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After seven long years in Devon, Lady Maud Worlington returns to London to reclaim life on her own terms, but a nefarious shadow and the prospect of financial ruin dog her steps. An impulsive and unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe creates a connection with Geoffrey, the handsome, young Duke of Tilbury. Yet as pleasant as it is to have a suitor, Maud is not sure how a b After seven long years in Devon, Lady Maud Worlington returns to London to reclaim life on her own terms, but a nefarious shadow and the prospect of financial ruin dog her steps. An impulsive and unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe creates a connection with Geoffrey, the handsome, young Duke of Tilbury. Yet as pleasant as it is to have a suitor, Maud is not sure how a boy of one-and-twenty can prove an equal partner in life and the equal of all the forces mounted against her. The Duke of Tilbury considers himself as adept at managing matters as he is at swordplay, but his beautiful new acquaintance Lady Worlington has other ideas about how to manage her complicated life. Intrigued by their stolen kiss, Geoffrey pursues Lady Worlington's affections, only to be foiled by the lady's own doubts, by rivals for her hand, and by a sudden death that affects both their families. When Jacob Pevensey, the investigator from Bow Street enters the scene, the duke becomes a prime suspect in the murder case. Truths are unearthed that Geoffrey would rather keep hidden, and the twelve days of Christmas race toward a perilous end. This novel takes the medieval events surrounding the sinking of the White Ship and transposes them to Regency London. It is the third book in the Pevensey series, but can be read as a standalone.


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After seven long years in Devon, Lady Maud Worlington returns to London to reclaim life on her own terms, but a nefarious shadow and the prospect of financial ruin dog her steps. An impulsive and unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe creates a connection with Geoffrey, the handsome, young Duke of Tilbury. Yet as pleasant as it is to have a suitor, Maud is not sure how a b After seven long years in Devon, Lady Maud Worlington returns to London to reclaim life on her own terms, but a nefarious shadow and the prospect of financial ruin dog her steps. An impulsive and unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe creates a connection with Geoffrey, the handsome, young Duke of Tilbury. Yet as pleasant as it is to have a suitor, Maud is not sure how a boy of one-and-twenty can prove an equal partner in life and the equal of all the forces mounted against her. The Duke of Tilbury considers himself as adept at managing matters as he is at swordplay, but his beautiful new acquaintance Lady Worlington has other ideas about how to manage her complicated life. Intrigued by their stolen kiss, Geoffrey pursues Lady Worlington's affections, only to be foiled by the lady's own doubts, by rivals for her hand, and by a sudden death that affects both their families. When Jacob Pevensey, the investigator from Bow Street enters the scene, the duke becomes a prime suspect in the murder case. Truths are unearthed that Geoffrey would rather keep hidden, and the twelve days of Christmas race toward a perilous end. This novel takes the medieval events surrounding the sinking of the White Ship and transposes them to Regency London. It is the third book in the Pevensey series, but can be read as a standalone.

