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What Happens at Christmas (Millworth Manor Series)

What Happens at Christmas (Millworth Manor Series)

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by Victoria Alexander

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A blazing fire, an English country house . . . and the ultimate game of charades. In this charming holiday novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander, a beautiful widow finds her plan for a Christmas proposal going perfectly awry . . .

Camille, Lady Lydingham, knows precisely what she wants for Christmas--an official engagement to a


A blazing fire, an English country house . . . and the ultimate game of charades. In this charming holiday novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander, a beautiful widow finds her plan for a Christmas proposal going perfectly awry . . .

Camille, Lady Lydingham, knows precisely what she wants for Christmas--an official engagement to a handsome, dashing prince. Her very proper suitor expects a proper English family and the perfect Dickensian Christmas, which leaves the lovely widow with a slight problem. The last thing Camille wants is for the prince to meet her unconventional relatives. But with the aid of a troupe of actors, Camille intends to pull off a Christmas deception of massive proportions.

At least until Grayson Elliot shows up. A dozen years ago, he declared his love on the day before her marriage to another man, then vanished from her life. Now he's back, gate-crashing Camille's already chaotic house party, playing absolute havoc with her scheme--and with her heart. Because for Grayson, losing Camille once was quite bad enough. Losing her twice? Unthinkable. And he'll find a way to show her they belong together--for this season, and every Christmas yet to come . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Alexander’s divine Victorian Christmas confection provides an abundance of wit and warmth. Camille, the widowed Lady Lydingham, hires a troupe of down-on-their-luck actors to masquerade as her family and staff in order to entice the handsome, if shifty, Prince Nicolai Pruzinsky to propose. What could go wrong? Everything, starting with the unexpected reappearance of Grayson Elliott, Camille’s long-ago love, who’s bemused to arrive at her house and be asked whether he’s there to audition. Alexander takes full comedic advantage of every possible plot twist as the farce threatens time and again to come crashing down. Actors flub their lines and disasters cascade, and it’s up to Camille, Grayson, and Camille’s delightful twin, Beryl, to shore up the increasingly shaky burlesque and keep the prince’s proposal on track. This star belongs at the top of the tree. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Possessed of a family that is anything but traditional, Camille, the young widowed Lady Lydingham, sets out to provide a "traditional English Christmas, à la Dickens," for her current romantic quarry, handsome, debonair Prince Nikolai Pruzinsky. She takes advantage of her family's absence and hires a company of actors to "become" her proper relatives for the season. It all seems a brilliant idea, until Grayson Elliott, the friend Camille hasn't seen since the day he stammered his love for her and then left her engaged to another man, shows up at the front door and refuses to leave. Wary but relieved when Gray agrees to help her maintain the subterfuge, Camille has no idea that Gray has his own agenda: to keep her from marrying the prince and claim her for himself. VERDICT Clever, quirky, and thoroughly delightful, this creative Christmas confection features a houseful of offbeat characters, a surfeit of family members, and a pair of protagonists who finally get things right. Alexander (My Wicked Little Lies) lives in Omaha.

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Millworth Manor Series
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5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and has never looked back. Victoria grew up traveling the country as an Air Force brat and is now settled in a very old house in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two allegedly grown children and two bearded collies. She firmly believes housework is a four-letter word, there are no calories in anything eaten standing up, procrastination is an art form, and it’s never too soon to panic.

