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In USA Today bestselling author Sally MacKenzie’s intoxicatingly romantic series, the “fallen” ladies of Puddledon Manor’s Benevolent Home are restoring their reputations—and their future prospects—by operating their very own brewery and alehouse . . .
As the founder of the Home, Jo, the widowed Lady Havenridge, is determined to be there for the women who need her. But when those same women conspire to accept an invitation on her behalf, she finds herself suddenly on the way to the Earl of Darrow’s home for the christening party of the son of her longtime friend and former partner, Pen, now the Countess of Darrow. Guests will include her other former partner, Caro—and Edward Russell, the new Duke of Grainger and the Home’s generous benefactor. While Jo is determined to resist her friends’ matchmaking ways, the duke’s handsome looks and charming words are enough to make the lovely widow a little reckless . . .
Even after a year, the title of “duke” still sits strangely on Edward Russell’s shoulders. But the responsibilities of the title are his duty, no matter his less-than-positive opinion of the nobility. When Edward encounters Jo—capable, fun, and utterly irresistible--he’s delighted to find someone he truly connects with. A trick of fate has placed them on two different paths . . . but Edward is beginning to realize that perhaps he’s notthe kind of man who does the expected thing after all . . .
Praise for The Merry Viscount
“An emotionally satisfying holiday romance full of love and redemption.”
—Kirkus Reviews STARRED review
“A zany cast of characters . . . and humor as upstairs and downstairs celebrate Christmas together.”
A widow weighs her desires for freedom and love in MacKenzie's fast-paced third Widow's Brew Regency romance (after The Merry Viscount). Lady Jo Havenridge enjoys her work at the Benevolent Home for the Maintenance and Support of Spinsters, Widows, and Abandoned Women and their Unfortunate Children, which she founded with her friends Caro and Pen. But Caro and Pen have both married, leaving workaholic Jo to run the home alone. Against Jo's protestations, Livy, a resident of the home who enjoys playing matchmaker, arranges for Jo to attend a house part held by Pen and her husband, hoping that Jo will fall under the spell of fellow attendee Edward Russell, the Duke of Grainger and the home's benefactor, with whom Jo has been enjoying a correspondence for some time. The attraction between Jo and Edward is quick and intense, and only enhanced by Jo's kindness toward Edward's son, Thomas. But when Edward expresses his desire to marry Jo, she remains uncertain if she's willing to risk losing her independence to marriage yet again. Though the emotional attachment that forms between Jo and Edward feels a bit rushed, their romance is sensuous and enhanced by witty dialogue. Readers will appreciate the strong heroine and affable hero. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds Literary.