Cinderella and the Duke written by Janice Preston, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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Never welcomed into society circles, Rosalind Allen gave up her marriage prospects long ago―life has taught her she’ll only get hurt. So she’s shocked when an encounter with a mysterious stranger makes her long to reconsider…
Little does Rosalind know that her mystery man is Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton, travelling in disguise to evade the ladies of the ton! Impoverished Rosalind is the first woman to captivate Leo―but can he persuade this wary Cinderella to trust him with her heart?
What more could you want from a Regency Romance? Country settings with grand houses, a damsel forsaking her own happiness looking after her younger siblings, a handsome stranger with chiselled features, society’s scripted choreography of courtship and a scoundrel/villain to despise?! Cinderella and the Duke had all this and it was a treat to read.
I’m getting quite a taste for this genre, the authors, including Janice Preston, have transported me to a time of hardship for many but also to a time of pomp and ceremony. A time when young ladies were chaperoned and introduced to society. A time when wearing your best for a walk in the park was a necessity. This era is so fascinating to read about and fictional stories do bring it to life.
In Cinderella and the Duke we meet 30 year old Rosalind Allen who with her brother have fled to the country in Buckinghamshire to get away from Sir Peter Tadlow, who had been recently appointed guardian to their stepsister Nell. Sir Peter was a rogue and was helping himself to Nell’s inheritance and had set his sights on marrying Nell off to a very unsuitable suitor. Nell, thankfully, had fled to London to visit her aunt in readiness of her debut into society with a view to finding a more savoury husband.
During one of Rosalind’s many walks in the country she happens across a group of gentlemen including one very smarmy character whom unsettles Rosalind. However, one of the other gentlemen unsettles her in a very different way; a beautifully chiselled man with the darkest of hair.
For the last fourteen years Rosalind has taken the roll of mother to her brother Freddie, her stepsister Nell and stepbrother Jack. Rosalind has forsaken her own chance of finding love to raise her siblings. Now at 30 years of age she fears her courting times have gone but her heart is betraying her with feelings she has not felt before after this brief encounter with this handsome stranger.
Leo Beauchamp is the sixth Duke of Cheriton, since the death of his wife over 10 years ago he has singlehandedly brought up his three children. Whilst away from the city he likes to take on a different persona, away from the ladies vying for his attention wishing to become the next Duchess. Leo too feels a little unsettled following the encounter with Rosalind Allen, he cannot get the woman out of his mind. Rosalind is very different to the ladies that parade around him. Further chance encounters bring Rosalind and Leo together and the chemistry is almost magnetic and quite enticing.
This was a gorgeous tale of love, family, ownership and courtship.
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