All she had to do was find a fiancé. In four days. In the middle of nowhere.
One reclusive bluestocking...
Fiona Amberly is more intrigued by the Roman ruins near her manor house than she is by balls. When her dying Grandmother worries about Fiona's future, Fiona stammers that she's secretly engaged. Soon she finds herself promising that she will introduce her husband-to-be by Christmas.
One dutiful duke...
Percival Carmichael, new Duke of Alfriston, is in a hurry. He's off to propose to London's most eligible debutante. After nearly dying at Waterloo, he's vowed to spend the rest of his life living up to the ton's expectations.
One fallen tree...
When Fiona tries to warn a passing coach about a tree in the road, the driver mistakes her for a highwaywoman. Evidently he's not used to seeing women attired in clothes only suitable for archaeology waving knives. After the driver flees, Fiona decides she may as well borrow the handsome passenger...
I really liked the book. The author did a great job of developing the characters. The book could have used some editing, but overall it was a good read.
How to Capture a Duke
Fiona prefers digging in the dirt and recovering Roman artifacts to the ballrooms of the ton. Having only lasted two weeks into her first season, she was desperate to put her Grandmother’s mind at ease....hence the “invention” of Captain Knightley. Her make believe fiancé has been fighting in the war against Napoleon these last few years but with the war over, she’s going to have to produce him soon to alleviate her Grandmother’s worry over her future. Grandmother’s health would quickly decline were she to discover Fiona’s ruse and Fiona would no longer be a disappointment.
Perceival’s leg was killing him. Traveling in a coach made the pain excruciating. He should not have come but he couldn’t disappoint his aunt. He should not be here. Why did his cousin, the rightful Duke, have to sacrifice his life for him? How was he to be a Duke with half a leg when he had not been trained for it? He would marry his cousin’s intended and show everyone that he could be a Duke and a proper one. But he must get to London with haste. Why was the driver stopping the blasted carriage? Oh, lord, who is that woman brandishing a knife from the roadside?
And so begins the auspicious start of Fiona’s and Perceival’s story. When a misunderstanding lands a handsome stranger into her hands, what’s a girl to do but force him into pretending to be her “imaginary fiancé “. A solid storyline with a cast of secondary characters that add confound and antagonize our couple at every turn. The heroine is a delight but I found the hero needed to “grow a pair” (pardon) just a little sooner in the book. He comes through in the end to a successful conclusion. This having been my first encounter with the author, I gave her 4 ⭐️ and look forward to future titles.
How to Captur a Duke
An excellent romance novel.
Good character development and excellent plot