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The H of the story is a Duke who must marry and start a family within the next year in order to inherit the rest of his father's estate. If he does not do this his brother will have the opportunity to inherit his father's fortune and even though the H will keep the title he will not have the finances to maintain the poorer estates he has already inherited. His uncle and aunt raised the two brothers since the H was 10 years old after an accident killed their parents. They are desperate for their nephew to marry and have been throwing eligible young ladies into his path for years. He finally reaches his breaking point with their interference and decides the only way he can find a woman he can trust to marry him for himself rather than for his title or money is to advertise for one with the characteristics he is seeking.
He pretends to be a common farmer looking for a bride willing to work beside him on his farm. He gets several responses to his ad and interviews them at a house he has rented for the purpose. It is shabby and run down, and he dresses in worn clothing. The h is one of the young ladies who answers his ad. She is the daughter of a Vicar who was also a Viscount, but had lost her mother at a young age and her father recently passed away. She has been staying with the widow of the Earl who had provided her father's position but the lady does not have the best of reputations and the girl doesn't want to allow her to provide for her introduction to society. She thinks a nice quiet life with a handsome farmer would be just what she was looking for. The Duke is very happy that she is a Christian and willing to serve the Lord as he is determined to do.
The Duke wants them to have a long period of celibacy, one to two months, to get to know each other and promises the h an annulment if they find they don't get along. He is also concerned because she is only 19 and may not be mature enough to handle the duties of a Duchess. He keeps his true identity a secret so he can test her true character before she realizes who she has married, and takes her to one of his more isolated properties so they can get to know each other better while she still thinks he is a simple farmer.
There are lots of fun things that happen in the story with the Duke trying to keep his bride from finding out who he truly is. There is an annoying young woman who has been trying to marry the Duke for a couple of years and his family and her's have been planning their hoped for marriage for months. His brother is helping her to try to find the Duke not understanding why the Duke wouldn't want to see his "fiance". Ooops--someone has the wrong idea or hasn't been honest with the Duke. What happens to his marriage if there is a contract with the other woman? Did his uncle make promises to the woman's family and not tell him? He has been so careful not to do anything that would ruin the girl he has married but having her name dragged through the courts will humiliate both of them. Will God give them the wisdom and strength to withstand the pressures on their relationship so it can become the loving one they both seek?
As I said, I loved the story but wish it had more dialogue. It is definitely a clean romance which is refreshing and it is great to read about people seeking God's help in their daily lives.
Due to a condition in his father's will, Lord William Hartford must marry and quickly! The young ladies of proper birth are being pushed at him. Hartford is finding none of them to his liking. Alexandra's father had died recently, leaving his daughter without family or prospects. Although she has the patronage of Lady Victoria, her future doesn't look bright. When Alexandra answers an newspaper ad for a wife, she finds herself attracted to this farmer named William.
The story is very true to what I know of the Regency time period in England. Things don't happen very quickly, and society's rules are detailed and rigid. This can become tedious in a story. Since conversation about feelings is not encouraged, particularly between male and female, we know their feelings largely through narrative. I found the pacing of this story to be a little tedious in some places. That said, I enjoyed the story and found it a satisfying read.
Very well done. I will read again.
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