When spinster Annabelle Lippencott is invited by her cousin, Emma Birmingham, to spend Christmas with the extended Birmingham Family, little does she expect to find Spencer Woodruff, the man who broke her heart eleven years earlier.
Mini-Review/The Bottom Line: Annabelle Lippencott is every bit the lady I have come to expect from the Brazen Brides and I loved every minute of her story. For ten years, Annabelle has pined for a man she believes left her shortly after declaring his intention to marry her. Spencer Woodruff has spent the last decade blaming Annabelle for his broken heart and inability to move on with his life. Though his career and social standing have certainly improved, his personal life hasn’t and that’s because Annabelle left him for another. Thrown together over Christmas is not what either expected and though the going is rough in the beginning, all the dirty laundry is eventually aired and an HEA is in order. As always, I fell right into Bolen’s Brazen Brides world and loved every second of my too-brief time there. I always enjoy the inclusion of characters from the rest of the world and those old friends were in high attendance in this holiday novella. In all, A Birmingham Family Christmas is another excellent addition and extension of the Brazen Brides world.
Cheryl Bolen is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of over 20 romances, both historical and contemporary mystery. Many of her books have placed in contests, including the Daphne du Maurier (romantic suspense) and have been translated into ten languages. She was Notable New Author in 1999. In 2006 she won the Holt Medallion, Best Historical, and in 2012 she won Best Historical in the International Digital Awards and she’s had four other titles place in that competition. Her 2011 Christmas novella was named Best Novella in the Romance Through the Ages.