Megan Frampton comes to the blog with a novella installment in her Duke’s Daughters series, this one using a Home Alone spin to make it’s point in
The Earl’s Christmas Pearl
Lady Pearl is not like her sisters, her mother or even one to bring notice to herself. That explains her being left behind when the family heads out to the country for the holidays. While she thought perhaps she’d like to be a part of the festivities – she’s decided that time alone, gloriously alone to make her own decisions and choices with no one directing her sounded like heaven. She just never realized that the house, cleared for closing, would mean she would have to fend for herself – and having zero practical skills as a Duke’s daughter, that could make the whole experience rather more difficult.
Owen Dwyfor, Earl of Llanover, has packed up his beloved pet Mr. Shorty the corgi and headed off to his London townhouse to heal and remove himself from the annoyance of people hovering and suggesting things for him. Wanting nothing more than solitude and quiet – no one is more surprised to run into Lady Pearl, unchaperoned and alone during the season.
This was adorable, quick reading and full of banter and puns. Mr. Shorty is just a rascal (as most corgis are) and once Pearl and Owen discover that the constraints of society and ‘meddling ton’ are removed, they are able to be themselves with one another, and it leads to some wonderful discoveries for them both. It was sweet to see the trappings of society and expectations fall from their shoulders and, with expecting nothing of the other, finding great joy in sharing the time together. A lovely installment that fleshed out the two characters and their relationship nicely with plenty of conversation, self-discovery and amusement.
Title: The Earl's Christmas Pearl
Author: Megan Frampton
Series: Duke's Daughters #4.5
Also in this series: Lady Be Reckless, The Lady is Daring
Genre: Historic Elements, Historical Romance, Holiday Themed, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain, Victorian
Published by: Avon Impulse
Published on: 29 October, 2019
Source: Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss
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A duke's daughter. An irrestible earl. And an energetic Corgi named Mr. Shorty. What more could you want in a Christmas novella by Megan Frampton?
It's Christmastime in London, and Lady Pearl Howlett is eagerly ready for the festivities—until her family goes off to their country estate...accidentally leaving her home alone! But she's not dismayed. Rather, she's thrilled to do exactly what she wants. Unfortunately, this daughter of a duke doesn't know how to do anything.
The Earl of Llanover has come to London to take refuge in his godmother's townhouse, free to be as awkward and grumpy as he wants. With his pet Corgi, Mr. Shorty, for company, Owen Dwyfor is ready for a quiet holiday away from his mother and sisters who would have him married off. That is, until his godmother's neighbor, Lady Pearl Howlett comes barging in to his solitude.
After some reluctance, the two come together for a joyous—and steamy—Christmas they won't forget.
A copy of this title was provided via Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.