Review: 'Twas the Night After Chrismas by Sabrina Jeffries

Tuesday, October 30

Title: 'Twas the Night After Christmas*
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Hellions of Halstead Hall #6
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: Hardcover
Date/Year:  October 30, 2012
Reviewed by: Andrea

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

A heartwarming Christmas romance from a beloved New York Times bestselling author!

Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has been estranged from his mother for most of his life. When his mother’s new companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart, writes to tell him that his mother is seriously ill, he goes home. But when he learns that the lovely widow tricked him in order to effect a holiday reconciliation, he refuses to stay—unless she meets his “terms.” Somewhere between trying to seduce the beautiful Camilla and struggling with the cruel memories of his childhood Christmases, Pierce discovers that not only does forgiveness go two ways, but that love can blossom even in the coldest of winters.

My Musings:

I was in the mood for a good historical romance when I saw ‘Twas the Night After Christmas.  I read the blurb, it looked good, so I went for it.  This was my first time reading a book by Sabrina Jeffries and I was impressed.  I was a little worried about reading a book this far along in a series I’m unfamiliar with.  If you have that same fear, don’t worry about it.  I never felt left out because of my lack of history with the characters.  I’ll be picking up the previous books in the series and they’ll be topping my “to read” list.  I really appreciated that there were also no spoilers which will ruin the previous books when I go back and read them.

The shining star of the book is Camilla.  She’s exactly the type of woman I love in a romance book.  She’s smart, strong, nurturing, loving and is made even more endearing because of her flaws.  She brings out the best in those around her.  She sees the pain Lady Devonmont is experiencing over the estrangement with her son and decides to take matters into her own hands.  Camilla sets her meddling sights on Pierce, the son, even though she has no idea what’s at the heart of the estrangement.  It’s a disaster waiting to happen!   Pierce starts off cold, angry, hurt and confused, but Camilla slowly manipulates and not so gently draws him out to the point where even he can’t stop himself from liking her. Camilla and Pierce were perfect for each other. 

Obviously, the romance is the main story here, but the side characters were good too.  Camilla’s high spirited son always brought a smile to my face.  Pierce’s mother drove me crazy but I couldn’t help but feel for her, and Fowler was stuffy and awkward but endearing in his own way.  I was surprised at how well I connected with each of them.

When I say Pierce’s mother drove me nuts, I mean that.  If she had been standing in front of me, I would have had to restrain myself from shaking her.  Her refusal to let her secrets go was infuriating.  Honestly, what secret could be so important that a mother would risk losing her son over it?  Don’t worry, I’m not going to ruin the surprise for you.  All I will say is that it made sense when I finally found out, and that is the only thing that could make all my frustration worthwhile.

‘Twas the Night After Christmas is the perfect holiday read.  It has the comforting, traditional, homey feel I associate with the holiday as well as a good romance.  This book would make a great gift for any historical romance reader.


Overall:  4 stars
Sensuality level:  3

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Kathleen O'Donnell October 30, 2012 at 9:39 AM  

I have this book on my tbr list of holiday reading... Looking forward to reading it.. Thanks for your review..

lorimeehan November 4, 2012 at 8:12 PM  

Thanks for the review, I'm picking this up at the library tomorrow.

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