|| Is Christmas a time for forgiving and forgetting? A nobleman and the woman who spurned him are about to find out in this enchanting Regency novel. For inexperienced, painfully shy Barnaby Traherne, the glittering society ball is akin to a battlefield . . . that is, until his attention is captured by an auburn-haired beauty. Scandalous rumors swirl around Miranda Pardew and now she has set her cap for a renowned rake. Ignoring the gossip, the already-smitten Barnaby gathers his courage and asks Miranda for a dance. When she rejects him, in a very public humiliation, he vows that when he reenters the fray, he will be better prepared. Eleven years later, he gets his chance, along with the opportunity to deliver to a certain haughty beauty her long-overdue comeuppance. Once the belle of the ball, Miranda is now an impecunious widow. A stroke of luck lands her a governess position in Norfolk. Before she arrives, her stagecoach is ambushed by highwaymen, and Miranda finds herself stranded with an attractive stranger. She has no idea he's the nobleman she rebuffed years earlier. But Barnaby has not forgotten her, and is shocked to discover that Miranda has been employed to look after his nephews. At his brother's estate for Christmas, Barnaby tries in vain to conceal his still-wild attraction to Miranda, but a capricious fate conspires to throw Barnaby and Miranda together at every turn. Award-winning author Elizabeth Mansfield delivers a sparkling Regency novel brimming with romance, wit, and festive holiday spirit.