On a Cold Christmas Eve (The Seldon Park Christmas Novellas)

On a Cold Christmas Eve (The Seldon Park Christmas Novellas)

by Bethany Sefchick

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On a Cold Christmas Eve (The Seldon Park Christmas Novellas) by Bethany Sefchick

Lady Lucy Cavendish is in a bit of a quandary. Her uncle, the current Earl of Wellsford has abandoned her at a coaching inn outside of London with no money and no way to contact her contracted fiancée, Archibald St. Vincent, the younger brother of the Duke of Enwright. Except that Lucy quickly learns that not only is Archibald not coming to claim her, but that a far worse fate than abandonment awaits. She is to be sold to a house in Covent Garden to work as a prostitute rather than marry anyone. Desperate and alone, Lucy strikes out on her own, hoping to make her way to Fairhaven, the spring residence of the duke, and throw herself on his mercy. Or the mercy of his staff, at least, for as it's nearly Christmas, it's doubtful that the duke would be anywhere near a home he only uses a few weeks out of the year.

Adam St. Vincent, the Duke of Enwright, is furious. His brother has concocted yet another nefarious scheme, and this time, he doesn't think he can buy his brother's way out of trouble. Things become even more complicated when the lady in question arrives at Fairhaven where Adam is waiting for his brother. Cold and wet, it's clear the lady is ill and needs medical attention, so Adam whisks her off to his home at Overlook Hill to recuperate. He might be called the Devil Duke, but he's certainly no monster! Not to mention that it's the only proper and decent thing to do. Only things are never quite as uncomplicated as they appear and soon, it becomes clear to Adam that he must marry Lucy in order to keep her safe and out of Archibald's hands.

Can Lucy, a woman of so-called "tainted blood," due to her partially Indian heritage, ever come to love a man like the Devil Duke? And will Adam ever allow anyone in to see past his icy facade and to the warm and caring man beneath? When family members on both sides return in an attempt to ruin the fledgling romance, more than a little Christmas magic is required for Lucy and Adam's happily ever after.

This 31,300-word short novel is written in the modern, adult romance style for a slightly hotter read. It may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148917861
Publisher: Bethany Sefchick
Publication date: 12/18/2013
Series: Tales from Seldon Park Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 8,651
File size: 95 KB

About the Author

A former Emmy-winning television producer and current jewelry designer, Bethany makes her home in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband and a plethora of Betta fish that she’s constantly finding new ways to entertain. When not writing romance novels or making "sparking bits of easily distracting fluff" jewelry to expand her empire, she enjoys cooking, scrapbooking, and lavishing attention on her parents’ cat, whom she visits frequently. She always enjoys hearing from her fans at:

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On A Cold Christmas Eve 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story very much. I appreciated the fact that Lucy tried to help herself rather than wait for the man to save her. I wish the story had been longer as I would have loved to read more about these two. Although I did wonder where the guard dog was at the end?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lady Lucy was expecting to marry the younger brother of the Devil Duke, but unknown to her were the plans to deliver her to a brothel afterwards. Her uncle and betrothed were only interested in the money she would bring. Having been left at an inn close to the duke's estate Lucy walks through heavy rain to get there. Having an idea of his brother's scheme Adam sees Lucy coming toward the house and carries her in when she faints. Evil isn't easily thwarted and dangers still lurk for Lucy as she wonders if Adam could ever love her. An enjoyable read, though the story would benefit if written more concisely. Thoughts in a single paragraph tended to be repetitive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable about 88 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago