Seasonal romance

A Christmas Bride / Christmas Beau - Mary Balogh

Two stories set at Christmas.


The first features the wealthy Edgar Downes who has promised his elderly father that he will find a wife, preferably a titled wife.  The widow he finds is damaged and she believes he's out of her class, she also has secrets that haunt her.  The two of them find that leaving each other behind may not be as easy as it looks.


Christmas Beau has the Marquess of Denbigh trying to settle a score with Judith Easton, a widow who jilted him for another man years ago.  There were times when I just didn't like either characters in this story but overall it ended well.


Not a bad pair of seasonal romances but in some ways it felt rushed and soemwhat trite.