Helena’s Christmas Beau by Aileen Fish

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Helena’s Christmas Beau by Aileen Fish
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical, Holiday
Length: Short Story (50 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Facing her second Christmas since the loss of her fiancé, Helena relies on her favorite traditions to bring back the joy of the season. Yet from stir-up day to bringing in the greenery on Christmas Eve, her cousin’s brother-in-law Duncan is underfoot, questioning her every action.

As Duncan plays along with the outdated rites, he realizes how much he’s missed Helena’s laughter. When he hears she plans to re-enter the Marriage Mart the next Season, he is struck with jealousy. Is he falling in love, or simply under the spell of the holiday season?

Helena is staying with her cousin and her family over this Christmas, the second one since her fiancé died. She’s determined to have a traditional Christmas and immerse herself in the children’s joy of the season. She didn’t know Duncan was going to be there during Christmas, too.

Ms. Fisher writes a charming little story that tugs on heart strings. It’s a simple story of two people who grew up together and then went separate ways. During this Christmas, they find each other again and have to decide what to do about it.

As Helena starts dictating how they will decorate the house and how everyone must participate in the activities, Duncan begins to think about going home. He suggests Helena is going overboard on the Christmas festivities, but no one else thinks so. He even manages to get Helena under the mistletoe for a moment. This causes confusion in his heart. He wants Helena happy, but he’s not sure how to do that.  I think the best part is when Helena tells him she’s going to re-enter the Marriage Mart next season. He’s consumed by jealousy.

The women in these stories are always much more shy about expressing their feelings than I am. I know some people are offended by what I say, but I am honest and say what I think. Duncan would have known what I was thinking or that I needed more time to think. Guess it’s a good thing I didn’t live in Victorian times.

Ms. Fish writes a good tale with Christmas traditions, smooth romance and a happy ending. Get a copy and a cup of coffee or tea and spend Christmas with the Chapman’s. You’ll enjoy it!

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