Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Duke's Holiday by Maggie Fenton

Lord Cyril Monk has been the Duke of Montford since he was four.  He was in the family carriage with his parents when they had an accident that killed them and Montford wasn't found for two days.  To say that Montford has some quirks is an understatement.  He has to have his wardrobe precise.  There is a drawer for each type of his breeches.  The one bane to his existence is the Honeywell family.  There is an agreement that the property that the Honeywell's own would revert to Montford  when there is no heir.  Montford has just found out that Aloysius Honeywell has been deceased for the past year.  He sends his man of business, Stevenage, to find out what is going on with the Honeywell Ale brewery.  After several weeks, Stevenage isn't responding to his correspondence so Montford travels to Yorkshire.  Montford's life will never be the same after he meets A. Honeywell and the Honeywell family.

This book is why I read.  At the beginning, Montford was such a stuffed shirt he needed surgery to remove a well placed stick.  By the end, he was a changed person due to Astrid.  Astrid has been keeping her family together since her father's first stroke fourteen years ago.  She is a strong woman that believes women are smarter than women.  I loved Astrid's aunt.  It would be a hoot to read a novella about Anabel Honeywell's adventures.  I will be buying this book!

My only issue with this book is the abrupt ending.  It was as if you were running and ran into a brick wall at the end of the road.  I even downloaded the Kindle edition to see if my ARC was missing pages.  

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  

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