Feature book: A Duchess to Remember
The Ministry of Marriage gets it wrong. This powerful group representing many of the powerful ton families endorse betrothals among its members but this is the one time that they get it wrong. Or did they?
Lady Cecily Westruther is happy with her arranged marriage. She wants the control in her marriage and understands that perhaps she might have a battle with her mother-in-law to do this. She is also realistic to know that she will lose control of her wealth and property but that is not the major factor for her. She wants to be able to work on her projects. She also wants to find a letter she wrote to her brother, who has since died, lampooning her future husband (done when she was a child). Finding the letter becomes upmost in her mind and it means she crosses paths with the Duke of Ashburn. Cecily does not realise that Norland, who is normally totally absorbed in his work, has a secret which she finds out later and it changes many things for her. Fortunately, she is able to ensure that what he wants comes true.
Rand, Duke of Ashburn, is considered to be an intellectual and heads the Promethean Club who are mainly intellectuals and meet at his home. He first encounters Cecily when she tries to break into his home while she is looking for the letter. He finds that he is interested and also attracted to her and tempts her with the challenges to come to him so that he can spend time together and search for the letter. He arrives at her first ball in time to hear that she became betrothed to Norland just when he had decided she would marry him. He does what he can to ensure that she breaks the engagement. Rand also has a secret that he desperately needs to hide and hopes that when Cecily finds out then she can forgive him.
Cecily, as a ward, has grown up with others deciding her fate. She wants to obtain some control and finds perhaps what she considers to be a weak man or at least one who is distracted enough to ignore what she does. It is also the first time in her life that she is able to confront her greedy cousins but when she finds out the reason for their voraciousness finally understands why they did it. It doesn’t lessen the way she dismisses their significance but does open her eyes. It was also Rand who helps her see.
I enjoyed the third instalment of the Ministry of Marriage and this is a couple well suited to each other.
reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment on this article will go in the draw to win the book. The giveaway closes on 10 October 2012.