William Shirburn really isn't into Christmas - all that jingly, tinselly, presenty stuff makes him feel queasy. He'd prefer to spend it alone watching trash with his cat. But there's an unwritten law that elderly people are not allowed to be left alone at Christmas, especially if they live in a vast old mansion that could be a gold-mine in the right hands - and William's relative are very keen to ensure that Haseley House does end up in the right hands!
Meanwhile, Hilary Watlington, William's niece-in-law, intends to ignore Christmas altogether. With her son Daniel away, she won't have to conceal how desperately she still misses Ben. But widows aren't allowed to spend Christmas alone either, and it sounds as if William might need her support.
© Jane Gordon-Cumming; (P)Oakhill Publishing Ltd