An Excuse for Poor Conduct
Author: Kate Dolan
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Note: Short Novel
There are many people William Fletcher would prefer to never again encounter in life, but if forced to rank them, he just might put Matilda Blakethorn at the top of the list.
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There are many people William Fletcher would prefer to never again encounter in life, but if forced to rank them, he just might put Matilda Blakethorn at the top of the list. She humiliated him at the age of nine, and truth be told, scared the wits out of him for years after.
So now, waking up after a night of heavy drinking to find her looming over him is a bit of an unpleasant surprise. Especially since he has no place else to go.
Matty Blakethorn doesn’t recognize the bedraggled stranger sleeping on the floor of the St. Bartholomew’s Almshouse. But when he unwittingly ends up staying to help with repairs, the old acquaintance is renewed. And while neither Matty or William is anxious to admit the troubles that have driven them to such a humble place, Christmas is a time of sharing and giving and reconciliation. When William finally reveals his greatest failing, Matty must decide whether she can again face the demon that already destroyed her life once before.
(This story was originally published as “Sense of the Season.”)
“Good story; skilled writing… The setting of the almshouse and the indigent circumstances of the characters were interesting, a welcome change from the privileged doves and roosters usually depicted in historical romances. I appreciated the subtle humor…”
–Danielle, No Apology Book Reviews