Book Review

‘How To Capture A Duke’ by Bianca Blythe

htcad bb One reclusive bluestocking…

Fiona Amberly is more intrigued by the Roman ruins near her manor house than she is by balls. When her dying Grandmother worries about Fiona’s future, Fiona stammers that she’s secretly engaged. Soon she finds herself promising that she will introduce her husband-to-be by Christmas.

One dutiful duke…

Percival Carmichael, new Duke of Alfriston, is in a hurry. He’s off to propose to London’s most eligible debutante. After nearly dying at Waterloo, he’s vowed to spend the rest of his life living up to the ton’s expectations.

One fallen tree…

When Fiona tries to warn a passing coach about a tree in the road, the driver mistakes her for a highwaywoman. Evidently he’s not used to seeing women attired in clothes only suitable for archaeology waving knives. After the driver flees, Fiona decides she may as well borrow the handsome passenger…

REVIEW: Yorkshire – 1815

Fiona Amberley lives with her grandmother after the deaths of her parents four years ago. Fiona isn’t fond of Christmas. Her real love is archeology. She has recently discovered some Roman ruins under the trees in the apple orchard at her grandmother’s home, Cloudbridge Castle. Fiona loves her grandmother very much but she knows that her time looking for these treasures is limited. Her grandmother is gravely ill and not expected to live much longer. When her grandmother passes away, the property will go to her arrogant Uncle Seymour who is opposed to any digging on the grounds. Fiona is frustrated because she believes that a vast number of artifacts are buried there that will give great insight as to how we have changed over the centuries.

Fiona’s cousin, Madeleine, is always chastising Fiona for getting herself dirty by digging and tells her that she will never find a husband that way. But Fiona doesn’t want a husband. In fact, several years ago, she invented a fiancee she calls Captain Knightley, whom she says went away to fight in the war. Another reason for her fantasy fiancee is that she does not want her grandmother to worry about what will happen to her when she’s gone. The pressure from the family to finally meet her fiancee makes Fiona add yet another lie and says her fiancee has returned and will be at the Castle within a week to attend Madeleine’s Christmas Ball. So, between trying to find as many artifacts as she can and worrying how she will produce a fiancee, Fiona is in a tizzy.

Percival Carmichael, the seventh Duke of Alfriston, is riding in his coach just as a large branch has fallen in the road. In his possession, he has the jewels of his family that he is taking to his home. On her way to her dig site, Fiona sees the branch and hears the approaching coach. Yelling to get the coach to stop before there is an accident, Percival and the driver think she is a female highwayman. Playing along with their assumption, Fiona declares that she is called the Scarlet Demon. The driver flees but Percival cannot run. He was injured in the war and has a wooden leg. Fiona takes advantage of the situation, grabbing the jewels and taking Percival as her prisoner. Her goal is to make him pose as her fiancee for a few days and then promises to let him go and return the jewels to him.

Thus begins an adventure that brings Percival and Fiona together. Fiona is a very strong personality but, unfortunately, Percival is a bit of a wimp. I had hoped to see a stronger character in him. The story is a good one and there is lots of humor. I enjoyed it immensely and know other readers will as well – by Zeus!!

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Complimentary copy provided by the publisher


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