WITH THIS CHRISTMAS RING (Lords of Anarchy #3.5)


A wallflower determined to fulfill a dying promise, the rogue she jilted years ago, and an orphaned baby are all brought together amidst the magic of Christmas in this novella from Manda Collins.
Miss Merry Parks makes a deathbed promise to a school friend that her infant daughter will be taken to her absent father. There’s only one problem—to find the baby’s father, she’ll have to consult his cousin, Viscount Wrotham, the man she jilted five years ago. The man she couldn’t forget.
Alex Ponsonby, Viscount Wrotham, is stunned to find Merry Parks—looking more lovely than ever--on his doorstep with an infant in her arms. His shock soon turns to dismay when he learns his own cousin William is the man who abandoned his wife and child. As head of the family, he’s duty bound to see right is done. But he can't let this opportunity pass. He’ll take Merry and the baby to his cousin, but he’ll woo her back in the process.
Merry agrees to travel with Alex and the baby to Wrotham Castle, where the entire Ponsonby family has gathered for Christmas, but her plans to see the baby settled then leave are ruined by a snowstorm. After five years apart, Alex and Merry will spend the week getting reacquainted. Perhaps it’s the spirit of the holiday or the magic of the season, but there could be something else in the air this Yuletide…A Christmas Reunion.
     At one time Merry and Alexander had been engaged to one another.  Until Merry called it off.  Now five years have passed and Merry is at the deathbed of her friend Charlotte and she has an infant daughter Lottie.  Charlotte has asked her to take her to take her to father William Ponsonby her husband and the cousin of Alex.    
     You see William and Charlotte had eloped and then he left and never returned.  Before leaving he told her if she ever needed him to get ahold of Wrotham House in Berkley Square.  But they turned her away.  She’s dying and needs Merry to deliver their daughter to her father.  
     Charlotte dies from a fever.  Now Merry needs to find a wet nurse for Lottie.  Doing so means she will have to take her home to her house.  It will more than likely cause trouble for her there with her father.
     The interesting part is when she shows at Wrotham Alexander and she are reminded of what happened five years ago.  Merry arrives with Lottie asking about William the baby’s father, Alex agrees to help. 
     William is at the Wrotham family home for the holidays.  While at the family home for the family gathering with Lottie and Alex.  We find out why William left Charlotte.  About his past and we find out who he really is.  We get to find out why Merry broke off her engagement with Alexander.  Is it possible for them to find their way back to one another?
     This author enjoys taking her readers on some twist and turns that you don’t see coming.  Good solid characters that give you a reason to love the characters that give you a reason to love or not.  It was a fast read, pacing not very even but not bad, it’s a novella so not all your questions will be answered.  Remember more to come with this one.
     I give this: 4 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com. 
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