The Mistletoe Countess
Published by Barbour Fiction
Publication Date September 1, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: England, Virginia Progressive Era – US – 1890s – 1920s
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Will the magic of Christmas bring these two newlyweds closer together, or will the ghosts of the past lead them into a destructive discovery from which not even a Dickens’s Christmas can save them?
Mistletoe is beautiful and dangerous, much like the woman from Lord Frederick’s Percy’s past, so when he turns over a new leaf and arranges to marry for his estate, instead of his heart, he never expects the wrong bride to be the right choice. Gracelynn Ferguson never expected to take her elder sister’s place as a Christmas bride, but when she’s thrust into the choice, she will trust in her faithful novels and overactive imagination to help her not only win Frederick’s heart but also to solve the murder mystery of Havensbrook Hall before the ghosts from Frederick’s past ruin her fairytale future.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Oh my! Grace was such a fun heroine!! A delightful blend of naiveté and knowledge, filled with sunshine and made almost everyone around her feel lighter merely being in her presence.
Frederick was a wonderful broken hero. I loved the way he learned to see himself differently through Grace’s eyes. Having turned his back on his past and setting his eyes on who God could make him freed him from the guilt and shame he had lived with for years.
A handful of “accidents” following the deaths of Frederick’s father and brother began to look more and more menacing and intentional. I had to laugh at Grace’s confidence in her sleuthing abilities simply because the techniques worked in the stories she had read. The mystery was very well executed. The adventures and danger Grace and Frederick faced while trying to solve it were fascinating. This part of the story was kept lighthearted, and I found myself laughing out loud in numerous pages throughout the climax!
It was clear that this sweet couple loved each other and found each other attractive; however, it was equally clear the basis of their love was their character not their bodies. The author described Grace and Frederick’s intimate relationship in a very tasteful and appropriate manner. I would not hesitate to allow a teenager to read it.
Most importantly, a firm faith element runs throughout the story. Grace’s intimate relationship with God and her trust in Him was inspiring. She had quite a struggle to return blessing for insult and yet chose to do right and what was pleasing to God.
I recommend The Mistletoe Countess to everyone who loves to read. It feels like it is a story anyone would enjoy. Having read this far in my review, you are probably the perfect audience for it!