MERRY CHRISTMAS, MRS. ROBINSON is a sweet historical romance of second chances.
Jane thought she’d found her Mister X, the man who wrote her the passionate letters, in Philip and married him. She was distraught when she realized he’d been lying to her all along, and when tragedy struck, she withdrew from the world. Until one day, eight years later, Martin appeared in her life, Martin her childhood friend, Martin who left her without saying even a word of goodbye. And he shattered her world once again when he revealed that he was Mister X. Even as her head reeled, she had a hard time reconciling this big, mature man with the lanky, shy, quiet boy she’d once knew…
I read this short story in one sitting, and it’s an enjoyable read for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Jane is a delight, for I’ve never read of a daughter of an earl who was passionate enough for her dreams that she’d run to be an opera singer instead of marrying the man her father had chosen, and I wish we could have learned more about it. From Jane’s point of view, we also see how Martin had grown up and changed from the boy she once knew, and how great he turned out to be, coming into his own during his six-year tour in Europe.
One of the delightful things in this story was the glimpses we get of the letters that Mister X had written to Jane. Therefore, I wish that the letters could’ve been addressed more by both parties when the truth was revealed, or now that they’d met again, they could write to each other again which readers could read in an epilogue so that their entire story could come full circle, so to speak.
Nevertheless, historical romance fans wouldn’t want to miss this engaging tale!
Rating: 4 stars
Winter of 1850 — London, England
Lady Jane left her father, the Earl of Chadwick, and the ton behind to experience life on the stage. After a disastrous marriage, the widow is living on the edge of poverty, determined to guard her heart, when a secret admirer from her past demands a second chance.
Shy and retiring Martin Nicholas Pierce, the Sixth Duke of Somerset, has carried a torch for Lady Jane since her youth, but he is five years her junior. When she married another man, he left for Europe, determined to put her out of his mind. After returning to find Lady Jane free, he vows to replace the memories of her cursed Twelfth Night with a new beginning.
PLEASE NOTE: previously published in the anthology, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A DUKE.