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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Proposal and a "rising star in the romance genre" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance.

Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.

Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour - until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.

Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day...or are they? 

©2019 Jasmine Guillory (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A seasonal gem." (OprahMag.com) 

"Another sparkling hit from Jasmine Guillory." (PopSugar) 

"Filled with delightful, swoon-worthy dates and many laughs, this affectionate, cross-continent holiday romance is perfect for cozying up with on a cold winter’s night." (Library Journal

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FYI: Not a Clean Romance

The story and characters were okay, though i felt at times the author treats the readers like idiots and repeats her point too often, but then it got trashy. I know some people are into that, but I want to warn those who are looking for a Hallmark Christmas movie in a book that this isn't it!

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Bizarre narrator choice

If you are casting an actor to read a book set in London, where half of the characters are British, you think you’d cast an actor who can do an English accent. I winced every time she read the lines of the male lead character. It’s rough going.

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The Poor British narration hurt my ears

The story is sweet, but opted to read the book instead. I wish they used a male narrator to do the British dialogue or made Janina do some training on the accent. I just couldn’t listen to it.

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Good story if you can get past the accent

This was a nice story and it was pretty well done, entertaining and heartwarming. The narrator made me believe that she was a 50-something woman of color. Also true is that this was probably the worst British accent I've ever heard attempted. It was a strange mix sounding of German, English and perhaps West Indian, something...I actually chuckled and wondered if the narrator had never seen BBC or PBS, even if just to prepare for this role? The writing was pretty good but I had to also grapple with confusion about the usage of words like "him" instead of "he" and "at" instead of "with", throughout the story. Professional book editors may not exist anymore. This was a nice use of time though and the book was a relaxing, happy tale. It's worth your time if you don't take it too seriously.

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Grown up romance for grown up people.

I loved the naturity of the writing and the story. This was a grown up romance and it was refreshing. The characters weren't too sappy, and the story progressed in fun but realistic way.

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amazing journey

The author brings together mother- daughter relationships, later in life relationships, work- life balance and travel brilliantly. She also successfully includes the importance of non-traditional family roles and adults who choose not to have children. The narrator was great and drew me in. I will definitely re listen next year.

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Lovely

This features Maddie's mother, Vivian, and Malcolm, a Brit who is the Queen's private Secretary. They meet when Maddie and Vivian go to England for Maddie to style the Duchess. I enjoyed this; romance is not just for the young.

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Social Work love story

I was happy to know the main character, Vivian, was a social worker... that’s not something you see often. (I’m a social worker myself) great story telling very vivid almost cried when they parted from her initial 4 day stay! Awesome writing and storytelling!

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Surprised Myself

I really enjoyed this book! I’m not a romance reader and surprised myself at how caught up I became in the characters. I truly appreciate mature romance—-thank you!!!! I enjoyed this book so much, I believe I will include it in my Christmas reads in years to come.

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Accent killed it

The story was ok but nothing special. But the narration killed it. The British accents were so bad and really took me out of the story. It would have been better to not do accents at all.