UNDONE BY THE DUKE
Book one in the Secrets in Silk quartet deals with heartwrenching fears and emotions on the way to Victoria and Jonathan’s happily ever after. A menacing foe is both dangerous and greedy, and adds to the tension. Well written, aptly conveying a strong sense of family among the sisters, the quartet shows great promise.
Victoria suffers from a crippling shyness that keeps her confined to home. She secretly contributes extra funds to the household by designing unmentionables for a London modiste. When Jonathan arrives on her doorstep with a severe bullet wound, she stitches him up. She’s unaware he’s a duke and gets to know him without the distraction of his title. Her mother returns from London to find them alone and demands a wedding. Victoria realizes her marriage is a way to save not only her family from financial ruin but the crofters as well. Once at his London home, Jonathan’s demeanor changes. He’s haunted by a past Victoria knows nothing about, and she fears the growing chasm between them. (MONTLAKE, Feb., 370 pp., $12.95)