30 review for A Duel for Christmas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    A DUEL FOR CHRISMTMAS is an enjoyable sweet historical romance with a few twists and turns. The characters are quite likable and the story is engaging with a plot that grows in intensity towards the end. Recommended to historical romance fans! This story was easy to get right into from the start. It begins as a sweet historical romance, but as it goes there are clues dropped here and there about some nefarious purposes underfoot until something devious truly does occur and the chase is on to find A DUEL FOR CHRISMTMAS is an enjoyable sweet historical romance with a few twists and turns. The characters are quite likable and the story is engaging with a plot that grows in intensity towards the end. Recommended to historical romance fans! This story was easy to get right into from the start. It begins as a sweet historical romance, but as it goes there are clues dropped here and there about some nefarious purposes underfoot until something devious truly does occur and the chase is on to find the culprit. I loved Maud's and Geoffrey's confusion as to what is happening between them and the ways in which they go about figuring things out. It's quite humorous in places, sweetly friendly in others, while being romantically tense as well. It is definitely the most enjoyable aspect of this story, but I didn't feel it took it over. There is much more going on than just the romance. There is Will's and Helena's relationship, Maud's family dynamic (how I loved Ralph!), Geoffrey's family dynamic, Maud's cousins who aren't in line to inherit, Maud's threatening stepson, Helena's friends, and a Bow Street runner's perspective as well. The cast easily represents various classes and the range of character found within quite well. There is the lower class Bow Street runner to the upper class titled gentry represented. The author showed that the gentry and the lower class could both be honorably gallant and others of the same class the exact opposite. There are references to affairs and less than desirable habits, and references to the opposite. For the most part, we get the points of views of Maud and Geoffrey, but then later on we also get the POV of Jacob Pevensey who is the Bow Street runner. This switch threw me a little at first, particularly because I haven't read the other books in the series and I think he might be the common character. I did find his perspective interesting though. In the end, was it what I wished for? An overall enjoyable story! Would make for a delightful holiday read, or at any time you're looking to cuddle up with a romance with a few twists and a little suspense. I'm definitely interested in reading the first two books in the series and seeing what comes next. Content: Some innuendo, making out, references to affairs and abuse, and mild violence, but would consider it clean. Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    “A Duel for Christmas” by Rosanne Lortz is a wonderful read, especially for the holidays! Although this is the third book in the “Pevensey Mysteries” series, it’s the first book from the series that I have read. It can definitely be read as a standalone. I enjoy how “A Duel for Christmas” opens with a ball and how the book is sectioned off into the twelve days of Christmas. One can never go wrong with a ball in my opinion! Scenes at the ball remind me a lot of “Pride and Prejudice,” with a parti “A Duel for Christmas” by Rosanne Lortz is a wonderful read, especially for the holidays! Although this is the third book in the “Pevensey Mysteries” series, it’s the first book from the series that I have read. It can definitely be read as a standalone. I enjoy how “A Duel for Christmas” opens with a ball and how the book is sectioned off into the twelve days of Christmas. One can never go wrong with a ball in my opinion! Scenes at the ball remind me a lot of “Pride and Prejudice,” with a particularly great dance scene including witty banter. The many familiar themes—a couple going from hating each other to loving each other, an annoying cousin who proposes marriage, an absent father, etc.—all brought me smiles with the nods to “Pride and Prejudice.” Ms. Lortz has a special way with words and includes lots of Regency details. However, I did feel the story is a little slow at times and I wanted to see more of Maud, one of the protagonists, in the second half of the story, which focuses more on the murder and investigation. “A Duel for Christmas” has a great cast of well-written characters. I enjoy the chemistry between the two main characters, Maud and Geoffrey. It does feel a little weird that they have only had a few encounters before they feel they are in love with one another. I understand the hasty marriage proposal and Maud’s dire situation, but the instant love is a little unrealistic for me. I liked meeting Pevensey, who the series is named after, and I suspect he makes an appearance in the other books as well. It is fascinating to see how the investigation surrounding the murder plays out. I am very thankful there are no gruesome details or overly scary scenes. Overall, “A Duel for Christmas” is a book filled with romance, mystery and history! It’s a “Pride and Prejudice” meets murder mystery type of read, sprinkled with Christmas cheer! Content: I would give this book a PG-13 rating (but on the lower end of PG-13 spectrum). Some examples of the content are: reference to a woman’s bosom; men gamble; people drink alcohol; the word bastard is used in reference to a man born out of wedlock; people get drunk; the words hussy and trollop are used; a man swears but the word is not actually written; God’s name is taken in vain; a woman talks about giving a man certain liberties; someone is pregnant out of wedlock; mention of sex and a man’s “needs” needing to be met. Rating: I give this book 3.5 stars. Genre: Historical fiction; Mystery; Romance I want to thank Rosanne E. Lortz, Celebrate Lit and Madison Street Publishing for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    What I loved: One of the best things about this book is how the author took actual events from the medieval era and rewrote them in Regency times. She created interesting characters—ones who you really can’t help but loving. I found myself especially drawn to some of the minor characters, and I hope to see more of Ralph and Pevensey soon. I also loved the author’s occasional turn of phrase. Seriously, she knew how and when to write a phenomenal line or two that really packed a punch. Two of those What I loved: One of the best things about this book is how the author took actual events from the medieval era and rewrote them in Regency times. She created interesting characters—ones who you really can’t help but loving. I found myself especially drawn to some of the minor characters, and I hope to see more of Ralph and Pevensey soon. I also loved the author’s occasional turn of phrase. Seriously, she knew how and when to write a phenomenal line or two that really packed a punch. Two of those I interrupted my friend while she worked and made her listen to them. My friend enjoyed them too. What I hated: At first, I would have said the dialogue tags. The book opened with sentence after sentence ending in, “he said,” and “she said.” That said, that went away rather quickly. It isn’t that the author stopped using them, but she used them in a much less obtrusive way and I found myself not noticing unless I looked. I also didn’t like what felt like “tacked on” Christianity in spots. A convenient call to prayer and then nothing. Repeat a time or two. However, it really is just a personal thing and I doubt most people would notice. Additionally, some may find a couple of passionate kisses and/or the subject matter at times to be a bit “much.” While I don’t care to read kisses, etc., I did think the author did a fabulous job at showing the danger of careless passion and the consequences without dragging us through much too intimate of scenes. What made me laugh: Not much that should. I found myself laughing at attitudes that confound and frustrate me—and my overtly-American responses to them. It’s really a good thing that time travel isn’t a thing. If I got stuck there, I’d be run out of the country on a rail… or in a boat. Preferably one with a hole in the bottom, or so I expect they’d think. What made me cry: Well, I’m not a crier, but my heart wept for those whose lives were ruined through no choice of their own because of those same attitudes that confounded and frustrated me. I wish I didn’t still see some at times. Who do I recommend A Duel for Christmas for? I'm really glad I requested a review copy of this book and recommend it to any Regency or historical fiction lover. Those who love a bit of suspense and/or mystery. I even learned a thing or two when I looked up a couple of things I thought might be anachronisms. They were not. The only error that really jumped out at me was a slight twist on a well-known word. I can’t decide if it was deliberate or not. I really did like the book, much to my delight. An easy four Amazon stars. Here, it should be more like 3.5 but I won't downgrade it because I did like it a lot and I will be reading the others and future books in the series. :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    3.5 stars I have never heard of the author Rosanne E. Lortz, but her novel, A Duel for Christmas' synopsis sounded interesting, so I couldn't wait to try out the novel. London. Mystery. Regency. Christmas. Sounded right up my alley. I took a chance on a new author in a genre I have read. Some aspects of the novel stick out while some didn't work quite so well for me. First, I really enjoyed how Lortz took a historical element and event and brought into life in a Regency novel, so I could enjoy th 3.5 stars I have never heard of the author Rosanne E. Lortz, but her novel, A Duel for Christmas' synopsis sounded interesting, so I couldn't wait to try out the novel. London. Mystery. Regency. Christmas. Sounded right up my alley. I took a chance on a new author in a genre I have read. Some aspects of the novel stick out while some didn't work quite so well for me. First, I really enjoyed how Lortz took a historical element and event and brought into life in a Regency novel, so I could enjoy the historical event. I didn't know about the past event, so it was nice to see it come to life in this story. Lortz has a good handle on the mechanics of writing a novel. Her use of Deep Point of View is well-done. I enjoyed how she dove into the characters emotions and thoughts, allowing me to understand and empathize with the characters. As for the spiritual element of the novel, there really isn't any. The characters don't attend church or pray to God for help when they are struggling. It is a clean read occurring in the Regency era. There is moments of drunkenness, gambling, and some high passion, but nothing that any reader should turn away their nose at. The characters, in my opinion, were pretty static characters. The characters I met at the beginning is the same characters at the end of the novel. No one changed for the better. A couple of emotions were spiked and heighted toward a member of the opposite sex. Some characters had things occur to them that I didn't see at the beginning of the novel but came to light by the end of the novel. The plot didn't wow me like a mystery should. The first fifty-five percent of the novel sets up the characters and allowing me to see who they are internally and externally while the twelve days of Christmas pass. All of the characters, but one, are introduced in the first half of the book. The mystery happens about fifty-seven percent into the book and then enters the Detective the series is named after. After a character is found dead, the story picks up as the detective hunts for clues and tries to find out who killed the poor person. I just like more action from the beginning and to carry throughout the entire novel. Overall, A Duel for Christmas by Rosanne E. Lortz is an interesting take on a historical event and placed into a Regency setting. I wish the characters had more of a transformation and the mystery occurred earlier in the novel. But fans of Joanna Davidson Politano, Julie Klassen, and Sarah E. Ladd might really enjoy this novel. I received a complimentary copy of A Duel for Christmas by Rosanne E. Lortz through the Celebrate Lit Tours, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Geoffey Angiers, the young Duke of Tilbury, cannot like his sister Helena's choice of husband. However, Will Aldine's sister, Lady Worlington, is another matter entirely. A Christmas kiss under the mistletoe confirms Geoffrey's suspicions: the widow Maud is as delicious as a Christmas pudding. As the days of Christmas march on, attraction turns to genuine affection. But does the lovely Maud feel the same? Maud, Lady Worlington, knows very well the loneliness of being wed to an older man. Though s Geoffey Angiers, the young Duke of Tilbury, cannot like his sister Helena's choice of husband. However, Will Aldine's sister, Lady Worlington, is another matter entirely. A Christmas kiss under the mistletoe confirms Geoffrey's suspicions: the widow Maud is as delicious as a Christmas pudding. As the days of Christmas march on, attraction turns to genuine affection. But does the lovely Maud feel the same? Maud, Lady Worlington, knows very well the loneliness of being wed to an older man. Though she finds Lord Tilbury appealing, she is eight years his senior. She knows that will never do. He would surely tire of her and their marriage would become the same loveless sham she had endured with her late husband. When her stepson arrives with news that is sure to put an end to any marriage prospects for her, Maud does not know where to turn. And then someone is murdered. The stakes just got higher. A duel for Christmas is the third book starring sleuth Jake Pevensy, Bow Street investigator. He is an appealing character who makes me want to read the other books in the series. However, he does not make an appearance until halfway through the story. The first half of the book is dedicated to the romance while the scene is being set for the murder. As such, the romance is not an aside, but a satisfyingly integral part of the story. This is my first book by Rosanne E. Lortz and I must say I adore the way she turns a phrase. Her vocabulary and cadence is authentic and exquisite. One thinks of Georgette Heyer when reading her words. The mystery is robust enough to make one unsure of who did it or why, but the plum of this book is the romance between Maud and Geoffrey. The fact that the characters and some of the circumstances are based on the medieval Stephen and Maud makes me like it all the more. Rosanne E. Lortz is a new favorite!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    A Duel for Christmas is a perfect read during the holidays or as a quick read anytime. One of my favorite things about the book is something that is quite a delightful surprise! The historical information that inspired author Rosanne E. Lortz to write this historical novel is included as well as how Lortz wove the inspiration into this novel. There are many characters within A Duel for Christmas that I would like to get to know better- Ralph, Helena, Maud's mother, Mr.Mr. Pevensey and Miss Cecil. A Duel for Christmas is a perfect read during the holidays or as a quick read anytime. One of my favorite things about the book is something that is quite a delightful surprise! The historical information that inspired author Rosanne E. Lortz to write this historical novel is included as well as how Lortz wove the inspiration into this novel. There are many characters within A Duel for Christmas that I would like to get to know better- Ralph, Helena, Maud's mother, Mr.Mr. Pevensey and Miss Cecil. I can tell they have their own stories to share! (This novel is the 3rd in The Pevensey series and can be read on its own which is what I did). The book has romance, adventure, and a mystery or two to solve! Add a duel or two and you have a festive read! The two main characters in A Duel for Christmas are Geoffrey, The Duke of Tilbury and Maud, Lady Worlington. When they first meet Geoffrey is distracted by his need to look after his younger sister, Helena who is engaged to Maud's brother, Will. He pays little attention to the beautiful widow. Soon they find they have much in common including a growing attraction... Geoffrey is determined to win her hand, yet he doesn't know about the evil step son blackmailing her or about the annoying cousin who is pursuing her. This book moves fast. I was never bored, I enjoyed the plot twists, the conversation and characters seem realistic. Writing is good, love the inclusion of poetry and literature - very smoothly inserted. What's great is that I did not guess who the real killer was! Bravo!!! I received this advanced reader's copy from Netgalley, Rosanne E. Lortz, and Madison Street Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Thank you all for your hard work!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Young

