An Unlikely Duchess by Nadine Millard

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    For a debut novel, I thought the book was extremely well written, both in plot and style with all the necessary earmarks of an exciting story, propelling me enthusiastically through the listen.

    Edward Crawdon, Duke of Hartridge, is being forced by his slightly overbearing but loving mother to spend time with her old friends at their estate in Ireland. He does not know it, but a contract exists between the two families stating that Edward must marry their eldest daughter.

    On the day of his arrival, Edward meets Lady Rebecca, Caroline’s younger sister, under very unusual circumstances. Edward cannot stop thinking about Lady Rebecca, but she is completely unsuited to being a duchess. However, she becomes rather a toast of the Ton, and even though he cannot marry her, Edward realizes that he cannot stand idly by and watch Rebecca marry someone else.

    Will Edward admit his true feelings for Rebecca? Will he defy his responsibilities and duties, his idea of a “proper” duchess, and follow his heart?

    Review by Terra:

    Nadine Millard
    Nadine Millard

    This was a lovely, sweet, and beautiful romantic novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was I admit a bit predictable, but that’s not such a bad thing for me. I was already expecting that. So I was just along for the ride. I was very happy with the flow and detail in the story.

    What I enjoyed most though was the narrator I think. Then again I’m a sucker for accents, so that may play a major roll in my preference. LOL, I admit her male voices where not very masculine, but you can tell she put as much emotion into them as was called for.

    Making it easy to fall into the story and get lost in it. If your looking for a light romantic novel with a happy ending I recommend this one!

    Review by BookTalk with Eileen:

    This is one of those listens where you’re either smiling like a fool or chuckling. I usually do my listens as I work in the house. My hubby probably thought me strange indeed! 
For a debut novel, I thought the book was extremely well written, both in plot and style with all the necessary earmarks of an exciting story, propelling me enthusiastically through the listen.

    It was well thought-out with plenty of action with no scenes lacking good pacing. I would certainly continue to look for reads from this author and hope to continue the series with book 2.

It must have been very hard to be a klutz during the Regency era where Polite Society picked apart any actions which didn’t follow the rules and norm of a proper lady or gentleman.

    Lady Rebecca very innocently got herself into a devil of a problem, not just occasionally, but all the time. If Lady Rebecca had been anything less than she was, the duke would not have noticed her. Their mix of tempers and her outspokenness, led to delightful scenes, rather like a sparring match and quite entertaining.

    I enjoyed the narrators energy and playful tone in the humorous parts of the story. Even though she didn’t deepen her voice for male characters, it didn’t seem to bother me. I so enjoyed how the narrator depicted George Simons, an evil man who was slightly insane. She truly made him sound demonic and definitely Irish. I’d also like to remark Ms. Crick’s crying scenes were very authentic along with the sniffing and the audible gasp heard in dialog where appropriate.

    Since this story took place, partially in Ireland and the rest of the time in London, it was interesting to hear Lady Rebecca’s maid with her Irish lilt and speech common to servants of that time.

 Lady Caroline, sister to Lady Rebecca was the epitome of grace, properness and beauty.

    This was not ‘her’ story, but her character was well-developed and I’m sure she will appear in book 2 of this series. Lady Caroline had been the one his late father had wanted him to marry. Certainly, she was the perfect one, but he felt nothing. That is to say, nothing for her, but her minx of a sister, being most unsuitable duchess material, had not only captivated His Grace, but amused him when life had become rather boring since becoming duke.