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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Review of THE UNCLAIMED DUCHESS

THE UNCLAIMED DUCHESS
Jenna Petersen
Avon, September 2010
ISBN:  9780061934995

Ann Danvers has been betrothed to Rhys Carlisle, the Duke of Waverly, since they were children.  This arranged marriage means more than that to Ann , because she has loved Rhys since she first met him.  Unfortunately, a secret about Rhys' family threatens their marriage and their happiness.

THE UNCLAIMED DUCHESS is an enjoyable historical  romance, which focuses on the relationship between Rhys and Ann and could almost be considered a cabin romance, even though they are in a cottage.  Rhys, who was raised by an emotionally distant man, is something of a snob, who was taught to uphold the superiority of his bloodlines.  Because of his upbringing, Rhys keeps his emotions in check and steers clear of scandal.  When a secret is revealed to him, Rhys has an identity crisis and flees London and his very new marriage.  Ann, who has been brought up to be a proper duchess, makes a momentous decision and follows Rhys, in order to fight for her marriage.   Ann is a wonderful heroine, who is warm, compassionate, determined, and strong.  The growth of Rhys' character is wonderful to see-- it is almost Darcy-like.

Overall, THE UNCLAIMED DUCHESS is an entertaining read, which I recommend.  However, sticklers for historical accuracy may find the dialogue a little too modern for their tastes.

NOTE:  I won this copy of THE UNCLAIMED DUCHESS and gave an impartial review.

2 comments:

Karen said...

I'm just starting to read HR's. They are hit or miss for me but this sounds interesting. Maybe the more modern language would be a plus for me.

chelleyreads said...

Great review:)