    This was the first time I had read anything by Rosanne E. Lortz! I was excited to find a new author and was curious to read her work. I was not disappointed. Lack of having read the previous books in the series was not an issue. So don't let that be a deterrent! Grab this book for a great read while snuggled under a blanket, drinking something warm and yummy. Regency era novels aren't one of my most read genres but I did thoroughly enjoy this book! There was a little romance and mystery mixed in This was the first time I had read anything by Rosanne E. Lortz! I was excited to find a new author and was curious to read her work. I was not disappointed. Lack of having read the previous books in the series was not an issue. So don't let that be a deterrent! Grab this book for a great read while snuggled under a blanket, drinking something warm and yummy. Regency era novels aren't one of my most read genres but I did thoroughly enjoy this book! There was a little romance and mystery mixed in with the historical content and who doesn't love a Christmas time story? For me, that makes for a great book. The characters were interesting and the plot moved at a pace that kept me interested and wanting to read more. I did feel this book was a little heavy on character introduction at the beginning before the plot developed in full force. It wasn't a turn off but it would have just allowed more time for the plot to thicken and develop. I did love the relationship between the main characters. It was well written. There weren't many spiritual elements so I don' t know if I would classify this book as Christian fiction. It could probably be considered more clean fiction. I found myself at the end of the book hoping for more. I hope there will be more written about these characters. I gave this book 3.5/4 out of 5 stars.  I received a digital copy of this book from the author via Celebrate Lit. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Markus

    Overall, I enjoyed A Duel for Christmas. I am a sucker for Regency romance, so this work was right up my street. I loved the characters of Maud and Geoffrey, and the plot had plenty of action and suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat, figuratively speaking. I thought the story evoked the era well; however, there were, I believe, mistakes in the titling of some of the noble characters. I did also wonder at times about the romance. I liked the idea of the two of them as a pair, but there wa Overall, I enjoyed A Duel for Christmas. I am a sucker for Regency romance, so this work was right up my street. I loved the characters of Maud and Geoffrey, and the plot had plenty of action and suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat, figuratively speaking. I thought the story evoked the era well; however, there were, I believe, mistakes in the titling of some of the noble characters. I did also wonder at times about the romance. I liked the idea of the two of them as a pair, but there was an element of insta-love about it, and we didn't get many opportunities to observe them together, getting to know each other. This is the third book in a series. It certainly can be read as a standalone; nonetheless, I do wonder whether having read the other two books would have helped. As it was, the character of Pevensey, when he came in partway through the tale, seemed to have a lot of backstory that it might have been useful to know. But, as I said, a generally enjoyable read despite a few faults, and I did appreciate the clever transposition of medieval history to a Regency setting. I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nadishka Aloysius

