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What Happens At Christmas

by Victoria Alexander

Series: Millworth Manor (1)

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From a #1 New York Times‚??bestselling author: An unconventional Victorian lady, a daring deception, and "the perfect holiday treat" (The Chicago Tribune).

Camille, Lady Lydingham, requests the pleasure of your company at a festive house party in the English countryside, as she endeavors to coax a marriage proposal from Prince Nikolai Pruzinsky of Greater Avalonia. Given the nature of the hostess's eccentric relatives ,they will be played by a troupe of actors hired to impersonate a proper Victorian family. What a clever way to fool the prince! And gate-crashing, distractingly handsome first loves like Grayson Elliott are most unwelcome.

But nothing about Camille's charade goes as planned. Tonight, at Millworth Manor, games will be played, motives will be revealed, the masks will come off, and hearts will be lost‚??and won‚??in the most romantic, magical season of all.

"Alexander's divine Victorian Christmas confection provides an abundance of wit and warmth." ‚??Publishers Weekly, starred review

"With . . . delightfully entertaining characters and an impeccable sense of comic timing worthy of Gilbert and Sullivan, Alexander presents readers with a splendidly sexy holiday gift." ‚??Bo
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The book gets off to a slow start, but last 90 pages are pure joy. Camille, Lady Lydingham, is a bit of a ninnyhammer, and she comes up with this crazy scheme to create the perfect Christmas for the incognito prince she wants to marry. Or does she want to marry him after all, when Grayson Elliott shows up after an twelve-year absence?

Camille hires a troupe of actors to impersonate her family and the servants at the manor.

Mayhem ensues, some instigated by Grayson, some my Camille's family which unexpectedly returns.

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  Bookjoy144 | Mar 2, 2022 |
A lighthearted romp with good dialog, entertaining plot and characters. ( )
  kimkimkim | Aug 21, 2017 |
I loved the original plot in this historical romance. It was unrealistic for the most part, but I didn't mind at all. I accepted it as I would accept a wonderful fairytale. Not everything has to be entirely plausible for me to enjoy it, especially at Christmas. ( )
  StephLaymon | Jan 26, 2016 |
It's a historical romance, but very farcial - almost over the top. For a light read, it's okay.
Rating: 6/10 ( )
  Marcella1717 | Jan 22, 2016 |
This was a fun, light-hearted romance. It also had plenty of Christmas details that I require this time of year. The main character is a strong-willed, perhaps a little too quick to jump into action heroine who not only has enough family to keep you shaking your head at the craziness, she also hired actors to play a typical family but who are even crazier than her real family. You realize even though your family drives you nuts their really is no place like home for the holidays. ( )
  mmoj | Aug 16, 2015 |
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December 19, 1886

"And you believe this is a good idea," Beryl, Lady Dunwell, said to her sister.
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Fiction. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:

From a #1 New York Times‚??bestselling author: An unconventional Victorian lady, a daring deception, and "the perfect holiday treat" (The Chicago Tribune).

Camille, Lady Lydingham, requests the pleasure of your company at a festive house party in the English countryside, as she endeavors to coax a marriage proposal from Prince Nikolai Pruzinsky of Greater Avalonia. Given the nature of the hostess's eccentric relatives ,they will be played by a troupe of actors hired to impersonate a proper Victorian family. What a clever way to fool the prince! And gate-crashing, distractingly handsome first loves like Grayson Elliott are most unwelcome.

But nothing about Camille's charade goes as planned. Tonight, at Millworth Manor, games will be played, motives will be revealed, the masks will come off, and hearts will be lost‚??and won‚??in the most romantic, magical season of all.

"Alexander's divine Victorian Christmas confection provides an abundance of wit and warmth." ‚??Publishers Weekly, starred review

"With . . . delightfully entertaining characters and an impeccable sense of comic timing worthy of Gilbert and Sullivan, Alexander presents readers with a splendidly sexy holiday gift." ‚??Bo

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