Teased unmercifully for years by the town bully, and forced to wait hand and foot on her lazy, spiteful brother, impetuous Charlotte Bass harbors no dreams of ever tying herself down to a man. Instead of marriage, she fantasizes about escaping from her small town and searching the globe for a place where she can be herself, and practice in peace the art no one around her seems to understand. But all that changes the day her brother brings home a Harvard classmate as a houseguest for the Christmas holidays. Handsome Shaun Matheson is as elegant a gentleman as even an artist like Charlotte could ever imagine. His genuine concern for the put-upon young lady warms her heart, and when his sweet lips salute hers, she begins to think that marriage, at least to this fine man, might not be so horrid after all. But Shaun, unable to stand up to his heavy-handed father, quickly resigns himself to life without Charlotte, and leaves that broken-hearted young lady behind with nary a second glance. With no other recourse, disillusioned Charlotte accepts a betrothal from her only other suitor: Giles Williams, the very same bully who tormented her all her life! In her heart of hearts, Charlotte knows she and Shaun belong together. But can these two wounded souls swallow their pride, defy their families, and find their way back into each other's arms?
Used availability for Elizabeth Doyle's A Country Christmas
October 2002 : USA Mass Market Paperback