Book Review

‘A Duke by December’ by Sabrina Darby

dbd sdSTORY: Elizabeth Smith is secretly in love with the tall, handsome golden-haired man who rescued her from Arkansas Territory and offered her a new life. Unfortunately, she knows he’ll never see her as anything more than his secretary.

Nathaniel Hughes has spent the majority of his life in America amassing his fortune. When he discovers he is the next Duke of Beckworth, he must reluctantly travel to England, face down his past, and rehabilitate an estate to save those who live on it. But every duke requires a duchess and an heir.

He’ll figure this out somehow with Lizzie, his loyal and capable secretary, at his side. Once at Beckworth, he finds it increasingly difficult to deny a powerful attraction to the woman he has vowed to protect—even from himself. Can he find the strength to choose duty over desire?


The duke has died. Long live the duke! The only problem is no one knows who the new Duke of Beckworth is. All of England wonders, but no one more so than the people who depend upon Beckworth for their livelihood. In 1816, a year so cold that the word “summer” is a cruel joke, that livelihood is even more uncertain. However, they are all about to find out, there is nothing more warming than scandal and love…

Other books in the series:


Book 1: JILTED IN JANUARY by Kate Pearce;
Book 2: FORBIDDEN IN FEBRUARY by Suzanna Medeiros;
Book 3: SEDUCED IN SEPTEMBER by Genevieve Turner;
Book 4: AN AFFAIR IN AUTUMN by Jennifer Haymore;
Book 5: A DUKE BY DECEMBER by Sabrina Darby

REVIEW: A Year Without a Duke – Book 5

After spending many years in America making his fortune, Nathaniel (Nate) Hughes has just learned that he is the new Duke of Beckworth. Thus, he is traveling to England along with his secretary, Lizzie. Nate met Elizabeth (Lizzie) Smith in America when he rescued her and her brother from their brutal uncle.

When they arrive at Beckworth Park, they are amazed at the size of the estate. Nate immediately meets with the steward and assigns Lizzie to work with the housekeeper and oversee the household. Along with her other secretarial duties, Lizzie is the ideal one to take on this task as she knows how Nate likes things done.

As they settle in, Nate is very kind to the other family members who have made their home there for some time, letting them know that they are welcome to remain at Beckworth.

As they slowly meet the neighbors, the are encouraged to host a masked ball. The ballroom at Beckworth is lovely and has not been used in a long time.

Privately, Lizzie has loved Nate for a quite awhile. He is attracted to her as well but has tried to keep their relationship a business one. Lizzie has always chosen plain, practical dresses but decides that she wants to spend some of the money she has saved for a beautiful dress and mask for the ball.

Nate and Lizzie dance at the ball and end up kissing under the mistletoe. This sparks a now undeniable attraction between them that has been smoldering for some time now.

Although the ton may not approve of a match between them, can they ignore that and marry anyway?

This is the fifth and final book in the series.

I especially enjoyed this particular book because the author had the pressure of wrapping up the entire story and series. She did a magnificent job and the story of Lizzie and Nate is so very sweet.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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