About An Unfamiliar Duke

An Unfamiliar Duke

At eleven years of age, Rosalind Ainsworth was convinced that Sebastian Lumley, the future Duke of Kelbrook, was the most odious young man she’d ever met. And ten years later, after having had no contact with the nobleman in the intervening time, her opinion of him has not changed. Unfortunately, neither has the marriage contract their fathers signed soon after her birth.

As Rosalind’s twenty-first birthday and the appointed wedding day approaches, Sebastian makes a rare appearance in London. His first meeting with Rosalind since childhood goes less than perfectly, but Sebastian has a compelling reason for honoring their marriage contract—a reason outlined in a document kept behind his workshop’s locked door. 

After a quick wedding, the new couple relocates to Finley Park, where their acquaintanceship slowly blossoms into affection. But when Sebastian’s secretive work threatens their fledgling relationship and Rosalind’s life is placed in jeopardy, Sebastian finds himself forced to choose between the man he has pledged to help and the woman he has come to love. 

My review

There aren’t many authors who can do what Sian Bessey does. She takes you to a time and place, introduces you to amazing characters. And then, just when you think all is well, she throws in a bit of danger and intrigue as well. I loved this book, so much!

Rosalind knew Sebastian when she was a girl. And, he would not let her into his treehouse. Much to her horror, she discovered that she was to marry him on her 21st birthday, without her consent. That’s not a great footing to base a marriage on. But…I loved watching the way Rosalind grew to care for her husband. The list of his good qualities versus his bad ones was so great! And Rosalind is such a brave young woman. There were several parts in this book that she showed her bravery and courage.

Sebastian is the kind of man who hides out in his locked workshop and forgets dinner with his new wife. But he’s also the kind of man who can admit that he needs to change and work on himself. And he cares deeply for his household staff, those who live on his land, and his wife. I loved the scene where the two of them work on arithmetic.

And don’t miss the ending of this one! It’ll get your heart pumping and make you worried for both Rosalind and Sebastian. This is such a great book!

I was sent an e-copy of an An Unfamiliar Duke as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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