Series: Book 1 in ‘The Regency Romp Trilogy’
“One always got rid of the hard evidence first, to level the battlefield.” ~~ Maggie Fenton (Book: The Duke’s Holiday)
How did I get to this book, considering I have not been reading Historical Romance novels, despite having stuffed many in my Kindle?
Maybe I should blame Kindle’s recommendation. I read the blurb only after downloading it and liked it. It sounds funny, but I don’t remember reading a funny Historical Romance till date, but have no reservations trying.
So here’s the review of ‘The Duke’s Holiday’…
Genre: Regency; Historical Romance.
Main Characters: Astrrid Honeywell; Lord Cyril Halbert Algeron Monk, the Eleventh Duke of Montford.
‘The Duke’s Holiday by Maggie Fenton’ ~~ Synopsis:
There is nothing that the Duke of Montford hates more than disorder and chaos. He hates almost all his given names, hates socializing, hates his things getting out of order, most certainly hates travelling and the tiniest sight of blood.
He’s his reasons to try to maintain perfect order in his life. The death of his parents in a freak accident unsettled him deeply, even if he’d never admit to it.
He loves to maintain order in his household and all the properties he owns and somewhat likes at least the title which he finds less ridiculous than his given names.
Soon he’d marry to a lady he’s chosen who seems to match his disposition. The life’s good, at least he thought it was, until he finds out Aloysius Honeywell, has been dead for a year and he didn’t know it.
He had been waiting for a long time for the news, considering that man’s sarcastic and evasive letters has been the bane of his existence for years. Now that that Aloysius Honeywell is dead, Montford wants to take control of the property that both sides have been fighting over for well over two hundred years.
He knows Aloysius Honeywell didn’t leave a male heir behind. What he wants to know is who has been pretending to be Aloysius Honeywell for a year. Since he cannot visit Honeywell’s castle as that would require travelling, he sends his trusted aide to find out more information and send him reports.
When weeks pass by and his aide fails to make a contact with Montford, he gets worried and despite his reservations set to meet the Honeywells.
After a torturous journey, Montford reaches the Honeywell castle, only to get the frostiest of welcome from Astrid Honeywell, Aloysius Honeywell’s eldest daughter.
The moment his eyes fall on her, he decides he doesn’t like her. She’s nothing like a lady or even a woman should be like. Everything about her screams chaos. He soon finds out she’s the imposter who used to send him letters to drive him crazy.
After the death of her father Astrid is trying her best to run the family brewery and keep her family together. She did her best not to let the news of her father’s death leak to duke for a year. She knows the terms of the contract between their families years ago and doesn’t care about it.
Just because of some deal made over two hundred years ago, doesn’t mean she’d leave her home without a fight.
But not even in her wildest dreams she’d imagined The Duke of Montford visiting them in person. Now that he’s here, she intends to make him regret his decision to visit. There’s no way she’d willingly hand over the estate’s accounting books. And certainly won’t be leaving the castle.
As far as she knows Montford would be the one leaving and not her family. So the tug of war begins, both fighting for what they believe they deserve to have.
In the meantime, they begin to fall under the influence of their budding inconvenient attraction. They don’t know what to do with it. Astrid has no intention of getting married and allowing some man to rule her life. She loves her freedom just fine.
Montford too cannot see himself marrying Astrid, she’s not anything like the woman he believes he wants to marry. Also, the fact remains he’s engaged to a nice young lady. Soon it turns out, it’s not just Astrid, who wants to drive him out of the country. There’s someone who probably wants Montford dead.
I have not read a Historical that continues to be ridiculously funny till the end. I wasn’t expecting it to remain funny after a point, but it is. When done right, which the author has, all that I count as negatives seems like a no obstacle at all.
For example: once in a while I suspected, I’m not sure, shifting POV, but I’m 100 percent sure about secondary characters’ POVs even when they could have been deleted without much effect on the story and the length is way too long.
All this combined could have bothered me enough, yet none of it did. It’s because the plot is solid, the writing style engaging and Astrid & Montford are two crazy characters I’d not help but like too much.
Astrid and Montford are so childish at times, most of the times, that you’d either like them or get annoyed.
It’s difficult not to find Montford amusing, his long-ish name and all sorts of madness his brings along, then add Astrid and its madness all round. Of course, let’s not forget about Putinia the crazy pig. 😀 The secondary characters are also mad funny as the main ones. I liked that too.
‘The Duke’s Holiday’ is a funny story of opposite attracts. If you like such themes you may enjoy it.
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