Marian's Christmas Wish by Carla Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review from Cedar Fort Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
Description from Goodreads: Miss Marian Wynswich is a rather unconventional young lady. She plays chess, reads Greek, and is as educated as any young man. And she s certain falling in love is a ridiculous endeavor and vows never to do such a thing. But everything changes when she receives a Christmas visit from someone unexpected--- a young and handsome English lord.
My thoughts: I really needed a read that made me laugh, smile, and entertained me.
Marian is a spunky 16 year old who is a misfit for her time period. She doesn't conform to a docile lady. She has so much personality and says what she really thinks. Sometimes that honesty gets her into a bit of a bind, but I think it was refreshing. It also caught the eye of the Gilbert Collinwood. Leading men who see past societal expectations are always my favorite.
She is in the middle of a plan to foil the unwanted attention of a wealthy suitor for her older sister, Ariandne. Her sister is in love with the vicar, and doesn't care to save the family from financial ruin by marrying a truly loathesome man. Gilbert is himself and Earl and readily helps in Marian's escapades and encourages the vicar's attentions to Ariadne. The comic relief of their younger brother Alistair is wonderful.
I loved the easy and quick pace that Carla Kelly uses as her writing style. The characters are fun, but not perfect. She paints a great picture, where I could easily picture them in my mind. I really enjoyed this book and it is perfect for all ages of romance readers.