Treat yourself to a delightful Regency romance with a fairy-tale twist "much in the manner of Mary Balogh." (Kirkus)
Duncan Wentworth once tried his hand at rescuing a damsel in distress long ago, and he's vowed he'll never make that mistake again. Yet when he comes across a stranger in the poacher-infested woods of his estate, decency compels him to offer the lady aid. Matilda is whip-smart, she can read Duncan's horrible penmanship, and when she wears his reading glasses all Duncan can think about is naughty Latin poetry.
Widowed duchess Matilda Wakefield can't entrust her secrets to Duncan without embroiling him in the problems that sent her fleeing from London, but neither can she ignore a man who's honorable, a brilliant chess player, and maddeningly kissable. She needs to stay one step ahead of the enemies pursuing her, and falling into Duncan's arms is a distraction she can't afford-or they'll both pay the price.
"Grace Burrowes is terrific!" --Julia Quinn
"Grace Burrowes is a romance treasure." --Tessa Dare
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Grace Burrowes’ charming Regency romance took us out of the ballroom and onto a crumbling family estate filled with secrets. World traveler Duncan Wentworth has agreed to spend a year in the English countryside making his cousin’s estate profitable again. When he catches Matilda Wakefield poaching on the property, he offers the starving woman a position, giving him time to discover why a clearly highborn lady has been hiding in the forest. With its sharp, Jane Austen–worthy dialogue, erudite hero, and mysterious heroine, When a Duchess Says I Do is a spellbinding and addictive read.
An unusual pair of smart and worldly but reticent lovers; a modern sensibility about themes of consent, class, and disability; and a surprising and adventurous plot make Burrowes's latest Rogues to Riches Regency (after My One and Only Duke) satisfyingly relatable nerdy escapism. Tender ex-cleric Duncan Wentworth would rather keep to his books or travel the Continent than attend to the neglected Berkshire estate that his newly titled cousin Quinn has compelled him to manage. Nevertheless, when underfed fugitive "Miss Maddie" appears in his woods and saves him from poachers, Duncan offers her his hospitality, a job transcribing his travelogues, and his curious attention, despite her reluctance to share anything about herself. Through a mix of trust built over chess games (with many chess metaphors throughout the story) and courtship, and the astute observations of Duncan's visiting cousin Stephen, the identity of widowed duchess Matilda Wakefield comes to light, as does the dilemma that led her to flee London. By the end, the whole Wentworth clan, embracing Duncan's new beloved as one of their own, works together to help extricate her from her troubles. Individually and collectively, the Wentworths are fun to watch, and the optimism in Burrowes's depiction of wealthy people whose humble history yields profound compassion will warm readers' hearts to the core.
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Enjoyed it thoroughly
Good story, nice plot, not predictable.