Rothgar Abbey is the Christmas destination of the Malloren family-and at least one old enemy bent on revenge. While fans of the series (Secrets of the Night; Tempting Fortune) will be interested in revisiting the various family members they have met before, the real focus here is on Genova Smith and the notorious Marquess of Ashart, who end up entangled in a faux betrothal and spend the holidays at the home of Ash's cousin and bitter adversary, the Marquess of Rothgar, accompanied by two elderly relatives and a baby. Confusion reigns as Genova and Ash try to sort out their feelings for each other and solve the mystery of the baby. But the real challenge lies between Ash and Rothgar, as they both must choose between vengeance and reconciliation and eventually come to terms with the past. Holiday fun, lively family interactions, and romance abound in this heartwarming tale that, while serious, is a shade lighter than others in the Malloren series. Best-selling romance author Beverley is a member of the RWA Hall of Fame and lives in Canada. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.