THE UNEXPECTED DUCHESS
This isn’t just an imaginative twist on Cyrano de Bergerac, or a battle of wills. Bowman has crafted a smart, witty, sassy and utterly delightful romance that will have readers laughing out loud and shedding tears of happiness. Bowman truly hits her stride with her appealing characters and charming plot. This is not to be missed by love and laughter fans!
Lady Lucy Upton is determined to help her dearest friend Lady Cassandra avoid being courted by Derek Hunt, the Duke of Claringdon. Outspoken Lucy plans to hide in the bushes and whisper just the right words to Cass. Instead, Derek drags Lucy out of the hedgerow before her plan can truly take shape. All Derek wants is peace after years of fighting Napoleon. Cass is a sweet and quiet girl and will make a fine wife. However, it is Lucy who sparks his interest and his temper. The path to happiness is far from smooth; there’s Cass to consider, Cass’ parents, the queen and even the Prince Regent to overcome before the final skirmish of words is done. (ST. MARTIN’S, May, 336 pp., $7.99)