Tis the season…
Whenever I finish reading a book I’ve enjoyed I find myself imagining the characters in their continued life…so here are a few friends from my Regency romances and how they’ve chosen to spend this Christmas.
Constantine and Isabelle have traveled to Italy from Grosvenor Square. Aside from the exquisite wine and rare talent of the artists of the region, Con has planned for a private gondola on Christmas Eve to take his lovely wife for a romantic evening spent on the water beneath the Venice firework display.
Devlin and Lexi have invited all of London’s elite society to Kenley Manor for the most spectacular event of the season. Musicians, fine food and sleigh rides under the constellations led by Orion and the other excellent thoroughbreds in Devlin’s stable. Roasted chestnuts, wassail and warmed cashmere blankets are arranged for a delightful and traditional celebration.
Phineas and Penelope, along with their two daughters and doting Grandmere, are spending a cozy Christmas at Betcham Estate. Tired of her rigorous social schedule, Julia will be there to dote on her two nieces and join the family in spirited games of beggar-my-neighbor and charades. Caroling around the pianoforte will set the mood before a sumptuous feast prepared by Chef Pierre.
Dash and Whimsy will also be staying home and Kirby Park is decorated to the rafters. Enormous, fragrant boughs of evergreen and kissing balls bedecked with red ribbons hang in every alcove. Aunt Kate and Livie will join in the festivities and Wilhelmina can hardly wait for the gift exchange, for she has the most timely news to share with her husband, a gift to grow their family.
Jasper and Emily have spoiled the children at the Foundling Hospital with gifts and treats and set off for France where a scientist works to perfect an invention he calls the camera obscura, a machine able to reproduce a true likeness in eight hours. Jasper is intrigued although whenever Emily objects to the long hours traveling, Jasper silences her with a long heated kiss. Naturally she complains as often as possible. The two have been known to have full conversations with their eyes, but they confess to a preference of allowing other parts of their anatomy to communicate.
Kellaway and Angelica intend to share an unconventional holiday in bed, in their seaside estate. Once their newborn son is asleep, they’ll count the stars as they walk along the beach, ending the night lost in each other’s arms, a celebration they’ll enjoy repeating into the new year and forever after.
~ Happy New Year and Seasons Readings! ~