Lysander Winterbourne appears to lead a charmed life. Handsome, amiable, and a renowned sportsman, he is the darling of London society. As far as Adam Freeman is concerned though, Lysander is just another spoiled aristocrat.
A wealthy mill owner, Adam has no time for the frivolous world of the ton, but when his younger brother becomes engaged to Althea Winterbourne, he reluctantly agrees to be introduced to society–with the Winterbourne clan’s golden boy as his guide.
Resigning himself to a few days of boredom, Adam is surprised to learn that there is much more to Lysander than his perfect surface. But will Adam have the courage to introduce Lysander Winterbourne to his own secret self?
Introducing Mr. Winterbourne is a novella that originally appeared in the Another Place in Time anthology.
Mr. Winterbourne's Christmas #2
Lysander Winterbourne has been living happily at Edgeley Park for the last eighteen months. By day he is Adam Freeman's estate manager, by night, his lover...but Adam never speaks of his feelings and Lysander has no idea whether their relationship is any more than a convenient arrangement for Adam.
When the two men are invited to Winterbourne Abbey for a family Christmas, matters quickly come to a head. Snowed in at the Abbey with a house full of guests, Lysander has to face up to shocking revelations, long-held secrets and a choice he never expected to have to make...
Original Review June 2018:
Introducing Mr. Winterbourne is a lovely short read that ticked nearly all my boxes. I certainly understand Adam's preconceived ideas of the aristocracy that Lysander is a member of but I also feel for Lysander for being judged because of the family he was born into. Watching Adam and Lysander get to know each other and find a connection neither saw coming is a journey that made me smile. The only box it didn't quite tick was that it was just too short but I regret nothing about giving Introducing Mr. Winterbourne a chance, definitely a heartwarming experience and if we were to see these two again pop up again I'll be first in line to read😉😉
Mr. Winterbourne's Christmas #2
For eighteen months, Lysander and Adam have been living together happily in both work by day and love by night but neither has been honest to the other how much love is in their hearts. When invited to spend the Christmas holiday at Winterbourne Abbey, will the bubble they've been living in grow or burst? When Lysander is given a chance he would have jumped at eighteen months ago, will he take it or has his time with Adam changed things?
I have to start by saying this has probably only happened so few times that I can count it on one hand so I don't say it lightly, the second entry in this series is even better than the first. Now, perhaps that's simply because it is a Christmas tale which always tends to heighten the entertainment and heart value for me and in being a holiday tale I expect it to be shorter so its shortness doesn't really enter into it as book one did. Because as I said in my review for Introducing Mr. Winterbourne the only box it didn't quite tick for me was not being long enough. Whatever the reason, Mr. Winterbourne's Christmas had that extra something that struck a cord with me.
As for Lysander and Adam, well what's not to love? If you enjoyed watching them meet and connect in book one than you'll love watching that connection grow even stronger here. As for family and friends they interact with both at Edgeley Park and Winterbourne Abbey? There's just too many to really single out(though I do hope we might get to see Johnny's story in the future because he deserves to have his story told 😉hint, hint😉) but they all have so much spirit, and not just Christmas spirit, but true inner spirit that really shines in their scenes(no matter how big or small their contribution to the overall story is).
Whether you are just looking for a heartwarming holiday tale to read or something more, I highly recommend checking out this novella series, historical fan or not you won't be disappointed.
Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. She spent over 20 years staring at blank sheets of paper and despairing of ever writing a single word. In between staring at blank sheets of paper, she studied law, met her husband and had two children. Whilst nursing her first child, she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna lives in Scotland with her family and finds time to write by eschewing sleep and popular culture.
Introducing Mr. Winterbourne #1