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What Happens at Christmas 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Janie_tx More than 1 year ago
Good Christmas Story! I truly enjoyed this story although it sounded familiar. I knew what was going to happen before it. Somewhere a long time ago I must have read a story similar to this except I didn't remember the children. Regardless I enjoyed it. This story had me laughing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really unique. Not your every day...same old...same old romance novel. Very entertaining & unexpected story line. I highly recommend this book.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
WHAT HAPPENS AT CHRISTMAS by Victoria Alexander is an exciting Regency historical romance.Follow, Camille, Lady Lydingham and Grayson Elliott on a Christmas time adventure of passion,holiday spirit,secrets,deception,and humor. Ms. Alexander has done it again with this delightful story of love lost,and found again. If you enjoy Christmas time stories with a flare for the drama,deception and love you will enjoy "What Happens At Christmas". Received for an honest review from the publisher. Visit the author's website,Kensington Books, or My Book Addiction and More for more details. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was beautifully written. Twists and turns till the very end. Cant wait to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read. These characters are incredible. The sarcasm and verbal play in this series is amazing.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Fun historical Christmas romance! *Book source ~ Many thanks to Kensington for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Camille, Lady Lydingham and Beryl, Lady Dunwell are twins who are not known for being boring. In fact, their whole family is a bit barmy. So when Camille is hoping a Prince of some foreign country (Camille can’t remember which) will propose to her she decides to hire a troupe of actors to play her family and give him a proper English Christmas at her family home Millworth Manor. Except for her twin, the rest of the family are in Europe and out of the way. What can go wrong? Yeah, what exactly can go wrong with this scenario? You got it. Just about everything. This was a delightfully fun holiday historical romance with plenty of unexpected turns and shenanigans. I’ve read a few other books by Victoria Alexander and enjoyed them so I was pretty sure I would have a fun time reading this one. I was right. The characters are excellent, the writing wonderful and the plot is one I’ve not seen before. Who hires actors to play their family in order to impress a Prince? I just knew it wouldn’t go smoothly. Lol If you’re looking for an entertaining historical holiday romance then be sure to pick this one up. I’m sure it won’t disappoint. 
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
3.75* I very much enjoyed this Christmas tail. This was my first book by Victoria Alexander and it won't be my last. It was a fun and funny book with a cast of characters real and actors that will have you in stitches. Camille and Elliot have good chemistry and it was interesting to watch Camille at first try to get her prince and then to avoid him and Elliot trying to get Camille to forgive him for his past failings. A must read.
dunndrew More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED the story - so well written and the romance seemed very realistic and meaningful. It seemed like a very clean romance and I was really disappointed that towards the end there was a fairly graphic sex scene. To me, it seemed very out of place and unexpected and did nothing to enhance the story. I think it would have been better without it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silly, unbelievable, but cute. A fun and quick read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. The charactors and the plot was funny and engaging. It was laugh out loud funny and seriosly engaging. Her idea to hire a family was brillant. All the charactors were original. I highly recommend this book. 4.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the book, but it was a bit silly and confusing, trying to keep up with all the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great reading .I recommended it
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
   Camille has found herself a new husband.  A prince.  The only problem is her family is less than conventional. What's a woman to do? Why hire actors to portray her family and servants.  The prince, after all, expects to see a classic English Christmas.  Camille never expects her first love to show up out of the blue. It's been eleven years.  Here he is though. Standing in her home and wondering who all these strange people are.  Grayson reluctantly agrees to help Camille with her scheme while silently planning to stop this engagement.       Funny and sweet, this book will make you laugh and tug at your heart.  Ms Alexander adds just the right amount of romance, love and giggles to this book. You'll enjoy the escapades of Camille and her ragtag cast.  An easy read, you'll finish this one before you know it. It's amazing.      I found no issues with this one.       I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because I have some friends I can see doing this..lol.  ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
MinaD1 More than 1 year ago
