Review: ONCE UPON A DUKE by Erica Ridley ~ fun holiday reading throughout the year!


Title: Once Upon a Duke   12 Dukes of Christmas, Book 3
Author: Erica Ridley
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 159
Published by: WebMotion
Published Date: November 20, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Publisher’s Summary: 

Love, Actually…

Rumor has it, charming adventurer Christopher Pringle is finally ready to settle down. He’s searching for a free-spirited bride to join him on his travels. But when the matchmaker he hires turns out to be the woman he had a public spat with the day before, nothing goes as planned!

Miss Gloria Godwin loves exploring the world… from the safety of a book. She detests her dashing client’s attempts to force her from her comfort zone. It should be easy to marry off the handsome heir to a dukedom. But the more she tries to match him to other women, the harder it gets to say goodbye…

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erica Ridley’s newest regency romance series features twelve delightful laugh-out-loud romps… and plenty of delicious dukes!


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My Review:  Enjoy this light-hearted and rather silly romp as author Erica Ridley takes you through the season of Christmas—in a village which celebrates Christmas all-year-round.

Christopher Pringle is rather a character if I must say so.  He likes things tied up in nice little packages (all puns intended), rather a control freak and definitely a very serious man.  He had one passion—the stars, the night sky and that happened to be the linchpin for a romance and happy ever after ending.

It’s true, he needed to get married.  His betrothed had to fit into his schedule and be a person who would travel with him, for he loved to travel.  Christopher had only two weeks to find a wife in this little village.  It suited him better than searching in London.  He was also noted to never stay more than one month in any one place.  He never broke rules and always stayed on schedule.

But even though he was much of a pill, I liked him.  He was polite, curious, and intrigued with life. Running out of time, he engaged Miss Gloria Godwin, NOT ENGAGED as engaged, but to have her help him with his ‘project’.  Based on his criteria, Miss Godwin provided many candidates, but none intrigued Christopher. But, she intrigued him.

Miss Gloria Godwin loved the stars, passionately love them.  Her father taught her everything about the stars since he sailed the seas and they were his navigator.  She stayed in this little village which celebrated Christmas all-year-round because she is scared to leave it.  She is full of phobias as you’ll see. But she is full of romance and the need to marry for love if she marries at all.

When Christopher and Gloria meet, they clash.  She teaches the tourists about the stars, but in her tour she adds her own take on them.  They are not The Chained Maiden, The Bird of Paradise,  or the Scorpion.  They are something else entirely.  This disturbs Christopher’s sensibilities and the two get off on the wrong foot.  But this very irritation keeps Gloria in his mind and eventually he is hooked!

Love is not an easy path for Christopher and Gloria.  Personalities insist each of their ways is best.  Watch what happens as the story unfolds.

This is an easy read, light and entertaining.  It is also a bit unique which will keep you thinking about it long after you’ve closed the cover.


About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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