- Idunn Court Publishing
- Release Date
- December 2013
When American-born Wesley Parker inherits a dukedom in 1890, he must learn to be an aristocrat. Assigned to the task is his attorney's daughter, prim Belle Oakhurst. As they travel to England together on a luxurious ocean liner, their tempestuous relationship encounters more than rough seas. Although Wesley is increasingly attracted to Belle, she is already engaged. While Belle begins to regret her hasty promise to marry, she is bound by honor and duty to keep her pledge. Furthermore, a thoughtless fabrication on her part threatens to expose her as a liar. Neither Wesley nor Belle can foresee that their voyage across the Atlantic will be fraught with peril, and will cost more than one man his life.
Feb 09, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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Refreshing and enjoyable!
Wesley Parker, the twelfth Duke of Mansbury, is a strapping handsome young man raised in Brooklyn, NY. He has no idea how to be a duke. His mother is Lady Frederick. Her husband was killed in an accident and they were living in abject poverty before the eleventh Duke of Mansbury's death.
Mr. Oakhurst and his beautiful daughter Annabelle traveled to America to tell the duke of his inheritance. They were not expecting the boy they found.
Wesley was brawling on the streets of New York and the police brought him home to his mother as the Oakhursts were having tea with his mother. Later, they embark on the journey to England and encounter icebergs and shipwrecks, along with thieves and murderers. The excitement does not end when they arrive in England. There is unrequited love, really bad fellows to fight, and excellent balls and proposals. It's a feast.
This is just an example of how this story sets the cadence for excitement. There is never a dull moment.
We have a deep and abiding love story between Belle Oakhurst and Wesley, even though she is already engaged to Errol, and Wesley's friend Stephen is smitten with her, too.
The main characters are growing and evolving right on the pages of the book. The secondary characters are favorites, too. I especially enjoyed Cavendish, Wesley's valet, Stephen and Louise.
You will enjoy this historical romance. I heartily recommend this book especially if you like this genre. I was most impressed with the ingenuity and suspense.
I gave it five stars and believe everyone will enjoy this adventuresome tale of escapades and love. It is sure to inspire.
Thank you, S.G. Rogers, for such a lovely book.
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