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    Enjoyable Read!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this read that is populated with wonderfully complex, likable and very relatable characters. The writing, of course, is excellent and the plot is well delivered. I had a hard time buying the actual scenario of the plot, but I enjoyed the story anyway. Duncan Wentworth is the sweetest, most honorable, really, really good man I have read in a long while. He’s totally selfless and helps his family and friends no matter the circumstances, yet he is totally unaware of the high esteem in which they all hold him. He just sees himself as a poor relation. His cousin Quinn, Duke of Walden, has sent Quinn to the Brightwell estate to set it to rights. Brightwell has fallen into disarray since the last duke died and Quinn wants to give it to Duncan – who doesn’t want it. So, Duncan isn’t happy, but he’ll do his very best to do what Quinn wants. Little does he know that things will soon take a turn toward the bright side. Matilda Wakefield, Duchess of Bosendorf, is a widow who has spent most of her life traveling around the continent with her art dealer father. She’d always wanted a home – a permanent address – and that was why she had married her German duke. Now that he is gone, she is living in London with her father. Well – she had spent all of her life thinking her father was an art dealer, but now she isn’t so sure. She found evidence that he might be a spy for a foreign government – and – her want-to-be fiancé, Colonel Lord Parker, saw her with the document. She can’t take a chance on Parker turning her father in as a traitor, so she takes off with basically nothing except the incriminating document – including no money. After being on the run for months – just barely surviving, emaciated and half-starved, she ends up on the grounds of Brightwell – just in time to rescue a very handsome man from two poachers. She doesn’t dare tell him who she is or anything about herself, but the offer of a warm fire and a warm meal entice her to at least go to the house with him for a short time. Duncan knows there is more to the woman that she is admitting. He recognizes the signs and knows that she is afraid and needs help. Something he is only too willing to give. She doesn’t trust him or anyone else – and plans to leave as soon as she can – but, that leaving seems to keep stretching out. They grow closer and closer – and then the villain strikes. Can Duncan save Matilda? If he can, it won’t be easy. I adored the supporting characters. My favorite was Stephen Wentworth and I cannot wait for him to get his book. He was a genius and a lovely young man who was constantly chafing against his physical limitations and I will absolutely love seeing him get his HEA. While Matilda’s husband was deceased, she was not the Dowager Duchess. For her to be the Dowager, she would have had to have had a son, grandson, step-son who was the new Duke and also had a wife – otherwise, she was still just the Duchess. This book was also an example of perhaps the author getting stuck on a particular letter for names – we have Walden, Wakefield, and Wentworth. I certainly enjoyed the story and I hope you will as well. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    For readers who like a slow burn romance...

    I truly enjoyed getting to know Duncan Wentworth while reading When a Duchess Says I Do. His backstory might have been both ire inspiring and filled with disappointment but he held on to what he valued and having his family helped him immensely. Although, at the start of this story he was pretty frustrated and angry with his cousin Quinn Wentworth because the last thing he wanted to be doing was try and make the Brightwell estate profitable but that was exactly what his cousin had tasked him to do.*** With Duncan’s life experiences, the task that Quinn had given him seemed virtually impossible but despite being quite put out about his cousin’s request, Duncan was doing his best. It wasn’t until he had a chance meeting with Matilda Wakefield that things started to go in the right direction for him. Matilda reminded him of a half-starved little fawn but after some coaxing (okay, it was more than coaxing, he can be pretty sly when he wants to be) he managed to get her to stay at the estate for one night. Luckily for Duncan that one night turned into many more because Matilda was exactly what he needed for both the estate and himself.*** This story is a romance but the romance itself took me time to really dive into. Duncan and Matilda were very reserved around each other for a while. Duncan had high regard for Matilda but he was a bit awkward about going for what he wanted and Matilda, for her part, was standoffish and in hiding after a discovery had put her on the run. Also, they were both highly intelligent people and this romance ended up as more of an intellectual romance for a large portion of the book. It was nice with them getting to know each other but I would have liked a little more passion in these characters from the start. Though, by the time the end was nearing I was definitely swooning over what had developed between them.*** Ultimately, what really grabbed my interest from the start of When a Duchess Says I Do was the suspense and mystery surrounding Matilda. There was a surprising amount of tension in this story, Matilda was truly being hunted and her hunter’s motivations weren’t clear as to whether they were intended for good or ill. The unknowns kept me guessing and with multiple points of view, every chapter was adding to my desire to understand what had truly taken place and all while hoping for Duncan to have a happy ending because he was just so awkwardly adorable. Overall, I would definitely recommend When a Duchess Says I Do for romance readers who like a slow burn romance with an element of mystery!*** This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Forever. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.***
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    Another hit

    I would read anything Grace writes, even the phone book. Well maybe not some of those briefs unless they let you use your lovely sense of humour and wonderful dialogue!
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