    Although this is the third in the series it works as a standalone. I picked it up because it is supposed to be a mystery set in Regency times. The style of writing and characters reminded me rather vividly of the Jane Austen novels I read as a teenager. The setting and language was authentic. I loved how the chapters followed the 12 days of Christmas. However, the story was a disappointment in that there was no 'suspense' or real 'mystery' to it - it was basically a romance novel thinly veiled a Although this is the third in the series it works as a standalone. I picked it up because it is supposed to be a mystery set in Regency times. The style of writing and characters reminded me rather vividly of the Jane Austen novels I read as a teenager. The setting and language was authentic. I loved how the chapters followed the 12 days of Christmas. However, the story was a disappointment in that there was no 'suspense' or real 'mystery' to it - it was basically a romance novel thinly veiled as something else. True mystery / suspense fans will not like this much. The murder took place literally 50% of the way into the book and the investigator Pevensey made an appearance then. Taking half the book to set up the story? And then, Pevensey had very little work to do since the mystery kind of solved itself thanks to the actions of others. He only had to hide behind a windmill and jump out at the correct moment to arrest the villain. I think the cover is misleading and this should be marketed to readers of Romance as that is the category it best fits.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Betti

    This author is new to me, and I will certainly be looking for more of her works. This story, that seemed to start out so sedately, became a real page turner as I tried to figure out what on earth might happen next and who did it anyway! Set in Regency times, we are reminded of what it means to be the heir of the family fortune and the devastation of being 'born on the wrong side' of the blanket. A time when being female meant you were there to make sure the house ran smoothly, the children were This author is new to me, and I will certainly be looking for more of her works. This story, that seemed to start out so sedately, became a real page turner as I tried to figure out what on earth might happen next and who did it anyway! Set in Regency times, we are reminded of what it means to be the heir of the family fortune and the devastation of being 'born on the wrong side' of the blanket. A time when being female meant you were there to make sure the house ran smoothly, the children were well cared for and to look beautiful on your husband's arm. The author has taken all these lovely details and woven a story with enough mystery to keep you wondering. Add a little adventure and some romance, and you have a lovely afternoon of enjoyment. I received this ebook through CelebrateLit and this review gives my personal impressions and opinions.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elsbeth

    Well written, beautiful story! It starts as a typical Regency Romance, with a young duke, falling in love with a lovely widow. Enter the suspicious characters. The boring, broke cousin, who is after the widow's hand and money. The mean and jealous stepson, who blackmails and threatens her. But the young duke is willing to risk his life for the women he loves. And then there is the kind and smart detective, who digs for the truth. But with heart for the people involved. What adds something extra to t Well written, beautiful story! It starts as a typical Regency Romance, with a young duke, falling in love with a lovely widow. Enter the suspicious characters. The boring, broke cousin, who is after the widow's hand and money. The mean and jealous stepson, who blackmails and threatens her. But the young duke is willing to risk his life for the women he loves. And then there is the kind and smart detective, who digs for the truth. But with heart for the people involved. What adds something extra to the story is the historical note of the author at the end of the book. This is the first book of this series I've read, but I would love to read the others! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dixie

    This was a pleasant enough blend of romance and mystery, with the legal complications and societal restrictions that come with a Regency setting. The lead characters were an unlikely match and although attraction came quickly for Geoffrey, Maud had good reasons to reject his suit. The plot took time to bring in all of the secondary characters and flesh out the mysteries at play. Geoffrey and Maud may have been in the romantic spotlight for this standalone book, but it was really an episode in a This was a pleasant enough blend of romance and mystery, with the legal complications and societal restrictions that come with a Regency setting. The lead characters were an unlikely match and although attraction came quickly for Geoffrey, Maud had good reasons to reject his suit. The plot took time to bring in all of the secondary characters and flesh out the mysteries at play. Geoffrey and Maud may have been in the romantic spotlight for this standalone book, but it was really an episode in a larger story arc whose hero is the detective, Mr. Pevensey. I'm not convinced that I was completely satisfied with the conclusion. I voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley and I offer my honest opinion in response.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I really enjoyed this story, it was well written and I was completely captivated and transported back to the time of the book. It has a brilliant plotline and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were great and they worked really well together. The book is the third in the series but I haven’t read the previous books and this one can definitely be read as a stand alone. A perfect read for this time of year – a thoroughly enjoyable read – very highly recom https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I really enjoyed this story, it was well written and I was completely captivated and transported back to the time of the book. It has a brilliant plotline and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were great and they worked really well together. The book is the third in the series but I haven’t read the previous books and this one can definitely be read as a stand alone. A perfect read for this time of year – a thoroughly enjoyable read – very highly recommended – 4.5 stars from me rounded up to 5 stars on Goodreads and Amazon!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lori Quick

    A Duel for Christmas by Rosanne E. Lortz was such a delightful story. It is the third in the series, but can certainly be read as a stand alone. I would highly recommend it to anyone that loves a good mystery. This book has love, duels, murder, bow street runners, and much more. Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for the book and have volunteered my review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Stevens

    I do enjoy stories of strong women. Lady Maud married young for financial security and pays for it dearly before and after her much older husbands death. A little mystery, a little romance and even a duel of honor! Interesting characters and the story certainly kept my attention. I really liked how it ended! I was gifted a copy. No review was required and my review is voluntary..

