#1 New York Timesbestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in anew generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic, and love.
It’s December 1837, and the young adults of the Cynster clanhave succeeded in having the family Christmas celebration held at snowboundCasphairn Manor, Richard and Catriona Cynster’s home. Led by Sebastian,Marquess of Earith, and by Lucilla, future Lady of the Vale, and her twinbrother, Marcus, the upcoming generation has its own plans for the holidayseason.
Yet where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind. Thefestive occasion brings together Daniel Crosbie, tutor to Lucifer Cynster’ssons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster’s daughter.Daniel and Claire have met before, and the embers of an unexpected passionsmolder between them, but Claire—once bitten, twice shy—believes a secondmarriage 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 hedreams of sharing his life. Assisted by a bevy of Cynsters, innate matchmakersevery one, Daniel strives to persuade Claire that trusting him with her hand andher heart is her right path to happiness.
Meanwhile, out riding on Christmas Eve, the young adults ofthe Cynster clan respond to a plea for help. Summoned to a humble dwelling inruggedly forested mountains, Lucilla is called on to help with the difficultbirth of a child, while the others rise to the challenge of helping her. With aviolent storm closing in and severely limited options, the next generation ofCynsters face their first collective test—can they save this mother and child—andthemselves, too?
Back at the manor, Claire is increasingly drawn to Daniel,and, despite her misgivings, against the backdrop of the ongoing festivitiestheir relationship deepens. Yet she remains torn—until catastrophe strikes, andby winter’s light she learns that love—true love—is worth any risk, any price.