ROMANCE

Say Yes to the Duke

Avon. (Wildes of Lindow Castle, Bk. 5). May 2020. 400p. ISBN 9780062878069. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Considering that wallflower debutante Viola Astley can’t attend a ball without wanting to throw up, only a quiet and reserved husband will suit her shy temperament—someone like her parish’s new vicar, the serious and handsome Reverend Marlowe. What she doesn’t need is a husband like the opinionated Devin Elstan, Duke of Wynter, whom she overhears insulting her in a library. Their families are in favor of the match, however, and Devin begins to regret his initial judgment when he discovers Viola’s hidden charms. Even when Viola agrees to marry him, Devin’s trust issues cause his jealousy to flare, particularly as Viola and Marlowe work together to stage a production of the story of Noah’s Ark to raise money for the parish. Viola, meanwhile, can’t understand why her husband doesn’t see that she’s completely besotted with him.
VERDICT Though it takes some time for the story to warm up in the first act, best-selling James (Three Weeks with Lady X) comes through with another heartfelt, sensuous entry in the Wilde family saga (after Say No to the Duke).

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