Feature book: When You Give a Duke a Diamond
They are known as the Three Diamonds. They are the Cyprians and highly sought after among members of the ton but all are supposedly with the Earl of Sinclair. They are the Duchess of Dalliance, the Marchioness of Mystery and the Countess of Charm. They all have a plan for the future and their secrets.
Juliette Clifton revels in her role as the Duchess of Dalliance but the image hides secrets. She dazzles when she attends balls but is always looking over her shoulder for the man who almost destroyed her—her ex-husband. She reads in the gossip pages that she is having an affair with the Duke of Pelham and when they both attend the same ball the sparks fly. Then there is Lucifer, who owns a gambling den, who breaks into her home and makes his demands. She then witnesses the murder of Lady Elizabeth at Lucifer’s hands and goes to the Duke of Pelham for help. Juliette discovers that the Duke is a very upright citizen who insults her openly (but later does repent and makes it up to her).
William, Duke of Pelham is a very rich, powerful and influential man. He has a routine and an idea how he should run the dukedom and will do so. He then sees Juliette at the ball and is struck dumb. He is not convinced that Juliette has seen his fiancée murdered and wants to discover the truth. He takes her to his family seat and together they search for the diamonds that Lucifer is demanding. As he and Juliette spend time together he makes many realisations about himself and is eventually willing to let himself care and love Juliette.
As Juliette and Will learn more about each other their stories are interesting and at times will almost break your heart. Will, in particular, has had a harsh childhood. His father, the previous duke, was abusive, he killed Will’s dog and bashed Will so he has become deaf in one ear. Will became a sterner and rigid version of his father as he had no other example. He has portraits of his father around the home and often looks at his father’s unforgiving stare. It is not until Juliette suggests that he takes them down that he realises the power his father has over him. It was a sad moment when Will realised that he didn’t know what he liked in art or many other things as he had been so ruled by his father’s structures and strictures.
I really enjoyed this story and I can’t wait for the next story in this series. I enjoy reading Ms Galen’s stories as they always contain interesting characters with lives that are slowly peeled away as we get to know them.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.