Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fete of the year because he hasn’t time for silly soirees. He doesn’t need time–he needs her!
When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family’s annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia’s guerrilla tactics, he’s up to his cravat with tinsel… and tumbling head over heels in love.
I found so much of myself in Lady Amelia, we both love to organize, and don’t tell my husband, are able to get the men in our lives to do what we want, either without him realizing it, or with him thinking it was his idea. I’ve always loved the name Amelia (such fond memories of the Amelia Bedelia books), so this was just one more reason why I enjoyed this book.
This is a great introduction to Erica Ridley’s new series, Dukes of War. The novella takes place in a short period of time, in a couple of weeks before Christmas. Amelia gets it into her head to find a husband after 15 years of living with her brother, so her brother can finally find a wife. She was going to use the annual Christmas party that the Sheffield’s hold every year as the way to get a husband, but there was damage to his manor, so she must find a new venue.
Amelia arrives at Lord Benedict’s manor, only to have to wait outside until he is done with his 12 hours of work. When she is finally let in, he is impressed that she came prepared to wait. While proposing her plan to him, he becomes even more intrigued by her. They spend most of the rest of the book looking at different places, and quickly falling in love.
This novella was a fun, light-hearted quick read, and I’m looking forward to reading more books in the Dukes of War series.