A Twelfth Night Tale
Lucy Barlow is the oldest of five daughters. Unfortunately, the girls do not have dowries and therefore, are unable to make advantageous marriages. When Lucy attracts the attention of a very wealthy viscount, Lord Bexley, it seems they all may have a chance at a bright future. However, she has always loved Andrew Livingston, but knows that he will always see her as his sister’s little friend and fears that maybe it is time to just move on and leave her foolish dreams behind.
Andrew has returned from the war with an injured arm that will never work again and emotional scars he is unable to deal with. Little Lucy is the only one who seems to be able to bring him out of his melancholy. By the time he realizes little Lucy is no longer little Lucy, but an attractive young lady, it may be too late.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was so sweet. The characters were well written and lovable. I now feel as if I know these two families and their Christmas time traditions. Lucy is a very strong young lady, not only does she hold her own happiness in her hands but also the happiness of possibly her entire family. I felt her confusion and her desire to do the right thing, while needing more. Just as I felt Andrew’s need to get his life back and move forward. I found myself hoping these two would end up together, that they would find a true Christmas miracle. I would suggest this book to anyone looking for a sweet story to curl up with on a cold winter’s night. This is a definite keeper.