- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon (March 28 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062469851
- ISBN-13: 978-0062469854
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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- #3153 in Victorian Historical Romance (Books)
The Truth About Love and Dukes: Dear Lady Truelove Mass Market Paperback – Mar 28 2017
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“worth reading... An interesting tale from a well-respected author.” (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned over twenty-five historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is a two-time recipient of romance fiction’s highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband and two diva cats. Laura loves hearing from readers, and you can contact her via her website: www.lauraleeguhrke.com.
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OK, slight spoiler alert here...
I finally gave up at 75% when the h and H discussed, calmly and dispassionately, the possibility of having an affair. Never mind she's a virgin who is all of a sudden spouting off about believing in "free love", he is supposedly so haunted by his dishonorable past mistake that he is now so honorable that he borders on priggish, they both have family they are trying to protect (it was the need to protect their families that is the crux of the story and the very reason the heroine is under the hero's roof to begin with, for pity sake) but they contemplate risking/ruining them should their future affair be discovered. The story is just all over the place. Not to say I won't give the author's next book a try, because perhaps this one was just a fluke. But I would not recommend this book to fans of historical romance, not when there are so many other great stories out there.
The H is a starchy duke who's in a tizzy because his mother is on the verge of marrying an Italian painter, 20 years her junior and an admitted fortune hunter AND she's settling half her personal fortune on him. He blames Lady Truelove, the pseudonym for the h, for this disaster and calls on her to demand that she set matters straight.
The h is struggling to keep her family's publishing business afloat by publishing a scandal sheet in which, unfortunately, a letter by the H's mother figures prominently. Actually, it made no sense to me that the duchess allowed her letter to be published; (Lady Truelove gave her the option of keeping it private.) So why did she? Well, so that through that little contrivance, we would have a story. Easy-peasy! Well, I don't hang out with dummies and I feel a tad resentful when an author assumes I'm stupid.
The h is also a suffragist. In other words, she is every powerful duke's nightmare. But she's beautiful:) The suffragist angle reminded me of Consuelo Vanderbilt and we all know what a love nest her marriage wasn't!
She and her sister are brought into the duke's household for two weeks so that the h may convince the mother of her error. She and the sister are also put back into the good graces of their grandfather, a viscount who had disowned their mother.
Anyway, there they are, in the duke's home for two weeks during the Season, wearing their ready-made frocks to all the fetes, surrounded by women dressed by modistes. Don't tell me they wouldn't feel like the sore thumbs sticking out! Once again, the author thinks we're a bit dim.
The romance gets going, as they tend to do in HRs, and we muddle our way into a HEA. And if ever a novel called for an epilogue, this was it. As it was, sans epilogue, I had trouble wrapping my head around how the two lovebirds would manage in the real world.
The only author I ever compare Ms.Guhrke to is herself. She has written some brilliant novels. Sadly, I don't think this one comes close in depth to those, or even to the novels that lacked such briliance but were still very good. But, even though I'm not wild about this one, Ms. Guhrke's writing held up. Her writing is always good.
FINAL DECISION: A cold, old-fashioned man and a woman who works publishing a newspaper. These two should be complete opposites, but instead is an unveiling of the true nature of the selves.
THE STORY: Henry, Duke of Torquil is determined to make "Lady Truelove" pay for advising his mother to go with her heart and marry a penniless artist. When he goes to confront the writer at the paper, he meets Irene Deverill, the publisher (and secretly Lady Truelove herself). When he demands that Irene fix the problem that she caused, the two are put into close contact. An attraction turns into an affair that threatens the lives each is seeking to lead.
OPINION: Can I be honest? Henry starts out the book being pretty much an arse about everything. Determined that his life go smoothly, he is arrogant, self-absorbed and a definite snob. Jerk is another name for him. But isn't it good when he gets his comeuppance? Just you wait till the end of the book.
I am always impressed when an author can draw readers into a character such that an unsympathetic character can be understood and ultimately become a hero. Gurhke does such a good job here. Henry hides a sensitive soul under old-fashioned, rigid behavior.
Just what he needs is the unconventional vibrant Irene. A woman who has expanded her horizons (somewhat from necessity until she decided she liked it), Irene is a suffragist and a businesswoman. She is unconventional and believes deeply in love.
The romance between these two starts out slowly and it appears that they are doomed to be a mismatched. But as we get to know these two, we find out that they both are the caretakers of their families. As the superficial layers of the two are peeled away, it becomes clear that the two have more in common than they expected. That combined with an intense passion leaves them both with the question -- what will they give up for love?
Another part of this book that I really like is that it sits on the edge between traditional and modern society. Taking place in the age of indoor plumbing and telephones, there is a real tension between the old ways and the new ones. The characters have to confront this reality again and again. It is a refreshing spot for a romance and I really enjoyed it.
WORTH MENTIONING: I wish we had learned more about Henry's mother and her lover. Their story fascinated me as well.
CONNECTED BOOKS: THE TRUTH ABOUT DUKES is the first book in the Dear Lady Truelove series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.