Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers
Book Review of --
A Christmas Kiss by Elizabeth Mansfield
Overall star rating --- 4
About the book:
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?
Book creation ratings -- Max. total of 30 possible --
Overall total, out of 30 -- 28
-- Story & characters -- 8
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The Christmas Quotient --- 4
** How many Christmas trees a book gets tells how Christmassy it was. The scale runs from 1-7 trees. **
The review --
This is a very nice historical romance book, and I did enjoy reading it. One of the nice things about it is no sex scenes, if that's something you like. Overall, it's a very good book, with an engaging story and interesting characters.
When the governess strikes her employer's son, because of his amorous advances, the results are tragic for her. She is dismissed, and right before Christmas. But his 2 friends have a plan - invite her to his house for Christmas, and get his aunt to find her a position. But the timid governess gets much more than she bargained for.
Overall, this is a very delightful Christmas romance, that's a very fun read.
Genre -- Christmas historical romance
Age recommendations -- 17 and up
Sex content rating -- mild
Violence rating -- none
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