A Twelfth Night Tale

Cotillion Christmas Traditions

Susana Ellis delivers a warm and wonderful holiday heart-warmer with this sentimental romance. Lucy Barstow is an amiable heroine with her sisters' future's weighing on her shoulders and yet she remains calm and doesn't give in to hysterics or tears. I loved how she still remained mainly positive and optimistic, immersing herself in the joy of the season as best she could. It was so understandable why Andrew is not really in the mood to celebrate and I so enjoyed watching him transform under Susana's influence and enthusiasm. I really appreciated being introduced to Lucy's sisters and I'm looking forward to them each finding their very own match. I adored Lord Bexley's daughters and he seemed like a genuinely nice man so I'd like to see him find a good match. Overall, this was a wonderful holiday read that left me smiling days after I finished reading it, so if a traditional Regency is what you are looking for this is just what you want.

Lucy Barlow and her four sisters do not have dowries and very little opportunity to meet eligible bachelors. Even though her heart has always belonged to her best friend's brother she knows that when an older gentleman shows a decided interest this is the answer to her family's worries. But her heart is just not in it especially when Andrew Livingston has come back from war and seems to enjoy her company so much. What is she to do?

Book Blurb for A Twelfth Night Tale

Without dowries or the opportunity to meet eligible gentlemen, the five Barlow sisters stand little chance of making advantageous marriages. But when the eldest attracts the attention of a wealthy viscount, it seems as though Fate is smiling upon them.

Lucy knows that she owes it to her sisters to encourage Lord Bexley’s attentions, since marriage to a peer will secure their futures as well as hers. The man of her dreams was Andrew Livingston, her best friend’s brother. But he’s always treated her like a child, and now he’s betrothed to another. Perhaps the time has come to put away childhood dreams and accept reality…and Lord Bexley.

Andrew has returned from the Peninsula War with emotional scars to deal, not just a lame arm. Surprisingly, it’s his sister’s friend “little Lucy” who shows him the way out of his melancholy when he can’t help noticing that Lucy’s grown up into a lovely young woman. But with an eligible viscount courting Lucy, Andrew will need a little Christmas magic to win her for himself.

A Blush® Regency romance from Ellora’s Cave

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2014 4.00