Duke, the Lady, and a Baby, A

Vanessa Riley
A Publishers Weekly Summer Reads 2020 Editors' Pick "Smart and witty . . . the perfect historical read."  --Julia Quinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author   Created by a shrewd countess, The Widow's Grace is a secret society with a mission: to help ill-treated widows regain their status, their families, and even find true love again--or perhaps for the very first time . . .     When headstrong West Indian heiress Patience Jordan questioned her English husband's mysterious suicide, she lost everything: her newborn son, Lionel, her fortune--and her freedom. Falsely imprisoned, she risks her life to be near her child--until The Widow's Grace gets her hired as her own son's nanny. But working for his unsuspecting new guardian, Busick Strathmore, Duke of Repington, has perils of its own. Especially when Patience discovers his military strictness belies an ex-rake of unswerving honor--and unexpected passion . . .   A wounded military hero, Busick is determined to resolve his dead cousin's dangerous financial dealings for Lionel's sake. But his investigation is a minor skirmish compared to dealing with the forthright, courageous, and alluring Patience. Somehow, she's breaking his rules, and sweeping past his defenses. Soon, between formidable enemies and obstacles, they form a fragile trust--but will it be enough to save the future they long to dare together? "One of the best historicals I've read in years."  --Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author  "Vanessa Riley at her finest." --Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author "Expertly crafted romance." --Publishers Weekly, STARRED review


Reviewed: 2020-09-15

I was really excited for this book. I was really intrigued by the premise. Sadly, the book didn't quite work for me. Something about the writing style just didn't work. I've read a lot of historical romance by this point, and it just didn't quite fit the writing style of the genre. Another reviewer pointed out that one of the POVs is first person and one is third, which I think is part of it. The other part was just how the characters thought/described things. It wasn't bad, but it just felt off and continued to distract me. I really wanted to like the book, but I just didn't. That said, it did have some good representation with a West Indian main character and a veteran, amputee main character.

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