Every year for thirty years Lord Robert, the Viscount of Marchwood, throws a Christmas Ball.
But this year the Marchwood Christmas Ball holds extra importance.
His daughter, Lady Audrey, has just turned eighteen, and it is time for her to be introduced into society. It is Audrey’s first, best, and potentially only chance of securing a husband. Especially seeing as there are rumours that the Marchwood money is running dry.
But headstrong Lady Audrey is not sure she wants a husband. Ever since her mother died she has been left to her own devices. Though she is very close to her father, it was often the servants she turned to for companionship, particularly Thomas, who, five years older than her, was always the person she depended on for conversation.
She is not ready to leave everything she knows, and the thought of abandoning her father breaks her heart. She is determined that only someone truly special will take her away from her home.
But with the ball centred around a masquerade theme, everyone is in disguise. And a handsome stranger threatens to steal Audrey’s heart.
Could he hold the key to her heart?
And when she unmasks him will it be a good, or bad, Christmas Surprise?
This book starts off well and drew me right into the story.
With this being a novella the characters don't have a lot of time to make a big impact. However I think Emily Murdoch did a great job of developing the characters personalities in this short story.
I finished A Christmas Surprise in one sitting as I didn't want to put this sweet and enjoyable book down. I loved how light and warming the story was and it left me with a smile.
It is a lovely novella that is a perfect quick read just right for the festive season.
Four and a half stars from me!
Thank you to Emily Murdoch who kindly sent me a copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.