Miss Amelia’s Mistletoe Marquess is book two of the Secrets Of A Victorian Household historical romance series.
Although I have not read book one, this book is easily a stand-alone story.
Millie’s family run The Fairclough Foundation, a safe haven for destitute women in London. This story is set just before Christmas, when Millie and her mother are visiting relatives in the countryside.
When a blizzard forces Millie to seek shelter in a gatehouse, she meets Cassius Whitlock. He cannot turn her out into the night, but in their strict society it is inappropriate for them to be alone together. With the weather as it is, though, he cannot send her away.
The next morning Millie’s footsteps in the snow leave a glaring trail from his door, and gossip quickly spreads. Having put them both in an uncompromising position, Cassius must act quickly to clear up the situation.
Both Millie and Cassius were characters that I immediately liked and their story was delightful to read. The strict Victorian rules of etiquette guided this story but I did enjoy how the couple worked to bend those conventions on more than one occasion.
I was intrigued by The Fairclough Foundation and if I get a chance to read the other books in this series, I’m sure I will be able to read more details about it.
Overall, a lovely new series for fans of this genre.
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The virtuous Miss Fairclough
Now faces ruin!
When Amelia Fairclough had sought refuge in a blizzard, a brooding stranger had given her warmth and shelter. She’d even tried to soothe him of his demons in return. But as she scurried home at dawn she was spotted! Now he’s in the parlour, offering to do the honourable thing. Surely she’d be a fool to turn down the new Marquess of Falconmore!?