Home for the Holidays

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Two years ago, the incomparable Johanna Lindsey gave her many devoted fans a gift to treasure entitled The Present. Johanna proves that her heart—and her talent—know no bounds, as she returns with another sumptuous tale rich in the love, joy, and the magic of the season! Spiced with a wonderful Dickensian flavor and sparkling with the unique Lindsey wit, Home for the Holidays is the story of a young woman beset by misfortune at Yuletide, and the dashing champion who comes to her rescue—and is, in turn rescued by ...
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Overview

Two years ago, the incomparable Johanna Lindsey gave her many devoted fans a gift to treasure entitled The Present. Johanna proves that her heart—and her talent—know no bounds, as she returns with another sumptuous tale rich in the love, joy, and the magic of the season! Spiced with a wonderful Dickensian flavor and sparkling with the unique Lindsey wit, Home for the Holidays is the story of a young woman beset by misfortune at Yuletide, and the dashing champion who comes to her rescue—and is, in turn rescued by her—told with the breathtaking flair that has made Johanna Lindsey one of the world's most beloved authors!
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A Gift of Love from Lindsey
Romance author Johanna Lindsey gave her readers the perfect Christmas gift two years ago with her seasonal tale of love, The Present. This year, Lindsey once again demonstrates her holiday spirit with another tale of Yuletide yearnings, this one with distinct Dickensian overtones. Home for the Holidays is a deliciously delectable tale of romance, revenge, and high passion, spiced up with a dash of irony, a sprinkling of wit, and a smattering of holiday magic.

Young Larissa Ascot has her hands full as the holiday season draws near. Not only is her father long overdue for his return from his latest excursion on the high seas, but her younger brother is seriously ill with some mysterious malady. Just as she thinks things can't get any worse, they do. All of her father's creditors panic suddenly, calling in their markers and refusing to issue any more credit. Larissa starts selling off possessions in an effort to make ends meet, but then the final blow is struck. Mere days before Christmas, she is served with an eviction notice that requires her and her brother to be gone from the house within 24 hours.

The culprit behind all these financial woes is wealthy businessman Vincent Everett. Vincent's thirst for vengeance is triggered when he receives a suicide note from his younger brother, Albert, who apparently decided to end it all when his fledgling shipping company met with financial ruin. The target of Vincent's vengeance is the man who was Albert's chief competitor: Larissa's father. In a gesture of fake beneficence, Vincent offers Larissa and her brother temporary lodgings under his own roof, intending to seduce the lovely Larissa for his coup de grace. But his plan backfires when he falls in love with Larissa and then discovers the ugly truth about the dealings between Albert and Larissa's father. Too late, he realizes that he may have lost the only thing that really matters to him -- Larissa's love.

Lindsey's trademark flair for writing romantic tales filled with rich, historic detail and boundless passion shines bright in Home for the Holidays. With a holiday setting and a story that reflects the true joy, magic, and meaning of the season, it's the perfect gift for romance readers.

--Beth Amos

Beth Amos is the author of several novels, including Second Sight and Cold White Fury.

Chicago Sun-Times
You wont be disappointed on Johanna Lindsey.
Chicago Sun-Times
You wont be disappointed on Johanna Lindsey.
Kirkus Reviews
Regency fluff that might be retitled The Seduction, since at heart its greatest allure is sex, not the Christmas season. The publisher is puffing Lindsey's 37th romance, many of its predecessors (54 million copies in print around the world) having rung the New York Times's #1 bestseller bell, as a sentimental Yuletide heartwarmer. Few of the author's most ardent fans, though, will see it as other than a piece of pale eroticism with an ending more forced than miraculous. Vincent Everett, Baron Everett of Windsmoor, a canny trader, feels that his brother Albert has been driven into exile, if not to death, by shipping trader George Ascot, who's gone to the colonies to find new markets. Widower Ascot leaves behind his virgin daughter Larissa and ten-year-old son Thomas to care for their large London house. But Ascot has been gone too long, and panicked creditors demand and take all the funds Larissa has for caring for the house. Lord Everett, meanwhile, bent on avenging his brother, buys up the Ascot property from the realtor who holds the family's mortgage and instantly forecloses. At his first sight of Larissa, however, he seeks an even stronger vengeance on Ascot by seducing his ecstatically beautiful daughter. So the ravishingly handsome and muscular Everett, 29, clearly a rake who has had numberless bed partners, offers the penniless Larissa and Thomas lodgings at his own fancy digs—her bedroom, in fact, now adjoins his. Not only does Everett want to deflower Larissa in his late brother's memory, but he finds her seduction much to his own vile taste. When news comes that Larissa's father is dead, Lord Everett makes his move, and the grieving butbewitchedLarissa is soon,well,"feeling him buried deep within her." With no intent to marry, mind you. And if, miraculously, this rake should marry her, promising fidelity eternal, what reader will believe him? Sex and Christian warmth to ring up cash-register rhapsodies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380814817
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/30/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 695,385
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.77 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Johanna Lindsey is one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with over sixty million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of “first-rate romance” (New York Daily News), Lindsey is the author of forty-three previous bestselling novels, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. Lindsey lives in Maine with her family.
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Chapter One

