The Duchess Takes a Husband

Berkley. (Gilded Age Heiresses, Bk. 4). May 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780593440988. pap. $8.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
The heiress who arguably most deserves a happily-ever-after finally finds love and learns to make her own way in the world in the fourth book of St. George’s “Gilded Age Heiresses” series, after The Lady Tempts an Heir. American “Dollar Princess” Camille, now the Dowager Duchess of Hereford after her horrible husband’s death, decides to ask Jacob Thorne, co-owner of an infamous club and the illegitimate son of an earl, for help discovering if she can find pleasure with a man. In exchange, she agrees to a fake engagement in order to help Jacob gain backing for a new business venture. Camille ends up on a voyage of self-discovery, working through the ways she suffered at the hands of her husband and exploring how she can help ensure other women don’t suffer her same fate. In previous books, Camille was a contrast to the true love that her friends found. Particularly for readers of the rest of the series, it’s emotionally rewarding to see a woman who had been so downtrodden finally find the happiness she deserves.
VERDICT This sexy and emotionally rich story is the perfect way to wrap up this excellent Gilded Age–set series.
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