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Thursday, January 5, 2012
Historial Romance Review: Autumn Duchess by Lucinda Brant
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A beautiful duchess mourns for her beloved.
A sun-bronzed merchant returns to claim a birthright.
Disparate souls in need of love and renewal.
Paths cross and the journey begins...
Set in Hampshire, England 1777, this is the story of Antonia, Dowager Duchess of Roxton, and how she emerges from utter despair after the death of her husband and soul mate to unexpectedly find love again.
Deluxe Trade Paperback ISBN 978-0-9872430-3-4 (out soon)
Hardcover ISBN (out soon)
Ebook ISBN 978-0-9808013-5-4
Kindle ASIN B005GLFCX8
I loved that in this book, the hero and heroine are both widows, and have both previously experienced love and loss. Also, the hero, is a wealthy merchant not a noble lord, although he has ties to aristocracy. It brings to readers a different story than your typical virgin bride, debonaire lord, romance.
The heroine, Antonia, is the Dowager Duchess of Roxton. She has been in mourning for several years, heart broken over the loss of her husband. Her adult son--the new Duke--is not sympothetic to her plight, and I felt bad for her that she should be treated that way by him. He isn't trying to be mean or disrespectful to his mother, quite the opposite, he is trying to help her and his family, but for Antonia, that is not what she needs.
She finds what she needs in the brusque, straight forward, unconventional hero, Jonathan, who actually comes to introduce himself to her, not only because she is enchanting, but because he needs something from her. The lands and house she inhabits are actually rightfully his, stolen by a previous Duke of Roxton some hundred years or so before.
But neither of them counted on the intense attraction that stems between them--even if they both try to fight it.
As always, Ms. Brant has done her research and it shows. She brings polite society to life--and throws it on its rear too! I love how different these characters were and how they thwarted convention.
A great read, you won't want to put down!!!
Visit History Undressed on January 16th! I am hosting an ebook bundle giveaway of Ms. Brant's books, including AUTUMN DUCHESS.