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To Marry the Duke

by: Julianne MacLean

Pages: 348

Published: June 1st, 2003 by Avon

ISBN: 0060527048

From Goodreads:

My dear sister Clara,

London society is so much more complicated than I could ever have known! Every night is a different ball or assembly, and a different swirl of glittering jewels and rustling gowns. Though I fear I am making social blunders left and right I am having some measure of success in my (or rather, Mother’s) objective. Mother is beside herself with glee at the attentions I have been receiving from a few gentlemen she finds supremely suitable as husband material.

But my dearest sister, it is so hard for me to even look at any gentleman but a certain duke, who, if I may confess, makes my heart beat so that I fear it can be seen across a ballroom. He is James Langdon, the Duke of Wentworth, and though I may sound dramatic, he makes me feel as no man ever has before.

But I must push these feelings away. I sometimes hear whispers about his dark past, and he is quietly called the Dangerous Duke. Oh Clara! I am secretly overjoyed that he may love me, and at the same time terrified of his attentions. I have waited so long for my true love, and now I must resist him to protect my heart.

If only I knew how to proceed…

Your devoted sister,
Sophia

 

I really enjoyed this novel. I’ve always been a fan of historical romance and this one definitely did it for me. I guess part of it could be the way I could relate to Sophia, or wish I could anyway.  I’ve always wanted to fall in love with an English man and the extravagance of Sophia being an heiress just made my falling in love with this book that much easier. I really liked the chemistry between the hero and heroine. I liked that at first they didn’t want to have anything to do with each other. I think that the best couples are always the ones that don’t know and don’t want to think that the person they’re looking at is the one they’re eventually going to want to spend their lives with. The way Sophia grows as a character was also really fun and exciting to read about. The way she was able to take over and change her ideas about her new life was great. She became a strong and loving heroine. James’ character transformation was also great. The way he was broken down bit by bit by his new wife was emotional and touching to read. Overall, I’d say that anyone looking for a fun book to read to escape life for a while that loves historical romance should pick this up. I think I will be trying to get my hands on copies of the next books in this series soon.

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