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It Happened One Winter

(Scandalous Affairs #3.5)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Mr. Martin Phippen, a highly successful London builder, is forced by a business partner’s foolish decision, to take on a project in the wretchedly scenic wilds of Yorkshire. Three little scamps have made his work site their private playground, and Martin is determined that their mischief be curtailed before somebody gets badly hurt.

Widowhood means Mrs. Christina Thacker h
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Published December 10th 2021
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Yorkshire Regency. Less antagonist would have made for
an even better story. Gave this 3.5 stars.

Successful builder Martin and his brother were rehabbing
houses in the country. 2 boys pelted Martin w/ snowballs
& also broke windows on the home he was fixing. Sister
Luna, tried, but her snowballs seldom landed on target. The
H's late Da had been a bricklayer. Martin worked very hard
for his success.

The beautiful, widowed mother, Christina, of these 3 + 1
more argued w/ Martin. She thought he ov
Elodie’s Reading Corner
Dec 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
❄️ It Happened One Winter ❄️
Scandalous Affairs Book 4
✒️ Christi Caldwell Release Date 12/10/2021


Mr. Martin Phippen, a highly successful London builder, is forced by a business partner’s foolish decision, to take on a project in the wretchedly scenic wilds of Yorkshire. Three little scamps have made his work site their private playground, and Martin is determined that their mischief be curtailed before somebo
Lori D
Dec 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite parts of the upcoming holidays are the Christmas stories that are always a delight!
Since Christi is one of my favorite storytellers, I knew this would leave me with a happy smile and I have to say, I got the audible, just to listen to it and be made happy all over again!

They met when her three unruly children begin breaking out the windows on the lovely, no make that awful, house his brother had just bought by throwing snowballs! What a meeting it was!

She a recent widow with 4
Dec 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.75 Stars
Mr. Martin Phippen, a highly successful London builder, is in the wilds of Yorkshire visiting a run down manor house, which his brother Thaddeus has bought. Three little scamps have made his work site their private playground, and Martin is determined that their mischief be curtailed before somebody gets badly hurt. Widowhood means Mrs. Christina Thacker has her hands full with her children, while her exchequer is distressingly empty. To remedy her lack of funds, she focuses on making
Lisa C
Nov 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story of Mr. Martin Phippen, a man who is consumed by his highly successful London building company, and Mrs. Christina Thacker, a widow with four children looking for a marriage of convenience. Loved these characters and the children. Couldn't put it down. Ms Caldwell has such a way to weave the story that you forget all else. ...more
Jan 04, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: victorian-era
2.5 stars
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
this was really, really cute. i melted. christina is a widowed mother of four children. although she has the help of her siblings and their partners, christina knew they couldn’t always be dependent on them. to make things worse, her mother is pushing her to remarry and find a match at her sister’s party. when christina and martin met, it was the day when three of her children were pelting snowballs at the windows of his property. while the younger daughter took to martin immediately, the two ol ...more
Dec 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Christina defied her parents and married for love. Now a widow with no money and four children, she needs to marry for security, but a chance for another love match might be right in front of her. Martin Phippen has been a confirmed bachelor only interested in building a successful business. All of that changes with the first sounds of breaking glass. A beautiful mother and her three precocious children, plus a baby, turn his world upside down. The book is uplifting and positive, with children j ...more
Dec 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Starring Martin Phippin and Mrs Christina Thacker

Tropes: Widow with Children, Non-peer, Working Class Self-made Hero/Impoverished Heroine, House Party

Omg y’all… this story ticked all the love boxes!!!
A gruffly hero with a wonderful heart… check!
A down on her luck heroine who must marry for money, but finds herself falling for a Builder… check!
Mischievous children who provides awesome comic relief… check!
Snowball fights… a kiss under the mistletoe… and a heartwarming HEA that’ll punch you in th
Gloria Pastorino
Dec 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Martin Phippen is a self-made man, who has risen from the poorest streets of East London to become a reknown builder. Forced to travel to Yorkshire to inspect a property foolishly bought by his brother, he’s greeted by a volley of snowballs thrown by three mischievous children. He sets to scold them, but how can he stay angry with them when they have such a beautiful mother?
Christina Thacker is a widow and her life has spinned out of control… Her children are misbehaving, she’s almost destitute
Dec 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story of a young widow, Christina, who has four young children and not many choices. She loved her deceased husband and knows the joy of a marriage that existed for more than security, but also for love. Unfortunately her spouse's death left her bereft of either. Now a penniless daughter of a baron, she can either live off of the kindness of family or remarry. Her manipulative mother is hosting a house party with a few single male guests from the nobility in the hope she will ...more
Dec 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is such a heartwarming story, complete with endearing characters and a tender, sweet romance. Our hero Martin, is a self made man, not only surviving growing up on the east side in poverty, but thriving as he builds his own business, as a builder and designer for the wealthy nobles. In the cold of winter at Christmastide in Yorkshire he finds himself restoring an old manor with his brother. When suddenly three little mischievous monsters start pelting his house and breaking his windows with ...more
Dec 31, 2021 rated it liked it
I really liked reading this book.

The beginning wasn’t my favourite as I didn’t really like Christina but I liked how she stopped just following what her mother says and started thinking and deciding for herself.

I really liked Christina’s kids as they were funny but I wanted to see more of them as they were mostly present at the beginning of the story. I wanted to see more scenes of how they would all live together.

