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Winter fire
Beverley, Jo.
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New York, N.Y. : Signet, [2003]

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311 pages ; 18 cm
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New York Times bestselling author of St. Raven returns to the Georgian period and the irresistible Malloren clan in this sumptuous Christmas romance.

Genova Smith accompanies the elderly Trayce ladies and their handsome nephew Ash to a Christmas party at Rothgar Abbey, the home of the Marquess of Rothgar, the man Genova mistakenly believes to be her father. But when she and Ash are caught in a comprising situation, Genova agrees to pretend to be his betrothed. Jo Beverley captures readers in this tale of love, family, and truth.

Author Notes

Jo Beverley was born on September 22, 1947 in Lancashire, England. She received a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire in 1970. In the mid-1970s, she moved to Canada with her husband.

She wrote over 30 historical romance novels during her lifetime including Lord Wraybourne's Betrothed, The Stolen Bride, The Shattered Rose, Lord of Midnight, and Forbidden Magic. She also wrote several series including the Company of Rogues series and the Malloren series. She received numerous awards for her work including five RITAs, two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times, The Golden Leaf Award, and the Readers' Choice Award. She died from cancer on May 23, 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Genova Smith convinces her employers, the elderly Trayce ladies, to let her bring an abandoned baby with them to a Christmas party at Rothgar Abbey, even as she does her best to get the Marquess of Ashart, the man she mistakenly believes to be the father, to accept responsibility for his actions. Ash has no intention of claiming the child, but he agrees to accompany his great aunts to the holiday fete, despite the family tragedy that has turned Ash and the Marquess of Rothgar into mortal enemies. When she is caught with Ash in a seemingly compromising situation, Genova agrees to a pretend betrothal but has no intention of giving in to her desires for the wickedly handsome Ash. While truth and forgiveness unite two long-estranged branches of a family, an intelligent, ever sensible heroine and an elegant, sinfully seductive rake spar with splendidly sexy results as RITA Award-winning Beverley, with her usual delectable wit and superb characterization, returns readers to the unforgettable world of her Malloren series. --John Charles Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Rothgar Abbey is the Christmas destination of the Malloren family-and at least one old enemy bent on revenge. While fans of the series (Secrets of the Night; Tempting Fortune) will be interested in revisiting the various family members they have met before, the real focus here is on Genova Smith and the notorious Marquess of Ashart, who end up entangled in a faux betrothal and spend the holidays at the home of Ash's cousin and bitter adversary, the Marquess of Rothgar, accompanied by two elderly relatives and a baby. Confusion reigns as Genova and Ash try to sort out their feelings for each other and solve the mystery of the baby. But the real challenge lies between Ash and Rothgar, as they both must choose between vengeance and reconciliation and eventually come to terms with the past. Holiday fun, lively family interactions, and romance abound in this heartwarming tale that, while serious, is a shade lighter than others in the Malloren series. Best-selling romance author Beverley is a member of the RWA Hall of Fame and lives in Canada. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.