Someday My Duke Will Come

Forever: Grand Central. (Isle of Synne, Bk. 2). Jan. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9781538717509. pap. $8.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Thirty-one-year-old Clara Ashford has lived a quiet life dedicated to her family after a youthful indiscretion. With her younger sister about to marry, Clara wonders about her future. Meanwhile, Clara’s crush, Quincy Nesbitt, who has returned to London after living in America, discovers he is the Duke of Reigate with a bankrupt estate. His scheming mother tries to get him to marry a meek but rich lady of her choosing, but Clara and Quincy foil her plans by claiming they are engaged.
VERDICT Britton (“Twice Shy” series) uses the familiar fake engagement trope to further the romantic ties between Quincy and Clara, both of whom have beautifully detailed yet tragic backstories. Unfortunately, challenges to their romance and also Quincy’s dukedom are resolved a bit too conveniently to be believable. Series fans will enjoy following the characters from the first in the “Isle of Synne” series, who play prominent roles in this second installment. New readers should start with the first book, A Good Duke Is Hard To Find.
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