When the Duchess Said Yes-Isabella Bradford

When the Duchess Said Yes

Isabella Bradford

Ballantine, Sep 25 2012, $7.99

ISBN 9780345527318

 

In 1762 after a decade away from England Hawke the Duke of Hawkesworth comes home to London to marry his betrothed before she turns nineteen in order to inherit his late father’s estate.  Failure to wed his intended whom he believes he has never seen will leave Hawke without any money.  When he meets his future wife Lady Elizabeth Wylder, they recognize that they actually shared a kiss at a masquerade.

 

Hawke courts his fiancée in rapid style.  When they marry, all seems well as the pair are attracted to one another.  However, as the youthful Countess gives everything to make this a happy relationship, the cynical Duke obstinately believes love is evanescent.

 

The second Wylder sisters’ Georgian romance (see When You Wish upon a Duke) is an enjoyable arranged marriage as the lead couple is a nice pairing of a sarcastic non-believer and a trusting true believer.  Readers will appreciate this delightful eighteenth century historical even though the threat to the protagonists’ happiness comes somewhat late.

 

Harriet Klausner

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