Thursday, November 30, 2023

Blitz: Once Upon a Christmas Castle by Virginia Barlow with an excerpt, a giveaway, and my review

Once Upon a Christmas Castle

by Virginia Barlow

GENRE:   Historical Holiday Romance


Lady Rosalind Chatham journeys with her family to Weston Castle to wed an ancient earl on Christmas day. Yearning for true love, she falls for the duke, her stepfather’s cousin, while preparing for her nuptials.

Lady Rosalind entrances the Duke of Weston. Concerned for her future with the tempestuous earl, he can’t afford to get involved. The fines and scandal will be too great for a man of his wealth and power.

When the truth comes to light, and he almost loses her forever, he finds he cannot afford to give less than his whole heart.


Careful not to make a sound, she sat on the window ledge and slipped her feet out the window. Turning to face the interior of the room, she inched her hips over the window ledge. She slipped on the ice, frozen to the brick outside the window, and slid down faster than she intended, cringing when the silk of her day gown ripped.

Panic gripped her like a cinched corset. She did not fear falling. No. The fine sheen of terror covering her brow appeared out of fear she might wake the earl.

Catching the edge of the brick where she lay against it halfway between her bosom and her waist, she sucked in a deep breath, conscious she must present a sight with her skirts bunched up and wedged between her and the window ledge. Her white pantalets and silk-stockinged legs dangled as she maneuvered her hands so she could drop to the ground. Thank the gods no one wandered the flower gardens beneath her to see her unladylike display.

Her prayer of gratitude stopped dead, and she received the shock of her life when a large pair of hands caught her about the waist!

She froze in terror, not daring to breathe.

“Lady Rosalind, how unexpected of you to drop by like this.” The duke’s deep voice laughed at her as he held her still.

She swallowed her cry of surprise and choked. God, what Cousin Lucius must be thinking about her right now. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I have always loved reading romance novels. I used to sneak into my mom’s room as a young girl and read them while she was gone. As I grew older, my reading and tastes expanded to sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy.

I considered becoming an author in my late twenties but as a busy mother with toddlers, I didn’t have the time nor the energy.

Later, in my fifties, I decided to give it a try and have enjoyed every moment of it since. I recently signed my fourteenth contract and am doing my happy dance as I type this. My husband of forty-one years is my greatest support as are all my kids. Most of them are grown and carving out lives for themselves. They are the beat of my heart and with every grandchild, the rhythm gets stronger. I enjoy every moment of my life. 

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Virginia Barlow will be awarding a free copy of Gamble of Hearts to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

My Review - 4 1/2 of 5 stars - 

I enjoyed Rosalind and Lucius as a couple. The beginning seemed to be a little slow, but the story then pulled me in. My emotions went right along with Rosalind. I had tears, smiles, and fell in love with Thomas as well. Rosalind tried to do right by her family but was willing to stand up for herself when needed. Her sense of fun and family loyalty endeared her to me. Lucius was a surprise in that he appreciated her free spirit instead of expecting a straight-laced young lady. The many times he stepped up to support her was wonderful. I recommend this story.

Check out these other blogs on this tour:

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November 7: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin'
November 8: Locks, Hooks and Books

November 8: Guatemala Paula Loves to Read
November 9: Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Love

November 9: Wendi Zwaduk - Romance to Make Your Heart Race
November 10: Literary Gold
November 13: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess

November 13: Long and Short Reviews
November 14: Westveil Publishing
November 15: D.S.Dehel
November 16: Punya Reviews...
November 17: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
November 20: Joanne Guidoccio
November 21: Twirling Book Princess
November 22: Hearts & Scribbles
November 24: Maggie Blackbird review
November 24: FUONLYKNEW
November 27: Celticlady's reviews
November 28: The Faerie Review
November 29: Sapphyria's Books review
November 30: Iron Canuck Reviews & More review
December 1: The Avid Reader review

December 1: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews

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