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Reviewed by Melissa Tanaka for Readers' Favorite
A Regency Yuletide by Becky Lower is the story of Sophie Davenport, a beautiful young woman who returns home after spending the social season in London without a marriage proposal, much to her mother’s chagrin. In contrast, she is quite happy to remain single and does not appear interested in putting up with what she considers “the charade of another [courting] season.” When a man by the name of Jeremy Wyatt agrees to act as witness to his best friend Thomas and his beloved Emma’s illicit marriage, they get caught up in a storm along the way. Seeking shelter from the elements, the party arrives at the home of the Davenports and are allowed to stay to pass the storm. Sophie and Jeremy are instantly attracted to one another, despite the fact that she is already engaged to the vicar’s son, and the two begin their dance around each other.
For lovers of historical fiction and romance, A Regency Yuletide is a delightful must-read! Lower captivates readers with rich descriptions of people and places that make it feel as though you’re right there alongside Sophie and Jeremy, whether they are simply sitting by the fire or sneaking stolen kisses. While all the characters are interesting, it is Sophie Davenport who is truly the star of the story. Readers will find themselves rooting for Sophie, who pushes back against the boundaries set by society and declares she would rather do charity work and care for the poor rather than “catering to the whims of some man.”