McKellen, Christy, A Countess for Christmas (Maid Under the Mistletoe, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).
Title: A Countess for Christmas (Maid Under the Mistletoe, Book 1)
Author: Christy McKellen
Imprint: Romance (Cherish)
Issues: Celebrity Culture; Scandal
The earl’s secret bride…
Emma Carmichael is shocked when she sees who she’s waitressing for at a lavish party—Jack Westwood, the new Earl of Redminster. Her new life comes crashing down when Jack announces to the world that they’re married!
Jack has never forgotten his first love despite the tragedy that tore them apart. When the paparazzi cameras intrude, he proposes they live as man and wife until the fuss dies down. Emma feels like Cinderella, masquerading as his countess…only, behind closed doors, their marriage feels tantalizingly real…
I count myself very lucky to have the friends that I do. They’ve been absolute rocks through the tricky times in my life and have always been there for me with a sturdy shoulder to cry on should I need it. I can’t imagine how I would feel to find out that those friends, whom I believed had my best interests at heart, had turned their backs on me the moment things got sticky.
Unfortunately for my heroine, Emma Carmichael, that’s exactly what happened to her after a scandal involving her late father ruined her family’s reputation and social standing.
In A Countess for Christmas, we meet Emma six years after this tragedy has played out, still living under the shadow of her father’s mistakes – until the shock reappearance of an old flame, Jack Westwood, throws her right back into the world she used to know, forcing her to confront the past.
With the support of the good and true friends she’s made in recent years, Emma finally begins to see hope for a new and exciting future – if only she can regain the love and trust of the man whose heart she once smashed to pieces.
I hope you enjoy Emma and Jack’s journey back to each other and the subsequent stories of her friends as they find their way to their own much-deserved happy-ever-afters.
With best wishes,