By Winter's Light (Cynster Next Generation)

By Winter's Light (Cynster Next Generation)

by Stephanie Laurens
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By Winter's Light (Cynster Next Generation) by Stephanie Laurens

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in a new generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic and love.

It's frosty December and six Cynster families come together at snowbound Casphairn Manor with members of their households to celebrate the season in true Cynster fashion—and where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind.

The festive occasion brings together Daniel Crosbie, tutor to Lucifer Cynster's sons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster's daughter. Daniel and Claire have met before and the embers of an unexpected passion smolder between them.

However, Claire, once bitten, twice shy, believes a second marriage is not in her stars. Yet Daniel is determined. He's seen the kind of love the Cynsters share, and Claire is the lady with whom he dreams of sharing his life. Assisted by a bevy of Cynsters—innate matchmakers every one—Daniel strives to persuade Claire that trusting him with her hand and her heart is her right path to happiness.

Claire is increasingly drawn to Daniel and despite her misgivings, their relationship deepens. But then catastrophe strikes, and by winter's light, she learns that love—true love—is worth any risk, any price.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778317470
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Series: Cynsters Next Generation Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,210,862
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens originally began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career; she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she spends most of her days writing new stories in her signature 'Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen" style. Visit her online at

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By Winter's Light 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
csingh More than 1 year ago
It's been so long since my last Cynster novel, I'd almost forgotten how good they are. By Winter's Light was the perfect way to re-enter the Cynster world and not be lost, especially since I've missed a good ten or so books and sort of get caught up with what's going on and what's coming next. I absolutely loved seeing characters I met when they were falling in love.  It's wonderful to see them as parents and future Cynster heroes and heroines.  I absolutely loved that they all gathered as a family to celebrate.  There were so many little Cynsters, a great way to attest to the love their parents have for each other.  I was a little saddened to see Helena, the Dowager Duchess, so old and frail, especially since I still have the memory of when the first met her husband still in my mind.  However, I'm glad to see she's still sharp as a tack and her antics haven't abated. The story really focused on three things: Daniel Crosbie's wooing of the reluctant Claire Meadows, the family gathering together for all of the holiday traditions, and I feel, setting up the scene for the next Cynster's novel.  I absolutely loved all the celebrations described in the book.  I also love knowing the next generation will soon be falling in love and that my journey with the Cynsters won't be ending any time soon! By Winter's Light has once again re-started my love affair with this amazing bunch and I will be sure to be all caught up with the family by the next book's release.
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
By Winter’s Light is a historical romance, which I’ll admit isn’t something I read a lot of. Okay, I pretty much never read historical stuff. This book is also the 21st book in this series and there was quite a large glossary of people at the beginning of the book. At first I was concerned that I would not be able to follow along, but thankfully that was not an issue. I didn’t even read the glossary, I just skimmed over it, but I never felt too out of the loop at any time while reading. Because this is a historical fiction the writing is a little old school. That as well as the courting phases between couples is one of the main reasons I don’t read historical stuff. I’m one of those readers that needs a good alpha. I want to read the dirty talk, I need to see the woo. How can a guy win me over if I don’t get to see his woo? Sadly, this book falls into this area, because it’s historical the relationship between them is very formal. By the end when our main characters, Daniel and Claire are saying they love each other I just couldn’t figure it out. You both admit you’ve had interactions in the past but not a ton how in the heck do you know you love one another??? I just don’t get that part of historical stuff so it makes it harder for me to fall in love with the hero or heroine. And this happened in By Winter’s Light. Daniel and Claire were okay main characters, but I felt they weren’t overly fleshed out. I didn’t get a good feel for either of them, maybe this happens in earlier books and if I had read the beginning of the series I would have liked them more. They were nice people, I just didn’t feel that connection I want while reading. In fact I really liked two of our secondary characters much more. The next story in the series will deal with Lucilla and Thomas (Carrick) and I have to say, those two interested me. It feels like there will be a good story there. I felt the spark between them already and the fact that they both knew it was coming (just not yet) was exciting. I felt like at times this was more Lucilla and Thomas’ story rather than Daniel and Claire. I did enjoy By Winter’s Light even though it isn’t my typical read and I’m rather interested in the next story in the series. While I don’t think I’d read the entire series from start, I am highly considering picking up book #22 to read more on Lucilla and Thomas. By Winter’s Light from Stephanie Laurens is another arc book I received in October.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
I love the Cynster Family, from the first time I read Devil's Bride.  This story is okay, I am not that keen on stories about  others when the book is titled  Cynster Series.  However, it is a credible prelude to Lucilla & Thomas's story.  So, any book by Stephanie Laurens is a good read.  But she really pulls the stops out for the Cynster family.
julieford More than 1 year ago
By Winter's Light is the beginning of the next generation in the Cynster series. This is the story of Daniel, a tutor to Lucifer's sons and Claire, a governess to Gabriel's daughters. A budding romance has Daniel trying to propose to Claire but she is resisting because she is a widow and doesn't want to enter marriage again. Claire does have feelings for Daniel but her fear is in the way. The magic of Christmas and Casphairn manor assist along with some matchmakers in getting these two together. This story also introduces the second generation children that will have stories of their own.
DawnKL More than 1 year ago
A great lead-in to the younger Cynster generation.
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"Hey. So what's going on?" She stops knowing she's about to ask a dangerous question. "What's going on with you? You know in your life? You keep dying. Do you even want to you know... live?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She flops in her bean bag chair. She listens to 'All Of Me' and sings along.