Review: What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes

What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes
Series: McGregor Series (# 4)
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 416
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees her family’s estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.

Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.

As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan’s marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping…


Review:  Who wouldn’t enjoy Christmas in the Highlands of Scotland? Okay it could get cold but if you are a fan of Ms. Burrowes you will find that it could be very warm. Heartwarming…

I enjoyed this well written story that is a continuation of the McGregor clan. Ms. Burrowes writes with feeling and a class that brings you right into the story; not letting you go until the very end, only to leave you wanting more.

The story itself was easy to relate to. Everyone has had those moments where you think you find that right person only to find out that he/or she used you to obtain something they wanted. With this story Ms. Burrowes capture that moment and brings it to life.

For instance we have Joan who likes to design her own clothes. She has a passion for it. Why does it have to be that oldest girl has the responsibility to marry first?  She finds (Viscount Edward, whom she thinks is a good catch) someone who just uses her to get her drawings to help further their career and family. However, Joan leaves. Most would think that she was running from the situation but Ms. Burrowes made it seem as if she was running towards her destiny.

While on the run, she ends up charming and being charmed by Charli, Dante’s daughter. Dante extremely hot and her soul mate.  Reluctant at first Dante doesn’t want to share his compartments on the train with Joan. Dante at first seems like a Scrooge. But, thanks to his daughter Charli he bends and allows Joan to share their ride.  They soon strike up a friendship. They soon find that they have a lot in common. He owns fabric mills, while she designs clothing. A perfect match? Perhaps.

I loved the relationship between Joan and Dante. It was built of faith and trust. They were open with each other because of that trust. Because of that openness they were able to share…past, hopes, dreams and unconditional love and support.

The interaction between family members showed what a normal caring family was like. The jealousy between the sister’s, the overprotective family and the way a family bands together to help each other was real and very well written. Each emotion was described with such feeling so that you the reader could experience what the characters were going through; from the gentleness of the wedding night to the sensuousness of the sex scenes that were tasteful and not overdone.

Ms. Burrowes could have used anytime of the year to set this story but she chose Christmas. A magical time for starting over, healing, and love…a time that melt’s your heart.  To me this is a perfect story for Christmas. Full of life, love, laughter and hope…

So grab a glass of spiced cider and settle in for a very comfortable story set in the Scottish Highlands.
It doesn’t matter that you haven’t read the first three in the series you will find each one can stand on its own. (But, they are great together and you just may have to purchase the other three).