Christina’s sisters and their husbands were mentioned briefly.

I liked that in the
Tiffany Carden
Dec 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is just the feel good book to get you ready for the Christmas season. It definitely has a Hallmark Christmas movie feel to it. Christina Thacker is a widow with four children to raise. She is visiting her sister's house with her mother, who is trying to find her a new husband. Three of her children are misbehaving and invade a property of London builder, Martin Phippen. He catches them breaking windows in the house. After Christina and her children help clean up some of the mess, Martin and ...more
Dec 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. This is a real gem among romance novellas. It has a mature couple Martin and Christina. This is not a debutante story, nor are there balls nor soirees. This is about a realistic awakening romance between Martin, Christina and her four young children. Lachlan, Logan, Luna and Lara. They find the hopes they thought died with their father come alive when Christina and her children meet Martin and his brother Thad. A wonderful Christmas story. A must read. I highly rec ...more
Dec 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing

It Happened One Winter, book 4 of Christi Caldwell’s Scandalous Affairs series, is a hilariously wonderful tale! Many of the characters you’ve met in previous tales including the hero, renowned builder Martin Phippen. Traveling to Yorkshire before the holidays to view the newest estate he is going to restore, Martin is not prepared for what awaits him. Not only is the house a bigger project than any he’s undertaken before, but it’s made worse by three mischievous children bent on break
Nov 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ms Caldwell has brought us two such sweet characters! Martin, a man who grew up worse than poor but worked to become a master builder; and Christina, a member of the peer who married for love and "below her" and is now a widow with 4 young children. I never write a spoiler, but I will say that right from their first meeting you feel the attraction between these two. Martin is renovating a house, Christina is at a house party looking for a husband as she has been left destitute. The children are ...more
Dec 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of "it Happened One Winter" ftom the amazing Christi Caldwell. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This is Book 4 in her Scandalous Affairs series but can definitely be read on its own. If I could give 6 out of 5 stars for this beautifully sensuous book, I would. A widow with 4 young mischievous but lovable children; an architect with nothing but work and business on his mind; yet when their worlds collide on a sn ...more
Debbie Brown
Dec 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mrs. Christina Thacker has her hands full with her children, she’s widow barely making it by and paying the bills. Her children have made it their mission to destroy Martin Phippen newest estate remodel. Hew hope to interrupt their mischief and keep them safe.. Christina knows she needs to marry a rich new husband and concentrates all her efforts at her sister’s wedding to find a husband who doesn’t mind she has four children. What a fun story to read as we follow Christina and Martin’s romance ...more
Nov 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I found this story to be so sweet and heartwarming. What I really like about this story are Martin’s interactions with Christina’s four children. I swear you would have to have a heart of stone to not love Martin. He is just WOW! Christi can write a story the keeps you entertained and tearing up. A side note, the picture on the front of this book is the perfect Martin (2021).

I received a complimentary copy from the author.
Dec 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dare to dream of love

Great clean
story. It is witty, charming and fun. The characters are engaging, enjoyable and likable. I was hooked in the first few sentences and didn't want to put it down. I would love to read a sequel to this story to see how Martin, Christiana and the kids are doing. It is a story of acceptance, compassion, listening and unconditional love. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a nice light read, happy endings and family love.
Gloria Porter
Jan 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
While I’m more than a little dubious about the overall premise—guy is willing to take on a widow with four kids after knowing her a few days because she dreams of painting a room blue and wets her lips a lot—this is more heartwarming than it ought to be. I think the individual scenes are delightfully written and, well, I’m a sucker for Christmas house parties and for books that do not rely on manufactured melodrama and misunderstandings to move the story along.
Nov 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was so cute! I read it in one sitting while getting my hair colored/cut! The characters are very relatable, the kids cute and sassy, a sweet romance! I loved that the characters were very direct with each other. There was no miscommunication mishaps that drive me crazy in other books. Martin and Christina are characters you will laugh with and root for!
Dec 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Three of them. Breaking windows out of a dilapidated house. His dilapidated house that his brother talked him into buying to remodel. But these scoundrels were two brothers and their little sister and their Mother was marching toward him with a vengence. Uh oh! Aus always Christi Caldwell captures your heart from the very first word!
Jan 02, 2022 rated it liked it
Overall this book was a cute story.This book read more like a short story, as everything progressed far too quickly for me. I would have liked if it went more into depth, had a little more spice, and had some angst in it. I did laugh quite a bit and I even teared up at one point. It was a sweet, heartwarming story.
Nov 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. I love historical romances, and am a sucker for a Duke. But I really enjoyed the fact that this was just a man, who was not born with an advantage. A self-made man, and a widow with 4 young children. What's not to love. ...more
Maria Ryan
Dec 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Grand Story

It’s been nice to read about an absolutely horrid woman who couldn’t thaw at all.
Christina and Martin and the four dear children beat the dreadful grandmother! Shades of fairy tales....
Terrific reading all through the book.
Shirley Hamlod
Dec 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable story that is both humorous and serious at the same time. Not many men would be willing to take on a widow with four children. Christina and Martin are an unlikely pairing but their love of buildings and design brings them together. A beautiful tale of love overcoming obstacles!
Susan Sieger
Dec 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An awesome read!

This story of Martin and Christina was well written. The start of the book made it to be like enemy to friends/lovers. The children helped melt his heart. I highly recommend this book! 👍👍👍👍👍❤❤❤❤❤
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