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Edwards

    This is a new author for me, but combining my favorite time period to read about and Christmas sounded like a book I wanted to try, and largely, I’m glad I did. There were some things I liked about this Regency story, including the heroine. She is 26 and a widow, both uncommon for female leads in many novels. She is intelligent and unwilling to settle for marriage with just any man, a fairly strong character who has faced difficulties and come out the better for it, though not without scars. The This is a new author for me, but combining my favorite time period to read about and Christmas sounded like a book I wanted to try, and largely, I’m glad I did. There were some things I liked about this Regency story, including the heroine. She is 26 and a widow, both uncommon for female leads in many novels. She is intelligent and unwilling to settle for marriage with just any man, a fairly strong character who has faced difficulties and come out the better for it, though not without scars. The mystery worked with the story, though at times it almost caused the book to read as two different halves: the characters who dominated the first half almost became secondary as the previously unmentioned Bow Street runner took on the main character slot for a while. And with him came more secondary characters; I did not realize this was third in a series when I selected it, only that it was a Christmas Regency, but it does read well as a standalone, and the two storylines merged well once the other set of people was introduced and established. I did not enjoy the language I encountered in this book, however. First, the underground gambling dens. While I looked up and verified the naming was correct and not merely a typo, it still surprised me to come across the specific name. Secondly, epithets, while also historically accurate and not technically considered cursing, especially by today's standards, were not really necessary either. This could be just my personal preference, as I read everything with my daughters in mind, so I can give that a pass for this reason. But the final problem, I cannot. I understand the terms of “wrong side of the blanket" and “by-blow,” plus the author explained the man was born out of wedlock, but to have the curse word denoting that was unnecessary, and multiple uses of it, some as blatant cursing (toward the end of the book) rather than in reference to parentage, even more so. None of these examples added to the story in any way, nor did it contribute to what was already understood from the other terms used. If these items had been omitted, I would have rated the book more highly. While this is an interesting story and seems historically accurate in its details, the frequent alcoholic consumption, drunkenness, and cursing means it was not the book for me and I cannot recommend it, especially for anyone younger than adult. It is not marked as Christian fiction, but I did expect it to be clean—though to be fair, that was also my own expectation rather than a way it was marketed online. I can say there is no on-page sex, but I wouldn't say that makes it clean in my opinion. It's a shame, too, since the writing and story itself were quite good apart from the foul language. I received a review copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    Widowed six months ago, Lady Maud Worlington has moved back to London with her family, and what should have been a quiet dinner became instead a ball to celebrate the betrothal of Maud’s brother Will to Lady Helena Angiers. That’s when Maud first encounters the dashing Geoffrey, the duke of Tilbury and Helena’s brother and guardian. Geoffrey is more than intrigued by the beautiful widow, while she wants nothing romantic to do with him: he is five years younger than she is; how could a romance ev Widowed six months ago, Lady Maud Worlington has moved back to London with her family, and what should have been a quiet dinner became instead a ball to celebrate the betrothal of Maud’s brother Will to Lady Helena Angiers. That’s when Maud first encounters the dashing Geoffrey, the duke of Tilbury and Helena’s brother and guardian. Geoffrey is more than intrigued by the beautiful widow, while she wants nothing romantic to do with him: he is five years younger than she is; how could a romance ever be possible? To begin with, I must mention that one star was promptly removed from my final rating due to this unforgivable mistake: Geoffrey, the duke of Tilbury, is referred throughout the book as “Lord Tilbury”. Not to mention his grace being addressed as “young man” by Geoffrey’s future father-in-law, and “Sirrah” by Maud, whom Geoffrey had just recently met. This did not bode well for accuracy – historical or otherwise – which, alas, was soon confirmed. Had it not been indicated in the blurb that the story was set during the Regency, I would not have guessed beyond the nineteenth century, as there was no clear indication of the era. Needless to say, A DUEL FOR CHRISTMAS was a very difficult read for me. Although it was obvious from the start that this was not the first book of the series – which I had not noticed before – I didn’t feel I had missed anything. Ms. Lortz’s writing flows well, the pace is steady, and the book is professionally edited. However, I found that much time was lost on trivialities at the beginning instead of building the connection between Geoffrey and Maud, who actually spend very little time together. I was surprised that, in spite of that, their romance was believable, if a platonic one; A DUEL FOR CHRISTMAS is definitely a clean romance. The second romance, which had probably started in the previous instalments, felt more organic, and the characters spent more time together. It is obvious that the author is much more at ease with the mystery element of the story, but it could also be because there were way fewer mentions of “Lord Tilbury”, which were, to my ears, akin to fingernails on a blackboard. The family dynamics were very complex and quite interesting, and I was shocked as to who died; it was very unexpected. Geoffrey was charming, although I could not comprehend some of his decisions concerning his sister. I would recommend A DUEL FOR CHRISTMAS to readers who enjoy a light and frothy romance with a bit of suspense, and for whom historical accuracy is inconsequential. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    Rosanne E. Lortz is a new-to-me author and a delightful new find! A Duel For Christmas is a Regency era novel peppered with 12th century characters. Sort of. As I was reading the book, I gave no thought to the sinking of the White Ship. Instead, I got wrapped up in the story of Geoffrey and Maud, their families and their 19th century challenges. It wasn’t until I read the author’s notes at the end of the story that I thought about the White Ship again. This clever adoption and subsequent re-homin Rosanne E. Lortz is a new-to-me author and a delightful new find! A Duel For Christmas is a Regency era novel peppered with 12th century characters. Sort of. As I was reading the book, I gave no thought to the sinking of the White Ship. Instead, I got wrapped up in the story of Geoffrey and Maud, their families and their 19th century challenges. It wasn’t until I read the author’s notes at the end of the story that I thought about the White Ship again. This clever adoption and subsequent re-homing of 12th century figures into the 19th century setting in a work of fiction is unique and inspired. And kind of cool! A Duel for Christmas is both a mystery and a romance. The third in the Pevensey Mysteries series, it features the character Jacob Pevensey, a Bow Street runner charged with keeping order and solving crimes. Pevensey is a persistent and creative detective, using his mind and his friends to get the facts and the truth. Pevensey’s presence in the book is pervasive even if the main characters are actually Geoffrey and Maud. Geoffrey and Maud suffer from an age difference. By suffer I mean that Maud, at twenty-six, is older than Geoffrey by five years. This age difference comes up often in the story, but Geoffrey is a mature oldest child so hopefully, Maud will get over it. Another other obstacle is the fact that Maud is a widow and her adult stepson is making all sorts of problems for her. The final obstacle for the couple is the death of someone who Geoffrey was not so keen on. So naturally, Geoffrey is a suspect. My hope that the couple would overcome all these obstacles kept my interest in the tale. Reading it was pure pleasure and it was over far too soon! All the events take place during the twelve days of Christmas. So depending on what day you are on, you can tell how close you are to a solved murder and a realization of the couple in love. I thoroughly enjoyed A Duel for Christmas and if you like historical romance and mystery, you will too. You don’t have to wait until the holiday season to enjoy it. Book Review Buzz provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    I really enjoyed the writing style of the author. This is the first book I've read from her and I loved how she described the setting with grand detail. I could see the clothing they wore during the time period in the book by the vivid accounts of the material. I loved how prim and proper the characters talked and how they seemed to have an uncanny elegance about them. I wasn't sure what to expect from the book but I was very pleased with the story line. Maud is quite a character with her having I really enjoyed the writing style of the author. This is the first book I've read from her and I loved how she described the setting with grand detail. I could see the clothing they wore during the time period in the book by the vivid accounts of the material. I loved how prim and proper the characters talked and how they seemed to have an uncanny elegance about them. I wasn't sure what to expect from the book but I was very pleased with the story line. Maud is quite a character with her having lost her husband while she was still young. When she returns to her family home, she must suddenly attend a ball of somewhat for her brother and soon to be bride. I don't think Maude was quite prepared for the festivities but what a trooper she was. What really made me chuckle was the intriguing Geoffrey. He is a gentleman and has a glimmer of hope to have Maude notice him. I had to shake my head at the reason Maude thought it was improper to be with Geoffrey. She found him to be so much younger than her and that would cause a scandal. What I really think is that she doth protest too much. There certainly is not that much difference in their age, so what else is keeping her from the dashing Geoffrey? One of the things I most enjoyed about the book was that it was not only a romance but a mystery as well . There is a sudden death that will shake the town to its core. It was most unexpected and I had a suspicion of who was behind it. Maude has been hiding something from others that she fears will ruin her reputation. Was that the cause of the mysterious death that accrued? When an unexpected encounter between two characters take place, I was on the edge of my seat as I read about it. The story takes place twelve days before Christmas and I found it to be refreshing and full of surprises. You must read the book to find out if Maude and Geoffrey become a couple and don't miss out on a mystery that is sure to entice readers. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    ***ARC was provided to me for a fair and honest review*** Overall rating: 4/5 the first half is the true love story and the second half is a ‘who done it’ mystery. Heroine (Maud Worlington): 4/5 She is a recent widow at 26 years old who is home for her brother’s engagement to a Duke’s sister. Hero (Geoffrey Tilbury): 5/5 He is a recently inherited Duke who is the guardian of his sister and hopes that her fiance can keep her out of scandal long enough to get married. He’s got blond hair, a serious d ***ARC was provided to me for a fair and honest review*** Overall rating: 4/5 the first half is the true love story and the second half is a ‘who done it’ mystery. Heroine (Maud Worlington): 4/5 She is a recent widow at 26 years old who is home for her brother’s engagement to a Duke’s sister. Hero (Geoffrey Tilbury): 5/5 He is a recently inherited Duke who is the guardian of his sister and hopes that her fiance can keep her out of scandal long enough to get married. He’s got blond hair, a serious disposition, and is around 21. Plot: 4/5 When widow Maud moves back to London she meets a young duke, Lord Tilbury and sparks fly. But she believes Geoffrey too young at 21 due to her late husband’s advanced age keeping the two from having any real affection for each other and she has a secret in her past that’s being held over her head that she can’t risk getting out. When there is a death in the family the Bow Street runners race to untangle all of of the threads of characters’ lives and find out what is really going on. Personal Review: At first it’s hard to like Geoffrey as a love interest as Maud makes it repeatedly clear that he is simply too young for her (he’s only a few years younger with her being 26 and him 21). It seems odd to keep rehashing it but then it does become clear with the age gap that didn’t work in her last marriage, the why’s of this particular writing choice. The pacing was a bit odd to me, it was in the full swing of a regency romance story when it goes off into left field and becomes a ‘who done it,’ I’m not sure there’s any way to adjust the story to change that fact without fundamentally changing the plot, but even knowing there will be a mystery element to the story it still felt jarring when it happened. Overall i really did like both halves of the story. The mystery was engaging enough on its own but with all the set up of characters from the first half, it made it more interesting to try to guess motivations and figure out the red herrings.

