When a Duke Loves a Governess

St. Martin’s Paperbacks. (Unlikely Duchesses, Bk. 3). Aug. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781250174499. pap. $8.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Becoming a governess seems like a backwards move for orphaned Tessa James, who desperately wants to open her own millinery shop. But when she hears that Guy Whitby, Duke of Carlin, needs someone to care for his daughter while he travels the world, Tessa sees a chance to get one step closer to her dream. The duke’s daughter has a reputation as a difficult ward, having chased away several governesses already. The duke is able to overlook Tessa’s lack of qualification when she quickly proves her skill at managing his feisty four-year-old. He has inherited a ducal title, estates, and a dramatic family history, but his weakness for his daughter and eventually for Tessa make him pause for the first time in years. Meanwhile, Tessa’s growing affection for the charming Carlin and his stubborn daughter is distracting her from her ultimate goal. Mysteries erupt from Tessa’s and Carlin’s pasts, throwing Tessa further off course and making her question her wants and aims.
VERDICT Pirate treasure maps, trips to the circus, and genealogical mysteries make this an exciting third entry in Drake’s “Unlikely Duchesses” series (after Forever My Duke).
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