abed, Pippa is afraid as she is alone. The Earl is gruff and angry at her hesitancy to allow him inside. However, she relents and rings for her butler who shows him to a room. It turns out that he is heading to the party for Natalie and is, in fact, her betrothed. Ah, but Lucas soon becomes very attracted to Pippa. As the storm does not allow him to continue with his journey right away, they share time together preparing for Christmas. They quickly come to admire one another. Will they be able to say goodbye and go their separate ways? This is a good story and I enjoyed the characters. I think others will like the book as well. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A relatively short Christmas-themed novella with a sweet ending that tries its hardest to make you forget its shortcomings: major instalove, two Dukedoms withing walking distance (fifteen-minute walking distance! They share a village???), a BFF who turns on the main character without warning yet unexpectedly seems to want her to be happy at the end, emotional reactions that seem off but are also quick to change, miracle reunions with estranged parents (apparently--we don't actually see this because it seems to happen between the main story and the epilogue)... I did like the idea of the Christmas legend (the kissing bough) though Pippa couldn't seem to decide for once and for all if the story meant she was to marry the one who kissed her or not...it seemed to depend on her current mood and state of mind. Probably a lot of the above could have been fixed with a longer story that 1) took place over a longer period of time 2) explained more about character motivations (what were Natalie, the traitor BFF's reasons for what she did to Pippa? What were her and Lucas's fathers' big "evil" plans for the village?), and 3) stayed a bit more true to the historical period. Rating: 2 1/2 stars / C- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Peachey04 More than 1 year ago
Such a delightful story set in England during the 1800's. The characters are unique and have interesting interactions. Pippa and Lucas have things they don't share with one another and the fight the attraction that is growing between them. I enjoyed this story very much and it is worth reading. Gifted a copy for an honest review.
Teri_D More than 1 year ago
After Lady Pippa's friend, Natalie, embarrasses her in front of the ton, Pippa's retreats from society. Home with only the servants in a raging storm, a stranger knocks on the door requesting shelter as his coach has broken down. While Pippa is not comfortable with the decision, she decides to let Lucas and his few staff stay. I'm so glad she did. Although they start out a little rocky, a friendship begins to grow with some sigh worthy romance building. I enjoyed the developing relationship, especially the holiday decorating and baking. Pippa is so sweet. She loved to make Christmas special for the villagers. Lucas learned how to tame his rakish ways, open his heart and enjoy the season. Christina McKnight has given us a sweet holiday romance. I look forward to reading it again on a cold winter's night during the holidays. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Historical romance has always been my genre of choice, A Kiss at Christmastide reminded me why. Anytime a reader allows themselves to get so lost that sorry is experienced when the story ends, you know you've stumbled upon a diamond. Pippa's trusting heart and beautiful soul hides many insecurities. Her vulnerability makes her an easy target for manipulative and vengeful people. When a scandal ruins her chances at a her first London Season, she enters into seclusion and shuts herself off from it all. A stranger, a snowstorm and the hands of fate may just bring her isolation to an end. Pippa and Lucas embody all the qualities I look for in a story. Ms. McKnight evokes an emotional connection with Pippa from the very beginning. Her panic, heartbreak and loneliness make her an open book and jumped right out at me. Lucas was harder to figure out but a mystery worth solving. I couldn't help but fall for this beautiful fairytale.