Vincent Everett sat in his coach across the street from the fashionable town house in London. It was one of the colder nights of the winter season, but he had slid the window open so he could see clearly across the street. He wouldn't be surprised if snow was imminent.

He wasn't sure why he was there, subjecting himself to inclement weather. He didn't doubt that his secretary, Horace Dudley, would serve the notice that gave the occupants two days to vacate the house. It wasn't that this was another stepping-stone in his decision to ruin the Ascot family, who lived there. It was more likely that he was simply bored and had had no other plans for the evening.

Even the decision to ruin this particular family wasn't an emotional one. Vincent hadn't experienced any real emotion since his childhood, nor did he ever again want to know such pain. It was much, much easier to exist with a stone for a heart, made simple matters such as evicting a family during the Christmas season just a matter of course.

No, the methodical destruction of the Ascots wasn't emotional, but it was personal. Vincent's younger brother, Albert, had made it personal, when he had put the full blame for his failed business and finances on George Ascot.

Albert had lost most of his inheritance, solely on his own. However, he had learned from his mistakes. He had taken what little was left of it and tried to start a business that would support him, so he wouldn't be a continuous drain on Vincent. And to give himself some pride. He had bought several merchant ships, opened a small office in Portsmouth. But apparently Ascot, an established shipping merchant himself,had been afraid of the competition and had set out to undermine Albert's efforts at every turn, to break him before he even began.

These were the details in Albert's letter, which was all he'd left behind before he disappeared, that and an astounding number of debts that continued to land on Vincent's door. Vincent feared that Albert had taken himself off to quietly kill himself somewhere where he wouldn't be found, as he had threatened so many times. What else was he to think, when Albert's letter had ended with "This is the only way I can think of, to no longer be an embarrassment or burden to you"?

Albert's demise had left Vincent without family, though to be honest, he'd never really felt a part of his own family, so his lack of one now hardly made a difference to him. His parents had died just after Vincent reached his majority, within a year of each other, leaving only the two brothers. With no other relatives, even distant ones, the brothers should have been close. Not so. Albert might have felt a closeness, or more to the point, a dependency, but then Albert expected the world and everything in it to revolve around him, a silly notion that their parents had fostered by making him their joy, their amusement, their favorite. Vincent had merely been the reserved, boring heir they never took notice of.

It was amazing that Vincent had never hated his brother, but then you had to experience emotion to hate. By the same token, there had been no love, either, for his weakling of a brother, merely a tolerance because he was "family." That he had picked up the gauntlet, as it were, on Albert's behalf was more a long-standing habit, as well as a matter of pride. It was a blight on his own name, that George Ascot had successfully crushed an Everett without consequences. He would soon know differently. It was the last thing that Vincent could do for Albert, to at least pay back Ascot in kind.

The snow he had been expecting arrived, just as the door opened across the street to Dudley's knock. Vincent's view was hampered by the white flakes, but he could still make out a flowing skirt, so a female had answered the knock. Ascot himself wouldn't be there. Reports were that he had set sail on one of his ships in the first week of September, and more than three months later, had yet to return to England. His absence was making this retaliation simple. When Ascot did return, he would find his credit canceled with many of his merchant suppliers, and his home lost to him due to lack of payment on demand.

Vincent hadn't decided yet whether to continue his campaign after tonight or to wait for Ascot's return. Tonight's eviction would be a decisive blow, the culmination of several weeks' work, but hardly satisfactory when Ascot wouldn't be there to know of it yet.

Actually, this whole matter of revenge was rather distasteful. It wasn't something he wanted to do, had ever done before, or likely ever would again, but was something he felt he had to do this one time. So he would as soon get it over and done with. But Ascot wasn't obliging in that, being out of the country for longer than expected.

