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    Regency romance

    Jack Skeffington is a widower and a master at smuggling. He needs a governess/tudor for his ten year old twins. Eventhough he and the twins are English, his first choice is the French Mademoiselle Desiree la Duc. Her brothers are focused on returning to France to petition for their property and expect Desiree to go with them, but love has a way of changing plans. It took me a few chapters to get into the book, but the charming, precocious twins and Desiree as their companion really made it easy to read the story. I really enjoyed the development of the relationship of all four and the solution to the contention with her brothers. A short read, but a good one.
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    A beautiful story about hearts that need healing

    Jack realizes that his ten-year-old twins need a little more than he can offer, so he asks his friend, Desiree, to recommend a young woman who could be their governess. Desiree offers herself, at least until he finds someone more permanent, and thus begins the thawing of Jack's heart. Desiree isn't interested in any long-term arrangement, either, since she's just wanting to earn enough money for her family to shed their English obligations so they can return to their native France. This was a beautiful, tender story of what makes a family, of country loyalty, of loss and risk and starting over again. I loved Jack's heart, how much he loves his kids and the sacrifices he's willing to make for them. Desiree is a terrific book heroine; strong in her own right, not at all looking to be defined by the man she chooses. Her relationship with her brothers was superbly written. All this, and we get another visit to the wondrous Cressmouth, a lively debate about who exactly make up the twelve dukes, and a delightful exchange about who has the honor of being the Duke's Bride. The entire book is fun, romantic, and heartwarming. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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    The Dukes Bride

    The Dukes Bride-Jack and his children grieved over the loss of their mother so much, that they didn’t want to let anyone else in to their lives. Until Desiree became their governess. Desiree is everything they have been missing. And they soon find out they don’t want to live without. Cute story with such loving characters.
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    Historical Romance

    The Duke’s Bride by Erica Ridley 12 Dukes of Christmas #6 Loved this story! Jack Skeffington is busy as a father and smuggler but realizes that he needs a governess for his two young scamps so he asks Desiree le Duc for names of people he might hire. Her choice is to work for him herself so she can add to the family coffers thus enabling them to return to France, take their land back and make the vineyards workable again. This had romance, family, community and was a joy to read. Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    christmas romance

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The Duke's Bride, by Erica Ridley, is available at booksellers on 10-12-19. We're already to book 6 of the 12 Dukes Of Christmas series. While a part of this series it's a nice stand alone story too. I've enjoyed the previous 5 books and now I can say #6 is no exception. Cressmouth village has been the setting for all our couples. In one way or another they're all connected to the village or castle. I think it's nice that I know some of the secondary characters and get to keep up with them. Cressmouth is a Christmasy place all year round, and the occupants all love it that way. The castle has a lending library, what's not to love. Our couple du jour are Desiree le Duc and Jack Skeffington. Desiree is a French expatriate due to the awful war that's a backdrop for many historical romances. She & her brothers have been in Cressmouth for almost 2 decades and have always wanted to return home. Desiree has assimilated more than the 2 brothers and is torn about moving away. Jack is an upscale smuggler and widowed father to ten year old twins. I think I liked the kids best of all the characters. They're so well written and allowed to be children, not confined like most of that era. Jack has PTSD from watching his wife wither away, they were a love match. When Desiree agrees to help with the kids education, she needs the money, they're thrown together and a match sets off a flame that becomes a fire. Each must work through reluctance to get involved, and overwhelming knowledge that they belong together & are a family. I look forward to book 7 in the series. Happy reading. #Netgalley #EricaRidley #TheDuke'sBride #12DukesofChristmas #HistoricalRomance
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