CHRISTMAS WITH THE DUCHESS
ISBN #: 978-1-4201-0873-6
Mass Market Paperback
Rating: 3 Cups
Emma is the widowed Duchess of Warwick. Her affairs have made her a scandal in society and have lost her the custody of her sons, even if they were less numerous than the late Duke’s. She is very wealthy in her own right, which aggravates her in-laws who are much less prosperous.
Nick is the long lost Earl of Camford. He is twenty and has been at sea since the death of his parents when he was nine. He is ignorant of the ways of the aristocracy and very green.
Christmas at Warwick is always a grand affair with numerous relatives both wanted and unwanted all over the castle. Emma heartily dislikes her in-laws and only tolerates them because her sons will also be at the castle for the holidays. She has her two brothers and sister-in-law to support her, but she will need all the help she can get. A newcomer to the family sparks interest in all the unmarried ladies.
This is an entertaining Regency era story, and the author has a good grasp of the era and its customs. There is an awful lot going on besides the main story and the numerous subplots can detract from the tale since there are just too many characters to keep track of. The author, on several occasions, introduces and develops a character only to discard them. The love story between Nick and Emma has several ups and downs but the conclusion is satisfactory. Emma’s reputation seems a bit too rakish for the character presented, and Nick is a bit too naïve. Interestingly, the standard rake and virgin tale is reversed here. I did wonder at his innocence; Lord Michael’s convent raised bride seemed more worldly than the Earl who spent eleven years in the Royal Navy
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More