The Merry Viscount

Kensington. (Widow’s Brew, Bk. 2). Sept. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781420146721. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781420146752. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Miss Caroline Anderson is in a bind. As the beer brewer for the women’s refuge home where she lives, she needs to find more lucrative markets for her brew. When things do not go as planned during an attempted sale in London, Caro ends up in an overturned stagecoach on the way home, in the middle of a snowstorm. Fortunately, her brother’s old friend, and her childhood crush, Nick, Viscount Oakland, lives nearby. Unfortunately, he’s hosting a rather scandalous house party. After a nasty encounter with a former employer, Caro is in no mood for dealing with rakes. Nick is also getting tired of his wastrel ways and has the nagging suspicion he should take charge of his estate, even if it means doing right by his detested late uncle, the former Viscount. Over the course of two days, Nick and Caro confront what their growing attraction means for their futures.
VERDICT What begins as a typical snowbound-at-Christmas tale evolves into an emotionally driven reflection on how love can help overcome past traumas. Perfect for readers looking for a more thoughtful holiday story.

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