Lord Abersham and Lady Sarah are the best of friends and too young for affairs of the heart—but they are growing up fast. After nine months touring the Continent with his parents, Toad Abersham will soon be sent away to finish his education, and Sally Grenford has years to wait before she is old enough to be presented at Court and married to the man she’s loved since the cradle.
Sally has only four weeks filled with mistletoe and holiday outings to convince Toad to see her as a woman, in her first long dress, impeded by the sudden distance he is placing between them. But she has never let Toad’s reticence stop her from dragging him into mischief before.
Toad battles rising lustful feelings for his best friend, an innocent whom he would not hurt for the world. However, still captivated by his newly acquired skills as a rake-about-town, he is not remotely prepared to be married. But since he has never been able to say no to Sally, Toad is led to indiscretions he would never commit with another young lady.
For her part, Sally is delighted Toad can be so easily led.
This collection also includes other short stories about Toad, Sal, their parents, cousins, and friends, offering hours of enjoyment during your holiday season.
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This is a collection of excerpts from a serial novel Never Kiss A Toad by Jude Knight and other stories related by Marian Gabrielle. Of course the first question may be why a Toad? David Abersham was given the moniker of Toad from an incident that occurred when he was a child and saved Prinny, the King. The nickname stuck as he got older and even his best friend Sally Grenfield calls him Toad. David and Sally have practically been promised to each other since childhood. Given snippets from their lives growing up, it only makes me eager to read their entire story! I love the interaction between Toad and Sally and their strong love for each other even in their younger years. Sprinkled with those tidbits are teasers on their parents and how they grew up. Also other friends and family. By the end, there are several stories to be read by both authors to bring together the families of The Duke of Wellbridge,David’s father and the Duke of Haverford, Sally’s father. They were the best of friends and were determined their children would grow up knowing each other. The excellent writing of these two authors brought together, only leave me eager to read the full stories of these two families and especially of Toad and Sally. I really enjoyed and I think you will too!!