Well, Merry Christmas to Lady Louisa Windham, that is, whose story, "Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight" hits the shelves tomorrow. This is the sixth tale in the Regency series that will eventually include stories for all eight Windham sibings, and so far, this is the one that gave me the most trouble in the writing.
I should have expected that. Louisa, you see, has never really fit in. Her beauty is not the English rose variety, her intellect is not content with small talk and embroidery, and her passions--including her literary passions--are the kind to get her in trouble.
Fortunately for Louisa, Sir Joseph Carrington has a soft spot for a lady on the margins, where he himself dwells. A mere knight who makes his fortune raising swine, he's tolerated by polite society because of his accomplishments under Wellington on the Peninsula. Then too, he's a widower with a pair of little girls who need a mother, and for somebody, he might be a suitable match... but surely not for a duke's difficult daughter?
And yet, when Louisa faces an untenable social contretemps, it's Sir Joseph who's on hand to solve her problems, even to the point of offering marriage.
And Louisa sorts him out too. His daughters are little scamps, whom Louisa finds delightful. Sir Joseph limps, except when he's waltzing with the woman he loves. Others consider him a dark, growling, taciturn man, but Louisa finds him handsome, and--how anybody fail to appreciate this?--a good listener.
The difficult part of this book was coming up with a problem to inflict on Louisa worthy of Joseph's heroic attentions. Louisa kept her own counsel about this, until I was ready to call Madam Editor and plead for Impossible Heroine relief, but then--like a Christmas gift--inspiration struck, and my, what tricks our Louisa got up to when nobody was looking!
If you'd like to read the first few chapters of this book, click here. Otherwise, leave a comment about the most unexpected, wonderful gift you ever received, and you might be one of two people to whom I'll send a signed copy of "Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight."