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Grace Clark is a farmer's daughter but her bother-in- law is aristocratic. Grace longs for an advantageous marriage like her sister's. She aims high hoping her season in London will help her snatch a titled gentleman. Grace is a little immature and very curious, especially about the goings on in the marriage bed. She sneaks outside an listens at open window at her sister's townhome. She gets an earful as her sister and her friends get some spicy instruction from a former courtesan turned cook. When she is caught spying by the next door neighbor, a Duke no less, during a particularly juicy tidbit of advice, she is quite embarrassed. This was a great set up for the novel.
Evan Gillford, Duke of Somerset has returned after eleven years in Paris (I guess he was there during the Napoleonic Wars). He comes home after his father has died and he is ready to accept all the duties of the Dukedom, to include marrying his betrothed. Evan's biggest challenges are his incalculable guilt and his inability to stand up to mother. Evan feels guilty about leaving his sister eleven years earlier and not stopping her wedding to a real jerk, and he feels guilty that his betrothed is twenty-six and almost on the shelf. His mother knows how to turn the screws too. She is demanding and rude.
Grace and Evan begin a lighthearted friendship that entails walks in the garden at night and long looks at ton events. They are neighbors so it is easy for them to see each other. Grace is a gossip and she is schooled by Evan and her sister on the perils of retelling idle talk. Grace also understands that Evan's blind duty to his betrothed and his mother will not assuage the regret he carries about leaving his family for so long.
Evan and Grace grow a lot in this story. Evan has to reconcile duty and love and Grace learns that patience and discretion are great virtues. The leads are honest with each other and unafraid to confront major issues. Their courtship is both sweet and ardent.
Fifteen years in Paris has given Evan Gillford, Duke of Somerset, plenty of worldly experience, and a great big dose of guilt. Guilt for abandoning his sister to the marriage machinations of their mother. Guilt for not being there when his father died. Guilt for leaving his betrothed to grow past the age of marriageability while he avoided marriage all together. Now he has returned home to assume all of his cast-off responsibilities. Unfortunately, one glimpse over a garden wall has his heart calling for a full retreat. Can he still do the right thing and marry the woman he is promised to when he can't stop thinking about the eavesdropper next door?
This story caught me off guard in many ways. Every time Grace had a chance to react in a way a high-born lady would react the reader is reminded that she is NOT a high-born lady. She reacts how we free-thinking, "common" women would react in a similar situation. I found myself second guessing her as I would second guess myself because I am not used to a heroine not doing the "civilized" thing. All of this made me want to be her friend more than any other heroine I have come across recently.
After you read this story you will feel the same way about Evan that I do, I am positive. Evan is a spineless, clueless tool! He lets himself be used by the people around him and doesn't consider that ,because of his rank, his attitude of compliance is dangerous. While, in most cases, having an unlikable hero can be literary suicide, the author pulls off a miracle by actually allowing the character to grow up and become likable.
I think the biggest element that really shook this book up was resolving the love story three-quarters of the way through the book, and then resolving another, very important, story line with the rest of the book. This was such a gutsy move, and I believe it was pulled off with flair.
Overall, this story took me on a roller coaster ride with the perfect number of loops, spins, and dips, and then threw a last minute twist in that ensured I would come back for more.