In “Yuletide Treasure“, the reader travels back in time to late autumn of the year 1860. We visit a grand manor house that has been closed off to the world for years, Farrington Manor, in Dorsetshire, makes for an atmospheric holiday read.
A traditionally styled historical romance, “Yuletide Treasure” features Lord Eric Farrington, and Brigitte, the woman he marries in order to care for Noelle, his orphaned four-year-old niece.
Since his niece’s birth the wealthy Lord Farrington has become a very solitary recluse. He left his little niece with well-meaning villagers and shut himself away in the manor. He takes care of himself as he let all the staff go. After being shunted from family to family, Noelle’s behavior has become incorrigible. She wreaks havoc and mayhem wherever she goes. The last family, at their wit’s end, return Noelle to her morose and volatile uncle. Desperate, he tries to hire a governess for the girl, but as he lives alone at the manor, society dictates that he must offer marriage to the governess.
It would seem that the vicar’s granddaughter is the answer to his quest. She is not unattractive and she has a charming yet firm grasp on how to handle the naughty Noelle and her constant companion, the stuffed cat she has named “Fuzzy”.
Because she has never known parental love, Noelle is a very unhappy little girl. She acts out, striving for attention. With Brigitte, the high-spirited and precocious Noelle has finally met her match.
As the Christmas season approaches, and the weather outside gets colder, things inside Farrington Manor are warming up…
This charming novella is a ‘feel-good’ historical romance that will be appreciated by all who are fans of the genre.
I purchased the Kindle edition of this novella, guessing that it would be a nice change of pace from my usual diet of thrillers and mysteries.
Andrea Kane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, including thirteen psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romantic suspense titles. With a worldwide following of passionate readers, her books have been published in more than twenty languages.
Kane lives in New Jersey with her husband and family. She’s an avid crossword puzzle solver and a diehard Yankees fan. Otherwise, she’s either writing or playing with her Pomeranian, Mischief, who does his best to keep her from writing.