The Duke of Danby’s Holiday Hijinx by Ava Stone, Samantha Grace, Claudia Dain

Posted November 18, 2018 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Historical Romance, Multi-Author Series, Regency Romance, Series / 0 Comments

It’s Christmas 1817 and the Duke of Danby is matchmaking again!
Spend the holidays in Yorkshire with freshly fallen snow, Yuletide balls and mistletoe kisses.

Identical twins, Ladies Lily and Amelia Woodward may look the same, but they’re as different as night and day. Ever-dutiful Lily is resigned to whatever destiny their great-uncle the Duke of Danby has in store for her, while free-spirited Amelia is determined to fight His Grace every step of the way. With Christmas upon them, the Woodwards set out for Danby Castle and stumble across an overturned coach and a pair of handsome gentlemen in peril. Will this fateful encounter alter the future for both sisters and the likely plans the duke had in store for all of them? 

Disheartened but not defeated, Gavin MacBride temporarily abandon’s plans for restoring the family coffers to escort his sister-in-law’s long-lost relative to Yorkshire for a reunion. Gavin might have failed to secure funds to ensure his family’s future prosperity, but surely, he can deliver a young woman to Danby Castle in one piece.  Heiress Victoria Eastland isn’t making his job easy, though, especially when she sets off for Yorkshire alone. With no carriages for hire at the local coaching inn, Gavin is resigned to give chase on horseback in inclement weather, but a Good Samaritan takes pity on Gavin and invites him to share his coach. Soon, the newfound friends are led on a merry chase that ends with a bold rescue and an unexpected discovery. The outspoken, foolishly brave Miss Eastland has been under Gavin’s nose the whole time—and a little too close when one is unprepared to lose his heart. 

Miss Judith Whitton, youngest niece of the Duke of Danby, is not yet married. Having met John Copley one year ago at her first Christmas in Yorkshire, she is puzzled that John has not yet offered for her, especially after the intimacies they shared.  Mr. Alfred FitzHerbert knows why Copley has not offered for Judith: Copley is a scoundrel. If Alfred can distract Judith from her fatal infatuation with Copley successfully, Danby will fund his bridge project. Distract, not wed. No one looking at Alfie could ever imagine him being any girl’s fatal attraction, an insult no true Englishman can be expected to ignore, not even one nicknamed ‘the archbishop.’

Titles in The Duke of Danby’s Christmas anthologies series include:  The Duke of Danby’s Holiday Hijinx – The Duke of Danby’s Mistletoe Madness – The Duke’s Conundrum

Title:  The Duke of Danby’s Holiday Hijinx
Series:  The Duke of Danby’s Christmas #1
Author:  Samantha Grace, Ava Stone, Claudia Dain
Genre:  Regency Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  October 23, 2018
Publisher:  Night Shift Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

The Duke of Danby is a meddlesome matchmaker, with a heart of gold and a love of his family… every last one of them.  In the first anthology in The Duke of Danby’s Christmas series we have three enjoyable Christmas tales that might or might not have some help from our Duke with a Cupid’s heart.

I happen to love anthologies (or boxed sets for that matter) for they give me a chance to not only get a novella from an author I know and enjoy but to discover new to me authors as well.  I enjoyed all three stories, On The Way to the Castle by Ava Stone, Three Little Words by Samantha Grace and Suitor by Surprise by Claudia Dain.  I don’t really have a favorite from the group for they all were entertaining stories, each with unique twists and turns to the couple’s happy ending.  The cover description gives enough of a look at each story to grab your interest, and I don’t want to spoil your reading enjoyment by saying too much.

I enjoyed this look back to Christmas in Yorkshire in 1817… and I intend to pick up the other two anthologies as well.  If you love Historical Romance, especially at Christmastime, then you’ll find a treat for yourself with this group of entertaining Christmas tales.  I would definitely recommend The Duke of Danby’s Holiday Hijinx to any reader who enjoys finding love in unusual circumstances, the joy of Christmas magic, and some really good stories to fall in love with.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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