Dawn with a Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas #9) by Erica Ridley

Dawn with a Duke (12 Dukes of Christmas #9)

Published: September 4th 2020  

Publisher: WebMotion

Length: 204 pages

My Rating: 3.5 stars


As the daughter of a duke, Lady Isabelle’s pristine reputation is paramount. Her high status is how she’ll attract the titled suitor her mother insists she wed. When Belle’s chaperone falls ill en route to a party, she must pose as an independent widow to avoid gossip. Why not have a wee innocent flirtation with a handsome tailor staying at the same inn? She’ll be gone in the morning…

A sudden blizzard upends Calvin McAlistair’s plans when he’s snowbound at a posting-house. He has no time to play lady’s maid to the helpless beauty next door, no matter how much he enjoys unbuttoning the straitlaced widow. His future depends on impressing an important investor… who will ruin them both once they realize Calvin has spent a scandalous fortnight with Lady Isabelle!

My Review:

All the books in the 12 dukes series can be read as standalone and in no particular order. I like this series as it is heartwarming, with unique characters in a fairytale setting.

What I loved about this was our hero was not of the upper classes. The son of a seamstress he has developed a ready to wear wardrobe for everyman. He is humble, shy and endearing.

I wasn’t too fond of Isabella. she comes across as immature and impulsive, but I loved how accepting and encouraging she was of Calvin’s plans. I loved how she wanted to be more than her family expected. an artist in her own right.

The ending happened too quickly, in my opinion, and everything was wrapped so neatly. I felt like there should have been more. The romance was so sweet I thought it deserved more and for that, I rated it lower than I would have if the ending was better.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads. 


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