A heartwarming Regency Christmas short story from multi-award-winning author Charlotte Betts, with characters from her new novel The House in Quill Court.
December 1815: the Stanhope sisters are eagerly preparing for Christmas at Quill Court, decking the halls and chattering excitedly about the festivities.
Emily, the eldest Stanhope girl, pines for her dashing but distant fiance Captain Hugh Seymour, whom she loves desperately but she worries he holds a candle for her flighty best friend Selina. Emily has competed with Selina for a man's affection once before, and her surprise arrival at Quill Court this Christmas has set the Stanhope family on edge.
Can Emily overcome her doubts about her impending nuptials, and prevent the captivating Selina from enticing away her beloved Hugh? Whatever the outcome, this will be a Christmas to remember . . .
Introducing the sumptuous Regency world soon to be seen in Charlotte Betts' The House in Quill Court, this is a story sure to warm your heart this winter.
Romantic, engaging and hugely satisfying. - Katie Fforde on The Apothecary's Daughter
A highly-recommended novel of love, tragedy and the power of art. - Daily Mail on The Painter's Apprentice
Full of passion and drama . . . I was captivated by this moving, heart-warming and beautifully woven story - gripping, atmospheric, eloquently told and full of rich detail. - Kate Furnivall on The Chateau on the Lake
Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings.
Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up. The Apothecary's Daughter is her debut novel and won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year in 2010, the Romantic Novelists' Association Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers in 2011 and the RoNA's Historical Category award for 2013. The sequel, The Painter's Apprentice was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Festival of Romance's Best Historical Read Award in 2012. The Spice Merchant's Wife was published in 2013 and won the Festival of Romance's Best Historical Read Award in 2013.