A Countess for christmas is a second chance love story Emma and Jack were each others first loves.Fate tore them apart when Emma s father was found to be a conman Passing away soon after.Emma s mother falls apart, leaving Emma in charge of everything While working as a maid, Emma comes into contact with Jack again Back again in England as the new Earl of Redminster, the paparazzi go wild for the story of Jack and Emma Forcing them to live together as man and wife until the fuss dies down T A Countess for christmas is a second chance love story Emma and Jack were each others first loves.Fate tore them apart when Emma s father was found to be a conman Passing away soon after.Emma s mother falls apart, leaving Emma in charge of everything While working as a maid, Emma comes into contact with Jack again Back again in England as the new Earl of Redminster, the paparazzi go wild for the story of Jack and Emma Forcing them to live together as man and wife until the fuss dies down Then they can go there seperate ways.Living in such close quarters, feelings rebloom between them Can Emma work out her issues to reach her happy ending Loved the book, its a sweet romance set at my favourite time of the year Content Brief sex scene between a married couple Emma is working as a maid for an obnoxious gentleman and I use that term loosely who s hosting a party for the well to do when she sees the one man she s ever loved Jack Westwood Panic sets in and one thing leads to another, Jack comes to her rescue and announces to the world that they re secretly married Jack hasn t stopped thinking about Emma since that fateful day six years ago when she crushed his very soul He s hurting and wants to make her pay but can t bring himself to do it Now, t Emma is working as a maid for an obnoxious gentleman and I use that term loosely who s hosting a party for the well to do when she sees the one man she s ever loved Jack Westwood Panic sets in and one thing leads to another, Jack comes to her rescue and announces to the world that they re secretly married Jack hasn t stopped thinking about Emma since that fateful day six years ago when she crushed his very soul He s hurting and wants to make her pay but can t bring himself to do it Now, thanks to his protective nature, the press as well as his parents, are demanding to know the truth He hatches a plan and Emma reluctantly agrees to publicly become his wife Can the two of them put aside their attraction and be husband wife in name only or will love break down the walls around their hearts I love reading second chance romances and I instantly connected with Emma Imagine living in high society of Britain only to have your father pass away when you re eighteen, leaving you and your mother in dire straits, up to your eyeballs in scandal and mounting debts Your mother is ill and can t even get out of bed The last thing on your mind is love and romance This is what happened six years ago to Emma Told from both perspectives, the reader gets to see what both Jack and Emma are thinking I didn t care for the constant conflict and Jack s parents annoyed me to no end While Jack and Emma dance around their mutual physical attraction for 90% of the book and don t trust each other until the very end, I enjoyed both characters They bring out the best in each other and that s all I want in a Harlequin romance Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin Books for giving me a complimentary ARC for me to read and review My Rating 4 starsThis review first appeared Emma Carmichael is a waitress living paycheck to paycheck Jack Westwood is the Earl of Redminster, recently returned to England When he sees Emma for the first time in six years, being manhandled by her boss, he demands that the lecherous boss leave his wife alone Yes That s right They actually married six years ago, but the marriage fell apart when Emma s father died, leaving her family in severe debt and plagued by scandal She didn t follow him to his new job in America, and he was upset Emma Carmichael is a waitress living paycheck to paycheck Jack Westwood is the Earl of Redminster, recently returned to England When he sees Emma for the first time in six years, being manhandled by her boss, he demands that the lecherous boss leave his wife alone Yes That s right They actually married six years ago, but the marriage fell apart when Emma s father died, leaving her family in severe debt and plagued by scandal She didn t follow him to his new job in America, and he was upset that she wouldn t put her husband first With the paparazzi taking a keen interest in the announcement of this unknown marriage, they agree to put on a show and pretend to be happily married until the interest dies down.Inoffensive fluff There s not much here to pick apart But I ll still give it a go I got tired of hearing about how old and world weary our protagonists were, considering she was only 24 and he was only 27 What I would give to be that young again If they re that beaten down by life at that young age, I had trouble believing they could foresee positive prospects for the future I was particularly annoyed by the final Big Barrier to their happiness Emma just randomly decides that remaining with Jack will only break her heart again It doesn t make much sense I actually had to go back and re read her reasoning behind walking out on their marriage It s that flimsy All in all, no real oomph, but it was a pleasant way to pass the time A quick, simple reunion story between two people who got married too young, with an earl as the hero, the blurb of A Countess for Christmas readslike historical rather than contemporary romance.The Romance line is the shortest and sweetest of the Harlequin lines, but this fits well with the Christmastime setting I was in the mood for a contemporary book set in London, so this fit for me.I do think that the hero and heroine s conflicts were a littlesuited to the historical genre, how A quick, simple reunion story between two people who got married too young, with an earl as the hero, the blurb of A Countess for Christmas readslike historical rather than contemporary romance.The Romance line is the shortest and sweetest of the Harlequin lines, but this fits well with the Christmastime setting I was in the mood for a contemporary book set in London, so this fit for me.I do think that the hero and heroine s conflicts were a littlesuited to the historical genre, however There is absolutely no way the 2010s hero could have gone six years without hearing anything from home And the main conflicts weresuited to class differences in the nineteenth century the relationship was already a foregone conclusion as hero and heroine are already married, and his being an earl today is hardly the same as being an earl in the past.I did like that the author gave us a whole lot