The Lady From Holsten by Michelle Burgin
Approx. 165,250 words.
Published on October 31, 2011.
Her father expects Laura to marry an old, unkempt drunkard. It was her duty, and her feelings didn't factor into it. But Laura has no such intention. She plans instead to seek refuge at the social event of the year: the Yuletide Ball. Struggling between love and easy security, enemies force her to flee to the frosty north on a fool's errand. As her passions run deeper, can she face her true self?