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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Book Review and ARC Giveaway of Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes

More than a wish - if you like infants and sweet domesticity this is a charmer to read.
Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish
By Grace Burrowes
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402261543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402261541
Genre: Historical Romance
My Rating: 5.0 of 5.0
Book Description
Publication Date: October 4, 2011

"Grace Burrowes passes 'the hair rose on the back of my neck' test...{her} voice embeds itself in your brain."
-USA Today

A luminous holiday tale of romance, passion, and dreams come true from rising star Grace Burrowes, whose award-winning Regency romances are capturing hearts worldwide.

All she wants is peace and anonymity...
Lady Sophie Windham has maneuvered a few days to herself at the ducal mansion in London before she must join her family for Christmas in Kent. Suddenly trapped by a London snowstorm, she finds herself with an abandoned baby and only the assistance of a kind, handsome stranger standing between her and complete disaster.

But Sophie's holiday is about to heat up...
With his estate in ruins, Vim Charpentier sees little to feel festive about this Christmas. His growing attraction for Sophie Windham is the only thing that warms his spirits-but when Sophie's brothers whisk her away, Vim's most painful holiday memories are reawakened.

It seems Sophie's been keeping secrets, and now it will take much more than a mistletoe kiss to make her deepest wishes come true...

"Burrowes's sensual love story...rises above the crowd with deft dialogue and delightful characters."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Review:  I loved this book!  I ooohed at the baby and ahhhed at the handsome hero who shows Sophie how to handle an infant - even to changing the nappies! I chuckled and laughed out loud at the warm antics of various characters including the snipping remarks between the big brothers.

Vim has terrible memories that keep him away from his estates. But now his elderly Uncle and Aunt have summoned him home to deal with the infirmities that they have described of each other.  When Vim sees a lovely lady struggling to calm an unhappy infant he is more than willing to offer assistance.

Lady Sophie didn’t realize that her maid has run off leaving the child, Kit, behind. She has no idea how to manage a baby.  When Mr. Charpentier steps in to instantly soothe the boy she is momentarily alarmed that a strange man has spoken to her.  She quickly realizes that she needs his help.

Sophie doesn’t tell Vim that she is the practical daughter of the Duke’s household, but lets him believe that she is merely a competent servant.  The snow keeps Vim from traveling and one day turns into another. Kit charms them both as they begin to fall under the magical spell of sharing simple domestic joys. Then they fall into a sensual pull of passion which they try to resist until Sophie decides that she can have at least part of a Christmas wish if she is bold enough.

The story is expanded with more domesticity in views of Sophie’s brothers and two sets of “parents”.  The brothers, Westhaven, the heir, St. Just, the soldier, and Val, the pianist, are warm jokesters with their different personalities. Sophie’s parents, the Duke and Duchess, are portrayed with their proper, yet warmly caring ways while they await the late arrival of their children. Vim’s Aunt and Uncle are charming with their sweet elderly eccentricities and mischief as they also await the late arrival of their beloved nephew and heir.

An example of the humor can be seen in this scene:
Vim has finally left to travel home. Sophie’s three brothers have arrived to find her in a rather somber mood with an infant on her hands. They are also discovering evidence that someone else has been in the house with Sophie. As Sophie pauses to make an explanation the back door slams and they hear:
“Sophie, love! I’m back. Come here and let me kiss you senseless, and then, by God, we’re going to talk.”
Vim rounds the corner to find her three brothers glowering at him!  Oooops!

Sophie and Vim each think they do not have a future together. Yet they revel in the warm sensual feelings growing between them even knowing they will hurt when they part. Burrowes has another winner with this completely delightful story.  Having enjoyed three of the siblings’ stories in this wonderful series I will have to get Val’s story, The Virtuoso, too.
Thank you to Sourcebooks for this book to read and review.

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  1. I am glad to know the Windham sisters will be getting their own stories.

    I am a follower.

  2. +1 Something interesting I found on the author's site is that Ms. Burrowes started her own law practice and acquired a master’s degree in Conflict Management before she started to really pursue writing!

    +1 already GFC follower


  3. +1 Something interesting: The first 3 books are about the Duke & Duchess' sons and that this book and the 4 that will follow are about their daughters. I love long series so I am definitely interested in this authors books.

    +1 GFC follower: June M.

    +1 Tweet:!/JuneAnnM/status/141752393435070464

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  4. GFC Krystal Larson tweeted
    I liked the author's bio-she played the piano! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  5. The author is also a lawyer
    I follow on GFC
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  6. Hi. Thank you for this giveaway and I love the author's site. I learned one of her book was in the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Very awesome!

    I am a follower. ( Chi Kittie )

    I posted on FB -


    - Beckie

  7. That she has one daughter. This book sounds really great. I love humor in books.

    +1 old gfc follower

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  8. Her word corner is hilarious! I can learn lots of new words!
    gfc follow jacque stengel
    twinmomx5 at gmail dot com

  9. +1 Something I found interesting on the author's website was the blog post Why Do You Women Read That Stuff?

    +1 I already follow via gfc
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  10. She is one of 7 children!

    old GFC follower
    castings at mindspring dot com

  11. Thanks for the giveaway! From the author's website, I learned that she is one of seven children.

    +1 Already follow via GFC (Bornajhawk).
    +1 Tweeted:!/MamaHendo3/status/142993320229081089
    +1 Posted giveaway on FB:


  12. +1 I found out that the new cover for Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal has now been revealed and it's gorgeous!! lol

    +1 Already a follower - Lisajo85 or Lisa @ Once Upon A Chapter

    +1 Tweeted -!/onceuponachaptr/status/143501355942817792



  13. +1 - I found out that Grace "didn’t set out to write an-eight sibling series, but as much fun as I’ve had with it, I now wish Their Graces had managed a few more offspring."
    +1 - New follower, Lisarenee

  14. +1 I found that Grace Burrowes writes very interesting blog posts. I had to force myself to stop reading so that I could come back here and finish entering the giveaway.

    +1 I follow on GFC. (Jessi Likey)

    jessilikey AT gmail DOT com

  15. I can't remember if I put my email in my comment so here it is.
    jessilikey AT gmail DOT com


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