Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rosanne E. Lortz: A Duel for Christmas

By Kelly Bridgewater

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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.

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.

A Duel for Christmas (Pevensey Mysteries, #3)
From Goodreads

My Thoughts:

I have never heard of the author Rosanne E. Lortz, but her novel, A Duel for Christmas' synopsis sounded interesting, so I couldn't wait to try out the novel. London. Mystery. Regency. Christmas. Sounded right up my alley. I took a chance on a new author in a genre I have read. Some aspects of the novel stick out while some didn't work quite so well for me.

First, I really enjoyed how Lortz took a historical element and event and brought into life in a Regency novel, so I could enjoy the historical event. I didn't know about the past event, so it was nice to see it come to life in this story. Lortz has a good handle on the mechanics of writing a novel. Her use of Deep Point of View is well-done. I enjoyed how she dove into the characters emotions and thoughts, allowing me to understand and empathize with the characters.

As for the spiritual element of the novel, there really isn't any. The characters don't attend church or pray to God for help when they are struggling. It is a clean read occurring in the Regency era. There is moments of drunkenness, gambling, and some high passion, but nothing that any reader should turn away their nose at.

The characters, in my opinion, were pretty static characters. The characters I met at the beginning is the same characters at the end of the novel. No one changed for the better. A couple of emotions were spiked and heighted toward a member of the opposite sex. Some characters had things occur to them that I didn't see at the beginning of the novel but came to light by the end of the novel.

The plot didn't wow me like a mystery should. The first fifty-five percent of the novel sets up the characters and allowing me to see who they are internally and externally while the twelve days of Christmas pass. All of the characters, but one, are introduced in the first half of the book. The mystery happens about fifty-seven percent into the book and then enters the Detective the series is named after. After a character is found dead, the story picks up as the detective hunts for clues and tries to find out who killed the poor person. I just like more action from the beginning and to carry throughout the entire novel.

Overall, A Duel for Christmas by Rosanne E. Lortz is an interesting take on a historical event and placed into a Regency setting. I wish the characters had more of a transformation and the mystery occurred earlier in the novel. But fans of Joanna Davidson Politano, Julie Klassen, and Sarah E. Ladd might really enjoy this novel.

I received a complimentary copy of A Duel for Christmas by Rosanne E. Lortz through the Celebrate Lit Tours, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

You can purchase her book here.

About the Author:
Rosanne E. Lortz
From Goodreads

Rosanne E. Lortz ("Rose") loves the blend of history, fiction, romance, and mystery. She lives near Portland, Oregon with her husband and four boys. When she's not writing, she teaches Latin and English composition and works as an editor at Madison Street Publishing. (Taken from Goodreads.)



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  1. Sounds like a great read, this is a new author to me. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Thank you, Julie for stopping by!! Good luck on entering the giveaway!

  2. Kelly, Thank you for sharing your thoughts.