THE WINTER BRIDE
Engrossing and unexpected, this may be Duran’s finest novel yet. With humor, pathos and joy, Duran has crafted a battle-of-wills romance not easily forgotten. The strong and well-drawn characters play out their story against a dark backdrop. Readers will effortlessly navigate the quick-paced, twisting and turning plot. Here’s one you won’t put down!
Damaris Chance is living a wonderful life and, thus, is fearful of her coming out — especially since the Honorable Freddy Monkton-Coombs will be chaperoning her. Freddy is drawn to the lovely Damaris, so then his mother begins pushing Freddy toward marriage he thinks a fake betrothal to Damaris will take care of the problem. Damaris agrees, and slowly they fall in love. As their secrets are revealed, their love is tested. Damaris will do whatever she must to free Freddy from guilt and bring his family together as he will help her heal from her dark past. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Apr., 320 pp., $7.99)