By: Diana Quincy
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Release date: 12.9.2013
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Date read: 2.24.2014
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Summary: England, 1805
Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she'll be ruined. Again.
No one is more shocked by Willa's lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.
Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?
I chose to read this book because it's set in England back in 1805 and, during my experiment with romance novels, I've found that sci-fi stories and historical fiction stories that include a romance are much more enjoyable to me than just a plain old romance.
I actually really liked this book, a lot more than I had originally expected to like it. I liked that Grey Preston (Duke of Hartwell) really wanted to be marry Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope despite her past with Augustus Manning (Earl of Bellingham), that he stood up for her and defended her, even though he sometimes allowed his jealousy to get the better of him. Sometimes Hart's attitude made me want to punch him in the face and sometimes Willa was just TOO head-strong, but that is sometimes how people are in life. I did like how it ended, though at one point I couldn't imagine it ending the way that it did.
Favorite character: I really liked Hart. He was different and I liked how he treated her, how he cared for her despite what others had said. I also liked Willa's sister.
Favorite line: "I find myself growing quite attached to the idea of having you at my side in my dotage."