He didn't want to help her, but when his precious daughter, Charlie make him feel guilty, Dante Hartwell invites Lady Joan Flynn to join them on their travels to house parties for the holidays. Joan has fled Edinburgh is distress after trusting the man she cared for turns into a rather compromising situation.
An ambitious man of business, Dante Hartwell has worked vigilantly to make something of himself and build an empire. There is something that Mr. Hartwell lacks, however, and that's open doors into the world of wealthy and titled investors. Engrossed much of his time in business matters, occasionally his children are left to their own devices. Luckily, he has his sister, whom the children affectionately call Aunt Margs, to assist him in the care of Charlie and Phillp, but Margaret needs to lead her own life eventually meaning Dante will need a wife.
Joan Flynn has found herself in a very precarious situation. After her so-called friend and confidant, Edward Valmont plies her with liquor, she awakens with a cloudy and sore head feeling that she's been ill-used in more ways than one. Escaping from Edinburgh before her ruination is made public, her only option is to find a husband, and quickly.
When Dante becomes aware of Joan's plight, he offers her marriage, which will help both of their situations. Joan accepts the marriage of convenience, but when they both develop feeling for one another, this marriage of convenience blossoms into so much more.
WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS (MacGregor's #4) by Grace Burrowes is a delightful holiday read with a cache of colorful characters adding to the main story. Dante Hartwell, although not of the ilk of most of the guests at this party, is one of the most honorable men in the group. His need for protecting Joan, once he takes her under his wing, is a delight to see. Joan still can't quite remember the details of that night with Valmont, but regardless of what did happen, she has Dante to get her through. Throw in a multitude of holiday traditions and an eclectic group of revelers aside from the budding romance between Joan and Dante, and we have one admirable tale not to be missed. Quite enjoyable!