  21. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    This book was my introduction to Rosanne E Lortz's writing and I believe I have missed out much by not having picked up her books earlier! I did not realize that this book was #3 in the Pevensey Mysteries series until Mr. Pevensey was introduced about a third way into the book, but it can definitely be read as a stand alone. The author combines witty, clever, and fun writing with some fascinating facts from medieval English history transposed into Regency era. Add a mix of intrigue and mystery t This book was my introduction to Rosanne E Lortz's writing and I believe I have missed out much by not having picked up her books earlier! I did not realize that this book was #3 in the Pevensey Mysteries series until Mr. Pevensey was introduced about a third way into the book, but it can definitely be read as a stand alone. The author combines witty, clever, and fun writing with some fascinating facts from medieval English history transposed into Regency era. Add a mix of intrigue and mystery to the plot with quite a few surprises along the way and you get a fantastic read that keeps you guessing as to what will happen next and who really is the villain. Though the title suggests Mr. Pevensey is the main character, he is one of several. Mr. Pevensey, as a Bow Street Runner, is meticulous, thorough, and fair in his assessment of facts and people. He becomes involved in the affairs of the upper crust when an incident ties all of the characters in a tragic bind. Geoffrey, the young duke, is upright, protective, loyal, tender, and far more mature than his stated age. His younger sister Helena becomes engaged to Will, a future viscount, and that's when Geoffrey meets Will's widowed sister Maud and their mutual attraction ignites. Will and Maud's half-brother Ralph, who is quite like Geoffrey, rounds out the cast of characters who needs to delve through layers of deceit and evil plot to arrive at the correct conclusion. Reading the book was like seeing the board game Clue being played out before my eyes; it's quite a well-done mystery. I'm suspecting there will be another Pevensey Mystery book in the future and can't wait to read it. I received a copy of the book from the author/publisher via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to write a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    MaryAnn Bell

