HAPPY EVER AFTER IS HARD WORK After the ash has settled after the events of An Imperfect Enjoyment, Thomazine Russell is looking forward to making the first Christmas of her married life a special time at Four Ashes. Because Christmas, even in Restoration Buckinghamshire, is a time for families to be together, and Thomazine wants it to be a time of quiet happiness. So does her father. That's why he's ridden eighty miles in the snow to deliver his wayward youngest daughter to Four Ashes. There's little more determined than a seventeen-year-old girl with theatrical amvbitions - apart from possibly the determination of her elder sister not to have that peaceful family Christmas disrupted. Will 1666 see the Matchless Thalia estranged from her family, or can Thomazine see that peace and goodwill extend to all men - as well as actresses?