By Stephanie Laurens

"**#1 *New York occasions* bestselling writer Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to bring in a brand new new release of Cynsters in a fascinating story of mistletoe, magic, and love.**

It’s December 1837, and the teenagers of the Cynster extended family have succeeded in having the kinfolk Christmas party held at snow-bound Casphairn Manor, Richard and Catriona Cynster’s domestic. Led via Sebastian, Marquess of Earith, and through Lucilla, destiny girl of the Vale, and her dual brother, Marcus, the impending iteration has their very own plans for the vacation season.

Yet the place Cynsters assemble, love is rarely a ways behind—the festive social gathering brings jointly Daniel Crosbie, educate to Lucifer Cynster’s sons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster’s daughter. Daniel and Claire have met sooner than and the embers of an unforeseen ardour smolder among them, yet as soon as bitten, two times shy, Claire believes a moment marriage isn't really in her stars. Daniel, although, is set to press his go well with. He’s visible the affection the Cynsters proportion, and Claire is the woman with whom he desires of sharing his existence. Assisted via a bevy of Cynsters—innate matchmakers each one—Daniel strives to cajole Claire that trusting him along with her hand and her center is her correct route to happiness.

Meanwhile, out using on Christmas Eve, the teens of the Cynster extended family reply to a plea for support. Summoned to a humble living in ruggedly forested mountains, Lucilla is termed directly to support with the tough beginning of a kid, whereas the others upward thrust to the problem of assisting her. With a violent hurricane remaining in and seriously constrained thoughts, the subsequent iteration of Cynsters face their first collective test—can they keep this mom and baby? And themselves, too?

Back on the manor, Claire is more and more attracted to Daniel and regardless of her misgivings, opposed to the backdrop of the continuing festivities their dating deepens. but she continues to be torn—until disaster moves, and by means of winter’s mild, she learns that love—true love—is worthy any chance, any fee.

A story brimming with all of the magical delights of a Scottish festive season.

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Obgleich es nicht geschont wurde (mehrmals neugebildet und komplettiert, freilich selten eingesetzt oder aber in ruhige Abschnitte geschickt wie jene alten Truppen, jene alten Prätorianergarden oder jene Elitekorps, die man speziell für die mörderischsten Aktionen in Reserve hält), niemals erlitt das Regiment in der Folgezeit, außer bei einem schlecht 50 vorbereiteten Angriff, der es an einem einzigen Vormittag nahezu drei Viertel seiner Offiziere und gut tausend Mann kostete, so schwere Verluste wie in jenen ersten vier Wochen, in denen es mehr Tote auf dem Terrain zurückließ als in jedem der vier Jahre, die der Krieg dauerte.

Als erfolgreiche Schüler von Saint-Cyr hatten sie sich für dieses begehrte Korps entschieden, das als eine Ausbildungsstätte für Generäle galt, sowohl wegen eines gewissen Reizes des Abenteuers als auch, für die von Geburt weniger begüterten, aufgrund der Vorteile des Soldes, die man dort genoß. Wie die analphabetischen jungen Bauern, die sie befehligten, die jungen Hirten oder 43 jungen Bergbewohner mit den geschorenen Schülerschädeln, von Kindheit an gewohnt, gegen die Elemente und die anspruchsvolle Erde zu kämpfen, waren sie meist abgehärtete Männer von schlichtem Gemüt, die ihrem Mut vertrauten und deren Erfahrung, was die ältesten betraf, im Laufe ferner Expeditionen erworben, wo die Schwäche der eingesetzten Truppen die Anwendung rudimentärer Taktiken begünstigte, ihnen eine unerschütterliche Sicherheit verliehen hatte, gegründet auf das Studium der Klassiker des Krieges, zudem bestätigt durch die seit vierzig Jahren an der Wandtafel oder in Kasinodiskussionen wiederholten Analysen.

Das klebrige Blut bildete auf dem Waffenrock einen grellroten Fleck, dessen schon braune Ränder zu trocknen begannen und fast gänzlich unter dem Schwarm von Mücken mit gestreiften Brustringen und schwarzgepunkteten grauen Flügeln verschwanden, die wimmelnd aufeinanderkrabbelten, gleich jenen, die sich auf den Exkrementen im Unterholz niederlassen. Die Kugel hatte das Käppi weggerissen, und im blutverklebten Haar war noch die Spur des Kamms zu sehen, der an diesem Morgen sorgfältig den von zwei Ondulierungen eingerahmten Mittelscheitel gezogen hatte.

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