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Lilian and the Irresistible Duke (Secrets of a Victorian Household) Kindle Edition
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When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then, one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Twenty books and two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07ZPFDKTP
- Publisher : Mills & Boon Historical (1 February 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 911 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
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The first three books in the series featured the three adult children of the Fairclough family finding their happily ever afters; this final book features their widowed mother, Lilian, who at forty-five with her children all grown and married finds herself in something of a mid-life crisis. She’s become surplus to requirements in her own life, and she’s clearly at a crossroads, unsure of what path her life will take from here on out. Convinced to accompany her relative Alexandra on a trip to Rome, she almost immediately encounters Pietro, an arrogant duke with whom she had a previous encounter in London. An encounter which involved a kiss.
Lilian is a delightful heroine, one mature enough to have no truck with games, something she makes clear to Pietro at the outset and reinforces whenever he attempts to dismiss her concerns. While she and Pietro are both widowers, they have very different backstories; Lilian loved her husband, whereas Pietro’s marriage was a disaster, making him deeply cynical about love. The pair fall in love over a shared passion for art, and the descriptions of Rome as it must have been seen through Victorian eyes are a delight to read, the author having obviously deeply immersed themselves in research of the location and period.
Because this is a romance, everything gets resolved in the end, of course, though there was one question I genuinely thought needed addressing, which was the question of Pietro’s heir. It seemed an obvious question for Lilian, at least, to ask; a duke without a son must want an heir, and why wouldn’t Pietro therefore be seeking a bride of childbearing age? Honestly it would have been a simple matter to include a younger brother/nephew/cousin who is a fine, responsible young man and therefore remove the concern, but since it wasn’t addressed, I was left to wonder. It was a small niggle, though, and one which didn’t spoil my genuine enjoyment of this second-chance romance with a couple both in middle age. Five stars for a delightful read.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via Rachel’s Random Resources.
The consistency of the character’s personalities across multiple authors was amazing. The fact that Lillian and Millie are quite similar was great. I’m assuming a lot of work had to go into getting these kinds of facts aligning, but I’m so glad they took the time to do it!
For those that are reading multiple books in the series this means a lot. While also allowing each character to have their own unique voice and style as each book is written by someone new. Rather than feeling weird that the writing style was a bit different it was great!
It allowed me to focus more on the story I was reading rather than why they felt too different, or too similar. And I was definitely engrossed in the story! Damn all those times I had to stop reading to get off a plane, to get ready for my new puppy and to have to go to the gym. Those times sucked!