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The Duke of Shadows Mass Market Paperback – March 25, 2008
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Meredith Duran is the USA TODAY bestselling author of ten previous novels. She blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history (and for convincing her that princely love is no prize if it doesn’t come with a happily-ever-after). She enjoys collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women.
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PART ONE - India 1857, is when the two main characters meet in India. Emma Martin been through a string of tragedies and Julian Sinclair, the Duke of Auburn, mixed English and India both were caught up in a war between a rebellion against the rule of the British East India Company and try to survive the unthinkable together. However, these two people tragically get separated in the midst of the war.
PART TWO - London 1861, they meet after years of separation where Julia believes Emma is dead and blaming himself for it, Emma the other hand knows Julian is alive and believing he never once was looking for her. They had so many obstacles to overcome, especially Emma what she's facing before India, the gruesome scenes that she had to see and Julian's betrayal. The story is so good it will takes you through a broad range of emotions until the last page. My only complaint about the endings..it's not enough and no epilogue either.
So looking forward to see Ms. Duran's other books since this is my first book of hers and was hoping the next one would be a story of Lord Lockwood and his wife but there's none. =(
The setting, the back story, the supporting characters all add fascinating dimensions to this tale. Even the violence, the grief, the guilt (and the slide to near madness by the h) are gripping, although they make this story one that should be approached only when a reader is in the mood for serious angst. Duran is always impressive with her output, but The Duke of Shadows stands on the shoulders of her other works, looking down at most other historical novels, lying at its feet. Impressively worth 10 stars, if one could award that. Thankyou Duran.