This full-length novel is a clever and subtle retelling of the Father Christmas story with a Regency twist, and it’s a leisurely, comfortable read that formed lovely word-pictures in my mind. Lady Ivy is entertaining, with her outspoken manners and yearning to marry for love, and Phillip Green the toymaker, a/k/a the 12th Duke of Greenbriar, is engaging and intriguing in the classic role of a man who is perfect for one career but is forced through circumstances to adopt another. With luck, this will become another continuing series from this talented author.
Vivian Roycroft is a pseudonym for historical fiction and adventure writer J. Gunnar Grey. And if she’s not careful, her pseudonymous pseudonym will have its own pseudonym soon, too. With its own e-reader, a yarn stash, an old Hermès hunt saddle, and a turtle sundae at Culver‘s.
A Different Sort of Perfect
Works in progress:
Kissing the Toad: In Berkeley Square, book #1