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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: Twelfth Night with the Earl by Anna Bradley

This novella is so good guys, I even fell a little in love with the three kids in the story and that NEVER happens! Lol.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: November 14, 2017

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…

What’s it About? When Ethan Fortescue, the Earl of Devon receives word that his childhood home Cleves Court is hosting a Christmas party he can’t get there fast enough to shut things down. His past is haunted by memories of the place and he just wants to close up the house and forget it exists. When he gets there though he isn’t anticipating such a lively party or his closest friend Thea at the center of the madness. Although Ethan is determined to leave Cleves Court behind, he’s reluctant to leave Thea behind again and Thea is determined to remind Ethan that not all his memories of home are bad and that they can create new ones together.

Overall reaction to the story? From start to finish, Twelfth Night with the Earl has tons of humor and heart that I just couldn’t get enough of! Since Ethan first appeared in Lady Charlotte’s First Love, I wondered at just what was tormenting him so much that he was like the walking dead, merely existing. Anna Bradley answered those questions AND managed to give an insight to who Ethan was as a child, and what changed him so drastically. Bradley also introduced the delightfully feisty Theodosia “Thea” Sheridan, Ethan’s childhood friend and the current housekeeper at Ethan’s childhood home, Cleves Court. These two were quick to butt heads but what I loved about Thea was that she never cowered before Ethan, she gave him hell even as she tried to help him heal. Tough love all the way from her and that’s part of what made this holiday novella so lovely!

Something that really surprised me though were three of the supporting characters, three orphaned children named George, Henry, and Martha were such an entertaining addition to Twelfth Night with the Earl! I’m not usually a fan of kids in romance but these three were super special. They were likable, especially when they were causing trouble but most of all, they had a rather adult way of confronting Ethan that was funny AND poignant. Martha in particular was a favorite simply because at around six years old she just wasn’t having any of Ethan’s “lordship” behavior and she let him know it! I loved those three kids and that’s something you’ll probably never hear me say again.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Ethan deserved his happy ending and Thea was the only one with enough back bone to shake some sense into him.

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