    After seven long years in Devon, Lady Maud Worlington returns to London to reclaim life on her own terms, but a nefarious shadow and the prospect of financial ruin dog her steps. An impulsive and unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe creates a connection with Geoffrey, the handsome, young Duke of Tilbury. Yet as pleasant as it is to have a suitor, Maud is not sure how a boy of one-and-twenty can prove an equal partner in life and the equal of all the forces mounted against her. The Duke of Tilbu After seven long years in Devon, Lady Maud Worlington returns to London to reclaim life on her own terms, but a nefarious shadow and the prospect of financial ruin dog her steps. An impulsive and unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe creates a connection with Geoffrey, the handsome, young Duke of Tilbury. Yet as pleasant as it is to have a suitor, Maud is not sure how a boy of one-and-twenty can prove an equal partner in life and the equal of all the forces mounted against her. The Duke of Tilbury considers himself as adept at managing matters as he is at swordplay, but his beautiful new acquaintance Lady Worlington has other ideas about how to manage her complicated life. Intrigued by their stolen kiss, Geoffrey pursues Lady Worlington’s affections, only to be foiled by the lady’s own doubts, by rivals for her hand, and by a sudden death, that affects both their families. When Jacob Pevensey, the investigator from Bow Street enters the scene, the duke becomes a prime suspect in the murder case. Truths are unearthed that Geoffrey would rather keep hidden, and the twelve days of Christmas race toward a perilous end. My Thoughts: A story full of mystery, suspense, romance, and some charming characters. I truly enjoyed this story, based on the twelve days of Christmas, in true Victorian style. The characters were well developed and easy to relate to. Some you liked and some you dislike. It was good to see the strengthening of Maude's character, that she was finally able to stand up for herself and to go on with life without being bullied or blackmailed. This story takes many twists and turns and has many surprises for the reader. This is a book for those who like historical fiction. A wonderful read just in time for the Christmas season!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Just Commonly

    I'm a huge fan of stories set in the Regency period. From the societal constraints and obligations to the subtle sense of romance to all the names of dukes and ladies, who doesn't want to immerse themselves in? Well, I was happy to pick up A Duel for Christmas by Rosanne E. Lortz. Only after reading the story did I realize this is part of a series, which I assume we will see some repeat characters. However, it definitely can be read as a standalone. The premise had already interested me to pick i I'm a huge fan of stories set in the Regency period. From the societal constraints and obligations to the subtle sense of romance to all the names of dukes and ladies, who doesn't want to immerse themselves in? Well, I was happy to pick up A Duel for Christmas by Rosanne E. Lortz. Only after reading the story did I realize this is part of a series, which I assume we will see some repeat characters. However, it definitely can be read as a standalone. The premise had already interested me to pick it up, and the mystery and suspense part had me intrigue to continue on. Add on interesting main characters, one should be well immersed in the world of Lady Worlington and Duke of Tilbury, and the cloud of mystery that surrounds them. Unfortunately, it fell short in capturing my attention beyond the "First Day of Christmas," which by the way was an innovative way to separate and title each chapter. Despite, I trekked on. Though it did pick up periodically, there were times I was reading it just for reading it, and not able to bring myself into the story. I read the story, instead of live within the story. And that differentiates it from a good story to a great story, at least for me. Despite all, I do think A Duel for Christmas is a good story. As previously said, it had a great premise and the author did a great job in keeping the characters mysterious, at least in terms of their past. If you're a fan of Regency romance or historical mysteries, give this a try. Disclaimer: I received a digital ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anne Rightler

    A Duel for Christmas is the first book I have read by Rosanne E. Lortz so I wasn't sure what to expect but I sure did enjoy it! Even though it is third in a series, it is definitely a stand-alone read. Occasionally I would wonder about something but it was not distracting to the story, in fact, I might just have to go back are read the first two in the set. I loved the characters...strong, evocative, and well-rounded with their flaws apparent as well as their strengths. I especially liked Ralph, A Duel for Christmas is the first book I have read by Rosanne E. Lortz so I wasn't sure what to expect but I sure did enjoy it! Even though it is third in a series, it is definitely a stand-alone read. Occasionally I would wonder about something but it was not distracting to the story, in fact, I might just have to go back are read the first two in the set. I loved the characters...strong, evocative, and well-rounded with their flaws apparent as well as their strengths. I especially liked Ralph, the half-brother from the wrong side of the blanket. With a conniving cousin, a self-righteous stepson, and an all too young admirer, the heroine, Maud, has her hands full trying to straighten her life out. The author keeps interest high and the story moves quickly through the twelve days of Christmas with malice, mayhem, and murder. I enjoy trying to figure out how in the world the characters are going to get out of the situations that an author has put them in and there were some interesting twists and turns that I did not see coming. The author gives a wonderful glimpse into the time period of the 1800s of England and even into a bit of the seamier side of life. I enjoyed her occasional use of colloquial terms and a bit of humor ('he likes to see you shaking in your stays'). A Duel for Christmas is an engaging book that lovers of historical romance stories will not want to miss. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and the opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    The first thing that caught my eye about this book was the cover. I am a big cover person. I want something that will draw me in, and make me wonder about the story. This cover did just that. The beautiful castle in the background with the light snow all around certainly puts me in the mood to read a Christmas novel! I had not read a book by Lortz before, so I was anxious to see if I would have another Regency author to follow. Yep, I do.  Lortz transports us back in the way the characters speak The first thing that caught my eye about this book was the cover. I am a big cover person. I want something that will draw me in, and make me wonder about the story. This cover did just that. The beautiful castle in the background with the light snow all around certainly puts me in the mood to read a Christmas novel! I had not read a book by Lortz before, so I was anxious to see if I would have another Regency author to follow. Yep, I do.  Lortz transports us back in the way the characters speak to each other, but also stays true to the time period in how she writes the non-dialogue scenes. The characters vividly came to life in my mind, and I could see every eyebrow raise, every gasp, giggle, stolen kiss, as well as the scenery. It makes me want to get into a time machine and visit historic London just to see if I'll find them there.  Adding the murder mystery to the already delightful story line was a fabulous idea, and had me turning the pages even faster. Lortz chose to break up the sections of the book into the 12 Days of Christmas, and I found myself humming the tune each time I came to a new section. The suspenseful, charming story is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, although I believe it could be read at any time of year. I look forward to reading more by this author! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    After seven long years in Devon, Lady Maud Worlington returns to London to reclaim life on her own terms, but a nefarious shadow and the prospect of financial ruin dog her steps. An impulsive and unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe creates a connection with Geoffrey, the handsome, young Duke of Tilbury. The Duke of Tilbury considers himself as adept at managing matters as he is at swordplay, but his beautiful new acquaintance Lady Worlington has other ideas about how to manage her complicated After seven long years in Devon, Lady Maud Worlington returns to London to reclaim life on her own terms, but a nefarious shadow and the prospect of financial ruin dog her steps. An impulsive and unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe creates a connection with Geoffrey, the handsome, young Duke of Tilbury. The Duke of Tilbury considers himself as adept at managing matters as he is at swordplay, but his beautiful new acquaintance Lady Worlington has other ideas about how to manage her complicated life. Intrigued by their stolen kiss, Geoffrey pursues Lady Worlington's affections, only to be foiled by the lady's own doubts, by rivals for her hand, and by a sudden death that affects both their families. When Jacob Pevensey, the investigator from Bow Street enters the scene, the duke becomes a prime suspect in the murder case. His is the third book in the series but is easily read as a stand alone book. It is a well written book the characters are well fleshed & believable. The story takes place over the twelve days of Christmas & they are certainly twelve days packed with happenings. I found the story slow to begin with but the pace increased throughout the book until I was totally engrossed & desperate to find the culprit. This is a Pevensey book but Jacob didn’t actually appear until well into the book, I certainly look forward to reading more of his cases My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna C

