ROMANCE

My American Duchess

Avon. Feb. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780062389435. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062389442. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Aware that word of her two broken engagements has followed her to England, American heiress Merry Pelford knows that, despite her wealth, her chances of fitting in with the ton and making a good match are less than ideal. When dashing Lord Cedric Allardyce suddenly proposes, she is overwhelmed and accepts. But Cedric's elder twin, the Duke of Trent, is not so thrilled. Not only is he captivated by the outspoken American, but he knows the disreputable truth about his brother and will do anything to save Merry from disaster.
VERDICT With lively banter, sly wit, and elegant prose, James cleverly guides a stubborn American heiress and an arrogant duke to the altar in a seductive late-Georgian romp that is graced with fascinating historical detail and well-placed Shakespearean references. James (Four Nights with the Duke) lives in the New York City area.
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