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Review: Twelfth Night with the Earl by Anna Bradley

November 14th, 2017 by dsuzuki

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: November 14, 2017

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Series: The Sutherland Sisters #3

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

When a headstrong beauty clashes with the man she once loved, she’s determined that the spirit of Christmas will open his mind, heal his heart, and perhaps give them a reason to celebrate—for many seasons 
to come . . . 
As far as Ethan Fortescue is concerned, his family’s seat in Cornwall is only a source of torment, one that he’s managed to avoid for two years. Now that he’s the Earl of Devon however, he can close the door on his haunted past by locking up the cursed place for good. But upon arriving at Cleves Court, he is shocked to find the house aglow with Christmas celebrations, filled with music and laughter. And right at the center of the holiday madness is the infuriating—and eternally tempting—Theodosia Sheridan . . .

Thea has always loved the town of Cleves, especially at the holidays. As a girl, she also loved Ethan with all her heart. It’s painful to see how his brother’s tragic death has embittered him. Still, she will do anything to make sure the town thrives—even if it means going to battle with Ethan to save Cleves Court. Now she has only until Twelfth Night to make a Christmas miracle happen—by proving that his childhood home can be a source of love and wonder. But before long, she finds herself wondering if she’s trying to save the house—or its handsome master…

My Thoughts:

This was my first time reading Anna Bradley and even though this is book 3 in the series I had no problem reading it as a standalone. It was an enjoyable read though it didn’t blow me away and leave me needing to go read the other books.

Ethan initially comes off as a royal PITA which we come to find out it’s because he never has fully dealt with his feelings around the death of his brother. He becomes more likeable as we see him interact with a group of orphans that are staying in his home while their orphanage is being repaired. Then he shows a rascal side of himself that makes him a more engaging character. I also give him credit for not immediately turning out some of the servants when they first refuse to serve him. I know he and Theodosia were engaged in a battle of the wills but I could see that having turned out badly for the servants involved.

I didn’t really warm to Theodosia’s character. There was nothing outright wrong with her but her actions were a bit over the top to me. I get she wants to get Ethan to remember the more positive memories of his home but it stretched the imagination that no matter that she was his childhood friend and a former ward of his mother’s, I can’t imagine a housekeeper thinking she could basically plan a house party without the owner’s consent. And for someone so concerned about the staff I find it hard to believe she would actively encourage them NOT to serve him no matter how badly he behaved.

What made the story for me was the children. I adored all three and honestly felt like we see more of them helping Ethan to create new, positive memories not marred by the memory of what happened to his brother. It was lovely to see the relationship growing between them and Ethan.

Overall not a bad book but not one I’m likely to go back and read again.

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