A Duel for Christmas Review and Giveaway!

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About the Book

 

ChristmasDuel_frontBook 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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My 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 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.

 

About the Author

 

Author PhotoRosanne 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.

 

 

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Rosanne is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d434/a-duel-for-christmas-celebration-tour-giveaway

13 thoughts on “A Duel for Christmas Review and Giveaway!

  1. Thank you for your review on “A Duel For Christmas” by Rosanne E. Lortz and for being part of the book tour.

    I’m like you I love to dissect covers and discover all the little details. I, too, love this cover. All the aspects of this book from the time period, Christmas and even a murder mystery (all things that would grab at me each on their own) just make me want to have the opportunity to read this book which has been placed on my TBR list.

  2. I haven’t read anything by Roseanne before so I thank you for introducing her to me. This book is exactly what I love to read. I’m adding her to my list to check out her other books.

  3. Now this story has me intrigued! Like you, Carrie I’m drawn in by the cover. I really like it! And the synopsis and your review have me excited to read this new-to-me author!

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