'Twas the Night After Christmas

'Twas the Night After Christmas

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A heartwarming Christmas romance from a beloved New York Times bestselling author!

Unwrapping her talent for creating "scintillating wit and heart-stopping sensuality" (Library Journal ), Sabrina Jeffries gives readers a gift to cherish: a touching new novel of an unexpected Christmas reunion--sparked by a cunning ruse, family secrets, and the mysterious ways of the heart.

Dear Sir,

. . . I feel I should inform you that your mother is very ill. If you wish to see her before it is too late, you should come at once.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Camilla Stuart

Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has led an unabashed rogue's life, letting no woman near his heart. Inexplicably abandoned as a child to be raised by distant relatives, he never forgave his parents, refusing to read any of his mother's letters after his father's death. Then came a letter that shook his resolve. A Christmas visit to Montcliff might prove his last chance to discover the truth of his past, and come to terms with the stranger he calls "Mother."

But two surprises await him at Montcliff. His mother is perfectly healthy, nowhere near a deathbed, as her meddling lady's companion led him to believe. The second is Camilla Stuart herself, a lively vicar's widow, too bright and beautiful not to arouse the scoundrel in Pierce. Though she alone is reason enough to prolong his stay, he is soon faced with other tantalizing riddles: What secrets lie in his mother's past to explain his childhood abandonment? Why is the captivating Mrs. Stuart so determined to mend the breach between mother and son? Meanwhile,

Camilla herself is caught up in love's complications since the arrival of the irresistible earl. As his bold flirtation and suggestive whispers draw her dangerously close, can anything protect her vulnerable heart? If they are destined to share real happiness, there must be honesty between them--yet telling him the truth about her own life may shatter that chance.

None of them can predict the startling revelations to come. Or the secrets, both heartening and shocking, divulged between a mother and son, and between two lovers haunted by their respective pasts, that will make Christmas night at Montcliff one to remember--and the glorious night after, one to treasure for a lifetime.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Gallery Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781451642469
1451642466
Characteristics: 354 p.

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usujatha
Feb 12, 2016

Good book and written excellently on the human emotions

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m0k1m3
Dec 03, 2015

OMGasp! It's a Bodice-ripper. I thot it was a mystery - my bad. Not sure how you rate B-r.s .... So, I gave it 2. Gah. If it were an historical B-r, maybe better.

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marthabwaters
Aug 07, 2015

I read this at totally the wrong time of year (because it's a bridge book between one of Jeffries' series I just finished and another one I want to read) but even in August I could appreciate how fun and festive a read this would be in Nov/Dec. Not my absolute favorite of Jeffries' books, but she has a nice family drama as a backdrop to the romantic relationship and overall I enjoyed it quite a bit, even if the Christmas atmosphere occasionally pushed the happily-ever-after in slightly too saccharine a direction even for someone who enjoys romances. Solid Regency overall, though.

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Sarah1984
Jul 12, 2013

8/07 - This was just above average, 2.5 stars really. I didn't really feel any sexual tension between Pierce and Camilla and in all 354 pages there was only 1.5 sex scenes (the first was interrupted before anyone got naked). I think Jeffries did too much of a good job at describing Camilla as a dowdy widow, I couldn't see Pierce being interested in her at all - it made more sense to me that he was temporarily mistressless and she was temporarily handy and so why not. I didn't feel like his mother's reasoning for refusing to explain why she abandoned Pierce to distant relatives was realistic. She must have known how he felt about her after that abandonment, did she really think any explanation she could give was going to make the situation worse than it already was? The situations and reasons for the characters behaviour seemed quite contrived, not natural reactions. Not as good as some of her earlier books.

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