Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish
Book 4 in the Windham series
By Grace Burrowes
Narrated by James Langton
Publisher: Tantor Media
Publication date Oct 11, 2016
Running time 10 hrs 27 min
I voluntarily reviewed an review copy provided by the publisher of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Lady Sophie Windham has maneuvered a few days to herself at the ducal mansion in London before she must join her family for Christmas in Kent. Suddenly trapped by a London snowstorm, she finds herself with an abandoned baby and only the assistance of a kind, handsome stranger standing between her and complete disaster.
With his estate in ruins, Vim Charpentier sees little to feel festive about this Christmas. His growing attraction for Sophie Windham is the only thing that warms his spirits—but when Sophie’s brothers whisk her away, Vim’s most painful holiday memories are reawakened.
Contains mature themes. https://tantor.com/lady-sophies-christmas-wish-grace-burrowes.html
I loved this story so much that I listened to most of it twice. I enjoyed it the second time as much as the first. My second listen was to try to understand why I loved it so much. I hadn’t liked any aspects of the first book. Sure, it followed the usual Regency formula, but it was told with skill, sweetly, but with some heat. It offered parallels with the Christmas story – minus the Virgin birth and the manger, but included travel by decree (of family), and a baby with unusual circumstance.
I liked how Sophie, after much difficulty in the previous few years and the pressure of being the sensible child who sacrificed for others, wants a little time off. For some reason I didn’t really get, she’s told herself she doesn’t want to marry.
I liked also, although it is minor in its mention the mention of roots other than English.
It slowly becomes obvious that these two, who are obviously falling in love are closer than they realize. Living in a state we call a small town where it’s strange to find more than six degrees of separation between anyone, I think I relate to this. On a historical level, Regency Romances often deal with the inequities of the period between men and women and between the classes. This is no different and points to what could befall a child then because of parentage. It’s sad to say how apt that still is today, 200 years later.
Also, Langton narrates the story in a sweetly plummy voice. Vim Charpentier’s voice is outstanding. I was slightly less fond of the way he characterized Sophie: too wispy and vague, a little vapid.
Also, a couple falling in love with each other and a baby is compelling. And what woman won’t love a peer of the realm who not only knows how to care for a baby but even shares the workload and his knowledge is appealing. Plus he is wealthy, hot and a real sweetie.
All in all the story is really well constructed and I loved it. It’s the best Christmas tale I have read in a long time. If you have time to read/listen to just one holiday Regency Romance make it this one!