About the Book
Book Title: A Duel For Christmas
Author: Rosanne E. Lortz
Genre: Regency Romance, Romantic Suspense
Release date: October 1, 2019
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.
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About the Author
Rosanne E. Lortz is a writer, editor, teacher, history-lover, and mom to four boys. She loves to read, sing, draw, compose, write, and create. Education is one of her passions, particularly a classical, liberal arts education. She has taught English composition and grammar, Latin, history, music, and various other subjects for ten years at both the elementary and secondary level and is currently the Director of Academics and Admissions at Paideia Classical Christian School in Gladstone, Oregon.
Rosanne’s first book, I Serve: A Novel of the Black Prince, released in 2009. This book explores the tumultuous landscape surrounding the Hundred Years’ War and the Black Death and is a tale of arms, of death, of love, and of honor. In 2015, Rosanne began her Pevensey mysteries, novels of romantic suspense set during the British Regency (with inspiration from medieval characters and events). The first three titles are: To Wed an Heiress, The Duke’s Last Hunt, and A Duel for Christmas.
Guest Post from Roseanne
The year is 1120. The place is the English Channel. A ship puts off from the French port. The passengers have been drinking, far too heavily. A submerged rock shatters the hull of the ship. The vessel goes down into the watery depths, and with it the heir to the English throne.
This incident from Medieval history was the inspiration for my Regency novel, A Duel for Christmas. Set in the early 1800s, the novel has a dash of suspense, a few tablespoons of murder mystery, and a heaping cup of sweet romance all blended together to make the perfect holiday read.
Lady Maud Worlington has just returned to London, determined to reclaim life on her own terms, but when an impulsive and unforgettable kiss creates a connection with Geoffrey, the Duke of Tilbury, she must decide if he can prove an equal partner in life and the equal of all the forces mounted against her. A watery death, financial ruin, and a nefarious shadow from the past dog their steps as the Twelve Days of Christmas race toward a perilous end.
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.
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