ROMANCE

The Truth About Love and Dukes

Avon. (Dear Lady Truelove, Bk. 1). Apr. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780062469854. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062469861. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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OrangeReviewStarHenry Cavanaugh, Duke of Torquil, is furious when he discovers that his widowed mother plans to take the advice of scandal sheet columnist "Lady Truelove" to follow her heart and marry a ne'er-do-well Italian artist. He confronts Irene Deverill, the Society Snippets' outspoken publisher, and gets something of a tongue-lashing for his trouble. Taking matters into his own hands, Henry makes a deal with Irene's father to buy the paper in return for introducing Irene and her younger sister into society and paving the way for a reconciliation with the girls' estranged, titled grandparents. Now the boss, Henry proffers a choice: while living in Henry's family's mansion, Irene must persuade his mother not to marry the artist or he will shut the paper down. Verbal and emotional sparks fly as Henry and Irene try to resist their inexplicable attraction—with very poor results. A fiercely independent heroine determined to control her own life and a hero whose rigid upbringing wars with his innately sensitive side are caught off-guard by their feelings and forced to rethink their ideas about love, marriage, and women's rights.
VERDICT This engaging Victorian romance is sure to enchant. Guhrke (No Mistress of Mine) lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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