The Wise Virgin
The Wise Virgin was first published in The Brides of Christmas, Harlequin, 1st Sep 1999 . It was reissued in trade paperback in Nov 2005 .
It was published in the UK in another anthology, Yuletide Weddings, Mills & Boon, Dec 2006 .
This novella is also available in yet another anthology, A Bride by Christmas, Harlequin, Oct 2008 .
Available as a stand-alone e-book, 20th Nov 2018.
Set in the Medieval period.
Read an excerpt of this story here.
It was a daring attempt to rescue Lady Nicolette de Montelan before her father finds out that she's pregnant with an enemy family's child, but it goes awry because Nicolette's cousin Joan has played the Blessed Virgin in the Christmas reenactment. After all, for Nicolette to do it would have been sacrilege!
Now, however, Lady Joan finds herself trapped in a cave on Christmas Eve with the great Edmund de Grave, the Golden Lion, and neither of them are pleased about it. He's annoyed that his plan has been spoiled and worried about his brother, now in enemy hands. She's disappointed that a distant hero has turned out to be the sort to get a lady with child outside of marriage. A mighty battle ensues, but one that ends up breaking ancient hatreds and bringing the true spirit of Christmas and love to everyone around.