Once Upon a Christmas Castle
by Virginia Barlow
Genre: Historical Holiday Romance
About the Book:
Lady Rosalind Chatham journeys with her family
to Weston Castle to wed an ancient earl on Christmas day. Yearning for true
love, she falls for the duke, her stepfather’s cousin, while preparing for her
Lady Rosalind entrances the Duke of Weston. Concerned for her future with the tempestuous earl, he can’t afford to get involved. The fines and scandal will be too great for a man of his wealth and power.
When the truth comes to light, and he almost loses her forever, he finds he cannot afford to give less than his whole heart.
Once Upon a Christmas Castle is a wonderful holiday romance. Set to marry and older earl, Lady Rosalind yearns for true love - not a match that isn't made in heaven. When Lady Rosalind meets the Duke of Weston, and things in her and the Duke's life suddenly go sideways.
I enjoyed this story. The plot was solid and the author's writing style, character development, and plot twists kept me engaged. I will definitely be checking out more books by this author.
I was provided a copy of this book.
Read an Excerpt:
Careful not to make a sound, she sat on the window ledge and slipped her feet out the window. Turning to face the interior of the room, she inched her hips over the window ledge. She slipped on the ice, frozen to the brick outside the window, and slid down faster than she intended, cringing when the silk of her day gown ripped.
Panic gripped her like a cinched corset. She did not fear
falling. No. The fine sheen of terror covering her brow appeared out of fear
she might wake the earl.
Catching the edge of the brick where she lay against it
halfway between her bosom and her waist, she sucked in a deep breath, conscious
she must present a sight with her skirts bunched up and wedged between her and
the window ledge. Her white pantalets and silk-stockinged legs dangled as she
maneuvered her hands so she could drop to the ground. Thank the gods no one
wandered the flower gardens beneath her to see her unladylike display.
Her prayer of gratitude stopped dead, and she received the
shock of her life when a large pair of hands caught her about the waist!
She froze in terror, not daring to breathe.
“Lady Rosalind, how unexpected of you to drop by like this.”
The duke’s deep voice laughed at her as he held her still.
She swallowed her cry of surprise and choked. God, what
Cousin Lucius must be thinking about her right now.
Meet the Author:
have always loved reading romance novels. I used to sneak into my mom’s room as
a young girl and read them while she was gone. As I grew older, my reading and
tastes expanded to sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy.
considered becoming an author in my late twenties but as a busy mother with
toddlers, I didn’t have the time nor the energy.
in my fifties, I decided to give it a try and have enjoyed every moment of it
since. I recently signed my fourteenth contract and am doing my happy dance as
I type this. My husband of forty-one years is my greatest support as are all my
kids. Most of them are grown and carving out lives for themselves. They are the
beat of my heart and with every grandchild, the rhythm gets stronger. I enjoy
every moment of my life.
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Barlow will be awarding a free copy of Gamble of Hearts to a randomly drawn
winner via rafflecopter during the tour.