No Other Duke Will Do (Windham Brides series) by Grace Burrowes
I’m always happy to receive an invitation to visit the Windham family through the novels of Grace Burrowes. In this book, we are invited to tag along as Miss Elizabeth Windham and Miss Charlotte Windham attend a three week house party in Wales! I find Wales fascinating, and yet very few books are set there. This book starts slower than the other books in the series, but by the end I had tears in my eyes. And there are old books – lots and lots of old books!
As the book opens, Miss Elizabeth Windham and Miss Charlotte Windham are in a carriage on their way to the house party in Wales, accompanied by their aunt. The house party is hosted by the (young and single) Duke of Haverford and his (young and single) sister, Lady Glenys. It’s the idea of Lady Glenys, who believes it is past time her brother married and produced an heir. Her brother is in serious financial trouble due to debts inherited from their father, and winces at the expense of a house party – but he thinks it is past time his sister married and had a household of her own, and he decides to ask a raft of eligible bachelors to the house party in the hope of getting some return for the expense. The two youngest Windham sisters have recently married (in the earlier books in this series) and their father Lord Anthony is determined that Elizabeth (the oldest sister) will marry soon. Elizabeth is disenchanted with men and determined to be a spinster with her own household. Her passion is setting up lending libraries. Her sister Charlotte, along on the trip simply to keep Elizabeth company, points out that the Dukes of Haverford are famous for their family book collection. Little does she know that the current Duke despises and resents this famous book collection. Put together one book lover and one book hater in a castle in Wales and you have catnip for readers of historical romance novels. I liked this book a lot.
No Other Duke Will Do (Windham Brides series) by Grace Burrowes, Grand Central Publishing (Forever), November 2017, 368 pages.
Full disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.