When Strangers Meet

Short Story in A Yuletide Kiss Anthology

By Mary Jo Putney

Kensington Books - October 2021

Historical Romance

A Yuletide Kiss anthology consists of three interconnected stories. They all take place concurrently at an inn with minimal staff as it is closed for the holidays. This creates quite an unusual situation where the patrons have to work with the staff for meals, with interesting results including a unique lemon pie, and other chores. Although the stories are related, and a few scenes repeat from different characters' points of views, they do each stand alone. The three stories are When We Finally Kiss Good Night by Sabrina Jeffries, The Unexpected Gift by Madeline Hunter and When Strangers Meet by Mary Jo Putney.

Kate Macleod had been saved before, but had ended up unexpectedly married. Now, her family believed they had a way to end the paperwork, for that was all she had. There was also a gentleman she was considering marrying in truth. On her journey to see him, the travel became precarious, so they had stopped at the nearest inn. As had a few other travelers. One of whom was her long lost husband.

Daniel Faringdon had few recollections of the night he had saved Kate. He had been at one of the lowest points of his life, and drink had been his friend. Now he discovered he had a wife, one who had been actively trying to end their marriage. He could see the positive of their union. They well suited, much more than what little he had gleaned about her new suitor. He was willing to do as she requested, he just hoped she requested they make a marriage in truth.

When Strangers Meet was a lovely reunion romance. Both Kate and Daniel had been in dire straits that night in Bombay. Although their time together had been brief, thankfully, their lives had vastly improved since then. It was fascinating to watch as these two strangers learn about each other, and choose their future.

Kathy Andrico - KathysReviewCorner.com


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