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A Kiss At Christmastide

(Connected by a Kiss #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  427 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society’s prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa’s white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her strande ...more
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Published September 27th 2016 by La Loma Elite Publishing
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
'A Kiss at Christmastide' by Christina McKnight is the story of Lady Pippa Godfrey and Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox.
Lady Pippa and her best friend were to make their coming out but something happened that ended up putting Lady Pippa in a slight scandal. Lady Pippa has put herself from the town's view and into one of her family's country Somerset estate. Lady Pippa has been there a while awaiting the arrival of her parents for the Christmastide. But the only thing to arrive is a bad storm a
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book follows Lady Pippa who was ruined in London society after her friend made comments about something happening with a man who was not her husband. Lady Pippa went back to the country where she is more comfortable to ride out the destruction. During a storm when her parents are out of town Lucas Hartfeld the Early of Maddox breaks down in his carriage and seeks refuge with Lady Pippa.

Lady Pippa is a very formal girl who happened to be friends with a wicked girl. Lady Pippa has a large hea
Book Gannet
This is a sweet, if unremarkable, Christmas novella with a nice historical feel that doesn’t really bother much with accuracy. Pippa has had a terrible first Season in London, because her best-friend is awful and essentially ruined her on her first night in town with a nasty remark – the reason for which we never discover, though I suspect it has something to do with that music master who was in attendance at the ton party, which seemed pretty unlikely.

Almost as unlikely as a young, unmarried wo
A sweet, easy-to-read Regency romance...

“Life – and love – are much like a storm. The clouds, the wind, the rain may make it impossible for you to see a clear path to your fated destination, but with time and a lot of faith, you will find the correct path once more – or a better path, one that could not be seen before the storm made it visible.”

A Kiss at Christmastide is a charming historical holiday read. The cover is gorgeous and drew me in right away. The story is well-paced with a few surpri
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Lady Pippa is embarrassed by Lady Natalie at musical recital ending their first season. Lady Natalie alludes to the crowed that Pippa and Mr. Giles the music instructor know each other in an improper way. When Pippa asks her Mother why Natalie would do such a thing. Her Mother tells her " Friendship and jealousy often hold hands so tightly that one cannot distinguish between the pair."
I think this sums up the problems with Pippa and Natalie, although it doesn't explain why Natalie would wish to
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be such a sweet and unpredictable Christmas story. It starts off with the first season recital of two best friends. Both daughters of dukes, Lady Natalie introduces her best friend Lady Pippa to a waiting audience - all members of the ton, no less. While Pippa waits in the wings, her stomach churning with anxiety over having to perform in front of such an audience, her trusted and devoted friend suddenly turns on her out of the blue. Natalie introduces Pippa to the audience with ...more
Dee Deacon Foster
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lady Pippa Godfrey has few friends in the ton and soon has one less and she doesn’t even know why. Escaping to the country Pippa longs for nothing but a quiet family Christmas. Alas, fate has other plans. The absence of her parents, a winter storm, and an overbearing lord threaten the very peace she is looking for. As hours turn into days Pippa soon learns the true man behind the face he presents. When the weather improves will she be able to face what she perceives as a betrayal of the worst ki ...more
Phippa is at the recital, ready to perform, when her best friend does the unthinkable. She infers that her friend plays so well because their music teacher stays behind ,to give her friend private lessons. Said in public, this is quite the scandal, and sets Pippa back to her home at Summerset in tears. Why would her neighbor, and dearest friend talk that way. Her first season over to soon. Phippa is cozy, in her home reading, but still disturbed. A terrible storm is raging out side, and she has ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Friendship lost, love found. She might be dreaming of finding a happily ever after during a white Christmas. But all Pippa gets is a thunderstorm and a dripping wet, muddy and grumpy earl. But even Scrooge gets his HEA, so all hope is not lost...
I received a copy from Booksprout and chose to review it.
Mrs Caroline Trevor
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this a really good book. Pippa is a great character. She is the only daughter of a Duke but she is hurt by her best friend and returns home to lick her wounds. During Christmastide she is stranded at home alone without her family when Lucas the Earl of Maddox arrives on her doorstep demanding shelter she is forced into solitude with and loses her heart to him.
Rose Blue
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pippa Godfrey is nervously waiting to perform at a musical event hosted by her best friend's family. As her lifelong friend, Natalie, introduces her, Pippa is shocked to hear Natalie include a sly and suggestive innuendo, hinting at impropriety with their mutual teacher. Though the ambiguous statement was false, Pippa's family whisks her off to the country, hoping to avoid a scandal. As the Christmas holiday approaches, Pippa ponders her ruined first season, and wonders why her best friend turne ...more
Twinsie Talk Angie J
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Regency, Historical
Recommended to Twinsie Talk Angie J by: Christina McKnight
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A Kiss at Christmastide by Christina McKnight

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

I say this with every Regency Historical I read, I love them and will keep shouting it off the roof tops. I don’t know how people can’t love them. I mean the balls, the big crazy dresses, the ton….ok yeah I can do without the to
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Kiss at Chrismastide was a sweet novella. I received a free copy in exchange for review and had the pleasure of reading it while traveling across seas. It provided a wonderful reading experience during long hours of traveling. Lady Pippa has been betrayed by her best friend and embarrassed in front of all of her peers where she is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with her music tutor. Her parents understand her pain and do not force her to attend her neighbor's, and previous bes ...more
Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This a very sweet and romantic book! It has the classic love story feel and very well written. I loved it! For a novella, it had a steady pace and I was able to get to know the characters pretty well. I love the Christmas storm and the story of the mistletoe kiss. From the start, I couldn't believe her friend said what she did at the party and didn't like her, but as the story went on I felt bad for her. The whole story has that
A Kiss At Christmastide: Regency Novella by Christina McKnight is a quick but very fulfilling Holiday tale of love and a Christmas miracle.
Well written with well-developed, captivating and seductive characters. The storyline is unique, intriguing and utterly charming.
Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox, who is betrothed to Lady Natalie, not a Lady of his choosing but his parent's, sight unseen.
Lady Pippa Godfrey, has a ruinous first season, due to her best friend, Lady Natalie's lies and innuen
Cathy Geha
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a Christmas novella that looks at friendship and families and how they can make or break a person’s life.

