Series: Windham #8, The Duke's Daughters #5
Also in this series: Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish, The Heir, Lady Eve's Indiscretion
Genres: Romance, Historical, Regency, Holidays
What Lady Jenny wants for Christmas...
For Christmas, soft-spoken Lady Jenny Windham craves the freedom to pursue her artistic ambitions, though that would scandalize her entire family. She confides her dreams to painter Elijah Harrison, because assisting Elijah will bring Jenny that much closer to her heart's desire--won't it?
...Will break both their hearts.
Elijah Harrison finds in Jenny an inspiring muse, and original talent, and also a lovely and passionate woman. Elijah can only support Jenny's career at his own peril, but not encouraging her would be even worse. Whether he does or doesn't help Jenny become an artist in her own right, he knows he's going to lose her--and the love of his lifetime--forever...
The Windham family is delightfully scheming.
My Thoughts on Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait
I really dig the Windham family and all their scheming ways. I’m a sucker for well-portrayed families, and while Grace Burrowes may not write with the same lighthearted fun-ness that Julia Quinn does, the Windham family is lovable in its own way.
Another aspect I adore of this series is how well the hero and heroine fit together. Each offers something the other needs, whether they realize it or not. Jenny needs someone to recognize her talents and encourage her, and Elijah needs to be pushed back into the bosom of his family.
Elijah is gentle and loving, and a refreshing break from a lot of the typical rakish historical romance heroes. Jenny is much like the rest of her family, strong and stubborn, and like the previous Windham daughters, quite convinced that marriage and children are not for her. A bit repetitive, that, but I only realized it as I was writing this review, so not so much as to be annoying or overly noticeable.
I enjoyed the sexy shenanigans between Jenny and Elijah and nothing’s better than starting off the book knowing the heroine has seen the heroine naked already, though not in any sexual context.