A Duel for Christmas by Rosanne E. Lortz
Publication Date: October 1, 2018
Madison Street Publishing
Paperback & eBook; 383 Pages
Series: Pevensey Mysteries, #3
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Regency
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.
Dear Rosanne E. Lortz:
I must implore you, on account of my complete inability to set this book down, to please continue writing novels for the next 412 years.
Y’all…this book. Lately, my history-loving heart has been seeking out novels with a little more mystery behind the plot. I was pretty stinkin’ excited to get my hands on A Duel for Christmas, as it literally combines all my faves; history, Christmas, mystery and even some good ole’ fashion romance. (You guys, each chapter counts down the twelve days of Christmas. Can we say genius?!) And that’s not even touching on the strength of the lead characters, who literally walk their elegant shoes right smack into your heart. All of the characters were unique, with their own personalities and quirks, and all of them developed as the plot thickened, each with their own complexities. But three characters in particular etched themselves into my imagination as I devoured this book. (Here’s looking at you Maud, George and Pevensey.)
A Duel for Christmas is the third book in the “Jacob Pevensey Mystery” series, which, I confess, I didn’t even realize until about halfway through the book. This book reads masterfully as a stand-alone, which is a testament to the talent of the author. I came to know Jacob Pevensey with ease, despite my not having read the first two novels, and had no issues jumping right into the setting that the author beautifully crafted for her readers. I could not put this book down to save my life. I read it while applying my make-up for church one morning (and subsequently tried to play it off like I purposefully meant to only have one eyebrow done), read it while making Mac & Cheese for my Littles (correction: I didn’t actually make any Mac & Cheese as I didn’t get that far…I burned the water.) (What happens on my book blog stays on my book blog…right?) and stayed up until the wee hours devouring the last two chapters.
Bottom line? You can keep Nancy Drew. I’ve got Jacob Pevensey.
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, was 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.
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