Sarah's Duke; and Ellie's Gentleman

Fiona Miers
Sarah's Duke; and Ellie's Gentleman
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Publisher
Self published
Release Date
March 2015
Series
Book 1 of The heir and a spare
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
Sarah's Duke: Sensual novel.
Edition 2- Newly edited and improved.

Sarah Collins is a vicar's daughter from Somerset and she has one goal for her first Season in London—to find a husband that can provide for her and her family. She doesn't need a great fortune or a title, she would actually prefer not to have to go into London ever again. She has little to offer other than her beauty and a pleasant temperament, but she is hoping that will be enough to secure her a man who will be kind to her.
Oliver Lyre is the newly inherited Duke of Lincoln. Born as the spare son, he never expected to inherit his father's mantle, and has neither the skills nor the desire to enjoy the benefits of his rank. He knows that he must marry a lady befitting of the position, but when he rescues the beautiful Sarah Collins one night, he can't imagine living without her lovely smile in his life.
Should he marry the delectably sweet virgin who would undoubtedly make a horrible Duchess, or do what duty demands of him?

Ellie's Gentleman: sweet short story
Ellie Sommers is twenty years old, beautiful, lively and intelligent. She has finally returned to her family home after another long London season. She wants nothing more than to stay in her beloved country town and ride her horses. Enter Robert Blakely, a widower and a true gentleman. He has come to spend Christmas with his long-time friend William, Ellie's father. Robert has no wish to marry again and is shocked to discover his own interest in the beautiful daughter of his friend. The only problem is that he is twice her age and a widower who has convinced himself he will never marry again.

Book Review by Elizabeth Ramsay (reviewer)
Aug 08, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
66 people found the following review helpful
Oliver learns love is more important than status in SARAH'S DUKE.

Sarah Collins is a vicar's daughter. She is young, naive, and innocent. Sarah and her family have come to town so that Sarah can have a season. All her family's hopes rest on Sarah's success. She needs to marry a wealthy man who can sponsor her sisters' debuts and pay for her brother's schooling.

Lord Oliver Lyre is the newly minted Duke of Lincoln. As the second son, Oliver was never meant to inherit. He has no idea how to be a duke and mourns the loss of his carefree life. He has been avoiding society but is forced to attend a ball in honor of his best friend's sister Charlotte. Once there, he escapes into the garden and happens upon Sarah in a state of distress.

When Oliver meets Sarah, she has just escaped the unwanted attentions of her suitor Millington and is trying to figure out how to leave the ball with her reputation intact. She can't be seen because her gown is badly torn. Oliver rescues her and she asks for a kiss to wipe away the memories of the assault. Sarah and Oliver become enamored of each other, and are eventually caught in a compromising situation which forces them to marry. Yet, Sarah has no idea how to be a duchess. Can their relationship survive the meddling of Oliver's relatives?

Fiona Miers follows up her novel SARAH'S DUKE with the short story ELLIE'S GENTLEMAN. Miss Eleanor Sommers (Ellie) is sick of London. She has had four seasons and despairs of ever finding someone to marry. She dreams of a man who loves the country as much as she does and will understand her need to ride horses.

Home from another failed season, Ellie trips over Robert Blakely while she is out walking. Robert is a widower. He is an old friend of Ellie's father and is visiting the estate for Christmas. Ellie knows as soon as she sees Robert that he is the one for her. Will Robert let the age difference and his fear of losing the woman he loves get in the way?

Ms. Miers's SARAH'S DUKE launches a series about second sons. She is examining how it feels to be marginalized your whole life, only to be thrust into the spotlight as an adult. How do you simultaneously grieve for your lost loved ones and manage an estate with no training? It is an interesting situation to place your characters in and creates a situation in which they are forced to rise to the occasion.

Unfortunately, there are enough missing, incorrect, and misspelled words that it is difficult to read the story. It is unclear even what Oliver's brother's name is: Gerard or Gerald. These inconsistencies derail the central narrative. In spite of this problem, both stories manage to capture the reader's imagination and transport them to Regency England. If you like historical narratives and are willing to be patient, you will find these stories worth your time.
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