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So I was totally engaged in the book until about the middle. At that point, both too much and not quite enough began to happen. It became something of a muddle. I have a problem when an author feels the need to interject characters who are clearly planned as main characters in upcoming books. A little goes a long way with that. Too much and it deflects from the book I paid for and am investing my time in. It becomes a gimmick.
The last third of the book when the "mystery" got solved was a complete disappointment. It became almost farcical by the time the villain was confronted. Nothing rang true. When an author develops characters and uses a specific historical setting of time and place, the actions must remain true to those parameters. The ending was forced, felt false, and dragged too long. Two very very intelligent people and their clever associates acted very dumb.
THE STORY: Self-made banker Quinn Wentworth finds himself framed for a murder he didn't commit and sentenced to hang. While waiting for his sentence to be executed, Quinn generously marries a woman he barely knows. Jane Winston, a widow in desperate straights, marries a condemned stranger to provide for her unborn child. But on the way to the gallows, Quinn is saved from death by the news that he has inherited a dukedom. Now, of course, he also has a wife Quinn and Jane must determine if they can make their marriage a real one at the same time Quinn is hunting for who framed him.
OPINION: I really found this a lovely book. The beginning chapters, before Quinn is saved from hanging, were quite beautiful in how Quinn and Jane build a foundation for what will be their marriage. Quinn's kindness is on display.
I especially loved in this book how these are restrained characters build a relationship based on their mutual respect for one another. I couldn't put this book down despite it being a quieter book without an action packed plot. There are some exciting moments, but the focus on this book are these two strangers getting to know one another.
Quinn, especially, was a quite a wonderful hero. We get to see very early in this book his true characters as he spends what he thinks are his last days on earth helping as many people as he can. He is simply adorable and thus I was not surprised by how gentle he treats the heroine in their marriage.
My only complaint is that I wanted to know what happened with Jane's child. I expect, however, that we will find out more in future books in the series. I think that Quinn will make a wonderful father.
I've never actually read an entire book by Grace Burrowes before. I picked up this one after reading a connected novella and I'm certainly glad I did.
WORTH MENTIONING: The book introduces the members of Quinn's family who hopefully will have books of their own.
CONNECTED BOOKS: MY ONE AND ONLY DUKE is the first book in the Rags to Riches series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
But one cannot hang the long-lost Duke of Walden.
So begins Quinn and Jane’s marriage: a pardoned felon who is a new Duke and who has no idea who set him up for murder, a wife who is pregnant by another man, and a houseful of unusual relatives and slovenly servants. It is a novel that combines mystery and the sadness of remembered hardship and abuse. But, still, it truly is a novel of amazing joy.
Quinn is urban and gentle, but with a will of iron and astute insight into the minds of his fellow man. Jane is strong because she has had to be, tempered by survived abuse and sorrow. Together, they develop a relationship that, while never exactly easy, is one of shared caring — caring that becomes more.
Although Quinn and Jane’s growing love is a joy to watch grow, I must admit that the final solving of the mystery caught me totally and completely by surprise! Well done, Grace! Well done.
Now I can't wait for the next tales to be written with the rest of the family.
Thank you to both ladies for a night short on sleep but visions of bankers turned dukes. And rakes brought low by love 💘.