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The Duke I Once Knew : Unlikely Duchesses
by Olivia Drake




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When two childhood sweethearts find themselves together after years apart, does their romance have a chance to be rekindled now that he's a duke and she's a governess? Olivia Drake's new Unlikely Duchesses series begins with The Duke I Once Knew, where first love is always the sweetest...

For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her parents and her siblings' children. Now, eager to create a life of her own, Abby seizes upon a position as a governess on a neighboring estate. Unfortunately, her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the notorious rake who once broke her youthful heart. But since he hasn't set foot on his estate for fifteen years, Abby assumes she'll never have to lay eyes on him ever again. Then, from out of nowhere, Max appears. He is stunned to come face to face with the girl next door he fell for years ago--before he went away, and she stopped writing to him. . .even though Abby swears that he is the one who left her without a word. Could it be that this spirited, witty spinster has won Max's heart all over again--and that they may have a second chance at love?


Olivia Drake's novels are:

"Lush."--Fresh Fiction


"Compelling...filled with intrigue."--Affaire de Coeur

"Skillful...readers will rejoice."--RT Book Reviews

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Overview

When two childhood sweethearts find themselves together after years apart, does their romance have a chance to be rekindled now that he's a duke and she's a governess? Olivia Drake's new Unlikely Duchesses series begins with The Duke I Once Knew, where first love is always the sweetest...

For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her parents and her siblings' children. Now, eager to create a life of her own, Abby seizes upon a position as a governess on a neighboring estate. Unfortunately, her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the notorious rake who once broke her youthful heart. But since he hasn't set foot on his estate for fifteen years, Abby assumes she'll never have to lay eyes on him ever again. Then, from out of nowhere, Max appears. He is stunned to come face to face with the girl next door he fell for years ago--before he went away, and she stopped writing to him. . .even though Abby swears that he is the one who left her without a word. Could it be that this spirited, witty spinster has won Max's heart all over again--and that they may have a second chance at love?


Olivia Drake's novels are:

"Lush."--Fresh Fiction


"Compelling...filled with intrigue."--Affaire de Coeur

"Skillful...readers will rejoice."--RT Book Reviews


 

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  • ISBN-13: 9781250174376
  • ISBN-10: 1250174376
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publish Date: December 2018
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.35 pounds

Series: Unlikely Duchesses

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First loves find another chance in The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake. The youngest daughter of landed gentry, Abigail Linton devoted her early life to caring for her invalid mother. Now her parents are gone, and at nearly 30, Abby opts to take a governess position on a neighboring estate. Caring for the absent duke’s younger sister will give her a new and independent life, so she ignores her worries that she’ll encounter the lord of the manor, Maxwell Bryce. Max was Abby’s first love, but she hasn’t seen him in 15 years. Then, unexpectedly, the duke returns and is astonished when he meets the newest member of his household. Learning to trust one another is the essence of all good romances, and that’s what Abby and Max must do, or else lose out on an opportunity for lasting love in this sweet and tender tale. 

 

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