Twelfth Night with the Earl by Anna Bradley
Genre: Historical, Romance
When a headstrong beauty clashes with the man she once loved, she’s determined that the spirit of Christmas will open his mind, heal his heart, and perhaps give them a reason to celebrate—for many seasons
to come . . .
As far as Ethan Fortescue is concerned, his family’s seat in Cornwall is only a source of torment, one that he’s managed to avoid for two years. Now that he’s the Earl of Devon however, he can close the door on his haunted past by locking up the cursed place for good. But upon arriving at Cleves Court, he is shocked to find the house aglow with Christmas celebrations, filled with music and laughter. And right at the center of the holiday madness is the infuriating—and eternally tempting—Theodosia Sheridan . . . Thea has always loved the town of Cleves, especially at the holidays. As a girl, she also loved Ethan with all her heart. It’s painful to see how his brother’s tragic death has embittered him. Still, she will do anything to make sure the town thrives—even if it means going to battle with Ethan to save Cleves Court. Now she has only until Twelfth Night to make a Christmas miracle happen—by proving that his childhood home can be a source of love and wonder. But before long, she finds herself wondering if she’s trying to save the house—or its handsome master…
Series: The Sutherland Sisters #3
Also by this author: Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor, Lady Charlotte's First Love, More or Less a Marchioness, The Wayward Bride br> br>
Also in this series: Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor, Lady Charlotte's First Love
Read for Review (From Author)
Ethan Fortescue, Earl of Devon, is headed to his childhood home, Cleves Court, to close it for good. He doesn’t want to ever live there again as his childhood memories are not all happy ones. He assumes the house will be empty or maybe just a caretaker. Imagine his surprise when he arrives at a Christmas Eve party. In his house with children running around!
Theodosia Sheridan, once his childhood friend and first love, is now the housekeeper at Cleves. Thea has brought the house back to life and he doesn’t like it. She has 3 orphans staying there as the orphanage is being repaired. Thea doesn’t want him to shut down the only home she’s known and talks Ethan into keeping the house open for 12 days.
Thea hopes Ethan remembers the good times in his childhood. He doesn’t like being there with the bad memories. He does remember his love for Thea and needs her to face his ghosts. Surprisingly, he puts up with the children and begins to spend time with them.
Much more happening in this wonderful novella that I won’t spoil. Of course, there is a HEA but the enjoyment is in getting there. I highly recommend this book. Thanks to the author and publisher for the ARC. Available Nov. 14th.