Lieutenant Maxwell Davies returned from the Crimean War wounded and broken. He no longer fits into high society and wants nothing more to escape and hide the depth of his pain and trauma from the world.
Miss Josephine Brewer is an outcast of society due to the scandalous nature of her birth. The illegitimate daughter of a gentleman and his mistress, she stands between two worlds—neither of which she completely belongs to.
During a week-long house party, the two will succumb to a powerful attraction. Will Maxwell's plans for a solitary life and Josephine's unsuitability make any sort of future impossible for them—or will their burgeoning love prove strong enough to overcome it all?
Previously published as Mistletoe Kisses in the Once Upon a Christmas Wedding anthology. Newly released with added chapters!