Book Reviews

A Christmas Miracle (Winsford Green 4) by Ruby Moone

Genre Gay / Historical / Royalty/Nobility / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 27-December-2021

Book Blurb

Alfie Hope’s life is perfect. Managing Darley Hall for an employer who hasn’t visited the house in five years. It’s more than a job, it’s his home. A safe haven for him and the staff he considers family. That is, until their master passes away and a new master inherits. A new master who wants to live in the house.

 

Jolyon Mortimer Devereaux was stunned when he inherited Darley Hall. It offered an escape from his life, his lover, and his awful family. He arrives to find an estate manager who is outrageously handsome in a gentle, yet rugged way, but someone who clearly has never been a servant in his life!

 

Alfie and Jo grow tentatively closer. That is until a shock Christmas arrival blows everything wide apart, leaving Alfie and Jo struggling to hold on to their love. It will take a Christmas miracle to hold them together.

 

Book Review

“I've learned that your family won't always be there for you. It may seem funny, how people you aren't related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren't always biological.” ~ Rodger Knapp

 

Alfie Hope, of ‘A Christmas Miracle” by Ruby Moone, is a resourceful young man. He has created a safe home for his ragtag group of untraditional friends. They have taken over Darby Hall, abandoned by their past master, and are thriving. When they receive news that a relative has inherited the manor and intends to live there, they fear it will all end.

 

Between his war injuries, both physical and emotional, Joylon Mortimer Devereaux (Jo) arrives at the manor a broken man. Jo is overwrought, unable to sleep or eat, sullen, and withdrawn. When the staff sees that he is suffering, they make it their mission to comfort him, offering food and compassion. At first, Jo doesn’t want to accept their help, but, as time goes by, he realizes that they are genuinely concerned, not just because he is their master, but because that’s the kind of people they are. They are trying to take care of him how they take care of each other. Slowly, he begins to respond to their kindness.

 

Alfie is relieved when he realizes that Jo has no intention to change anything, that they will be able to live their lives as they have been. He’s slow to trust, though, and tries to hide things from Jo, like how many servants are in the house and their true natures. Jo insists on giving them fair wages aside from their room and board. Jo is impressed that Alfie has managed to take care of everyone with the two salaries paid to him and the cook. Alfie is not used to receiving praise but is grateful for it. Unfortunately, it only serves to make his crush on their new master grow exponentially. As much as Alfie would like to, he knows he can never act on his feelings.

 

‘A Christmas Miracle’ is a delightful addition to the ‘Winsford Green’ series. I loved Jo and Alfie. Their relationship is awe-inspiring. The other characters make up an eclectic family full of love and acceptance. Thanks, Ruby, for a heartwarming Christmas story.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 164 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-December-2021
Price $2.97 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09NJGZKLS