Synopsis: Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can't forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him...or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way. Jonas Grantham has a secret, too: He's been in love with Lydia for more than a year. This winter, he's determined to conquer her dislike and win her for his own. It all starts with a wager and a kiss. (from the online description)
Review: This is satisfactory, but only just. I enjoyed the character of Jonas Grantham - anyone who lacks tack the way he does is endearing. And I thought Lydia's growth as a person was well-done. I also enjoyed the clear research Milan put into Victorian medicine. My qualm is the interaction between them. It seemed forced and awkward. Given that it is a novella, I grant there isn't enough time to develop their relationships - but still, it's a bit jarring.
Bookmarks: 6.5 of 10
Date Finished: 7-26-2015