Title: Twelfth Night Promise
Author: Alanna Lucas
Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday Romance
Lord Kinsley has never let go of the hope that he will win back Lady Emma’s heart. But when the shocking news arrives that Emma is due to marry, Kinsley realizes it’s now or never. He must take action and ride north to Cragbourn where Emma is spending Christmas with his sister and claim her.
Emma’s dreading her forthcoming wedding but what choice does she have? Her cruel brother is threatening to leave her penniless unless she becomes the middle-aged Duke of Faringdon’s wife. Until Christmastide at Cragbourn offers her an unexpected last chance, and she discovers Kinsley standing right before her proving that her desire for him hasn’t dimmed one jot.
Bad weather forces Kinsley and Emma to be together for all the days of Christmas; too long for her to keep up her pretense of ignoring him, and long enough for him to discover why she cut him off six years ago. But as Twelfth Night—their final night— approaches, will the truth bring them together, or push them forever apart?
Upon hearing word from his sister that Emma, the woman he once loved and still does, is getting married, Kinsley is stunned. Even though Emma broke off their courtship, he knows it wasn’t her decision. It’s been six long years and the time to act is now before it’s too late. Emma is spending Christmas with his other sister so he quickly makes plans to spend Christmas through Twelfth Night under the same roof as Emma. He’s only got a fortnight to convince Emma to marry him. Emma’s aunt proves to be his greatest ally, but will he succeed? He’ll have a difficult time convincing her but if he can, he’ll shower Emma with his love come Twelfth Night.
Twelfth Night Promise is a touching Regency romance treat from Alanna Lucas. It’s a second chance romance where you’ll be rooting for Kinsley and Emma to reunite. From the exuberant effort to woo Emma to the plea for help to Emma’s aunt, Kinsley pulls out all the stops. He’s a man after my own heart and is, in my opinion, the perfect Regency hero. What makes Twelfth Night Promise a must-read? It’s the writing, of course. Alanna Lucas writes with a well-researched historically accurate pen. Her intricate details on traditions, food, games, clothing, and language bring the story to life. The characters are vibrant and lush. The romance is passionate but restrained. After I finished reading, I knew this would become a yearly Christmas read. If you’re looking for a Regency romance to get you filled with the holiday spirit, you need to read this book. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California, but always dreamed of distant lands and bygone eras. From an early age she took interest in art, history, and travel, and enjoys incorporating those diversions into her writing. Alanna makes her home in California where she spends her time writing historical romances, dreaming of her next travel destination, and spending time with family.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N