What a Lady Needs for Christmas

What a Lady Needs for Christmas

by Grace Burrowes

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"An extraordinary, precious, unforgettable holiday story."—RT Book Reviews Top Pick, 4 ½ stars for RT Reviewers' Choice Award winner Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish

The Best Gifts are the Unexpected Ones...

To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees her family's estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.

Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.

As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan's marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping...

"A joyful, sensual read."—USA Today Happy Ever After on Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish

"A beautiful romance filled with Christmas miracles."—Fresh Fiction on Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait

"The romance is absolutely enchanting...a delightful story for the holidays and all year long."—Romance Junkies on Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402278822
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: MacGregor Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 106,463
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances and Scotland-set Victorian romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Once Upon a Tartan have both won RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Two of her MacGregor heroes have won KISS awards. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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What a Lady Needs for Christmas 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Robin Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Who wouldn’t enjoy Christmas in the Highlands of Scotland? Okay it could get cold but if you are a fan of Ms. Burrowes you will find that it could be very warm. Heartwarming… I enjoyed this well written story that is a continuation of the McGregor clan. Ms. Burrowes writes with feeling and a class that brings you right into the story; not letting you go until the very end, only to leave you wanting more. The story itself was easy to relate to. Everyone has had those moments where you think you find that right person only to find out that he/or she used you to obtain something they wanted. With this story Ms. Burrowes capture that moment and brings it to life. For instance we have Joan who likes to design her own clothes. She has a passion for it. Why does it have to be that oldest girl has the responsibility to marry first? She finds (Viscount Edward, whom she thinks is a good catch) someone who just uses her to get her drawings to help further their career and family. However, Joan leaves. Most would think that she was running from the situation but Ms. Burrowes made it seem as if she was running towards her destiny. While on the run, she ends up charming and being charmed by Charli, Dante’s daughter. Dante extremely hot and her soul mate. Reluctant at first Dante doesn’t want to share his compartments on the train with Joan. Dante at first seems like a Scrooge. But, thanks to his daughter Charli he bends and allows Joan to share their ride. They soon strike up a friendship. They soon find that they have a lot in common. He owns fabric mills, while she designs clothing. A perfect match? Perhaps. I loved the relationship between Joan and Dante. It was built of faith and trust. They were open with each other because of that trust. Because of that openness they were able to share…past, hopes, dreams and unconditional love and support. The interaction between family members showed what a normal caring family was like. The jealousy between the sister’s, the overprotective family and the way a family bands together to help each other was real and very well written. Each emotion was described with such feeling so that you the reader could experience what the characters were going through; from the gentleness of the wedding night to the sensuousness of the sex scenes that were tasteful and not overdone. Ms. Burrowes could have used anytime of the year to set this story but she chose Christmas. A magical time for starting over, healing, and love…a time that melt’s your heart. To me this is a perfect story for Christmas. Full of life, love, laughter and hope… So grab a glass of spiced cider and settle in for a very comfortable story set in the Scottish Highlands. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t read the first three in the series you will find each one can stand on its own. (But, they are great together and you just may have to purchase the other three).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was a chore to finish
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
If you’re feeling blue, just pick up a Grace Burrowes' story. This feel-good romance can be read any time of year but it does have a lovely holiday feel to it. This is the fourth in Burrowes’ Victorian era MacGregors series, romances between Scottish and English heroes and heroines, a time when Queen Victoria’s Balmoral Castle in Scotland made it the place to go. Lady Joan is an aristocrat, but she’s also a talented dress designer, a spinster whose loving family worries for her prospects. Fleeing potential ruin and disgrace, she meets self-made man, Dante Hartwell, a Scottish widower and his two children and sister traveling to Scotland for a holiday house party where he hopes to drum up investors for his business. But he doesn’t know that Lady Joan’s brother is one of the potential investors. He comes to her rescue, a lady traveling alone, and adds her to his traveling entourage, where they share secrets and a sweet attraction. Theirs is a romance that simmers on low, and this is very much a family and friends holiday story. Her family is wary of a match between them, but times are changing as are values and the importance of marrying for love. Despite objections, Lady Joan is very much her own woman and Dante and she can help each other. ”’You’re in want of a spouse; my children need a mother.’”  Characters from the previous MacGregors’ books, including a novella, all make an appearance, and even the Duke and Duchess of Moreland (Anna and Gayle) from Burrowes’ debut, The Heir, visit as well. The wordplay, innuendo, and little life details that I love in a Grace Burrowes story are all here. The tension in the story and villain who gets his comeuppance never reaches full boil, but that’s fine. It’s really a story of love, family, and friendship.  A perfect romance for your holiday season.
def618 More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book and I highly recommend it! I don't write plot spoilers. However, it won't spoil anything to say that this is Joan Flynn's story and is part of the MacGregor series. Joan is Fiona's aunt, Tiberius' sister. She gets into a bit of trouble and meets a wonderful commoner who is willing to help her out. You will enjoy it.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS is the fourth in the MacGregors series, featuring Lady Joan Flynn (from book #2) and Dante Hartwell. I recommend reading the other books in the series before beginning this one as there are many characters featured in this book whose backstories are somewhat necessary to fully enjoy this book. Joan is passionate about designing clothes and is searching for a way to make a living from her dreams, despite her aristocratic lineage and the demands that come with it. Dante expects loyalty, but he's not afraid to get down and dirty either. He unapologetic about his industrialist ways and comes to Joan's rescue hen she needs it most. Joan believes someone took advantage of her while she was intoxicated (not my favorite plot line) and requires a husband quickly. Dante obliges and their romance builds slowly. One of the interesting twists is that even after Joan and Dante come together, Joan is unable to find her release until she comes clean about her secret. The blackmail plot was a little convoluted and confusing at times, but the book as a whole was an enjoyable holiday read. Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Attention grabbing. Shows introduction of Christmas trees etc to English Christmas celebrations. Good picture of social attitudes of time.
GHott More than 1 year ago
This year for Christmas Lady Joan Flynn will receive scandal with a side of blackmail. Who would have thought one innocent evening could turn in to such a debacle! Lady Joan went to show her best dress designs to the reigning house of fashion and wound up losing her designs and her innocence! The only possible salvation from this mess is to find a husband – and fast. Luckily as Lady Joan races from town she runs right into the part of Dante Hartwell, a mill owner in need of a Lady to open the doors he needs to further his business. Can they build a marriage on trust – or is that too much to hope for this Christmas? Hott Review: What I liked: I thoroughly enjoyed What a Lady Needs for Christmas! I adored Lady Joan and Dante was her perfect match. They reminded me very much of my marriage and it was fun and disconcerting to watch them. What I didn’t like: There were a few foul words used and a couple of pages of glossed intimacies, but overall this book was free of offences.  More… Author: Grace Burrowes Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley Grade: A Steam: Adult Setting: Scottish Highlands early in Queen Victoria’s reign Series: MacGregors, #4
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed the character of Mr.Hartwell. he was real and likeable. The story was an enjoyable read.