The Duke Knows Best

Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Duke's Sons, Bk. 5). Dec. 2017. 354p. ISBN 9781492621683. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781492621690. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Verity Sinclair was raised in the staid environment of the Chester Cathedral with her father, the dean, and she is finally having her first London Season—and looking for adventure. She certainly doesn't want to marry a country vicar, even one as handsome and wellborn as Lord Randolph Gresham. Fortunately, Randolph isn't interested in Verity, either. She's far too opinionated, and there's the embarrassing matter of the ram in the Christmas pageant that landed him in the Archbishop's bad graces and is sure not to sit well with Verity's straitlaced father. She is definitely off his list, so why is he being asked to sing an impromptu duet with her at a party? The flawless blending of their voices and the pure joy of the moment stun them both, forcing the pair to rethink their feelings as well as their individual goals.
VERDICT Smart repartee, a host of delightful characters, exceptional period detail, and music so beautifully described that readers can almost hear it float off the page make this exquisite charmer one to savor. Ashford (Nothing Like a Duke) lives in Beverly Hills, CA.
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