Series: St. Dwynwen, #1
Published by Pocket Star on October 25th 2011
Genres: Historical Romance, Holiday Romance, Regency Era
New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp weaves a heartwarming tale, first in a thrilling new series, of Christmastime love, discovery, and scandal. . . .
When plain and proper Thea Bainbridge stumbles upon a baby in the manger of her church’s nativity, she is understandably shocked. Discovering a brooch bearing the insignia of Gabriel, Lord Morecombe, hidden among the child’s clothing, she is certain the dissolute rake is to blame. Incensed, Thea sets out to reproach the arrogant lord—only to find herself utterly swept away.
Gabriel is intrigued by the vivacity in Thea’s flashing gray eyes when she accuses him of fathering the orphan, even as he adamantly maintains his innocence. The brooch is one he remembers all too well, however, and Gabriel is determined to find the mother of the missing child. As the mystery around the baby deepens, Gabriel is continually thrown together with Thea—and finds himself growing more entranced every day.
Even with whispers of winter scandal swirling around them, they cannot deny the longing in their hearts. A longing which promises the best gift of all: a shelter from the storm . . . in each other’s arms.
Thea is now at the age that is considered to be titled ‘Spinster’, and as the Vicar’s sister has certain responsibilities. So when she attends a gathering, where she see’s Gabriel Morecomb, a man whose tender kisses has haunted her all of these years. She is shocked and even hurt to discover that he doesn’t even recognize her. Then she finds an abandoned baby in a manger at the nativity scene at the church, with the only idenitifying item, a brooch with a signia of Lord Gabriel Morecomb. So she is outraged to think that he has abandoned this innocent child, so enraged she storms into his home demanding that he takes responsibility for his actions. Then when certain truths come to light, she starts to become captivated by him once more and she finds herself falling in love with a rake.
Gabriel is shocked when a fiery and spirited woman barges into his home in front of all of his friends and starts making demands, and so he is stunned to discover the ‘brooch’ in question belonged to his lost sister whom he has been searching for ever since she left with no word. As Gabriel and Thea start to work together, he starts to see a woman full of zest and life and knows she is weaving her way into his heart and he doesn’t want to ever let her go…
Thea is hurt at first when Gabriel doesn’t recognize her, but when she finds an abandoned baby- she suspects ‘Matthew’ belonging to Gabriel and goes about confronting him only to learn that she could be very wrong about him and the more time she spends in his company, looking for his sister together, she knows she could be in a world of trouble if she happens to fall in love with the scoundrel….
Whenever I have read a book by Candace Camp I have always enjoyed her stories and A Winter’s Scandal is no different. I am always amazed by how well she writes and the way she makes the story and the characters come alive, and are so vividly portrayed. I just feel in love with Thea from the beginning, I really rooted for her when she confronts Gabriel directly and how much spunk she has. Gabriel is a very likeable character, and I liked him even more as the story progressed and we see beneath the surface…and little Matthew was too adorable to resist. Overall a fun and delightful read. It had many aspects that made it an entertaining read. Full of mystery, a tender romance, and a engaging plot. A story that will bring the magic of the Christmas season and true love to life….