"A charming rogue-turned-vicar, Will wants to prove that he left his rakish days behind him, but an accidental kiss changes all his plans. His secret could bring them together...or divide them forever.
Holly has two Christmas wishes this year; finally earn her mother's approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl, and learn the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss...even if that stranger is the resident Christmas ghost."
I am very particular about certain things, if you can't tell by my reviews. I largely avoid Christmas tales, because they so often miss the mark, and I sometimes avoid historical tales because I spend too much time picking out anachronisms when the tale fails to enthrall me.
Fortunately, neither of these things was an issue with Donna Hatch's Christmas Secrets. It felt like a combination of Downton Abbey and Doctor Who, not for the time period, but because we were dropped into a world with mannerisms and expectations and knew that every character had a rich history that we would work through by the end in one form or another.
It's a story in which people find adventure in the ordinary and stolen kisses do not turn out as intended. The story itself is an enjoyable comedy of errors at time, but a heart-warming approach to finding happiness in others. That really is how most of my favorite Christmas tales go (Miracle on 34th Street and It's A Wonderul Life), so I found myself forgetting genre and fact-checking to go along for the ride. (Though I did check out some of the things I was unfamiliar with because they fascinated me.)