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Feature book: The Duke is But a Dream

4 December 2019

The Duke is But a Dream by Anna Bennett

Subgenre: historical romance
Release date: 30 Jul 2019
Publisher: St Martin’s Paperbacks
Format: ebook and print
Length: 317 pages
RRP: $8.00 (ebook); $15.99 (print)

Lily Hartley is left in the house, as her newly married sister leaves with her husband, and her parents have gone away too. She is on a mission to take the latest article of The Debutante’s Revenge to the newspaper office. Unfortunately, as Lily’s curiosity gets the better of her, and she goes into one of the pubs, she is attacked. Her saviour accidently knocks her, and she is knocked out. He takes her to his home and cares for her. The next morning, Lily cannot remember who she is and why she was in that part of town. She takes on the name Caroline.

Eric Nash, Duke of Stonebridge or Duke of Stoneheart as he is called, still mourns the loss of his twin sister and their father. And he is keeping secrets around their death in a carriage accident. With Caroline, he is able to open up, and he admits to her what happened. But he has become overprotective of his younger sister. Delilah just wants to be free and flirt with the gentlemen. Delilah doesn’t heed Nash’s advice, and finds herself in the situation he warned her about. Nash is able to share this with Caroline (Lily).

When Lily discovers who she really is, she and Nash need to keep their distance. Naturally Lily is upset by this, and Nash tears himself apart. It is Delilah who puts it into perspective for him. He then sets about making the grand proposal.

I am really enjoying this series with the sisters and their friend. The women are strong and willing to do what it takes be ‘modern’ women in Regency England. They have few fears and want to be able to share their strength with other debutantes.

Reviewed by Heather

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

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