- File Size: 3344 KB
- Print Length: 553 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 23, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DZCBZTP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Artisan and the Duke: A Historical Regency Romance Book Kindle Edition
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This is one of the most exciting Regency novels I have ever read. It bounces from situation to situation with no letup.
The premise of the book is believable but for one thing. I have a hard time believing that the heroine could be taken for a boy, and that she is a mason by trade. But if you refuse to let that distract you the book unfolds like a mystery and steadily from crisis to crisis.
Jules (Julia) Kelley has been trained as an apprentice mason, and is a member of the Mason's Guild. Gregory St. Claire, the Duke of Thornton, is a man who though titled, has little sympathy for the aristocracy. From the minute he meets Jules rallying her compatriots against unjust aristocratic actions he is hooked. When he discovers the young man is really a young woman everything in his world begins to change.
He rescues her from the Guard following a suspicious fire in which many young child laborers burn to death. He convinces her that becoming engaged to him will help her to bring the perpetrators of the fire to justice. From that point on his family and hers become inevitably intertwined.
But that's really just the start of the story. The engagement is really a ruse to hide the fact that the duke is investigating not only the fire, but the justice system, and members of his own aristocratic family who have designs on his title.
First his brother, a survivor of the Napoleonic Wars is kidnapped. He himself is attacked. Jules, now his wife, is kidnapped and transferred from workhouse to workhouse so he is unable to find her.
The whole situation becomes so complicated that it is apparent some really powerful lords are working not only to thwart him, but to destroy his family.
I read through each set of difficulties thinking after each that his crisis was solved--until the next crisis occurred and he had to stickhandle his way through again. I thoroughly enjoyed the action, and followed the story breathlessly to its conclusion. As Regency Romances go, this one is better than most. Kudos to author Abigail Agar.