#1 New York Times
bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in a
new generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic, and love.
It’s December 1837, and the young adults of the Cynster clan
have succeeded in having the family Christmas celebration held at snowbound
Casphairn Manor, Richard and Catriona Cynster’s home. Led by Sebastian,
Marquess of Earith, and by Lucilla, future Lady of the Vale, and her twin
brother, Marcus, the upcoming generation has its own plans for the holiday
Yet where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind. The
festive occasion brings together Daniel Crosbie, tutor to Lucifer Cynster’s
sons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster’s daughter.
Daniel and Claire have met before, and the embers of an unexpected passion
smolder between them, but Claire—once bitten, twice shy—believes a second
marriage is not in her stars. Daniel, however, is determined to press his suit.
He has seen the love the Cynsters share, and Claire is the lady with whom he
dreams of sharing his life. Assisted by a bevy of Cynsters, innate matchmakers
every one, Daniel strives to persuade Claire that trusting him with her hand and
her heart is her right path to happiness.
Meanwhile, out riding on Christmas Eve, the young adults of
the Cynster clan respond to a plea for help. Summoned to a humble dwelling in
ruggedly forested mountains, Lucilla is called on to help with the difficult
birth of a child, while the others rise to the challenge of helping her. With a
violent storm closing in and severely limited options, the next generation of
Cynsters face their first collective test—can they save this mother and child—and
Back at the manor, Claire is increasingly drawn to Daniel,
and, despite her misgivings, against the backdrop of the ongoing festivities
their relationship deepens. Yet she remains torn—until catastrophe strikes, and
by winter’s light she learns that love—true love—is worth any risk, any price. Download and start listening now!