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