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Friday, December 21, 2012

Blogfest: Grace Burrowes


My Characters’ Christmas Wishes

Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight is a love story written for two people notable for their pragmatism. Lady Louisa Windham, though the daughter of a duke, has accepted that she lacks fashionable blond beauty, has no a gift for small talk or flattery, and is unable to murmur platitudes when a blunt truth lurks close at hand. If this has left her lonely and misunderstood, well, she finds consolation in her scholarly endeavors and poetry, and knows better than to cling to impossible wishes.

Sir Joseph Carrington is similarly a practical fellow. He’s growing wealthy raising swine, has a limp that keeps him off the dance floors, and seeks not a wife, so much as a mother for his two small daughters.

Their initial Christmas wishes are thus modest. Louisa wants to leave the London social whirl to enjoy quiet holidays at the Moreland family seat. Joseph wants to nose around the ballrooms for a bride who won’t mind his gruffness and pig farming so very much, nor expect him to aggravate his old injury mincing his way through a minuet. He’s distracted from his half-hearted bride search by Louisa, by her grace as she waltzes, by the seriousness with which she applies herself to question of presents for Joseph’s daughters, by her ability to inspire Joseph to recite the kind of poetry he usually only shares with his horse or his favorite breeding sow.

Their wishes change, from a wish that the holidays not be too difficult, to a wish that each might be free to deepen their regard for the other. In Joseph, Louisa senses she’s come across a fellow who understands that life is not a frivolous undertaking, and in Louisa, Joseph has found a woman who doesn’t let details like a limp, a lack of humor, or a penchant for pig farming obscure a simmering attraction.

When Louisa is put in a compromising situation, Joseph steps forward as her champion, and tenders a proposal of marriage to her, though he knows he’s reaching above his station. He’s also reaching for a woman whom he respects and is attracted to, a woman whom he suspects—on the basis of some intimate examination of the matter—is attracted to, and respectful of, him.

Their wishes change again, to a desire to make the best of their marital bargain, even to a desire to protect one another’s best interests. By the end of the book, this focus on each other’s happiness and wellbeing has become much more than a wish, it has become a quest. On a snowy Christmas morning, with the help of some meddling Windham relations, the Prince Regent, and various other elves, Louisa and Joseph achieve that goal, and are left with no other wish, except offer a wish for a Happy Christmas to each other and to all of their many loved ones.

What are you wishing for this Christmas? Leave a comment and you might win a copy of Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (US or Canada only please).

About the Author:
Grace Burrowes is a bestselling and award-winning author of historical romances. Her debut, The Heir, was selected as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for 2010 in the romance category, and Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Historical Romance of 2011 and was also nominated for the prestigious RWA RITA award. The author of the bestsellers The Heir, The Soldier and Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Grace is a practicing attorney and lives in rural Maryland. She’ll conclude the Windham Family Series with Lady Jenny’s story in October 2013, and will begin a new regency series with Darius in April 2013. Grace has also begun a Scottish Victorian series, with The Bridegroom Wore Plaid hitting stores this December! Please visit or follow her on Twitter: @GraceBurrowes for more information.


‘Tis the Season for Scandal...

Years ago Lady Louisa Windham acted rashly on a dare from her brother, and that indiscretion is about to come to light. She knows her reputation will never survive exposure. Just as she's nearly overwhelmed by her dilemma, Sir Joseph Carrington offers himself to her as a solution...

But Sir Joseph has secrets as well, and as he and Louisa become entangled with each other, their deceptions begin to close in on them both...

Praise for RITA-nominated Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish:

“An extraordinary, precious, unforgettable holiday story.” —RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, Top Pick of the Month, Best Historical Romance, RT Book Reviews 2011 Reviewers' Choice Awards

“My Christmas wish for you is that Santa brings you this book...a joyful sensual read.” —USA Today Happy Ever After

“Supremely sexy, emotionally involving, and graced with well-written dialogue...a fascinating, enjoyable read.” —Library Journal

“Burrowes continues to write outside the usual Regency box with strong characters and humor similar to Amanda Quick’s.” —Booklist


Ingeborg said...

The book sounds like a great read.

Linda Swift said...

A very interesting plot. The characters are quite appealing. I would love to read this book.
My wish for Christmas is for peace on earth and in our hearts.
Linda Swift

Na said...

I would love books for Christmas. I could always use those. And perhaps a tablet.

Debby said...

Two of my children are doing great. My wish is the third who is also my oldest.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Mountain Laurel said...

You book sounds very interesting and I look forward to checking it out! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Barbara E. said...

I don't really have a lot I'm wishing for, except books of course. I can never have enough of those. :D