Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can't forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him...or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way.
Jonas Grantham has a secret, too: He's been in love with Lydia for more than a year. This winter, he's determined to conquer her dislike and win her for his own. It all starts with a wager and a kiss...
I guess this one counts as my first Christmas read of the year. I am very happy to say that I did enjoy this novella very much. I typically stories where the characters have past history, while these two didn't a relationship in the past how and why they met plays a determinant role in how Lydia sees Jonas.
I did like it that the medicine details seemed vivid and real. In fact the whole background of this story felt very vivid and real. This is not a light and easy story and both Lydia and Jonas are influenced by their surroundings and their experiences. It's a very rational story though, where people don't cry easily but spend their time working their way out of the hole they may be in.
I loved Lydia and Jonas courtship and how he takes her to visit the people he helps. I loved it that they both want and do help those around them.
It takes a long time for Lydia to accept Jonas but I really liked it when she finally did and felt she was totally right for him.