On the First Day of Christmas After her father’s death and the reading of his will, seventeen-year-old Carinna Worthington finds herself the unwelcome ward of Adrian Hazzard, Marquise de Chambrette. Unruffled by his curmudgeonly protests against a young miss remaining in his bachelor household, Carinna insists she cares not one whit about her reputation. Why would she when she has no intention of ever marrying? And yet, as Christmas grows near and Carinna sets about filling Adrian’s once-stately home with holiday cheer, she discovers that under his brusque demeanor lies the warmest of hearts . . . one that has her own heart yearning for him!
She Found Herself in Love A world-weary veteran of the war, Adrian would far prefer to pass the Christmas season indulging in the frivolous pleasures of London rather than supervising his spirited charge. But as Carinna’s lively antics demand more of his dutiful attention, Adrian finds himself unexpectedly charmed by her innocence and angelic beauty. Now this confirmed scrooge of a bachelor is in danger of losing his heart . . . and gaining the greatest of holiday joys.