Series: 12 Days of Christmas, #10
Release Date: December 10, 2020
After four seasons, Lady Lucinda Claxton’s father, the Duke of Arscott is tired of waiting for Lucinda to find a husband and decides to move things along. With the help of his mother, the dowager Duchess, he invites 10 men to their country estate to vie for Lucinda’s hand.
Lucinda is not pleased to learn that her father and grandmother have decided to host a house party in an attempt to find her a husband, she is even less pleased when she reads the list of lords who will be attending – all of whom she knows and none of whom impress. She resigns herself to the party and promises to try and give each man a chance. But things start going wrong even before the guests arrive. Most of their servants are exposed to the measles and have to quarantine – leaving the house severely short-handed.
The lords arrive and the dowager is frank with them as to why they were invited, then proceeds to lay down the “rules” of how Lucinda will give them all a chance to win her hand (think The Bachelor – Regency Edition). Lucinda has little hope that she will find a husband, until she meets Caleb Copeland – an American who was not invited, but escorted his maiden aunts who are guests of the dowager.
Caleb is interested in Lucinda, but is sure that her father would never consider him worthy as he is a mere mister. Since he has nothing to offer her, he tries to keep his distance from the party goers by lending a helping hand to the understaffed household. But Lucinda keeps finding him and insists on assisting – much to the disgruntlement of the “leaping lords” as Caleb calls them. Can Lucinda convince Caleb that he is all she wants and a title isn’t important? Or will he leave his heart in England when he returns to America?
This was a fun, quick read with ties to Scot to the Heart series. The book was well written, with a bit of humor, a little drama, sweet (kissing only) love scenes and a nice ending. The novella is part of the 12 Days of Christmas Collaboration and has ties to another series, but really can be read as a standalone title and I hope the author plans to write more books featuring Lucinda and Caleb’s many siblings!
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher.*