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Feature book: The Good, the Bad and the Duke

13 March 2019

The Good, the Bad and the Duke by Janna MacGregor

Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #4
Subgenre: Regency historical romance
Release date: 27 Nov 2018
Publisher: St Martin’s Paperbacks
Format: ebook and print
Length: 364 pages
RRP: $6.28 (ebook); $14.99 (print)

She is not sure what she needs but he was originally on her list.

Lady Daphne Hallworth was left behind when the family went their separate ways to the country for Christmas. She realises that it will take days before they realise she is not at either her mother’s or her brother’s country estates. She is able to ask one of the footmen to stay and he brings his mother as company. When she is out, Daphne tries to do a good deed, and her journal is stolen. All of her attempts to get the journal back are stymied, even to the point of entering a place of ill repute.

Lord Paul Barstowe, who was a second son and disliked by his father, has become the new Duke of Southart. He has been trying to clean up his reputation in memory of his brother, but his deceased father always seems to have one more taunt left. Paul was friends with Daphne’s brother and a series of circumstances lead to a rift between the pair. Paul crosses paths with Daphne in the club. He remembers her as being kind, and is willing to help her, if she helps him re-construct his friendship with her brother.

Daphne and Paul try to have the journal returned but do not meet with much success. Daphne is afraid that entries in the journal, ones she has written very honestly, will be front page news in the gossip papers, and so this comes to pass. Eventually, they are able to restore things to the way they should be.

I have really been enjoying the stories I have read so far in this series, and this book is no exception. The idea that the lady was left behind in the family’s haste to remove to the country, was an interesting start to the book. Daphne trying to hide in the open in a place of ill repute was also a good concept. It really throws the couple together to problem solve to save reputations.

I do need to go back to the beginning and read more about some of the characters who appear in these later stories. I think I would find them all very interesting heroines and heroes.

reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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