Weary of war and wandering Leander Knollis, Earl of Charrington, wants a home, a wife, and a good old-fashioned English Christmas. As he seems unable to fall in love, however, he will only consider a marriage of convenience to a sensible woman. He is beginning to despair when he encounters the perfect candidate, a woman so devoted to her late husband's memory that no one thinks she could ever love again.
Judith Rossiter is in no position to turn down the astonishing proposal, but it worries her. Why would an earl, and a most attractive one at that, offer marriage to an impoverished widow with two young children? At least his main condition should be easy enough to fulfill. After the folly of Judith's first marriage, a sensible rather than a sentimental union is exactly what she wants. Or so she believes when she says her vows.
A weary war and diplomatic Earl and an emproverished widow with two young children learn to love each other at Christmas time. A really good read
Not a real christmas story as such--It just takes place prior to the christmas season and culminates there. A good story with a twists and turns. Enjoyable!!!
I love this book. There isn't so much mystery but a great story leading up to love and warmth.
This is the 3rd book of the Company of Rogues series. I have enjoyed the entire series, and am on my 2nd reading. Leander Knollis, Earl of Charrington, was raised traveling Europe with his parents and has inherited his father's diplomatic skills. He also seems to have inherited his father's inability to fall in love. After watching his mother spend her life devoted to a man that did not return her affections, he decides that he will find a woman who is willing to accept a comfortable, yet loveless marriage. He is introduce to Judith Rossiter, the "Weeping Widow" of a well known poet. She seems to be the perfect candidate as her husband has left her penniless, she seems devoted to his memory, and she comes with two children, which Lee believes will help him settle into his life in England quickly. What he doesn't know is that any love she had for her husband died years ago. I felt that this was a sweet story and enjoyed watching this married couple fall in love.