ROMANCE

A Duke Too Far

Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Way to a Lord’s Heart, Bk. 4). May 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781492663447. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Peter Rathbone, Duke of Compton, may be titled, but his estate is falling to pieces around him. Grieving the recent death of his sister, Delia, Peter is shocked when a carriage full of her school friends arrive at his far-removed property. Among them is Ada Grandison, who is haunted by the memory of a perplexing message Delia left about a family treasure. Ada is convinced that if she and her friends can decipher the code in Delia’s note, she’ll overcome the strange feelings. Replenishing the family coffers would certainly allow Peter to fix his untidy affairs and become worthy of the alluring Ada, but putting hope in a legend that may or may not be true won’t be easy for the practical duke. Ada, her friends, and even the Earl of Macklin will have to work hard to convince Peter to learn to trust more and to see that the riches worth seeking are something far greater than gold.
VERDICT Ashford continues this sweet Regency series (after How To Cross a Marquess) with a irresistible love story featuring a fearless heroine and a reluctant hero who find the answers they’re searching for in each other, aided by an entertaining ensemble of secondary characters. Series fans will gravitate toward this title, but new readers should start with the first book, Brave New Earl.

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