25 October 2022
My thanks to the author for my copy of this book
A heartwarming Regency romance
He has until Christmas Eve
…To make them a family!
Determined to claim the son his late wife kept secret from him, Leo, Duke of Tain, is working in disguise as his tutor. Until Miss Lily Wrayford, the child’s fiercely protective guardian, discovers Leo’s true identity…and gives him until Christmas to prove she can trust him! All Leo wants is to be a good father, but might this brave, captivating woman be the final missing piece of his family?
Lily Wrayford is fiercely protective of her young ward, so when the charismatic Leo Devereux enters her life and offers to be Toby’s tutor Lily accepts with, it must be said, some trepidation. Little does Lily know that Leo has an altogether more important reason for wanting to get to know young Toby.
The Duke's Family for Christmas is a delightful Regency romance which has all the lovely little historical details which this author does so well. I found so much to enjoy in getting to know Lily, she is such a brave and loyal character whose love for Toby shines through and yet it is in her relationship with Leo Devereux where the heart of the story lies. It took me a while to really warm to Leo, he is an enigmatic figure with a brooding presence but this only makes his involvement in the story all the more poignant. However, as the story progresses and as each of the characters start to gel together as a unit so the subtle nuances in the burgeoning relationship between Lily and Leo becomes all the more magical. Whilst the story has a delightful festive edge to it, it’s not so Christmassy that you couldn’t read and enjoy at any time of the year.
Beautifully recreating the Georgian era with all of its complicated social niceties, The Duke's Family for Christmas is a lovely story about opening your heart the possibility of love especially when it comes with all the joy of a ready made family.
Best read with...a warming glass of claret
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