Since her husband’s passing, Elizabeth Overfield has been thinking that she is about ready to enter into another suitable marriage. However, after she meets Baron Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, at the Westcott Christmas house party she wishes she weren’t so old. Elizabeth simply enjoys his company as they listen to carolers on Christmas Eve, walk home from church together on Christmas morning, and engage in a spirited snowball fight in the afternoon. Both are surprised when their sled topples them into a snowbank and they end up sharing an unexpected kiss. They both realize that any relationship between them, would be fruitless for she is nine years older than he.
Returning to London the following Season, both were dedicated to find more suitable matches, but they also agreed to share one waltz at each ball they attend. This innocuous agreement proves to be one that will topple their worlds, as each dance steadily ensnares them in a romance that forces the two to question what they are willing to sacrifice for love.
As is with all books by Mary Balogh I immediately fell in love with Lady Elizabeth who is portrayed as the kindest and warmest kind of person whom I would want to be her friend. And Colin, of course, was the sweetest and most charming of characters so kind and caring. Bittersweet at times but really the best kind of tome to curl up with and savor the romance.