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  • Title: The Duke’s Runaway Bride
  • Author: Jenni Fletcher
  • Publisher: Harlequin/Mills & Boon
  • Publication Date: 18th February 2021

Copy received from publisher and blog tour organiser for review purposes.

Description:

From shopkeeper…

To Duke’s wife

When Beatrix, Duchess of Howden, writes to her estranged husband offering a divorce, she’s stunned when he arrives on her doorstep with a different proposition: a six-week marriage trial! Quinton Roxbury seems cold and inscrutable, but Beatrix gradually realises his rough exterior hides a heavy burden. As their connection deepens, dare she trust him with her own scandalous past and risk the marriage she never knew she wanted?

My Thoughts:

I was so intrigued from the outset with this book … the notion that the Duchess of Howden was writing to her estranged husband to offer divorce, and wanting to live a quiet life doing what she loves most … That had me curious and I really wanted to know more about this character and her life. As it turns out, Beatrix is a lovely character, one who has been hurt and has learned that she must shield herself, build walls to protect herself from events from the past in the hopes that she will not be exploited, hurt or cheated. All well and good until you realise she’s married to a Duke who wants to save his family and his home. Quinton Roxbury is under pressure from those around him, he is the head of the family and in the public eye, he wants to do what’s right for everyone.

A surprising proposition leads to Beatrix and Quinton giving their marriage a chance and it leads to suprising consequences for the entire Roxbury clan. Secrets are unearthed, truths learned and bonds strenghthen as Beatrix touches the lives of everyone around her.
The development of the relationship between Beatrix and Quinton is wonderful to watch unfold, seeing how they interact with each other and other characters because of the influence of the other really changes the characters. Learning about Beatrix and her life before her marriage is fascinating, her reasons for wanting to keep her past hidden make her such an endearing character, her need for self-preservation is admirable. And I loved getting to know each of the Roxbury clan, even the ever so frightening dowager …

The details woven into the narrative really bring the settings alive and make this such an enjoyable read, it felt like Jenni Fletcher had really taken a great deal of time and care to ensure that readers felt transported to the settings of her book and would experience them through the eyes of her characters.

I will definitely be looking out for more books from this author!


Purchase Links

Amazon UK  https://amzn.to/2HP64em

Amazon. com https://amzn.to/35A0gPb

Kobo https://bit.ly/36CPLKp

WHSmith https://bit.ly/36BUpsc

Author Bio

Jenni Fletcher was born in Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire where she writes historical romance novels ranging from the Roman to late Victorian eras. She studied English at Cambridge and Hull and has been nominated for 4 RoNA awards, winning for Short Romantic Fiction in 2020. She teaches Creative Writing at a university in the north of England and her favourite hobbies are baking and, of course, reading.

Social media links:
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https://twitter.com/JenniAuthor

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  • Title: Her Banished Knight’s Redemption
  • Author: Melissa Oliver
  • Publisher: Harlequin/Mills & Boon
  • Publication Date: 21st January 2021

Copy received from publisher and blog tour organiser for review purposes.

Description:

A lady’s need for protection 
A knight’s chance for redemption

Exiled Knight William Geraint answers only to himself. Yet, a mission to find and reunite lost heiress Lady Isabel de Clancey with her family is Will’s chance to finally atone for the torment of his past. With every rushed mile, their intense attraction becomes dangerously thrilling. He swore to protect Isabel not seduce her, but their desire for each other could threaten the redemption he’s worked so hard to achieve…

My Thoughts:

There is so much intrigue around William Geraint and his troubled past that has kept him in exile for years. So when he is tasked with a seemingly straightforward mission of tracking down a lost heiress and returning her safely to her family, I was even more intrigued to see what lay ahead. Especially after such a fascinating first few chapters …

Whilst this is a historical romance tale, there is a fantastic dash of mystery thrown in which makes this such a thrilling read. As readers get to know Isabel de Clancey and watch as she tries to piece together memories from her childhood, they share in her frustrations at not being able to fully see the bigger picture that looms just out of reach. Why was she sent away? Why did no one look for her? What danger lies ahead of William Geraint and Isabel de Clancey on their journey, and will they make it back? The details that are woven into the narrative make this such an exciting read and I loved following William and Isabel as they darted down streets and alleys, or hid in plain sight. The developing attraction between these two characters allowed for great character development, and it was nice to see the way that William opened up, shared what troubled him, not just in recent years, but from his childhood too. This allowed readers a chance to try and understand why this character acted in the way he did.

The historical elements woven into the plot made this a great read, I found that there were bits and pieces I was keeping note of to look up once I’d finished the book (I didn’t want to interrupt my reading to fall down a rabbit hole on Google to research knights and crusades), and have since been scouring for more reads like this.

Vivid descriptions really brought the scenes to life, I loved imagining the landscapes William and Isabel rode through, seeing the tapestries and decorative touches of grandeur … what a perfect escape!

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  • Title: His Unlikely Duchess
  • Author: Amanda McCabe
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication Date: January 2021

Copy received from publisher and blog tour organiser for review purposes.

Description:

Money can buy her marriage
But will it lead to love?

Miss Lily Wilkins hopes her American money will compensate for her lack of etiquette, as she needs a prestigious marriage to save her sisters’ prospects. Raised to believe wealth was her greatest attribute, she’s stunned when her unconventional ways catch the eye of the notorious Duke of Lennox. He’s far from the safe, sensible match she’d planned on—but Lily might just discover he’s the one she needs!

My Thoughts:

Isn’t it nice to pick up something that transports you to another place, and indeed another time? Well that’s what Amanda McCabe does here in His Unlikely Duchess, giving her readers a glimpse into the world of balls, dinner parties and the likes. The descriptions were so detailed that I felt I was almost watching the story unfold as opposed to reading it, the fashions and gems mentioned throughout the narrative particularly standing out as they sounded so grand and fascinating.

The Duke of Lennox was an interesting character and he contrasted well with Lily Wilkins, their differing statuses in Society making them both stand out, and in turn being a point of rumour and gossip. I enjoyed the way that the reader was able to follow Lily’s thoughts and see her growing attraction towards the Duke, and how his actions caused her moments to question what was going on around her. And I have to say, the way that McCabe has written this character mean that readers may also pause and question what is happening, what his motives are and puzzle over why he behaves in such a manner – always good when an author can evoke that from a reader!

I enjoyed exploring the the landscapes and buildings through the characters, it was a wonderful way to escape at the moment when travel isn’t an option.

Purchase Links –

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unlikely-Duchess-Historical-Dollar-Duchesses-ebook/dp/B08Q7MS4H4/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Unlikely-Duchess-Dollar-Duchesses-Book-ebook/dp/B089YTPXSW/

Author Bio –

Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)

 She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.  She lives in Santa Fe with a Poodle, a cat, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections. 

 When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook. 

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