    Rosanne E. Lortz has written a British Regency novel that is a delight. A Duel for Christmas is the third book in the Pevensey mysteries, and while can be read a stand alone version, if you love this book as much I do, you will be itching to read the first two in the series. Lady Maude, a widow has returned to her family in London just in time for the Christmas season, however her return is anything other than calm. Maude is meet with an ailing father, a brother that is less than enthusiastic ab Rosanne E. Lortz has written a British Regency novel that is a delight. A Duel for Christmas is the third book in the Pevensey mysteries, and while can be read a stand alone version, if you love this book as much I do, you will be itching to read the first two in the series. Lady Maude, a widow has returned to her family in London just in time for the Christmas season, however her return is anything other than calm. Maude is meet with an ailing father, a brother that is less than enthusiastic about this impending marriage and suitors that want to pressure her into a swift marriage due to her money and status. The Duke of Tilbury faces equally difficult challenges, including managing Lady Maude’s brother, who is due to wed his sister in less than a month. After being thrown together due to circumstances, will they find a way to make a relationship between them work or will the obstacles prove to be much? Will Lady Maude and make it thru The Twelve Days of Christmas? This novel is full mystery, deception and danger. Lortz transports you straight to London in the early 1800 and will make you feel like you are peering in the windows of the London society parties. I will be keeping an eye out for the next book in this series and hope to see some of the characters that I fell in love with in this one! I received a copy of this novel from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    WOW!!! What an exciting complex murder mystery whodunit romance. The most exhilarating story and thought-out Regency novel I have ever read. The built-up suspense was unimaginable. I could not put this down. I had to read it straight through. It took about four hours to read it. But it was well worth the time. I loved the fact the chapters were titled with the twelve days of Christmas. There were plots and subplots and so many twists and turns it was hard to keep track. The book also revealed ev WOW!!! What an exciting complex murder mystery whodunit romance. The most exhilarating story and thought-out Regency novel I have ever read. The built-up suspense was unimaginable. I could not put this down. I had to read it straight through. It took about four hours to read it. But it was well worth the time. I loved the fact the chapters were titled with the twelve days of Christmas. There were plots and subplots and so many twists and turns it was hard to keep track. The book also revealed everything was not what it seems. The main characters and the supporting characters were so developed they did not lack a thing. They were extremely interesting and held my attention. Some of the characters were honorable, selfless, humble, opinionated, nefarious, greedy, lustful, heartless, cruel and sadistic. The story revolves around Lady Maud Worlington and her family. It also revolves around Lord Geoffrey Angiers, Duke of Tilbury, his family and acquaintances. Lady Maud and Lord Geoffrey are like the trunk of a tree and the rest of the characters are the thick main branches. Then the plots and subplots are like the smaller branches and leaves. Without them the tree would be bare. I cannot stress enough that this is a must read. I highly recommend it. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie D.

    I love books written in the Regency period and if you add a good mystery to the mix, I'm hooked. This book has this and more. This book is the third in the Pevensey Series but I was never lost as to what was going on. The author draws you into the story slowly and introduces you to the characters in a way that you feel you know them. I love the detail she has through her writing, too, because I truly felt as though I were there with the characters living their story with them. I enjoyed the inter I love books written in the Regency period and if you add a good mystery to the mix, I'm hooked. This book has this and more. This book is the third in the Pevensey Series but I was never lost as to what was going on. The author draws you into the story slowly and introduces you to the characters in a way that you feel you know them. I love the detail she has through her writing, too, because I truly felt as though I were there with the characters living their story with them. I enjoyed the interaction between Maud and Geoffrey. I found him to be quite entertaining and enjoyed seeing their relationship bloom. I also liked how this was divided into the 12 days of Christmas and it s an enjoyable way to start reading for the Christmas season, although, it's a good read anytime of year. When a character unexpectedly dies, enter the Detective Pevensey, who is quite entertaining, too. I enjoyed his part in the book and the mystery that comes with the death. Overall, this is an enjoyable book.It's a lovely romantic mystery and I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Celebrate Lit. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    This book is by a new-to-me author, and even though it is the third in a series, I was able to enjoy reading it, in spite of not having read the first two. I have visiting London on my bucket list...and therefore, visiting it, even in this way, is great. This is a sweet, historical Christmasy story. Sweet, but yes, also mysterious and suspenseful... The characters are charming, if a bit unrealistic at times. I found it a bit hard to grasp that Lady Worlington should entertain thoughts of marriage This book is by a new-to-me author, and even though it is the third in a series, I was able to enjoy reading it, in spite of not having read the first two. I have visiting London on my bucket list...and therefore, visiting it, even in this way, is great. This is a sweet, historical Christmasy story. Sweet, but yes, also mysterious and suspenseful... The characters are charming, if a bit unrealistic at times. I found it a bit hard to grasp that Lady Worlington should entertain thoughts of marriage to the Duke of Tilbury simply because of a stolen kiss, but then, I am guessing that was more the way things were done back in the early 1800s. I found this book to be a bit more geared toward being a light-hearted read, in spite of having a mystery involved. Divided into the Twelve Days of Christmas is a fun way to read through a Christmas novel, and this book is sure to help you find the Christmas spirit, although it would also be just as intriguing to read at any time of the year. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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