Living in the present is impossible when your heart is stuck in the past.
The only thing Donovan Ellis, Seventh Duke of Gatewood, wants for Christmas is for it to be over. Too much sadness surrounds the holiday. Horrors he'd just as soon forget. Oh, there's one present he yearns for with all his heart, but he can't have her. His foolishness pushed her into the arms of another. So if he can't have the one thing he truly desires, then he just wants to be left alone to drown in his own misery.
But when a ghostly apparition visits him, claiming things can be set right, can Donovan believe? Can he trust the duke of Christmas past? Or will meddling in the past bring more heartache than he already has to bear?
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About the Author:
Kim Bowman lives in Indiana, where she was born and raised. For the past twelve years, she has been married to her best friend, Tony. She has four wonderful, awesome children. Three she was lucky enough to inherit from her husband and one she was given by the grace of God. They live on a small farm with two of their four kids, five horses, Possum the wonder cat, and Lex the lovable pit bull.
Although she has notebooks full of songs, poems, and short stories she has composed, it wasn't until she started doing technical writing for her job that she really got the bug and decided to take her English professor's advice and write novels for a living.
She is proudest of the tribute song she wrote for her parents' twenty-fifth wedding anniversary and, of course, of this true tall tale about her parents' wedding. And also of the eulogy she, her cousin Julie, and Aunt Sue penned for the funeral of her grandmother, Jewel Lawson, the bravest person she ever knew.
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The Duke of Christmas Past is quick moving novella about a Duke Donovan that has made some mistakes 8 years ago. I found the story picks up right from the beginning. We are shown a glimpse of Donovan's past and then head into current time with Donovan sitting miserable thinking about Christmas past and his horrible life.
Donovan has been given a second chance at fixing the past. I found each character to be very likeable and even though Donovan was miserable and had a huge chip on his shoulder at the beginning I was hoping for a good ending for him. This is a sweet regency love story with a thick Christmas present, think Christmas Carol but only with ghost of Christmas past that was also Donovan. He was visited by himself of the past. It was a really fun Christmas idea and a great book to curl up on the couch with.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of the above book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~