Review: AMID THE WINTER’S SNOW (Lady Emily #12.5)

Happy Sunday friends!

It’s the last day of May, and I frankly cannot believe how fast this month went by. I was sure we would have another insanely long month like January and March were, but thankfully May passed at a reasonable pace. I’m so looking forward to summer, and consistently warm weather; I won’t be going to the beach nearly as much as I’d hoped (social distancing, people!) but I am looking forward to laying in my backyard with a good book to catch a tan.

But before summer hits, I have two more Lady Emily Christmas Stories to review; today, we’re talking about AMID THE WINTER’S SNOW. I think last week I miscounted and said there was only one more novella and two full-length novels left to review, and for that I apologize. There are, in fact, two of each—but dammit, I will be done with these Christmas stories before summer!

Anyways, let’s get right into it. Courtesy Spoiler Alert for anyone who wants it!

AMID THE WINTER’S SNOW finds Lady Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves at their country home, Anglemore Park, along with their three sons. Their hopes for a nice, quiet holiday season are quickly dashed when a mysterious “beast” begins terrorizing the tenants living on the Hargreaveses’ land. The townsfolk of Dunsford Vale are convinced it’s the barghest, a mythical black dog with red eyes and sharp teeth and claws. Emily and Colin are not so convinced, though.

Their investigation points to a young woman who lost her fiancé in battle a year or two before the start of this story (if I remember the timeline correctly). She seems to have attracted the attention of the barghest, receiving a gift left behind: carved flowers meant to convey a message of sorrow and regret—and love.

Emily and Colin know exactly who the “barghest” really is: the girl’s fiancé, who was believed to have been killed in battle. In reality, he was severely wounded and disfigured as a result, and was so ashamed that he hid away in the moors nearby—but he couldn’t resist leaving one last gift for his beloved for Christmas.

I don’t care if it’s cheesy, it’s romantic and I loved it.

The story ends on such a heartwarming, cheerful note it has to be a Christmas story. This one was fun, intriguing, and although it may have been a little predictable, it was heartwarming. We all need a little light reading every now and then, and Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily novellas are perfect for that. I gave this one 5 stars on Goodreads, and I stand by that rating wholeheartedly, six months later.

God, I love these books so much.

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