Our hero and heroine play their part perfectly and willingly, following the rules of Polite Society. Though when love ambles into their relationship, logic no longer rules. The rules be damned!
Title: Duchess By Mistake book 2, House of Haverstock Series
Author: Cheryl Bolen
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)
Story Setting: England, early 1800’s
Published By: Harper & Appleton
Published Date: April 7, 2015
House of Haverstock Series
Lady by Chance
Duchess by Mistake
Description of Story: Another of Cheryl Bolen’s classic marriage-of-convenience stories
An innocent visit to the Duke of Aldridge’s to request a donation for her war widows puts Lady Elizabeth Upton in the midst of a most shocking scandal. . .
The Duke of Aldridge offers for his best friend’s sister, Lady Elizabeth Upton, after a mix-up sends her to his bedchamber—just as he’s emerging from his bath. She most certainly does not want to force the duke’s hand, but how can she bear the shame her scandalous behavior has cast upon her dear brother, the Marquess of Haverstock?
Once she agrees to marry her childhood heartthrob, Elizabeth realizes she wants nothing more than to win her husband’s love. But capturing his heart is no easy task when former loves threaten to destroy the fragile bonds of their marriage.
My Thoughts: Philip Ponsby, better known as Aldridge since he was the duke of Aldridge, was back in England after five years of gallivanting around Europe, sowing his oats, so to speak and most recently sowing them with Contessa Savatini who looked much like the woman he lost in marriage to his best friend many years back.
Now, back in England, at 32, he wants to take the reins of his dukedom seriously and just possibly make a difference against the monster Napoleon. Napoleon was trolling Europe conquering lands creating ever greater armies. Not would stop him but force, backed by money and plenty of it. Determined to use his talent at the Foreign Office and the House of Lords he energetically reintroduced himself into the society he left five years previous to make a difference for his country. Would he be successful?
Lady Elizabeth Upton had swallowed the pain of unrequited love with a young captain who went off to war, one who never wrote a letter. When her brother, Captain James, had requested her to check on the widow of one of his friends who served with him and died, she helped as she could and had the brilliant idea of helping more than just this one widow, if she could find them a place to stay. This idea of compassion for others and the need to solve it, my dear reader, changed Lady Elizabeth’s life overnight. It also changed the duke of Aldridge’s.
Caught in an uncompromising position (all Aldridge’s fault), he asked her brother for her hand. She realized if she didn’t accept the proposal her good name would be ruined. The marriage was very polite, very correct and very dry. Oh, one point here, they were very compatible in bed, so much so, Philip did not think of having a mistress as titled men were oft to do. His heart wasn’t engaged. That being said, remember that appearances are not what they always seem.
The problem with this marriage was deliciously ironic. They had it all, the perfect marriage, the correct partner, wealth, but they weren’t willing to let the smoldering kindle ignite the heart. Each started falling in love with the other, yet neither dare utter the important words which change everything. How could they, since neither wanted to be the fool finding their love unreciprocated?
We can take away from this story some very important thoughts:
- Don’t be afraid to express how you feel, you may lose everything you have ever wanted.
- Giving is more satisfying and gratifying than receiving.
- Not everything is as it appears. Assuming may create more hurt.
- Be sure if you don’t get who your heart wants, don’t connect with another just because of the similarity of build and appearances. It is a recipe for disaster as our lovely hero and heroine find out.
Cheryl Bolen paints this lovely regency read with turmoil of the heart, hidden inner conflict and anguish of a significant degree which strengthen both Philip and Elizabeth. Perhaps that is the cruelest of pains and then the most beneficial.
About the Author (bio from Cheryl’s website http://www.CherylBolen.com)
Cheryl Bolen is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen Regency-set historical romance novels. Her books have placed in several writing contests, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into 11 languages. She was named Notable New Author in 1999, and in 2006 she won the Holt Medallion (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent) for Best Short Historical Novel. Her books have become Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestsellers.
A former journalist who admits to a fascination with dead Englishwomen, Cheryl is a regular contributor to The Regency Plume, The Regency Reader, and The Quizzing Glass. Many of her articles can found on her website, www.CherylBolen.com, and more recent ones on her blog, www.CherylsRegencyRamblings.wordpress.com. Readers are welcomed at both places.
Cheryl holds a dual degree in English and journalism from the University of Texas, and she earned a master’s degree from the University of Houston. She and her professor husband are the parents of two sons, one who is an attorney, and the other a journalist. Her favorite things to do are watching the Longhorns, reading letters and diaries of Georgian Englishmen, and traveling to England.
Cheryl’s Writing Awards
My Lord Wicked ~Winner Best Historical Novel in the 2012 International Digital Awards
Christmas at Farley Manor ~ Winner 2012 Best Historical Novella (Hearts Through History RWA chapter)
With His Lady’s Assistance ~ Finalist, 2012 International Digital Award for long historical
The Earl’s Bargain ~ Finalist, 2012 International Digital Award for long historical
One Golden Ring ~First Place, Best Short Historical, Holt Medallion Contest, 2006 Third Place, Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2006
The Counterfeit Countess ~ Honorable Mention, Daphne du Maurier Award for Historical Romantic Mystery Suspense, 2006 Fourth Place, Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2006
An Improper Proposal ~ Third Place, Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2005
With His Ring ~ Finalist, Best Historical, Texas Gold, 2003
A Duke Deceived ~ Notable New Author Award Winner, 1999 Holt Medallion Honorable Mention, Best First Book, 1998
Houston Press Club: 1st. place, series 2nd. place, features 3rd. place, spot news reporting 3rd. place, headline writing
Texas Community Newspaper Association: 2nd place, series 2nd. place features and have been translated into almost a dozen languages.