Heartbroken at the news that her betrothed has wed another woman, Emily is determined to pick up the pieces of her life and enjoy Christmas with her family.
Newly returned from war, Bennett holds a secret and will do anything to ensure Emily, his only true love, never discovers it…even if it means losing her.
Fate reunites the star-crossed lovers and reveals the truth that will either unite them or drive them apart forever.
Publisher and Release Date: The Wild Rose Press, November 2014
Time and Setting: Regency England
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 1
Reviewer Rating: 4 stars
Review by Susan
Short and sweet, A Christmas Reunion is a Regency romance featuring childhood sweethearts separated by war that honors the gentleman soldier and reveres the devoted lady who refuses to give up on her man. The story focuses on the relationship between Captain Bennett Seton and his English Lady, Emily Annesley set against the backdrop of the Peninsula War. It’s a tale about overcoming self-imposed obstructions that keep a love from blossoming with impediments that are all too relatable to real life circumstances and a handful of characters that are perceivably human.
The story launches from Emily’s point of view as she receives a letter from her fiancé, Captain Bennett Seton, claiming that he has married another woman during the time he has spent fighting the French in Spain. The points of view transition smoothly between Bennett and Emily so audiences can glean their individual perspectives. As Bennett returns home battered and bruised in spirit and crippled by the war, he feels unable to be the man that Emily knew and wanted to marry. He believes he is saving her from a life of misery by falsely claiming he has married another. Little does he realize that Emily’s love transcends his physical appearance. She says it best when she tells him that she loves his heart, mind and soul. Her character represents the public’s impression of the Regency Lady, a romantic at heart and devoted to the core.
The emotions which the couple stir in each other resonate an authenticity that audiences can experience at the same time with the characters. Emily’s broken heart is felt by the reader and Bennett’s sorrow at the hurt he causes her has an equal impact. The writing is penetrative, able to draw the reader into Bennett’s and Emily’s lives and mentally encouraging their reunion. The story contains universal themes which audiences can share with the characters, inspired by the couple’s willingness to overcome self-inflicted obstructions.