2009 New Author Challenge, 5/5, Historical Romance

a-dukeFrom the back of the book:

When the rakish fifth Duke of Blakewell’s unexpected and shockingly lovely new ward arrives, she claims to carry a curse that has brought each of her previous guardians to an untimely end. As she tries to persuade him to release her to manage her own fortune, and he tries to find her a suitable husband, they become scandalously entangled. When several potentially deadly accidents befall the Duke, Henrietta is the only one who can help him…

This was a great beginning to a new series about three cousins and their grandmother. The grandmother has passed away, but through her letters we learn a lot about how the cousins act. The writing in this book flows really well and the plot is very simple – no twists and turns. I liked that the “hero” of the book didn’t start out as an ass as so many of the historical romance heroes do. Henrietta was an interesting character that was naively wise. She knew a lot about life, from living with so many guardians, but was very naive about men and life in London. I can’ t wait to read the other books in this trilogy.

the book girl rates this book a 5/5 – it is definitely staying on my keeper shelf!

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To find out more about the author: Amelia Grey