My son’s first Christmas was special. Not only did he, at six months old, have a fascination for everything bright and shiny, but he brought back the magic of Christmas to me and his dad.
Recently we spent the day with him and his partner and new baby, and although Christmas is a way of yet, as I write, her curiosity with her surroundings, we’d gone out for a meal, reminded me of her father’s reactions on his first Christmas.
Give a baby/toddler a gift and they’ll play with the wrappings and packaging for hours after offering a cursory glance at the item. It’s the way of babies and young animals J
But our grandchild’s expressions were a delight to watch. Yes, I know, you’re thinking, well every child’s face is expressive, and that’s true, but I’ve never seen a six-and-a-half month chid look as though they are fathoming out the intricacies of what they are watching in quite the way my son’s child does. Surroundings and people are forgotten and the focus slims down to what is in front of her.
Once again, I was gifted with the memory that the riches and magic of Christmas are not measured by the size and price-tag of the gift, but the gift of seeing life through the uncomplicated eyes of a young child.
So, my son’s reactions on his first Christmas are constantly re-gifted to me when I watch his children approach and experience their own first Christmas.
When plunged into a world of spies, agents and espionage during the Peninsula wars, Honor, Lady Beaumont, flees for her life when the French capture her husband at Salamanca, and relies on his batman to arrange her safe passage back to England.
Viscount Charles Vidal is ordered by Robert Dumas, the First Lord of the Admiralty, to travel to Spain and escort the only woman he’s ever loved, Lord Devlin Beaumont’s widow back home before the French discover her whereabouts.
Their journey is fraught by danger, least of all knowing whether they are surrounded by friends or foe. Will they survive long enough to explore the possibility of a future together or will whispers of treason be enough to see Honor dispatched to Tyburn first?