of positive female characters major points to her for that It is not common in this sort of book for the heroine to be surrounded by supportive, genuinely kind women I really liked that, even if they seem to be there so they can be introduced as future heroines in the series.This is a simple, fast read If the description interests you, go for it Review copy provided by NetGalley. I love Christmas stories and I love stories that are a magical reunion between two people who loved one another when they were young and then life and tragedy get in the way and part them but true love and life has a way of bringing them back together in such a beautiful way.Emma Carmichael had everything growing up a loving family part of the privileged she mixed in the highest circles she was a real lady and fell in love with her best friend s brother and Earl no less Jack, but they were both I love Christmas stories and I love stories that are a magical reunion between two people who loved one another when they were young and then life and tragedy get in the way and part them but true love and life has a way of bringing them back together in such a beautiful way.Emma Carmichael had everything growing up a loving family part of the privileged she mixed in the highest circles she was a real lady and fell in love with her best friend s brother and Earl no less Jack, but they were both young and eloped but before they had a chance to let anyone know tragedy strikes and Emma is left to make repatriation for her father s mistakes Her life changes dramatically she takes on a job as a waitress and never goes back to Jack, that is until she meets him at a party she is working at six years later that spark is still there she has never forgotten him.Jack Westwood is from the upper class and appearances mean everything to his strict family but he wants to expand his wings and move to America and start his own business When he falls very deeply for his sister s friend Emma she encourages him to follow his dreams and they marry with plans to go together but life doesn t turn out that way and Jack gets on with his life in The States but never forgets his wife.This story has everything that a true romantic wants in a fabulous story it is a reunion story a bit of a Cinderella story with a hero who is so loving and caring and strong and Emma is just an amazingly strong heroine one who has the back bone to stand up to the people she thought were her friends I highly recommend this fast paced romance it ticks all of the boxes for a must read The earl s secret bride Emma Carmichael is shocked when she sees who she s waitressing for at a lavish party Jack Westwood, the new Earl of Redminster Her new life comes crashing down when Jack announces to the world that they re married Jack has never forgotten his first love despite the tragedy that tore them apart When the paparazzi cameras intrude, he proposes they live as man and wife until the fuss dies down Emma feels like Cinderella, masquerading as his countess only, behind closed doors, their marriage feels tantalizingly real Plot 3 5 rushed ending Characterisation 4 5Prose 4 5How much I enjoyed it 4 5 Miniseries Maids Under the Mistletoe Miniseries Maids Under the Mistletoe Heartwarming, emotional and oh so irresistible, A Countess for Christmas is the latest mesmerizing novel from the gifted pen of fast rising star Christy McKellen.Emma Carmichael s life was once as close to perfect as it was possible to get She had money, connections, a wonderful family, great friends and Jack, her handsome, rich, charismatic and titled husband But her perfect world had come crashing down around her ears when her father s sudden death had plunged her family intodebt than Heartwarming, emotional and oh so irresistible, A Countess for Christmas is the latest mesmerizing novel from the gifted pen of fast rising star Christy McKellen.Emma Carmichael s life was once as close to perfect as it was possible to get She had money, connections, a wonderful family, great friends and Jack, her handsome, rich, charismatic and titled husband But her perfect world had come crashing down around her ears when her father s sudden death had plunged her family intodebt than she knew what to do with With money in short supply, a multitude of debts to pay and all her so called friends turning their backs on her, Emma had found herself forced to choose between her family and her husband Unwilling to burden Jack with her problems, she had had no other option but to walk away from her marriage and to make a new life for herself However, forgetting her husband proved easier said than done With no money and next to no qualifications, Emma needed to get herself a job fast Luckily for her, she had quickly found employment working for Maids in Chelsea, a domestic service company with a very exclusive clientele Although working as a housekeeper was not exactly what Emma had envisaged doing with her life, the job helped to provide her with a steady income to pay off her debts, as well as with a group of wonderful friends who had been there for her when she needed them most When she had walked out on Jack, Emma had thought that that chapter of her life was closed forever, but when he is a guest at a party she is waitressing at, she is absolutely flabbergasted when he announces to all and sundry that she is his wife Jack has never managed to forgive Emma for walking out on him in the first few months of their marriage Burying himself in his work and in his new life in America has not helped him keep his heartbreak away nor has it made him forget that he is still madly in love with his wife When he witnesses her being harassed at a party, Jack s protective instincts kicked in immediately and taking her to safety seemed the most natural thing to do With the press determined to uncover the truth behind their relationship, Jack and Emma find themselves with no other choice but to play along for the cameras and act like a happily married couple However, their masquerade soon begins to feel very real Is it going to be second time lucky for Jack and Emma Or has too much water gone under the bridge for the two of them to ever be happy together again Sensitively written, wonderfully moving and impossible to put down, A Countess for Christmas is a beautifully layered, highly poignant and emotionally compelling romantic tale that will tug at your heartstrings and keep readers engrossed from beginning to end A terrific story about second chances, fresh starts and healing from old wounds, A Countess for Christmas ticks all the right boxes with its captivating blend of richly drawn characters, emotional tension and poignant romance.Christy McKellen continues to get better and better with every book she writes and I cannot wait for the next release by this outstanding writer of romantic fiction