Lysander Winterbourne has been living happily at Edgeley Park for the last eighteen months. By day he is Adam Freeman's estate manager, by night, his lover...but Adam never speaks of his feelings and Lysander has no idea whether their relationship is any more than a convenient arrangement for Adam.
When the two men are invited to Winterbourne Abbey for a family Christmas, matters quickly come to a head. Snowed in at the Abbey with a house full of guests, Lysander has to face up to shocking revelations, long-held secrets and a choice he never expected to have to make...
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Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. In between studying, finding a proper grown up job, getting married and having kids, she spent many hours staring at blank sheets of paper and chewing pens. That changed when she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna's muse likes red wine, coffee and won't let Joanna clean the house or watch television.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a charming Christmas historical novella that gives you a realistic glimps into a family (blood and chosen) and the good and bad as they grow and grow closer over the holiday. Center stage are two strong and charming men who both demonstrate that while they've fought their way through different types of life's trials, they remain emotionally vulnerable. In the mad confusion of a family holiday can they find the way to not just show their feelings (leaving loved ones guessing at what they really feel) and actually say the words their beloved deserves to hear? I loved the book from start to finish. There were no slow parts and the development of the plot wasn't rushed. What a perfect balance and clear voice Joanna Chambers provides!! Reading this story is an absolute joy. I would love to see another continuation with these two main characters as well as a spin off focusing on the potential relationship glimpsed in the epilogue. Joanna Chambers is an author whose talent I can only envy and benefit from as I enjoy her works again and again.
For eighteen months, Lysander and Adam have been living together happily in both work by day and love by night but neither has been honest to the other how much love is in their hearts. When invited to spend the Christmas holiday at Winterbourne Abbey, will the bubble they've been living in grow or burst? When Lysander is given a chance he would have jumped at eighteen months ago, will he take it or has his time with Adam changed things? I have to start by saying this has probably only happened so few times that I can count it on one hand so I don't say it lightly, the second entry in this series is even better than the first. Now, perhaps that's simply because it is a Christmas tale which always tends to heighten the entertainment and heart value for me and in being a holiday tale I expect it to be shorter so its shortness doesn't really enter into it as book one did. Because as I said in my review for Introducing Mr. Winterbourne the only box it didn't quite tick for me was not being long enough. Whatever the reason, Mr. Winterbourne's Christmas had that extra something that struck a cord with me. As for Lysander and Adam, well what's not to love? If you enjoyed watching them meet and connect in book one than you'll love watching that connection grow even stronger here. As for family and friends they interact with both at Edgeley Park and Winterbourne Abbey? There's just too many to really single out(though I do hope we might get to see Johnny's story in the future because he deserves to have his story told hint, hint) but they all have so much spirit, and not just Christmas spirit, but true inner spirit that really shines in their scenes(no matter how big or small their contribution to the overall story is). Whether you are just looking for a heartwarming holiday tale to read or something more, I highly recommend checking out this novella series, historical fan or not you won't be disappointed.
Elegant and romantic, the Winterbourne books are my introduction to the wonderful writing of Joanna Chambers. I was craving a good historical Christmas story, something sweet with enough spice to make me happy, and these two tales really fit the bill. Between the interesting characters and the clever plots, Chambers paints an engaging picture of Regency life. In Introducing Mr. Winterbourne we meet this aristocratic family who are well on their way to financial ruin. Since there’s no chance the snooty, spoiled, spendthrift father will actually work to pay off his gambling debts, he arranges a marriage for his daughter to a wealthy industrialist. Hoping to keep his sister’s future in-laws happy, Lysander is asked to escort Adam, the Freeman families elder brother (and holder of the purse strings) to some of his favorite haunts. The chemistry between the two men is immediate, and I enjoyed the buildup to the inevitable smokin’ hot sex scene. Charming and experienced, Adam’s seduction of Lysander is romantic and incredibly hot…. Sign me up for more Joanna Chambers! I was craving a good historical Christmas story, something sweet with enough spice to make me happy, and these two tales really fit the bill. Between the interesting characters and the clever plots, Chambers paints an engaging picture of Regency life. Moving forward a year, in Mr. Winterbourne’s Christmas Lysander and Adam are firmly entrenched in an affair. The men both admit to having intense feelings, they just haven’t declared them to each other - yet. I love this giddy, uncertain time, with flirty hopeful hints and the possibility of so much more. The anticipation is wonderful. I have to say, while I thought the attraction between Lysander and Adam was intense in the first story, the heat has surely built for these two as they’ve grown closer. The opening scene in Mr. Winterbourne’s Christmas is erotic and playful and totally sexy. Wow, these two work well together! The “society folk” Joanna Chambers has created for this series are incredibly appealing. Humorous and clever, these relationships are fresh and unique and I’m looking forward to more stories about the Winterbourne family.