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No Other Duke Will Do (Windham Brides) Paperback – November 7, 2017
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Julian is a great guy. He is loyal and supportive. Honest and kind. His dad and relatives have left him in deep debt due to books. But Julian is finding a way to stay afloat and pay it back. He refuses to marry anyone because he doesn’t wish to saddle a duchess with his problems. While dealing with this, his sister has decided that he needs someone by his side. I think this is because she feels she cannot leave him alone and find someone until he does. So she holds a house party. Only this party Julian adds some guests. Of the male persuasion because he wants his sister to find love. And we get a triple does of love happening in this fun, entertaining and sweet book.
Griffin, Julian’s sweet adorable brother, teaches Julian as does Elizabeth Windham. Griffin teaches Julian that love is what matters. He shows him that simplicity is not something to see as something not to embrace. Griffin is able to work his land and take care of himself. And it is to be admired. He learns from Griffin this.
Radnor is Julian’s friend and in love with his sister. He is so loyal and supportive of Julian he warms your heart with his loyalty. When he helps his sister you melt. He adds grace and joy to the story with his support and loyalty. Elizabeth’s sister is awesome. So strong and independent. She doesn’t have a problem letting you know where she stands and gives her opinion without pause.
With Elizabeth the first moment he meets her, he is intrigued. She is smart, passionate and not like others that are after a duke. She doesn’t care what others think of her and she has a quiet strength to her. She helps his sister with the house party and saving money. She is Julian’s confidant and friend. The teach each other about life, love and strength. And they fall in love only Julian doesn’t want to burden her. He feels she deserves better. All Elizabeth wants is love and that is what she has with Julian and more. He respects her and listens to her. He is kind and caring. He is responsible and family oriented. He takes his role as Duke very seriously and doesn’t act in any manner that doesn’t befit his station. He is kinder and more economical than most dukes though. When a guest comes and tries to ruin him he is all grace. when his guest look down on him he holds his head high and Elizabeth falls more for him.
The story is a journey for Julian. He learns to let go of his anger and be free of burdens. He learns to love and accept help. He learns from others and listens. Elizabeth finds love and fights for it. She shows us what it means to be regal, kind, smart and loyal. Love is afoot in this book and it is fun to watch it hit. A truly entertaining book that has wonderful characters, storyline and you eat up to the very end.
Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford, is putting up with the house party only because he hopes to launch his sister and find her a husband. He has no hope of finding a wife as he is too honorable to marry while saddled with huge debts from his father and grandfather who spent all their money on the aforesaid library. In addition, his younger brother and heir, Griffin, suffers from a birth defect. Griffin is kind, handsome, and charming, but will never mentally be older than a child.
It's no secret I love Ms. Burrowes writing and pre-order everything she writes. This may be one of my favorites. Elizabeth and Julian remind me so much of Esther and Percival Windham, the Duke and Duchess of Moreland (the original Windhams). Elizabeth is practical and intelligent, able to reassure Julian when his worries and pride overcome his good sense.
This is a quiet romance; while the couple have a lot of troubles, there is no one swooping in to save them with an inheritance or deus ex machina from the rest of the family. It's up to Julian with some help from Elizabeth to figure out how to resolve his finances in the very best ducal manner, without impacting the many people who depend on him. He's a good man though stubborn, and Elizabeth brings out the best in him.
The secondary characters provide for more romance. Julian's best friend is in love with Julian's sister. And Charlotte might find a man of her own (waiting for the next book in the series). Even the 'villain' is teachable, not a cardboard cutout of Scrooge. I loved Griffin and Biddy's sweet romance, and even Aunt Arabella, Elizabeth's chaperone, finds a new love.
There's a lot going on here with the various characters of the house party. Ms. Burrowes writing is detailed both with wonderful descriptions of Wales and the castle, and the activities of the house party. And of course there's the books. Both Julian and Elizabeth have somewhat differing views on his vast library. I liked the debate between them and the resolution.
I'm torn in some ways. I don't want to stop reading about the Windhams, and I can't wait for Charlotte's book. Yet I also feel No Other Duke Will Do would be a fitting finale to the family story.