Set in England in 1912 and with a cast of colorful, realistic, and endearing characters, Christmas at Whitefriars is a charming story that delighted my historical romance loving heart. It’s rare to find a novella that doesn’t feel rushed, but Elizabeth Camden unfolds this story with perfect pacing and a satisfying and meaningful conclusion. The heroine, Mary Beckwith, loves Whitefriars Castle and is in her comfort zone there until Everett Wooten arrives with some questions, and problems arise. Camden isn’t afraid to inflict her characters with realistic issues like panic attacks and anxiety, while giving them faith and courage to overcome them. I enjoyed seeing Mary and Everett grow in their relationship and their individual strengths.
“It can be frightening to step out into something new. I’ve been knocked down, but then comes the time to crawl back up onto your feet, start walking, then running, and don’t stop until you get where you need to be.”
Although this novella features characters from the author’s Empire State series, it’s not necessary to have read the other books, as the novella stands on its own perfectly. Elizabeth Camden is a gifted writer and has quickly become a favorite of mine. I’m looking forward to reading more of her stories.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.
Back Cover Blurb:
Mary Beckwith lives in a magnificent English castle during the twilight years of the gilded age. With the help of an American millionaire, she has succeeded in renovating her beloved Whitefriars castle into a splendid estate just in time for Christmas.
From across the ocean, millionaire Everett Wooten has spent a fortune propping up Whitefriars to add modern conveniences and rebuild crumbling old walls. Even though he’s never met Mary, they have enjoyed a lively business correspondence over the nine years they have been working toward a renovation. Now he has finally come to see Mary and the castle in person, but nothing is as he was led to believe.
Mary and Everett try to find a way forward, but red-blooded American entrepreneurship doesn’t always mingle with blue-blooded English tradition. Can a Manhattan business tycoon and an English lady come to an accord, or will their joint venture in Whitefriars result in heartbreak for them both?
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