Duchess in Love
Avon Books, December, 2002.
Paperback, 400 pages.
Ambrogina, Duchess of Girton, known to her friends as Gina, was married to her husband, Cam Serrard, the Duke of Girton, when she was only 11 years old and he had just turned 18. But as soon as he said his vow, the young Duke literally jumped out of a window and left England to pursue other interests in Greece. During the twelve years which he was gone, Gina faithfully wrote Cam, and now he's finally coming home. He's agreed to an annulment of the marriage so that Gina can marry someone who really loves her. But there's a problem. Firstly, Cam is determined to throw away his Dukedom to return to his sculpting. And when Cam gets to know Gina again, he realizes that an annulment is the last thing he wants. It seems that he is doing something that is considered quite unfashionable by the ton: he's falling in love with his wife.
Duchess in Love is a Regency romance which has a modern sensibility. The heroine, Gina, has three friends who are all stuck in disastrous marriages. Consequently, they flirt with scandal in order to escape the boredom of their lives. The secondary characters are well-characterized, and the dialogue between the women as they discuss their lives and loves is fast-paced and very entertaining. Gina and Cam make a delightful couple, and their story is filled with heartfelt emotion and humor.
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This review was published in the February, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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