I have no clue how I managed to miss this when it came out in hardcover last year—probably because I’m a paperback girl at heart—but, when I found ‘TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS among the new releases on the book store shelves a few days ago, I grabbed it up like it was half-off Halloween Candy!

Why? Because like Smuckers, Sabrina Jeffries is a name that when you see it, you know that it has to be good.

“Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has never forgiven his parents for inexplicably abandoning him to distant relatives as a child. Nevertheless, when he receives word that the stranger he calls “Mother” is gravely ill, the unabashed rogue makes a rare return to Montcliff, his country estate. There he finds that the woman is perfectly healthy—and that he has fallen for a cunning ruse crafted by her lady’s companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart. The lively vicar’s widow, too bright and beautiful not to arouse the scoundrel in Pierce, is determined to reconcile the Earl and Lady Devonmont. None of them can predict the secrets, both heartening and shocking, divulged between a mother and son, and between two lovers, each haunted by their pasts, that will make Christmas night at Montcliff one to remember—and the glorious night after, one to treasure for a lifetime.”

It all starts with a letter…

Dear Sir,

I feel I should inform you that your mother is very ill. If you wish to see her before it is too late, you should come at once.

Mrs. Camilla Stuart

Pierce Waverly is a character who has played an important role in two of  Ms. Jeffries Hellions of Halstead Hall series previously, that of a charming unrepentant rake of the first order. Now we get to see why he became that way and what happens to create a Christmas miracle that changes everything.

Abandoned as a young boy Pierce has good reason to hate his parents, but when he receives a letter from Camilla, his mother’s companion, that makes it sound as though the Dowager Countess is knocking on Death’s door, he doesn’t think twice about rushing to her side. Imagine his surprise when he arrives to find that she is in the picture of health.

‘TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS delivers the perfect gift for the romantic at heart

.Furious over being deceived, but intrigued in spite of himself by the woman who perpetrated the ruse—Camilla—Pierce soon discovers that he is not as anxious to leave as he first thought.

After seeing Pierce and his mother together for the first time and the pain that both of them are trying to hide, Camilla makes it her mission to somehow reunite this mother and son, even if it means making a devil’s bargain with the Earl. For every night that she comes to his room he will stay another day and another day means another opportunity to unravel the mystery that has torn this family apart.

I adored how, even after only knowing each other for a few hours Pierce and Camilla fall into the kind of easy interactions, banter and complete candor that makes it realistically feel as though they are long-standing friends. And it’s from this initial connection of closeness that the romantic aspect of their relationship begins to form a foundation.

Slowly as secrets begin to come to light, the “lost boy” in Pierce begins to emerge more and more, especially in the heart warming scenes that involve Camilla’s precocious son, Jasper, and it’s hard not to fall in love with Pierce just as Camilla is doing so.

Centering this story around the holiday that is synonymous with miracles was the perfect setting for bringing a son back to his mother, hope back into the heart of a rogue and a beautiful happy ending for everyone.

A must read this holiday season or any time of the year, ‘TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS delivers the perfect gift for the romantic at heart.

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.