He should have returned by now. Vincent had counted on his being back by now. Waiting was not something he did well. And waiting in his coach, in the cold, when he didn't need to be there and still wasn't even sure why he was there, was starting to annoy him, especially since Dudley was taking his sweet time delivering the notice. How bloody long did it take to hand over a piece of paper?

Across the street, the door finally closed. But Vincent's secretary still stood there facing it, unmoving. Had he accomplished his task, or had the door been closed on him before he could? What the devil was he doing, standing there in the snow doing nothing...

Home for the Holidays. Copyright © by Johanna Lindsey. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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First Chapter

Chapter One

Vincent Everett sat in his coach across the street from the fashionable town house in London. It was one of the colder nights of the winter season, but he had slid the window open so he could see clearly across the street. He wouldn't be surprised if snow was imminent.

He wasn't sure why he was there, subjecting himself to inclement weather. He didn't doubt that his secretary, Horace Dudley, would serve the notice that gave the occupants two days to vacate the house. It wasn't that this was another stepping-stone in his decision to ruin the Ascot family, who lived there. It was more likely that he was simply bored and had had no other plans for the evening.

Even the decision to ruin this particular family wasn't an emotional one. Vincent hadn't experienced any real emotion since his childhood, nor did he ever again want to know such pain. It was much, much easier to exist with a stone for a heart, made simple matters such as evicting a family during the Christmas season just a matter of course.

No, the methodical destruction of the Ascots wasn't emotional, but it was personal. Vincent's younger brother, Albert, had made it personal, when he had put the full blame for his failed business and finances on George Ascot.

Albert had lost most of his inheritance, solely on his own. However, he had learned from his mistakes. He had taken what little was left of it and tried to start a business that would support him, so he wouldn't be a continuous drain on Vincent. And to give himself some pride. He had bought several merchant ships, opened a small office in Portsmouth. But apparently Ascot, an established shipping merchant himself,had been afraid of the competition and had set out to undermine Albert's efforts at every turn, to break him before he even began.

These were the details in Albert's letter, which was all he'd left behind before he disappeared, that and an astounding number of debts that continued to land on Vincent's door. Vincent feared that Albert had taken himself off to quietly kill himself somewhere where he wouldn't be found, as he had threatened so many times. What else was he to think, when Albert's letter had ended with "This is the only way I can think of, to no longer be an embarrassment or burden to you"?

Albert's demise had left Vincent without family, though to be honest, he'd never really felt a part of his own family, so his lack of one now hardly made a difference to him. His parents had died just after Vincent reached his majority, within a year of each other, leaving only the two brothers. With no other relatives, even distant ones, the brothers should have been close. Not so. Albert might have felt a closeness, or more to the point, a dependency, but then Albert expected the world and everything in it to revolve around him, a silly notion that their parents had fostered by making him their joy, their amusement, their favorite. Vincent had merely been the reserved, boring heir they never took notice of.

It was amazing that Vincent had never hated his brother, but then you had to experience emotion to hate. By the same token, there had been no love, either, for his weakling of a brother, merely a tolerance because he was "family." That he had picked up the gauntlet, as it were, on Albert's behalf was more a long-standing habit, as well as a matter of pride. It was a blight on his own name, that George Ascot had successfully crushed an Everett without consequences. He would soon know differently. It was the last thing that Vincent could do for Albert, to at least pay back Ascot in kind.

The snow he had been expecting arrived, just as the door opened across the street to Dudley's knock. Vincent's view was hampered by the white flakes, but he could still make out a flowing skirt, so a female had answered the knock. Ascot himself wouldn't be there. Reports were that he had set sail on one of his ships in the first week of September, and more than three months later, had yet to return to England. His absence was making this retaliation simple. When Ascot did return, he would find his credit canceled with many of his merchant suppliers, and his home lost to him due to lack of payment on demand.

Vincent hadn't decided yet whether to continue his campaign after tonight or to wait for Ascot's return. Tonight's eviction would be a decisive blow, the culmination of several weeks' work, but hardly satisfactory when Ascot wouldn't be there to know of it yet.

Actually, this whole matter of revenge was rather distasteful. It wasn't something he wanted to do, had ever done before, or likely ever would again, but was something he felt he had to do this one time. So he would as soon get it over and done with. But Ascot wasn't obliging in that, being out of the country for longer than expected.

He should have returned by now. Vincent had counted on his being back by now. Waiting was not something he did well. And waiting in his coach, in the cold, when he didn't need to be there and still wasn't even sure why he was there, was starting to annoy him, especially since Dudley was taking his sweet time delivering the notice. How bloody long did it take to hand over a piece of paper?

