Cruelly deceived in love, Sir Philip Levington quits London just before Christmas for his new property, Fairhill Park, near Lyme Regis in Dorset. He arrives unannounced—and the last thing he expects to find is a new love.Madeleine Charlton, daughter of the impoverished previous owner, is trespassing to pick seasonal greenery. She flees after Philip joins her in an imaginary waltz, but the attraction between them is undeniable. He finds her again, a warm friendship ensues and they share a kiss beneath the mistletoe. Then his spiteful former love arrives, determined to win him again.Madeleine and Philip’s happiness rests on the power of a Christmas kiss.
Review: As much as I love short stories/novellas, my biggest complaint is that my favorites are way too short.
The Fourth Kiss is indeed, too short.
I absolutely ADORED Madeleine. She was spunky, mostly fearless, humble, and not afraid to go after what she wants. Phillip won my heart quickly, though like most men of the era, he had a hard time separating himself from chivalry and knowing when someone was a lost cause – such as his former fiancee, whom I DID NOT LIKE AT ALL.
Margaret, Madeleine’s sister, is delightfully mischievous! She schemes to get Sir Phillip to pay more attention to her sister than his dratted ex.
Overall this is a light and touching read that you can finish on a cold afternoon in front of the fire. I do hope the author revisits these characters and either creates a series of novella involving Sir Phillip’s sister and Margaret, or writes a novel about them.