Saturday, October 20, 2018

Book review with a giveaway: A Duel for Christmas by Rosanne E. Lortz

About the Book

Book Title: A Duel For Christmas
Author: Rosanne E. Lortz
Genre: Regency Romance, Romantic Suspense
Release date: October 1, 2018

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 Review

I chose to read this book because of its Christmasy title.  I was rewarded with a meaty story full of suspense, romance, and mystery, set in a Regency setting.  I was also surprised to discover that this book was third in the Pevensey Mysteries series.  I was well into the book before I realized that some of the characters had a previous history.  The novel stood alone very well.

It was interesting (and sometimes frustrating) to learn more of the conventions of that time period, but I was fully involved in the story.  I think men would enjoy it as well as women.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, Madison Street Publishing, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

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.

Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, October 13
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Blogging With Carol, October 14
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Locks, Hooks and Books, October 16
Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 16
Where Faith and Books Meet, October 17
Texas Book-aholic, October 17
All-of-a-kind Mom, October 18
Wishful Endings, October 18
Faery Tales Are Real, October 18
More Of Him, October 19
Just the Write Escape, October 19
Bibliophile Reviews, October 20
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 20
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 21
Lis Loves Reading, October 21
Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, October 22
Mary Hake, October 22
Two Points of Interest, October 22
Simple Harvest Reads, October 23 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Book by Book, October 23
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Reader’s Cozy Corner, October 24
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 24
Janices book reviews, October 25
Bigreadersite, October 25
Godly Book Reviews, October 26
Living Life Free in Christ, October 26
Have A Wonderful Day, October 26


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.


  1. I do like the cover, Story like sounds good too.

  2. Replies
    1. You're welcome. I enjoyed the book! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Dukes and Ladies make the story sound formal. I like learning more about the culture, morals and obligations back then.

  4. Thanks so much for bringing to our attention another great book out there to read. I appreciate hearing about them since I have so many readers in my family.