Series: The Seven Curses of London, #8
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Miss Violet Fairchild is feeling discontent, she wishes she possessed the courage of her sisters and friends, but it is just not who she is. She sees a star and makes a wish to be bolder and make a difference. The next day, she sees her elderly neighbor in her overgrown garden and ventures out to talk to her. She wonders if the Adleys have fallen on hard times – she knows the gossip, they lost their fortune and moved to this house, but it seems like they are not even making ends meet and have little help. She also knows their son Braxton is in India, does he know how his parents are faring??
Braxton Adley moved to India three years ago to make his fortune, his father was taken in by a scam and lost the family’s wealth. Overnight Braxton’s life changed, his friends deserted him, the woman he was courting cast him aside and the things he had once taken for granted were all gone. He has worked tirelessly to restore what was lost and hopes to one day return to London financially secure. He misses England and as he looks at the sky, see the Christmas star – he makes a wish. A few days later, he gets a letter from his mother, praising the nice young neighbor who has been helping them, he is immediately suspicious – his parents have already been fooled once by someone claiming to help them – he refuses to let it happen again. He will journey to England, check on his parents and return.
Braxton is shocked at the air of neglect in his parents home – what is happening to the money he has been sending them? He enters the house and meets Violet when she literally falls in his arms. Braxton’s parents are overjoyed at his return and want to know if he is staying for Christmas. His parents reminisce about Christmases past and Violet offers to help them recreate their Christmas traditions – enlisting Braxton’s help. He soon learns what has happened to the money and begins to set things to right. The more time he spends with Violet, the more he likes her – but nothing can come of it, as he will be returning to India soon. But that doesn’t stop him from kissing her or dancing with her.
Things are going well between them and their plans for Christmas are coming together – Violet is falling for him, but when rumors begin to circulate about him reuniting with his former love interest, she is crushed, especially when he leaves her standing alone at a ball and dances with Lady Alice.
Can Braxton prove to Violet that Alice means nothing to him? Will Violet let him go without a fight? Can wishes on a Christmas Star come true? This was a very sweet little Christmas novella that will get you in the spirit for Christmas with wonderful characters, some misunderstandings, some kisses and Christmas wishes! It is part of the Seven Curses of London series, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone title with no problems.