Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait by Grace Burrowes
Series: The Duke’s Daughters (# 5); Windham (# 8)
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review.
A freshly wrapped Regency Christmas romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes.
What Lady Jenny wants for Christmas…
For Christmas, soft-spoken Lady Jenny Windham craves the freedom to pursue her artistic ambitions, though it will mean scandalizing her ducal parents and abandoning all hope of a family of her own. She confides her plans to successful artist Elijah Harrison when he’s commissioned to paint a portrait of her small nephews, because assisting Elijah will bring Jenny that much closer to her heart’s desire–won’t it?
…Will break both their hearts
Elijah Harrison finds in his unlikely assistant not only an inspiring muse and unappreciated talent, but also a lovely and passionate woman. If Elijah supports Jenny’s career, his own professional interests will suffer, but more significantly, he will lose Jenny forever. Both Jenny and Elijah must choose between true love and a lifelong dream.
Review: I love Grace Burrowes. I’d shout it from the rooftops if it wouldn’t totally freak her out and I think she’s still a practicing lawyer, so we’ll just leave it at that, shall we?
Her books never cease to amaze me. Recently, I’ve noticed that she’s put a lot of work into creating the world before we truly get to know the characters.
This book truly was like a Christmas present. Anticipation was everything. As you read, Miss Burrowes, unwraps more and more of the story until finally you get to whats inside and go, “HUZZAH!”
Jenny’s character took a while for me to warm up to. It wasn’t because she wasn’t fantastic, she just seemed a little one dimensional, but it had nothing to do with the storyline, only that she wanted to be the type of character that we discovered via her artwork not her dialogue. I appreciated that Jenny and Elijah’s story was communicated through art more than their exchanges, of course in the end we get some lovely exchanges between the two, but I feel that Miss Burrowes brought a very realistic approach to the life of an artist.
Elijah wouldn’t want to give up everything, I don’t care how amazing the woman, his whole life was art and painting. Jenny felt the same way, he understood her in a way that no man had, therefore when she tells him she wants to travel to Paris and paint, he doesn’t simper and cry like a little boy, he encourages her and supports her dream.
As a team, they kind of rocked my world. I love that in the end they both realized that they could live their dreams together, not separate. To say anything more about their story would surely give it away. Just know that this is a typical Burrowes book. Lots of dry humor, lots of laughter, engaging secondary characters, and a very happy ending.