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The Duke's Runaway Bride (Regency Belles of Bath Book 3) Kindle Edition
About the Author
Jenni Fletcher studied English at Cambridge University before doing a PhD on Edwardian literature at Hull. Originally from the north coast of Scotland, she now lives in Yorkshire, where she juggles motherhood and writing. She loves the Medieval and Victorian periods and writes stories set in both.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B08PMJXJMC
- Publisher : Mills & Boon Historical (1 March 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 935 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 226 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 246,780 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book contains:
• Family violence in the form of control, both financially and mentally
Quinton & Beatrix
Quinton is the Duke of Howden and has been for about a year. Three to four months prior to the when the book starts, he marries Beatrix for her fortune since his family is dead broke thanks to his father wanting to leave them penniless. Not to mention all the other drama and emotional abuse he dolled out to Quinton’s whole family over the years.
Beatrix on the other hand has spent the past 12 years almost entirely confined to her room by her aunt and uncle after her parents pass on. The abuse she felt throughout that time shaped her actions and her view of the world from the moment she married Quinton.
Beatrix ran away on her wedding day (after marrying Quinton) to create a life of freedom. Only, she needs to get rid of her husband so she can truly be free and let him be free to find a new wife. The big hitch in that plan is that Quinton isn’t playing ball and instead convinces her to trial being married to him for 6 weeks.
During that time, they get to know each other, learn why the other behaved the way they did and show the world what a strong marriage looks like. But they still need to figure out how to communicate what they’re feeling at the end of the 6 weeks if they’re going to make the right decisions.
I’m really glad Jenni stayed true to the time period (she always does) and delved into how men treated their families in those times. I think to brush over it as if it never happened paints an inaccurate picture of how family violence has progress over the years and as if it’s a modern problem.
Yes, I wish it wasn’t something anyone had to worry about ever. But the truth is, in some way, shape or form, family violence has been perpetuated throughout history. To pretend like it hasn’t and like society as a whole has always objected to it (like I know some authors have done) doesn’t help anyone. So, thank you Jenni for always staying true to history and what actually happened!
Those kinds of details, even in other less obvious areas are what makes her books amazing to read. You know she’s put in the time and effort to research and be as true to the time as possible while still giving us a great romance and female empowering story.
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I am assuming there is a previous book in this series where all this occurs, but this volume begins with Beatrix hiding out in Bath, working in a bakery run by women, and hiding from her husband. He visits, convinces her to try being a duchess for six weeks, and the story is off and running.
The writing is good, the characters are interesting, and the hero is so very serious and honorable that you have to like him.
The story is one often used in HRs. An unhappy, dysfunctional family sneers at a woman who comes from the "lower orders" and has worked for a living. Her kindness and good heart win them all over and they become a healed, closely knit family.
I rather like reading the recurring plot, but I have trouble believing it. A desperately miserable, seriously flawed group of people, with class distinctions drilled into them for generations, is hardly likely to turn sweet and welcoming easily.
Then Sunday evening, I watched bits and pieces of Oprah's interview with Duchess Meghan and Duke Harry. "That's it!" I thought. "That's much more likely the way such a scenario would work out."
After the previous book, I have been left wondering about Belinda, or Beatrix when her identity is revealed.
Outside she was on the run, I had no idea about what or whom.
Why this story was such a delight, outside her evil guardian, there is no true villain in this tale, only people hurting and clawing at because of it.
And while Beatrix comes from a greedy and uncaring household, she lands in a very dysfunctional family. Each copying with their pain their own way.
Which brings together all the components for a bomb. And while it did not explode with blood and shredded skin, they are in for a lot of tears.
Beatrix thought by leaving her unfeeling uncle’s house, she would leave the past behind. Yet her new spouse appeared so cold and insensible, she could not go through an other similar experience than her life under uncaring kin.
And while she had to find her own footing, away from those seeking only her wealth, she discovered who she could be.
Quinton has tried for the past months to right the wrongs done by his selfish and egoistical sire. But in main time he numbed his feelings, choosing rigidity over warmth, righteousness over disorder. Thus he completely failed his betrothed, presenting himself under the worse light possible.
And now they have a trial period, will they be willing to explore and probe what could be between them.
I loved Beatrix came out her own shell, she makes mistakes as much as Quinton but she does not shy away from much needed discussions, she accepts she is at fault and is blunt in exchange. Both once they settled their misgivings toward the other, enter their probation time with their eyes fully open.
This is no love at first sight tale, it is on the long run, while discovering whom the other is from the inside, they slowly see the other under a different light. Together they come to term with what they really desire and not what she should do.
𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 onscreen mild lovemaking scenes.