So, The Tenth Suitor (Twelve Brides of Christmas Book 10)
by Laura Strickland
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
(review copy acquired by: personal purchase)
Edwina is the daughter of an English lord who basically fought his way to the top and now he’s determined to make a name for his descendants of course, by marrying his only daughter off to another, richer lord. In order to do so, he and her mother have devised a Christmas celebration, which should (they hope) end in her choosing a husband and marrying.
Edwina will have none of it, but she sticks around for the party, (what else are you going to do when the snow is hip deep? I’m not really sure I’m exaggerating about the snow in the book!). But none of the lordlings are to her liking. No, rebel that she is at heart she falls for the jester (aka Thorstan). And who can blame her? They’re all real drips and/or stuck up. Blech! (er, that’s an observation on the men, not on Strickland’s drawing of them.)
Well, you can pretty much guess how that was going to go over with her family. Laura did a fine job with him, and of course, with the big reveal of who he really is. The romance thread was sweet, and the hero endearing. I found Edwina a fun character and relatable (and with the jester character, who was clever, and cute, and a really good sport!) and the Christmas elements (and I know I’ll be a dissenting voice here) not as heavy-handed as you might find in other “Christmas romances”, also, and not to give a spoiler, but
there’s a snowstorm involved, that … kind of works against the hero/heroine,
and not painted with a romantic brush, which one can often find in Christmas
romances. (To me), that was refreshing in a holiday book. Never fear, though, The
Tenth Suitor has a happy ending. 🙂
I’m probably not doing Laura’s novella justice, but I really had fun with it. If you love Christmas romances, and historical romance, do check The Tenth Suitor out. I think you’ll enjoy it. If you’d like to check it out, you can do so at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Itunes, Kobo, All Romance Books, Google Books (I think) or The Wild Rose Press.
When Edwina’s father invites ten titled lords to spend Christmas at his medieval estate so Edwina may choose one for a husband, she finds the idea romantic. She dreams of gazing into the eyes of one of her suitors and falling deeply in love. But it soon becomes apparent the lords in question are far more interested in gaining her father’s estate than Edwina’s hand.
Thorstan’s in attendance, but he hasn’t been invited, and he’s no lord. A former mercenary, he’s come disguised as a jester to get near Edwina, long adored from afar. Edwina quickly falls for his charm and quirky humor even though she fears her father will never approve of a commoner for her husband. But when Edwina is abducted, only Thorstan—a skilled swordsman—has hope of rescuing her in time for the promised Christmas wedding.
Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Gothic romance LADY OF THE TAROT. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.