Miss Jane Matthews feels completely out of place amongst the finery of the ton. She's the daughter of a country vicar, for goodness sake, and nearly a spinster to boot. Frankly, she would prefer to stay that way. How can a lady of Quality start up her own modiste shop, after all? But when her distant cousin-the Dowager Duchess of Somerton, of all people-offers to sponsor her for a Season in London, she agrees, but only so she can take the opportunity to search for a storefront for her business. Perhaps, in that regard, the Season won't all be in vain.
The widower of a loveless marriage, Peter Hardwicke, the Duke of Somerton, has already done his duty and provided an heir for his dukedom, so he sees no reason whatsoever to remarry. Even if, heaven forbid, something should happen to his son, he still has three younger brothers who are each quite capable of inheriting. Taking a wife would only mean adding a new responsibility to his already too-full schedule. He's more than busy enough keeping his mother, siblings, and children in line-not to mention sorting out the myriad problems plaguing one of his estates. But when Lord Utley, one of Peter's childhood friends and a man who has been on the wrong side of Peter's ire for many years now, takes an unlikely interest in Jane, he has to intervene. Peter will be damned if he'll allow Utley to ruin yet another life. But will rescuing Jane from Utley's clutches land Peter with another loveless marriage?
©2011 Catherine Gayle (P)2014 Catherine Gayle
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The storyline was good. There was romance and excitement. A lot was predictable if you're an avid HR reader.
Absolutely not! Most of her female characters sounded like the Chipmunks. She cannot do male interpretation. I stopped listening.
Yes, there are more characters to follow-up on.
The 'H' Peter was a hypocrite. He feels that he must go call upon 3 females the next day to placate his mother, who has about as much insight and respect for her grown children as a harp seal, and then proceeds to admonish Jane for quelling her fears to rescue a little girl in peril. He orders her to never do it again "You will do as you are told!" But he won't stand up to mommy so he can get some urgent estate issues addressed.
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