The First Snow of Winter
Winterbourne series, book 3
Sam Alderton, a maimed war hero and his childhood friend, Jasper Huxley, are snowed-in alone at Christmas.
This is the third story in the Winterbourne series. It’s a short prequel story about Captain Sam Alderton and Jasper Huxley who also appear in book 4, The Labours of Lord Perry Cavendish.
1814: Captain Sam Alderton returns to England from the continent with his life in tatters. Maimed and directionless, the last thing he wants to do is spend Christmas with his family and their close friends, the Huxleys—especially Jasper Huxley, who he almost kissed five years before.
Sam plans to avoid the festivities, but when the first snow of winter arrives, and he and Jasper are trapped alone together at Alderton Hall, they find themselves revisiting old traditions and painful memories together—and discovering that things may not have been quite as either of them thought five years earlier.