Lady Pippa Godfrey is a genuinely good person who has been hurt during her first season in London. One night, when her parents were visiting friends, a bad storm brings Lucas Hartfield, Earl of Maddox, to her door seeking shelter since his carriage is stuck in the mud. As is expected of her she does find a room for Lucas and space for his servants. The storm continues a few more days
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stormy advent!

An engaging Christmas novella that deserved to be a full novel.
This is the first I've read in this series so I obviously have some catching up to do. (and I will!). I'm committed to read them as soon as the price becomes just right.
I enjoyed Lady Pippa Godfrey (and the erstwhile rake Lucas Hartfeld, the Earl of Maddox).
Nothing like a dark and stormy night to set the atmosphere, impassable roads, an unwilling suitor who has to take shelter at the scorned friend's house, a sensitive
Nydia Lopez-Santos
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an amazingly sweet story. I love how readers can get so caught up in Pippa's story, she is sweet,smart, and beautiful. Pippa's 1st season was not all she expected with the betrayal of her closest friends Natalie and she remains clueless as to why the sudden change in there friendship, however while spending time in the country for Christmas she finds love.
During a storm, an unexpected visitor comes along who needs more than just a dry place to lay his head, Lucas who has a sad past, and no
Linda Rimer-Como
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a delightful story set in England during the 1800's. The characters are unique and have interesting interactions. Pippa and Lucas have things they don't share with one another and the fight the attraction that is growing between them. I enjoyed this story very much and it is worth reading.

Gifted a copy for an honest review.

Christina McKnight
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: 2016-best-cover
Lady Pippa and Lucas are two of my favorite characters!
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Publisher's Description:

Lady Pippa Godfrey has suffered the most ruinous London Season. She escapes to her Somerset estate for a quiet Christmastide holiday with her family, away from society’s prying eyes. But before her parents can join her, a storm crashes down on Somerset to destroy any hope of Pippa’s white Christmas dream. The roads have flooded and travel is impossible, leaving her stranded and alone. But a muddied, angry and devilishly handsome lord appears at her door demanding shelter.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay this is the first audible book I have listened to. And this
will also be the first one I am reviewing. I don't know what
I have been thinking over the years. I love to read. But have
a new book read to me has been a wonderful Delight. Well
I listened to the book I was able to crochet a pair of gloves.
And work around the house. As well as be entertained. How
ironic is it that the young lady in the book was doing the
same well in her case knitting. Not only is this story well
thought-out an
Ashley Dawn
This is a sweet Christmas novella. Pippa is home alone, awaiting the return of her parents during a horrible storm when Lucas appears at her door. The Earl is on his way to a Christmas celebration but his carriage got stuck in the mud and he needed a place to stay until the storm passed. It doesn't hurt that Lucas is on the way to Pippa's former friend's Christmas celebration. She feels a bit happy about making her one guest short as her 'friend' was horrid to her during her first season and mad ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I never warmed up to the hero. Lucas came into the story like an angry, handsome alpha male, drenched from head to toe and refusing to take "No" as an answer. Great entrance! Then, he started acting like a creepy home invader, eyeballing Pippa's nipples through her nightgown and making highly inappropriate comments to her. A true gentleman would not speak to a lady that way. (view spoiler) ...more
Char Sowers
Christina McKnight's, "A Kiss at Christmastide" is a great Historical Romance novella perfect to get you in the mood for Christmas. An unlikely pairing of a shy, bookish, and solitary young miss and a brash, womanizing, and socializing London bachelor who are stuck in a terrible two days long rain storm in the British countryside. Their Meet/Cute is more like a Meet/Cranky. Sir Lucas arrives at Lady Pippa's doorstep drenched having walked from his broken down carriage only to be turned away by h ...more
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, this is a good story for Christmas and enjoyed it alot. Second, I love how it shows people lives and hearts can change from bad to good. People can find good in others and help them bring out the good in people and want to be better. Third, I gave it 4 stars because I really didn't want to read about the parts of people's private body parts getting excited and it was only in one part of the story thank goodness. Anyways, it was a really good book. On to the second book.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a Wonderful Love Story!

I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful story about Pippa's journey to true love at first kiss! I loved the character development and the tradition portrayed as well as the salvation of Lucas in finding Pippa. I already purchased the next story to learn why her friend turned against her so abruptly!
Jo Anne
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet Christmas tale in regency England. Lady Pippa is home for the holidays after a bad experience during her first season. Her parents are away from home when a storm strands them, leaving Pippa alone with the family servants . Her holiday preparations are disturbed by a surly Earl who demands shelter. What will the outcome be, joy or disaster?
Ronda Blanke Geiger
A Kiss At Christmastide

This was a very good novel. A quick read if you have an afternoon to read. Loved the story between Lucas and Pippa. I also can't wait to read Natalie's story.
Laura Bang
Short and cute and I liked Pippa and Lucas. However, the narrative was a bit repetitive at times and there were quite a few typos (or straight up instances of using the wrong word) so this definitely could have used another round of edits.
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Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books...don't forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

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