Lady Louisa Windham, duke's daughter, has seen five siblings marry but has no interest in joining their ranks. Louisa is wicked smart and her family has never quite known what to do with her. After several years on the London matchmaking scene, she's ready to retire to the country and devote herself to her varied interests. She agrees to one more Season made more palatable by the presence of her neighbor, Sir Joseph, who is reluctantly looking for a wife.
Sir Joseph was wounded in the war and is a widower with two small girls. He's also quite smitten with Louisa, but knows a mere knight who raises pigs is far beneath the touch of a duke's daughter. But Joseph cannot help but defend Louisa's honor when she is accosted at a ball. They are soon married, but both have a secret they are dreading to tell the other.
Joseph and Louisa are wonderful characters. They're practical, no nonsense, plain-talkers with a surprising love of poetry. They are perfect for each other and it was great fun seeing them realize that for themselves.
I've had mixed reactions to Burrowes' books in the past; I love her writing style and voice, but too often the conflict between her lovers has been silly or too manufactured or dragged on too long. Here, both Louisa and Joseph have a secret, but we know what they are very early, the secrets are no big deal, we know the other won't be hurt or upset about them and so it just didn't matter. It didn't bother me at all, where this kind of thing has seriously bugged me in other books. Instead there's just the pleasure of reading a beautiful love story with worthy, interesting people, and with Christmas celebrations thrown in as an added bonus.
What I think could be a problem for a person new to Burrowes, is the enormous cast of characters. This is, as I say, the sixth Windham sibling book, and it being Christmas and all, all the previous couples are around. While I enjoyed seeing and spending time with everyone, I can see that having five other couples hanging about (six, if you count Louisa's parents - and they should be counted, for they're a hoot) would be a bit overwhelming and hard to keep track of.
So, with that caveat, I must say that Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight is my favorite Burrowes book to date, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
Reviewed by Cheryl Sneed, October 19, 2012