Historical Romance COMFORT AND JOY

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Rumor has it he hates everyone, but his eyes are very kind…

Gwendolyn, the head of a poor orphanage, visits the earl of Cwm Rhyss to ask for donations for the children’s Christmas gifts. The earl is famous for his disdain for others after being horribly burned in a fire five years ago. Gwendolyn, not afraid to stand up to the unpleasant man, ends up waylaid by a terrible snowstorm. A reluctant Gwendolyn has no choice but to spend the night with the bitter earl!

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+ A lovely redemption story! 5  5

JAB gave a summery, so i'll just say its a nicely drawn tale of emotional redemption. Both have their pasts and find the strength to overcome it because of the other. And for once, the 'horrible scar' that causes the ML to change his personality and shun others actually looks like a horrible scar. A truly lovely story. Worth having in your library for the art alone, but the story is 5 star too!

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It was real good 5  5

I really like the title of the book because it’s comes from the old Christmas song, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, and it coincides beautifully with the Christmas spirit. The only problem I ever had with the whole story was it being released in September when it should have been released in at the end of November or beginning of December to get me in the mood for Christmas. Now, I’m hankering for mulled wine and gingerbread cookies. Let’s move onto the context because it is good. We have our hero and heroine whose fates intertwine during the Christmas season. The heroine is works at the local orphanage and they need donations to give the kids a happy Christmas. The heroine travels to the hero’s domicile, despite her colleague’s pleas to avoid the hero. It seems the hero has a beastly reputation from how everyone left him after his face was left with scars from a fire accident, but the heroine persists on seeing him. She meets the man, gets stuck at his place, and then he escorts her to a tenant’s cottage. It’s so she can provide medical support to an injured boy. Throughout their time, the heroine helps the hero break away from his “cage” and see himself for the first time. The hero realizes after the incident, it wasn’t his friends and fiancée who pushed him away but himself that pushed them away. He opens himself up to her; yet, she turns him down. It turns out the heroine has her own cage stemming from the trauma of watching her father bleed to death in winter as a child. She pushes him away a couple of times and he seemingly gives up. His absence causes her to self-reflect and realize she does want to be with the hero, and now she’s lost him. However, Christmas always has one or two small miracles. On Christmas day, the heroine sees the hero standing outside the orphanage. She rushes to meet him and he delivers this heartfelt speech of his love for her. She accepts and opens her heart to him. It’s really a sweet ending and I was loved reading it.

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