- File Size: 1037 KB
- Print Length: 296 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: LMC Publications (March 8, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 8, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BRLB37K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It really was a lovely story and the H is very honourable for most of the story and he treats the h very well. The h is a really good person and just wants to do her best for the H.
Apologies to those who know me but what irked me beyond speech was the constant bringing up of 'carte blanche'. Now let me say with the h's lowly upbringing (daughter of a vicar and now in service) it would be a realistic offer BUT the H offered marriage. So once these thoughts and feelings about carte blanche were said and done, why oh why does the author have to bring it back up? The villain (a bit too obvious for my tastes) managed to create doubts in the minds of the H and h about each other with his insinuations about mistresses etc. Randomly the H tells his mother (the infirm Dowager) that he thinks the h would've been better off accepting carte blanche from him as she isn't coping. I wanted to throw my Kindle. No honourable H of that time (as this author wrote the H to be) would ever speak about these things with his mother and especially out of the blue!! Just annoyed me so much.
Other than that I really, really enjoyed this story
When they go to Jerome's family home, Marianne must overcome her own feelings of inadequacy in the face of Jerome's daunting relatives and the spectre of Jerome's dead, gorgeous first wife. And then there are the mysterious incidents. Incidents carefully orchestrated to prey on Marianne's newness and insecurity in her new life. Incidents that are trying to make it appear as if Jerome is still in love with his first wife and Even though Marianne feels unsure sometimes, she doesn't let it overwhelm her into mistrusting Jerome. The two of them are sure that someone is at the bottom of the strange things going on in the house.
I was able to figure out who the villain was and even the motive. That's ok as this wasn't even remotely supposed to be a mystery, but the threat to Marianne made for a nice little backdrop to the romance.
Marianne is the daughter of a country vicar with all of the attributes of a lady, but no dowry. She is employed by the rather brash widow Mrs Middleton and faces the embarrassments of being her companion with good grace. At the age of 29 she sees no other options for her future.
When Mrs Middleton spots Jerome Rivers and sends the mortified Marianne to deliver a message she hopes for some personal entertainment with this handsome new gentleman. He is appalled by her lack of decorum and initially dismissive of her messenger. However, contact has been established and romance starts to blossom between the unlikely couple, Marianne and Jerome.
When Jerome turns the pages while Marianna plays the piano beautifully, he opens his eyes and really sees her with all of her grace and elegance, even more obvious in contrast to the garish Mrs M.
As the book description says, she agrees to marry Mr Rivers and is shocked to learn that he is a duke. Friendship develops and new characters are introduced, bringing mystery and danger. Marianne must rise to the challenge of being a duchess and finds herself the victim of accidents that soon amount to more than coincidence.