The Day of the Duchess
Scandal & Scoundrel - Scandal & Scoundrel, Book III
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The one woman he will never forget…
Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.
The one man she will never forgive…
After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.
A love that neither can deny…
The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day
THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS
I was privileged to read a advanced copy. Absolutely a heart wrenching, beautiful and wonderful love story. I think it’s Sarah MacLean’s best book yet. Have a box of Kleenex handy.
Best Epilogue too.
Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous.
Oh, this book. The Day of the Duchess is everything I knew it would be and more. It is razor sharp and just downright devastating. Sarah MacLean has woven a tapestry. A beautifully glorious tapestry that will keep you turning the page, at times with your breath held at just what happens next.
The Day of the Duchess is a standalone, however I quite highly recommend reading the first two books in the Scandal & Scoundrel series (The Rogue Not Taken and A Scot in the Dark) because both are wonderfully addictive stories and will give you the full flavor of these fabulous characters that are impossible not to love (try as they might to convince you otherwise).
This is Seraphina and Malcolm, the Duke of Haven's story, who were introduced in the Rogue Not Taken. Theirs is a history steeped in emotion that is volatile at best. At first blush, Sera and Malcolm seemed best apart each other, however their chemistry cannot be denied. For the reader, we are the fly on the wall as these two replay their road to ruin with some flashbacks to equally heart wrenching effects.
The Day of the Duchess serves as a stark reminder how far women have come in society and yet how far we still have to go to be on a level playing field. Seraphina’s own heart has been laid to waste by assumptions and societal norms. This a woman who is savvy enough to come roaring back and stage manage it all in ways no one sees coming. I loved Seraphina for her absolute strength and will; I was in awe of her at every turn.
While most of Seraphina’s was her own, she drew power from her sisters. The Sisters Talbot (or the Soiled S’s) put the sister in sisterhood. They go to the mats for each other without a thought, because while they are each fiercely independent, they operate as a unit – military or machine – you choose. These women were pilloried and shamed by London society, but made no apologies, standing taller and being even more divine. Along the way, gathering more friends by giving the proverbial hand up to other young women of the ton.
I am still not quite how she made me do it, but by the end of this story Sarah MacLean made me a Haven fan. A big one. Forgiveness is sometimes a difficult thing to give and in this case, it was very hard won. I will just this, he is the king of grand gestures. The. King. Not baubles or flowery words, thought and absolute went into these acts that were on par with the stupid, stubborn pride that put him there in the first place.
This book though. It is a thing of beauty, from stunning cover to cover and it has left quite the mark on my heart. The Day of the Duchess is a love story for the ages that is all of the things more. Make it yours today.
Laurie’s Rating: 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++STARS.
The day of the duchess
I bought it but I can't open it. What's going on with my copy???
- Category: Historical
- Published: Jun 27, 2017
- Publisher: Avon
- Seller: HarperCollins
- Print Length: 400 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Scandal & Scoundrel