He's at her service . . .
Though she can't afford the coal to heat her drafty Mayfair mansion, Felicity Langley still clings to her dream of marrying a duke--one she's had since her very first curtsy. After all, she's been promised to the very lofty Duke of Hollindrake for the last four years.Read more...
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He's at her service . . .
Though she can't afford the coal to heat her drafty Mayfair mansion, Felicity Langley still clings to her dream of marrying a duke--one she's had since her very first curtsy. After all, she's been promised to the very lofty Duke of Hollindrake for the last four years. Now all she has to do is meet him. But what Felicity doesn't realize is that she has met her duke--he's the altogether too handsome man who Felicity has just mistaken . . . for her new footman
By rights, Thatcher should immediately set this presumptuous chit straight and tell her he has no intention of honoring the arranged betrothal. But he's quickly smitten by Felicity's delightful determination, her irrepressible charm . . . and her breathtaking sensuality. Yes, she'd wed him in an instant were his true identity revealed--but Thatcher's vowed to marry only for love. So begins his deception and his conquest of this uncommon woman who doesn't believe in romance, but is about to find her heart and passion set aflame by the unlikely man she's sworn to resist.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 62.
- Review Date: 2007-07-30
- Reviewer: Staff
A young society dame with a flair for matchmaking does whatever it takes to ensure her eclectic family's well-being in Boyle's latest Regency romance. After four years of corresponding with her nearly betrothed, the beautiful and resourceful Miss Felicity Langley is poised finally to meet Aubrey, the newly titled duke of Hollingsworth—and gain the wealth to take care of her family's financial woes. What Felicity doesn't know is that her pen pal all along has actually been Aubrey's scheming, ruthless grandfather; the real Aubrey, meanwhile, has been serving as an army captain under the name Thatcher, having denounced his inheritance a dozen years before. Returning to Sussex, Aubrey learns of the duke's arrangement with Felicity and decides to break all ties with her. But when he meets her, as Thatcher, setting off immediate sparks, both face a secret dilemma: Aubrey torn between taking a stand and giving in to love, and Felicity between overwhelming passion and the long-distance relationship she believes will save her family. A terrific crew of supporting characters keep afloat the mistaken-identity plot, making this a full, satisfying read with emotion and laughs throughout. (Sept.)
A waltz of wit
Love Letters from a Duke is the latest in Elizabeth Boyle's very popular series of Georgian romances. Felicity Langley is a sensible girl. She has assembled an all-inclusive guide to the marriageable men in England called The Bachelor Chronicles, a pursuit that has led her to realize her own best match will be with the Duke of Hollindrake. To that end, she begins a correspondence with the Duke, and their betrothal is imminent as the novel opens. What the Duke does not know is that the sisters are penniless, and only Felicity's cleverness has allowed them to assemble a respectable front, one that includes hiring a footman who is much too handsome and much too forwardand one who raises a most inappropriate passion in Felicity. What Felicity doesn't know is that she is not the only one juggling a few secrets! RITA-winner Boyle has turned a classic of mistaken identity into a rollicking comedy of romantic manners.
Barbara Samuel's next novel, about a chef in Aspen, will be published next year. In the meantime, she's blogging at www.awriterafoot.com.