Review: With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins

A wallflower determined to fulfill a dying promise, the rogue she jilted years ago, and an orphaned baby are all brought together amidst the magic of Christmas in this new novella from Manda Collins.

Miss Merry Parks makes a deathbed promise to a schoolfriend that her infant daughter will be taken to her absent father. There’s only one problem—to find the baby’s father, she’ll have to consult his cousin, Viscount Wrotham, the man she jilted five years ago. The man she couldn’t forget.

Alex Ponsonby, Viscount Wrotham, is stunned to find Merry Parks—looking more lovely than ever–on his doorstep with an infant in her arms. His shock soon turns to dismay when he learns his own cousin William is the man who abandoned his wife and child. As head of the family he’s duty bound to see right is done. But he can’t let this opportunity pass. He’ll take Merry and the baby to his cousin, but he’ll woo her back in the process.

Merry agrees to travel with Alex and the baby to Wrotham Castle, where the entire Ponsonby family has gathered for Christmas, but her plans to see the baby settled then leave are ruined by a snowstorm. After five years apart, Alex and Merry will spend the week getting reacquainted. Perhaps it’s the spirit of the holiday, or the magic of the season, but there could be something else in the air this Yuletide…A Christmas Reunion.

First a thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for providing us with a copy of this book, so that we may bring you this review.

After devouring one feel good Christmas book I was quite ready for the next. And oh home much better can you get than a regency lost love and second chance book, like the one that Manda Collin’s shares with us. The fact that Merry is doing something so selfless for a friend that she just lost and her friends precious little girl is beautiful. Though this book did have one character that I hated more than I should have the one that you least expect is the one that hurts everyone the most. I loved though that Alex works so hard to get Merry back and to show her that he will always pick her first. I also enjoyed the fact that William grew as a man throughout this book and through time. Though he didn’t get to see his wife before she lost her life at least he steps up and takes care of his little girl. And its aways a pleasure to have positive things happening during Christmas.

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