In Kent, England, the arrival of Beranger Northcott, Duke of Brightshire, causes a stir. Because with the duke comes his new American bride, who isn’t quite what anyone expects. By accepting the hand of her beloved, Emma Brinkman went from hardworking Colorado rancher to duchess. Now she’s expected to comport herself as nobility. Overnight. For Emma—stifled, homesick, and unable to shake the feeling she’s being watched—the metamorphosis is a challenge. And if Emma’s suspicions are correct, perhaps even a dangerous one.
Fortunately, Emma has found a trusted friend in the orphaned Charlotte, Brightshire’s scullery maid. Charlotte longs to experience—if only for a moment—the luxuries and gentry romance that come with a titled life. When one of the duke’s handsome cousins takes notice of Charlotte, the castle kitchen is set abuzz with speculation.
In navigating their two different stations, both servant and duchess alike will discover all they have in common—from secret fantasies to daring hearts to upending the rules of society. And that finding their places in the world—and love—is a dream that can come true—no matter the risks.
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**Cait Sidhe’s Review of An American Duchess**
I have a bit of a guilty pleasure when it comes to historical romances. I love the heiress trope. Caroline Fyffe’s American Duchess takes the typical heiress trope and flips it a bit. Typically, the duchess is from the northern east coast, usually Boston or the like. In this case, she’s from Colorado, running one of the biggest ranches with her sisters. After falling madly in love with transplanted Englishman Beranger North, she finds herself heading to England with him as the new Duke and Duchess of Brightshire.
There’s a lot happening in this book. There’s the new Duke and Duchess, who are adorable but there is also a second love story – that of Charlotte Aldridge, niece of the baker and Tristen Llewellyn, the nephew of the gamekeeper at the estate. Charlotte was taken in by her aunt, but pretty much can’t do anything well enough to satisfy her. By pure luck, she ends up filling in and is offered a position by the Duchess. Tristen’s story is completely different. Taken in by his aunt and uncle, he’s loved and is happy to take over the gamekeeper position when his uncle takes ill. On top of the love story, there are secrets and mystery. The Duke takes ill mysteriously, a letter of Emma’s disappears, and even the former Duke has secrets coming to light after his death.
I’m actually not a huge mystery fan but I like a bit of intrigue to my romance. It lends something to what might be an otherwise saccharine storyline. This had enough twists and turns to keep me interested. In fact, An American Duchess teetered on the edge of being an American Gothic in England. The romance was sweet without being overpowering and I really liked that Emma and Beranger, while had chaos around them, did not have drama in their relationship. Charlotte and Tristen really had me hoping for the best for them. They’ve had enough happen in their lives and deserved a bit of happiness. While there were quite a few cliches occurring along the way, I find that I don’t mind it in historical romance. Certainly, don’t read this if you are the type to pick apart language and historical fact in novels. However, if you like your romance with intrigue like I do, and don’t mind some historical fudging, then you can’t get much better than Caroline Fyffe!
I give An American Duchess 4 of 5 propellers!
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