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The Duchess War (The Brothers Sinister Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 4 in The Brothers Sinister (4 Book Series)
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Top Customer Reviews
Although this book is fascinating, it's not perfect. The beginning is a little slow and Milan holds you distant from the hero and heroine. I didn't quite like the heroine for a while, but then, I came to love her; I loved the hero almost instantly. Even though you can put the book down in the beginning, it is so thought provoking, so interesting, that is one of a handful of "best romances" that I've read in forty years.
THE DUCHESS WAR is different because of the intelligence and awareness of Courtney Milan. The central theme is the lasting damage that distorted, desperate, or narcissistic parents do to their offspring. Whether it is Robert's friend who is studying the controversial theory of genetic inheritance or the fanatical mother who mistreats her son to show the superiority of Christianity, Milan slyly unites this theme in its variations. Many writer have explored the theme of parental abuse, usually by the character's pain and her (it usually is a "she") eventual triumph of shedding her inhibitions to marry the hero.Read more ›
I was granted an ARC for an honest review.
The Duchess War is a very clever story and it is brilliantly written. Oh how I love a really smart heroine. Perhaps there is nothing I love more other than a hero who respects just how intelligent and noble the heroine really is.
There is a prequel to The Duchess War called The Governess Affair. My review of this prequel is here. The Kindle version is only .99 and I would recommend reading it first. It is not necessary but it does nicely line up the foundation for the this Brothers Sinister series.
The concealed secrets within The Duchess War are slowly revealed. The reader learns about the depth of these mysteries in parallel with the other book's characters. I found myself dying to know the extent of the shrouded mystery surrounding Minnie and the extent of Robert's upbringing. Together with these secrets and the series of events that emerge chapter after chapter; The Duchess War made for a rather suspenseful read. There was a perpetual chain of events that kept me clicking the pages forward quickly. It was very fitting that the game of chess was an embedded plot of The Duchess War.
I found Minnie a rather complex character. Her mind was always plotting forward steps ahead. She was a very guarded lady prepared for her next ploy. The Duchess War made me ache for the women of the time as Minnie was striving hard to carefully carve out a safety net for her foreboding future. She took great effort not to bring attention to herself. Although her soft voice gave the perception of shyness, she was in fact a force to be reckoned with.
The Duke, Robert wasn't a brooding alpha hero that normally appear within the pages of historical romances.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite an interesting story about a young man who is trying to bring reforms to England. Along the way he meets a young lady who is very shy and their love story.Published 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
The main characters were interesting and had a nice backstory that explained their motivations and actions. The back and forth between Minnie and Robert was entertaining. Read morePublished 7 days ago
Fun storyline, great tension and lots of twists. Delightful and engaging. Look forward to this series.Published 13 days ago by Joan
If there is one thing I’ve come to realize about Courtney Milan’s books is that she has come up with some unique plots for her books. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Leann Jones
It was a delightful read. There was a take of imposters, child abuse and a clash of classes, between the haves and the have note. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Patricia Parks
Perhaps just me but the beginning of the book was very confusing to sort out the story. That two people had a distressing childhood was understood. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lu Saunders