Book 1 of The Duke’s Sons series
From bestselling author Jane Ashford comes another brand new series of sparkling Regency Romance
Life is predictable for a Duke’s first son
As eldest son of the Duke of Langford, Nathaniel Gresham sees his arranged marriage to Lady Violet Devere as just another obligation to fulfill—highly suitable, if unexciting. But as Violet sets out to transform herself from dowdy wallflower to dazzling young duchess-to-be, proper Nathaniel sets out to prove he’s a match for his new bride’s vivacity and daring.
Or so he once thought…
Oppressed by her family all her life, Lady Violet can’t wait to enjoy the freedom of being a married woman. But then Violet learns her family’s sordid secret, and she’s faced with an impossible choice—does she tell Nathaniel and risk losing him, or does she hide it and live a lie?
Praise for Married to a Perfect Stranger:
“Marvelous…the perfect blend of interesting, emotionally complex, and open-hearted protagonists.” —Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
“A touching, heartwarming story [that] engages readers’ emotions.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
Ashford makes a strong start to her Duke's Sons Regency series with a story that affirms the value of being yourself and having fun in the process. The ostensibly staid Lady Violet Devere escapes the tyrannical social control of her grandmother by marrying Nathaniel Gresham, Viscount Hightower. She passionately breaks out of her shell and asks her new husband for a season in Brighton, a daring new wardrobe, and the dismissal of the dour servant from her previous home. This delights Nathaniel, who needs to be distracted from the seriousness of keeping his prankster younger brothers in line. Then Violet's discovery of a family secret threatens to destroy her newfound sparkle and joy. The playful tone is enhanced by delightful period terms, such as tatterdemalion, sprinkled throughout the text. Ashford's heroes favor flexibility in matters of fashion and bearing, but they stand firmly against moral lapses, keeping the book's ethics unproblematic. Nathaniel's likable family makes just enough of an appearance to fuel anticipation of his brothers' future matches.
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