Highly entertaining! Young widow Camille, Lady Lydingham, had grown up thinking that there wasn’t much use for true love in a practical world. Grayson Elliott, her first and only genuine love, had come forward with an ill-timed declaration, right on the eve of her arranged marriage to an older and much wealthier man. After revealing his feelings, Grayson had vanished, disappointing Camille’s hope to be rescued at the altar from a loveless marriage. He had fled to America bringing his broken heart and wounded pride with him, spurred by the sheer determination to prove himself to Camille by making his way into the world and building a fortune. Eleven years later, Grayson is back in England and ready to fight for the woman who never abandoned his thoughts: for too long they had been like “a play without a last act”, and the now outrageously wealthy Grayson is ready to pull the final curtain on his unrequited love for Camille. His timing seems to be wrong once again, though: the young widow has recently met Nicolai Pruzinsky, prince of as small as unheard-of kingdom of Avalonia. The charming royalty, who’s traveling incognito across Europe in the hope of fully and freely enjoying foreign Christmas traditions, represents everything Camille has ever wanted, handsome and perfect as if he had just popped out of one of those fairy tales she devoured as a young girl. Maybe too perfect to be real. Animated by her childish dreams more than true feelings of love, she sets her heart on Pruzinsky. So, when she learns that he is a fan of Mr. Dickens and that he is quite eager to experience the winter holidays the way they are portrayed in the novelist’s books, she decides to provide him with that proper English Christmas experience as well as a proper English family to go along with it. Afraid that her extravagant relatives will embarrass her in front of a royalty, and taking advantage of a temporary permanence abroad of her flamboyant mother, in fact, Camille hires a troupe of actors to fill her country house and pose as her family. To add complications to her preposterous plan, her long-lost love shows up at her manor, but when it seems that the farce can only end up in disaster and escalate in a huge scandal, the sweet memories of a distant past and her unquenched love for Grayson will remind Camille that, far from being shallow and mercenary, her heart is capable of true love. This historical romance novel by #1 New York Times best-selling author Victoria Alexander was quite a delightful read, reminiscent of a farcical comedy a la Shakespeare, twins, mistaken identity and all. I particularly appreciated Alexander's use of the classical unities (events unfold along one unique plot line, in one location and in a limited span of time), and her ability to get her well-paced narration flowing almost entirely with the use of dialogues. I found Camille’s character to be an original and unconventional female lead, a more practical sort of woman than your usual Victorian romance novel heroine. Fraught with witty dialogues and lively lines delivered by Alexander with the elegance and the perfection of a string of pearls, What Happens At Christmas features an entertaining holiday pageant brightened by the breezy tones of a light-hearted comedy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun read
ChrisSNJ More than 1 year ago
Camille, the widowed Lady Lydingham, has set her sights on marrying the handsome and charming foreign Prince Nikolai and obtaining her fairy tale happy ever after. She sets to win the prince's heart and a marriage proposal by giving him the perfect Dickens Christmas. Camille feels the only way to ensure the proper Dicken's family is to hire a troupe of actors to play her eccentric family and sets about to pull off the perfect scheme. After a long absense Grayson Elliot returns to England and his family's country estate. On a goodwill errand for his cousin, Grayson stumbles upon Camille's crazy charade. Having declared his love to Camille eleven years earlier on the eve of her marriage to another man, Grayson vows not to lose Camille a second time. After situating himself within Camille's Christmas production, Grayson offers her his help, while working to regain her trust and ultimatley winning her heart. I truly enjoyed this book and many times found myself smiling while reading it. I found the cast of characters to be fun and engaging as well as the the perfect compliment to Camille and Grayson sweet romance. Some of the things I enjoyed most were the light hearted, sentimental and often fun interaction between characters. I just adored the Christmas Carrolls. I found myself caught up in the books twists and turns and it left me laughing. What Happens at
wynwords More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best romances I've read in a long time...
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LucyVan More than 1 year ago
I read this around Christmas time and found it to be a fun, engaging story. There are some good plot twists and turns that keep you turning the pages. Character development is well done and the story itself is a good reflection of that period of time in which it takes place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. The crazy schemes of the heroine had me going. I also liked the different character interactions. I could really picture the characters getting into character. The love story was also heartfelt. Great page turner! My greatest thanks to the author for all the laughs! I hadn't read a love story with good laughs for a while.
AMcGoey More than 1 year ago
Finally, a perfect Christmas read! It was funny, romantic, and had an enjoyable cast of characters with witty dialogue.
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Loved the dialigue...wonderful characters and plot! Fun Christmas read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If it can go wrong it will and yet the good Christmas feelings carry through the whole story. Enjoyable Christmas take
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