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This week I’m continuing snippets from my upcoming Regency Christmas novella, It Happened Under the Mistletoe. It’s a companion piece to last year’s It Happened at Christmas, and is the story of Roger, Lord Daventry (friend of Nicholas, Lord Benberry from It Happened at Christmas) and Lady Sylvia Montgomery.
I now have the blurb!
Christmas magic under the mistletoe…
Roger, Lord Daventry is contemplating a quiet Christmas at his home in Bath—until he literally falls at the feet of beautiful Lady Sylvia Montgomery. He and Lady Sylvia have an immediate attraction, but everyone is leaving London for their country homes for the holidays. Roger says his goodbyes, hoping to meet Sylvia again in the spring.
Lady Sylvia, however, has other plans.
Cajoling her parents into spending Christmas in Bath, Lady Sylvia is thrilled to meet Lord Daventry once more at the city’s Assembly Rooms. She and Roger manage a tryst under the mistletoe and Roger is ready to make a declaration for Sylvia’s hand. But when her father is called away on business, and her brother, Lord Chumleigh, arrives to chaperone Sylvia, Roger recognizes a man from his past who can sabotage his hopes of marriage to Sylvia.
To set the scene, Roger has come with his cousin to a winter’s ball in London to meet the young lady the cousin is enamored of. But Roger loses his cousin in the crowd, and ends up careening around the room, landing on his knees in front of someone in a white gown.
This week I’ve skipped ahead a few chapters, to a Winter Ball that is the end of the Little Season in London. So Sylvia and Roger have seen each other a few times. We are in Sylvia’s POV and she speaks to her mother first.
“Have you seen Lord Daventry this evening, Mamma? I have promised him the supper dance, but I do not believe he is here yet.”
Her mother nodded to an acquaintance before replying, “There are three more sets before the supper dance, Sylvia, so I am certain Lord Daventry will put in an appearance in plenty of time. He has seemed most attentive to you since we met, however, I do hope, Sylvia, that you have not set your cap at him so quickly. You are not technically out yet, not until next Season, and I insist you meet all the eligible young gentlemen in the spring before you decide which one will be the most advantageous match.”
Heartbeat speeding up, Sylvia shot her mother a scandalized glance. What on earth was Mamma talking about? “The most advantageous match is the one I make with the gentleman I love, Mamma–there is nothing else that matters.”
“Nonsense,” her mother turned a steely eye on her, “a young lady must weigh not only her affection for a gentleman, but his character, his status, and his wealth or at least his prospects. Lord Daventry seems to have the necessary qualities, I grant you, but you will not know who else might be just as attractive or eligible until the spring.”
And now to finish the scene :
“Your father and I will insist that you wait until your come-out before deciding on the gentleman who will be your husband.”
Sylvia opened her mouth to reply that she would not agree to such a stipulation, but shut her lips before she said a word. There was no reason to antagonize her mother at this point. If she did indeed set her heart on Lord Daventry, she would deal with her parents’ decree then. Although, if truth be told, she was becoming more and more inclined to favor Lord Daventry as a potential partner for more than a dance.
It Happened Under the Mistletoe and other Yuletide Tales, an anthology of five of my Christmas novellas, will release this Tuesday, December 1 for just .99. Please keep an eye out for the release party here on my blog!
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.
Christmas Romance Novellas
by Jenna Jaxon