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Duchess By Mistake: House of Haverstock, Book 2 by [Bolen, Cheryl]
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  • File Size: 1448 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Appleton (April 7, 2015)
  • Publication Date: April 7, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TBGU2AW
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Cheryl Bolen has done it again! I have loved every one of her historical romances and this one is yet another great story that will keep her readers up late at night turning pages. This second book in the House of Haverstock series, Duchess by Mistake is full of familiar characters from Lady by Chance, but stands just as well on its own. However, if you haven’t read the first book, you might as well go ahead and buy them both at once because once you read one you will surely want the other!

I really enjoy the author’s writing style—rich with wonderful, likeable characters, heart-warming moments, dangerous intrigue, and just the right touch of humor. Her stories are never dark or depressing and I always find myself smiling and more than satisfied with her happily ever afters. Although this novel is classified as a “sweet” story, where the bedroom door stays closed, that does not mean that it lacks anything in romance or heat. There are so many sparks between the hero and heroine during the light of day that you really don’t feel cheated by not knowing what happens when the candles are extinguished.

Lady Elizabeth Upton once was madly in love with a young officer that left for the Peninsula without making a declaration of his love. After several years of no correspondence, it is obvious to her that he didn’t return her feelings. Feeling heart broken and foolish, she determines to stay a spinster and focus her energy on bettering the lives of war widows and orphans. She knows just the place to use for these families—a recently vacated property owned by her brother’s best friend, the thoroughly debauched Duke of Aldridge. Determined to secure his donation of the property, she sets out to ask for his help on the very first day he returned to town.
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Philip Ponsby, the 5th Duke of Aldridge, has returned to London after spending five years in Italy. He has grown weary of having young women chasing after him. He has decided that it is time to begin working for the Foreign Office and join the House of Lords. His longtime friend, Charles Upton, Marquess of Haverstock is thrilled that he will be returning home.

Lady Elizabeth Upton, sister to Charles Upton, is a young woman whose mission has long been to care for others. Her dream is to see that the widows of men killed in action are cared for as many of them and their children are nearly homeless and have no funds. Elizabeth is a single lady who, for many years, carried a torch for the handsome Captain Smythe serving in the war. She felt he loved her in return but his lack of any contact with her during his absence has finally convinced her to forget about him and concentrate on helping others.

When Elizabeth goes to Aldridge’s home to visit his sister, an unfortunate event occurs that leaves Philip with no recourse but to offer for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage to save her reputation. Their quick so-called marriage of convenience finds them each falling in love with the other but when numerous misunderstandings occur that make each of them think that the other is “straying,” they aren’t sure if the other one truly loves them.

This novel is filled with wonderful descriptions of beautiful gowns, sumptuous dinners and real life. Elizabeth is a very intelligent woman who wants only to make her husband proud of her and strives to entertain well to that end. Philip is a hard working man trying to solve many problems facing his country.

I think the reader will enjoy the stories of Elizabeth and Philip plus those of their family members. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

This is book #2 of the House of Haverstock series.
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Having had her heart broken, Lady Elizabeth Upton vows to remain a spinster. After receiving a letter from her brother who is a solider asking her to check on the widow & child of a fallen solider Lady Elizabeth sees a need for a home for war widows - a project she throws herself into. After finding a home that belongs to the Duke of Aldridge, her brother's best friend & her childhood crush, she takes it upon herself to visit the Duke & ask him to donate it to her cause.

Philip Ponsby, the Duke of Aldridge, has returned to England after a long absence. His first night home he instructs his butler that there will be a woman arriving & to send her directly to his room. However, he was not expecting the woman who showed up (at the exact time he is rising from his bath)...Lady Elizabeth Upton, the younger sister of his best friend, Charles Upton, the Marquess of Haverstock.

Lady Elizabeth walks in on the Duke of Aldridge & as she turns to hurry from the room she is caught by her brother. As Philip & Charles discuss the honorably thing to do in this circumstance, Philip comes to realize that he must eventually settle down & sire an heir & what better lady than the sister of his best friend. However, Elizabeth refuses his request of marriage. After visiting the home that she wants for the war widows & discussions with her sister & sister-in-law she comes to realize the good that she can do for the widows if she married Philip (plus part of her still adores him).

Once married they each throw themselves into their individual responsibilities....his getting the tax bill passed for better war supplies & hers finding the war widows from her brothers unit & getting them placed into their new home (graciously donated by Philip).
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