Synopsis: Thomas Cavendish is the Duke of Wyndham. Amelia Willoughby has been betrothed to the duke since birth. When Thomas’s cousin, Jack, arrives on the scene, Thomas’s claim upon the title is put into question, as is to whom Amelia is really engaged. Can Thomas overcome this devastating blow? Will Amelia marry the man she loves?
Cover: I do not know if the artist was feeling inspired or uninspired when they were working on this cover… I don’t mean the artwork itself, as it rather nicely ties in with the previous book, but rather who is on the cover. Is it just me or does the hero look a lot like a brunette Brat Pitt and the heroine a blond Bree Turner?
Point of View: This novel is the companion to The Lost Duke of Wyndham that I previously reviewed. It takes place at the same time as the other novel, portraying the same events, but from Thomas’ and Amelia’s perspective giving you the other side of the story.
Romance: I rather like the love story in this book. It’s so… backwards. Thomas and Amelia have been betrothed since he was seven and she was born, but they still hadn’t married by the time she was 21 and essentially “on the shelf”. Then, mere days before everything is put in question, Thomas and Amelia start getting to know each other as would friends –a good thing to be in a marriage. It isn’t until there is the possibility of not marrying one another that they realize all that they had and may not get to keep. It reminds the reader not to take for granted what they have in their own lives.
Quote: Thomas most prided himself upon his ability to find humor in the absurd. And this was definitely absurd.
The Verdict: Put this novel in your TBR pile with the companion novel I previously reviewed. Also, get your hands on the Bridgerton books as they are just as good, if not better!
What would you do if everything you lived for were taken away from you? What would you do if everyone had a say in your life but you?