Across the street, the door finally closed. But Vincent's secretary still stood there facing it, unmoving. Had he accomplished his task, or had the door been closed on him before he could? What the devil was he doing, standing there in the snow doing nothing...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Well Written

    This book was enjoyable; good story line, intense passionate moments and a terrific ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Another Knockout by Ms. Lindsey

    I have always loved Ms. Lindsey's books and she has scored another hit. I love the characters and the way she researched and used Christmas traditions. If you like emotion and believable characters you will love this book. I read it in one sitting and had to finish to see the heroine soften the hard hero! Loved it, highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Recommend this book.

    Love reading books by Johanna Lindsey and she didn't disappoint with this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Great historical romance

    Characters were typical but story was easy to follow and difficult to put down at times

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Love the book

    Good story as always .....i dont get why ppl give 1 or 2 stars then they comliment the book .....and recomend it......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Good quick read

    Very good - quick read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Alyssa

    "She goes where people are doing stuff the shouldn't be doing." Alyssa sniffles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Chase

    Oh. He says. Well. Where does she like to go?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Great holiday read

    I have been a big Johanna Lindsey fan for many years and have read all of her books. I liked the book, its a nice story. It was good but not her best. The "hero" set out to ruin this family because of what happened to his brother. His determination to seduce the young heroine at any cost was a little crazy though. Shows that in the end - with a willingness to forgive love will win!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Excellent Read!!!!

    You will not be disappointed!!! Highly Recommend!!!! Love JL's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Like reading romance cliff notes

    This book is like reading cliff notes of the actual book or watching a movie in fast forward. You know there are characters, but do they actually have any feelings besides vague lust? Even important scenes have no descriptions. I read about half of the novel and can't finish it. It wouldn't even be worth the money if it was free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2011

    loved it

    He was harsh and determined to ruin her until they met. Serves him right,this is a great book. You'll enjoy the antics as much as I did and of course the feeling that says darn that was supposed to be me not her getting kissed!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A "sweet" read

    I've read a lot of JL's Books, this one was "sweet".I liked it. It was kind of different than the others.The story was nice, the characters were sweet.Nothing over the top or too dramatic!!Nice, easy read !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    Just finished reading the book, once I got into the book it was hard to put it down like all of her stories. I would recommend this book to anyone with an imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    Love can be so unexpected

    I really enjoyed this book. The ending did leave me with alot more questions than any of her other novels, but it shows how you can find the in a very unlikely situation. I love Johanna Lindsey's novels and I haven't found one that I would not want to read again. Keep up the good work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2005

    PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES

    GENERALLY SPEAKING I LOVE JOHANNA LINDSEYS BOOKS. THIS ONE WAS NO EXCEPTION. IT WAS GREAT. THE HEROINE COULD HAVE MADE THE HERO SUFFER A LITTLE MORE BEFORE SHE FORGAVE HIM BUT OVER ALL IT WAS GOOD. WHY WOULD YOU WANT A HERO WHO IS PERFECT FROM THE FIRST PAGE. THE WHOLE PURPOSE IS TO HAVE THE CHARACTERS GROW AND IMPROVE. WHO WANTS A GOODY TWO SHOES MAN. WHAT HE DID WASN'T ALL THAT HORRIBLE. HE SEDUCED HER HE DIDN'T RAPE HER. THE PEOPLE WHO HAD SUCH BAD THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK SHOULD STEP BACK AND TRY TO DO BETTER THEMSELVES. JOHANNA LINDSEY IS A GREAT AUTHOR AND I AUTOMATICALLY BUY EVERY BOOK SHE PUTS OUT. MY ONLY PROBLEM WITH HER IS THAT SHE DOESNT PRODUCE MORE NOVELS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2003

    Better than Expected

    I would have given the book a 5 star rating, had the hero been a bit more moral in his actions. But the sensuality of the moments where both hero and heroine had experienced the most intense of chemistry had me on the edge of my seat. The thought of a wealthy, tall, dark and handsome Englishman at her whim can send chills down a woman's spine. The plight of the novel is Larissa's obvious innocence, and Vincent's not-so-good intentions. I realize now that I AM a bit biased on my opinion, but at heart I truly believe that Home for the Holidays is a wonderful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2002

    Not the Best I've Read

    From the description on the back, I was expecting a totally different story! I was very disappointed by this book. The heroine was weak and the hero had nothing heroic about him. I couldn't see any reason for the heroine to fall in love with him. Not the best book I've read and definitely one of the worst!

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