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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and a “rising star in the romance genre” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that...
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and a “rising star in the romance genre” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that...
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  • From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and a “rising star in the romance genre” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance.
    Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.
    Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour—until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.
    Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day...or are they?

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    Chapter One

     

    Vivian nudged her daughter as they walked out of the customs area at Heathrow Airport.

     

    "Um, Maddie? Do you think Ms. M. Forest and Ms. V. Forest are us?"

     

    Vivian gestured at the man in the suit, holding the sign with their names on it.

     

    Maddie turned in the direction Vivian was looking and grinned at her mother.

     

    "Let's do this, Mom."

     

    Vivian looked around and laughed to herself before she grinned back at Maddie.

     

    She still didn't exactly know how she'd gotten here. It had all started with a call from Maddie a few weeks ago.

     

    "Hey, Mom, I need an answer fast-do you want to spend Christmas with me in England?"

     

    Vivian had laughed. What else was there to do when your thirty-four-year-old daughter asked something so ridiculous?

     

    "Sure, I do. I also want to spend Thanksgiving with you in Hawaii, New Year's Eve with you in Paris, and Easter with you in Rome."

     

    But Maddie didn't laugh at that.

     

    "No, really. I'm serious. You remember my old mentor, Amelia Samuels?"

     

    Vivian looked away from her computer screen.

     

    "The one who's now the stylist for the princess?"

     

    "Duchess, but yes. Well, Amelia was supposed to go to England at Christmas to help prepare the Duchess for all of the royal Christmas festivities-apparently, there are lots of them-but Amelia is pregnant with twins and just had to go on bed rest. Her doctor says she's under too much stress and can't work at all."

     

    "Oh no, really? Poor Amelia; I didn't know she was pregnant! Please tell her I'm thinking about her."

     

    Vivian had only met Amelia once, that time she'd gone down to visit Maddie when she'd been living in L.A., but she'd really liked her. And Amelia had done a lot for Maddie and her own stylist career.

     

    "I will, Mom, but let me finish. Since Amelia can't fly to England for Christmas, she wants me to fill in for her, because both she and the Duchess want someone she trusts."

     

    Vivian dropped her pen on the floor.

     

    "Maddie! Oh my God! Are you serious? My daughter is going to be so famous! You're going to England to work with a princess? You'll be all over People magazine! Oh my God, I can't wait to tell everybody!"

     

    Maddie laughed.

     

    "You can't tell everybody yet, but I know, I'm blown away. But wait, we can be excited in a second-I want you to come with me."

     

    Vivian got up and closed her office door.

     

    "Come with you . . . to England?"

     

    Maddie started talking faster.

     

    "It means I'll be there for Christmas, and I don't want to be alone with a bunch of strangers at Christmas. I already asked if you could join me, and they said yes. So . . . can you?"

     

    Vivian looked around at the piles of work on her desk, and in the direction of her boss's office, with their last conversation about his future-and hers-ringing in her ears.

     

    "Maddie, I don't know about this-I have a ton of work at this time of year, and today is especially wild around here. What about Theo, did you already talk to him?"

     

    Vivian already adored Maddie's boyfriend, Theo, even though they'd only officially been together for a few months.

     

    "I told Theo about the offer, yes, and he's thrilled for me. But if you mean did I invite Theo to come to England with me already, absolutely not. I love Theo, and I can't wait to...

About the Author-

  • Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of seven romance novels, including The Wedding Date and the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick The Proposal. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, and Time. She lives in Oakland, California.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Discover renewed love in this wonderful performance by Janina Edwards. Vivian accompanies her daughter, Maddie, to England when she is hired to dress a princess for the royal Christmas festivities. Vivian unexpectedly hits it off with Malcolm, the Queen's secretary. Their continuous flirting explodes into a short-lived affair, but will it remain just that or grow deeper? Edwards captures a strong black woman who is no stranger to love and heartbreak. She expresses Vivian's thoughts with warmth and authenticity, making her a relatable and sympathetic character. Edwards's genuine narration of this steamy yet charming romance will hook listeners to the end. G.M. Winner of AudioFIle Earphones Award � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine

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