Book Review

‘Duchess by Mistake’ by Cheryl Bolen

dbm cbSTORY: An innocent visit to the Duke of Aldridge’s to request a donation for her war widows puts Lady Elizabeth Upton in the midst of a most shocking scandal. . .

The Duke of Aldridge offers for his best friend’s sister, Lady Elizabeth Upton, after a mix-up sends her to his bedchamber—just as he’s emerging from his bath. She most certainly does not want to force the duke’s hand, but how can she bear the shame her scandalous behavior has cast upon her dear brother, the Marquess of Haverstock?

Once she agrees to marry her childhood heartthrob, Elizabeth realizes she wants nothing more than to win her husband’s love. But capturing his heart is no easy task when former loves threaten to destroy the fragile bonds of their marriage.

REVIEW: Philip Ponsby, the 5th Duke of Aldridge, has returned to London after spending five years in Italy.  He has grown weary of having young women chasing after him.  He has decided that it is time to begin working for the Foreign Office and join the House of Lords.  His longtime friend, Charles Upton, Marquess of Haverstock is thrilled that he will be returning home.

Lady Elizabeth Upton, sister to Charles Upton, is a young woman whose mission has long been to care for others.  Her dream is to see that the widows of men killed in action are cared for as many of them and their children are nearly homeless and have no funds.  Elizabeth is a single lady who, for many years, carried a torch for the handsome Captain Smythe serving in the war.  She felt he loved her in return but his lack of any contact with her during his absence has finally convinced her to forget about him and concentrate on helping others.

When Elizabeth goes to Aldridge’s home to visit his sister, an unfortunate event occurs that leaves Philip with no recourse but to offer for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage to save her reputation.  Their quick so-called marriage of convenience finds them each falling in love with the other but when many misunderstandings occur that make each of them think that the other is “straying,” they aren’t sure if the other one truly loves them.

This novel is filled with wonderful descriptions of beautiful gowns, sumptuous dinners and real life. Elizabeth is a very intelligent woman who wants only to make her husband proud of her and strives to entertain well to that end.  Philip is a hard-working man trying to solve many problems facing his country.

I think the reader will enjoy the stories of Elizabeth and Philip plus those of their family members.  There is so much to this story that I could add but will hold back as the novel does not publish until April 7, 2015.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

This is book #2 of the House of Haverstock series.

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Complimentary copy provided by the author


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