Paperback, 348 pages Publication: June 25th 2019 by Montlake Romance
The rules of Victorian society are defied in bestselling author Caroline Fyffe’s novel of romance, royalty, and a little revenge.
In Kent, England, the arrival of Beranger Northcott, Duke of Brightshire, causes quite a stir. Berenger left home more than 15 years ago, never expecting to return. Never expecting that he was th legitimate heir to a dukedom he brings with him his new American bride, who isn’t quite what anyone expects! By accepting the hand of her beloved, Emma Brinkman went from hardworking Colorado rancher to duchess. Now she’s expected to comport herself as nobility. Overnight. For Emma—stifled, homesick, and unable to shake the feeling she’s being watched—the metamorphosis is a challenge. And if Emma’s suspicions are correct, perhaps even a dangerous one.
Not one to deal in formality, Emma makes friends with the help and fortunately, for Emma she has found a trusted friend in the orphaned Charlotte, Brightshire’s scullery maid. Charlotte has dreamt if only for a moment what it would be like to live a privileged life with out the daily back breaking life she’s lived—if only for a moment. When one of the duke’s handsome cousins takes notice of Charlotte, the castle kitchen is set abuzz with speculation that she just might be swayed into being ruined.
In navigating their two different stations, both Charlotte and Emma alike will discover all they have in common—from secret fantasies to daring hearts to upending the rules of society. And that finding their places in the world—and love—is a dream that can come true.
Very charming story which I could have fallen in love with. Just a bit of nitpicking here though that I thought a bit more editing of starting and stopping their stories would have made for a smoother read. Otherwise, I truly liked this story.