With Thie Christmas Ring by Manda Collins
Synopsis: A wallflower determined to fulfill a dying promise, the rogue she jilted years ago, and an orphaned baby are all brought together amidst the magic of Christmas in this new novella from Manda Collins.
Miss Merry Parks makes a deathbed promise to a schoolfriend that her infant daughter will be taken to her absent father. There’s only one problem—to find the baby’s father, she’ll have to consult his cousin, Viscount Wrotham, the man she jilted five years ago. The man she couldn’t forget.
Alex Ponsonby, Viscount Wrotham, is stunned to find Merry Parks—looking more lovely than ever–on his doorstep with an infant in her arms. His shock soon turns to dismay when he learns his own cousin William is the man who abandoned his wife and child. As head of the family he’s duty bound to see right is done. But he can’t let this opportunity pass. He’ll take Merry and the baby to his cousin, but he’ll woo her back in the process.
Merry agrees to travel with Alex and the baby to Wrotham Castle, where the entire Ponsonby family has gathered for Christmas, but her plans to see the baby settled then leave are ruined by a snowstorm. After five years apart, Alex and Merry will spend the week getting reacquainted. Perhaps it’s the spirit of the holiday, or the magic of the season, but there could be something else in the air this Yuletide…A Christmas Reunion.
Review: This short book was a sweet holiday treat. Five years ago Merry walked out on their betrothal without a word or explanation but Alex suspects that his conniving grandmother had a hand in sending the only woman he has ever loved and still loves away. On his return from Paris, he plans on seeking her out but what he doesn’t expect is to find her on his doorstep with a baby in tow. He sees this as the opportunity he needs and he uses it to his benefit. His grandmother is a horrid woman and she doesn’t hold back her insults when Merry shows up with Alex to present the baby girl to his cousin, Will, and to give him the news the wife he left shortly after marrying her died giving birth to her. The story was an easy read and was enjoyable. I loved every moment.her died giving birth to her. The story was an easy read and was enjoyable. I loved every moment.