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    Revenge is going to be delicious!

    This first book in a new series from Courtney Milan, centering around the Wedgeford Trials. The story focuses upon Chloe Fong, the daughter of a man who was monstrously cheated by a pair of self-proclaimed friends who used him to create a cooking sauce and then kicked him out of their business, in England with a young daughter and not a penny to his name. The setting is the village of Wedgeford, a former couaching village that had been condemned a slow death by the railroads killing coach routes and couching villages as a viable concept. Instead of dying, however, it's become something of an informal haven for all the people dragged to England from all over the world and abandoned by it's mercantile and military machines. Here Chloe's father, and Chloe, have been plotting their revenge against the two men who cheated her father. Revenge through a better, perfected sauce. (Yes, let's cue Yzma's "It's time for DINNER!" chortle.) Jeremy Yu, as he styles himself while in Wedgeford, or Posh Jim, as everyone delights in calling him, is hiding a secret or two. It's no secret that he's wealthy, nor that he's half Chinese. For a number of reasons visiting Wedgeford for their annual festival/contest has been something of an annual tradition for him for the past 10 years, barring the last two years he skipped. The opportunity to be accepted in the multiracial mellieu of Wedgeford is part of the appeal. Being desperately in love with Chloe is another. Sadly, he's yet to admit to anyone in Wedgeford that he's their absent Duke, and he has no idea how he will weather breaking the truth of his identity to his friends, let alone to Chloe. This is a really fun read. If slightly hunger making - the descriptions of the Unnamed Sauce (as it begins the story) is tantalizing enough, but the other dishes mentioned are lovingly described, and largely mouth-watering to read about. (The book contains a linke to the author's cooking glossary that I will be falling into once I'm finished with this review.) The characters are fun, and wonderfully supportive of those they care for. There's a very minor plot with a very young Mr. Wilderhampshire, an Eton educated posh sort who is looking for a chance to get involved in the Wedgeford Trials, and an escape from his own respectable role. The parallels are obvious to Jeremy and fun to watch. Jeremy is portrayed as something of a jester or trickster figure - a role that Courtney Milan writes very well, and one of the many reasons I keep returning to her works. Like all excellent tricksters, he's clever, charming, and never quite where you expect him to be. But that's okay - he's also, in the tradition of the very best trickster stories, not rearly as clever as he thinks he is - and that's glorious to see revealed. I enjoyed Chloe, as well: she's a great foil for Jeremy and determined, competent, and detail oriented. She's also struggling through the whole story with what sort of identity she will choose for herself and her future, even while she's doing everything she can to support her father's bid for revenge with that Unnamed Sauce. Someone who deals with uncertainty by identifying details and figuring out plans for each one, she hides a great deal of vulnerability that many of her friends, and even Jeremy, don't always recognize as being there. One of the most powerful realizations for the characters was when Chloe confesses to Jeremy that his past behaviors had wounded her deeply, and he's stunned that his actions could have dented the woman behind the daunting image Chloe presents to the world. In along all this we get some history of Wedgeford, and why it's such an anomalous village, we get a bare bones description of what the Trials are, and how they're played, and we get to watch Chloe and her father's revenge play out. It's a thoroughly satisfying story, and the author's note at the end is fascinating reading, too.
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    Simply A Joy to read

    I received an ARC of this book to read through a review crew. All opinions are my own. The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan was simply a joy to read. Chloe Fong and her father live in the village of Wedgeford, home to the Wedgeford Trials, an annual festival that attracts people from all over England each year. Jeremy Wentworth, Duke of Lansing, attended the trials each year until three years ago when he asked Chloe to marry him, and she sent him away to become more serious. He’s returned this year, having concluded that although he is serious about Chloe, he is just not a serious person in general. Chloe never expected Jeremy would leave for so long, and now that he’s back, she not sure she can trust her heart to him because what if he leaves again? Jeremy decides to show Chloe that she is the one for him by having her make a list of what he’s looking for in a bride because Chloe is all about her lists. With Jeremy as the sunshine one and Chloe as the grumpy one, this friends to lovers story is lighthearted and joyful, perfect reading for this annus horribilis, and I highly recommend it. Light/Medium Steam. Publishing Date: September 22, 2020. #TheDukeWhoDidnt #CourtneyMilan #HistoricalRomance #FriendsToLovers #EscapeRead #DelightfulRead #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #IndieBooks
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    A taste of perfection

    A romance that never sinks into the depths of having a villain or a tragic misunderstanding and yet somehow still manages to keep me gripped by every page until the happily ever after and beyond. The only thing wrong with this book is how hungry you get reading it.
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    The Master is back!

    Thrilled to have Courtney Milan back! And what a sweet ride this one is. I especially loved how she messed with the third act complication structure to create something very fun. Take that, purists who insist there were no people of colour in historical England! Milan did her research and having this window into a world not spoken in the history books is intoxicating. Fun is all over this story. The town of Wedgeford is delightful and I look forward to revisiting it.
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    Great

    An amazing story. It was exactly what I was looking for.
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