The Marquess's Christmas Lily
On the eve of his Grand Tour of the Continent, Charles shares an unexpected kiss with his childhood friend Lily.
A year later Charles returns to England due to the death of his father. The old marquess controlled his son's life and attempts to do so even in death.
Christmas at Kilmeade Hall
Lord Geoffrey, a botanist at Kew Gardens is recently returned from a plant hunting expedition that saw him discredit himself due to his inability to overcome seasickness. He desires to retire to a small house in Yorkshire and develop his hybrid roses. Normally a shy man, he attends the house party at Kilmeade Hall merely to please his sister-in-law. He is happy to discover the lovely young Miss Hastings, a woman who also enjoys the study of plants, at Kilmeade Hall.
Miss Grace Hastings, daughter of a well-known Kew Gardens benefactor, is only recently out of mourning for her mother. Her father accepts the invitation to Kilmeade Hall although he has only a passing acquaintance with the lord of the estate in Essex. Grace enjoys the country and is glad to leave the gray of London behind her. Her pleasure is increased when Lord Geoffrey, her favorite of her father’s colleagues, is also at the house party.
Will a baron who talks entirely too much, an opinionated lady’s maid and a fortune-hunting viscount help or hinder the path to true love? A deathbed wish has brought Grace and Geoffrey to Kilmeade Hall for the holidays. Now it is up to the magic of Christmas to bring two friends to the realization that their friendship has grown into so much more.