This is an excellent story as is gives a very good example of how grief and lack of confidence can affect a person. A couple of question which I feel were not made clear. When the Duke sees the fire at Anne and David’s house. What about the neighbours? Surely some one would have come to help. Secondly after they were reunited , what about Anne and David’s house, when they returned home to a burnt out shell? Did the Duke help them in some way? I would have expected that to have been noted as Anne had been very helpful to her cousin . All in all a good story but a few loose ends.
A predictable and much over-done Master/governess storyline. The characters had depth, but very little substance - too perfect despite their physical flaws. There weren't many twists to the story, which moved along steadily, but slowly. From the start I knew who the villain was, although not how they would be dealt with. Inconsistencies and inaccuracies with the historical details made me question if the time period was Georgian, Regency or Victorian.
Inconsistencies in the story were also distracting. For example, at one point the heroine, Jane, muses on the fact that her father would have been proud of the way that she behaved, yet we were told earlier on in the story that she did not know who her father was, and was brought up by the Marquis that her mother had worked for. Another example was the dinner party with the Duke's brother and "soon-to-be-wife", yet earlier in the story the Duke has already apologised for not being able to attend his brother's wedding because of his self-imposed exile. So, was the brother married or not married yet?!?! A good editor would have picked up on these inconsistencies. Minor typos might have been edited too.
Despite all the above, the story was an easy and sweet read, with enough angst and romance. It was also clean, so quite a suitable read for YAs. I must admit this story was much better than some of the other books I've read. With a proper editor, I think this author has promise.
Jane’s a Governess and was fired from her last position because the husband wanted to have ungodly relationship with Jane, but she kept avoiding him and never leads him on. Michael was married and a fire took her life leaving him with a son Samuel.
I truly liked the story line and it is a great book.
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Duke of Fire is filled with characters you can cheer for; and dastardly villian's that will get what they deserve. Well written and paced. Michael is scarred by fire in an attempt to save his wife Elizabeth. As a result of the fire he is subject of rumours and innuendo that he is a murderer. Jane seeing the man he is, sees beyond the story. Excellent story, thoroughly enjoyed it! Recommended!