Book 1, A Duke & His Duchess
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The first novella to be published by New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes features the foundation story for her bestselling series. This is the tender story of love tested and won, and how Percy Windham, the dashing and brilliant man who was never supposed to become the Duke of Moreland, wooed the amazing lady who became his beloved Duchess.
Percival Windham is a second son, and a cavalry officer acclaimed and respected by his men. He is immensely attractive and distracts himself with the women who seem to throw themselves at him at every turn, until at a country house party, he meets beautiful, retiring Esther Himmelfarb. Esther’s wealthier relations are taking shameless advantage of her dependence on them, and only Percy seems to see the striking intelligence beneath her modest demeanor. Percy sees her as the perfect companion and she finds in him the man of her dreams.
I enjoyed this book as I've enjoyed all of the stories of the Windhams. You can read it first or the series in the order it was written. I was thankful that there was this novella and would love to see one for Bartholomew as well. I was a bit disappointed in the hastiness of the St. Just brief introduction and her equally fast departure from the story and just as disappointed in Percival's "in the blink on an eye" indiscretion. However, the book as a whole is a pleasant read. If you're a fan of the Windhams you certainly will breeze through this book in one day. Enjoy!