”Now she knew what was truly needed in a lady—pluck and grit and determination. A willingness to see to the needs of others, no matter their ancestry or position. And the ability to protect herself.” – Never Doubt a Duke
Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5
After spending the last ten years following her late husband on campaign, the irrepressible Jane Kimball finds herself badly in need of a position to support herself. Marriage holds no appeal; she’s not likely to find a husband like her Jimmy again. But when Miss Thorn of the Fortune Employment Agency offers her a post with the Duke of Wey, Jane feels drawn to help the lonely widower with his three daughters. He may seem a bit aloof, but Miss Thorn’s cat Fortune approved of him. Why should Jane doubt a duke?
Alaric, Duke of Wey, commands his staff, his tenants, and the halls of Parliament, managing vast holdings in England and across the seas. Why is it he cannot manage his own daughters? As an old danger rears its head, he comes to rely on Jane’s practical nature, her outspoken ways to navigate the waters of fatherhood. And when necessity dictates he take a wife, thoughts turn to an unlikely governess who might make the perfect bride.
This sweet, clean Regency romance is the first in the Fortune’s Brides series.
When I first read this book’s premise, it actually gave me ”The Sound of Music” vibes. A poor governess, a rich windowed Duke, three prim little girls… I had very high hopes for this book. From the beginning of the book, I couldn’t help but feel it somewhat slow. I felt the story revolved too much on the day-to-day of the household, that, before I knew it, I had read 50% of the book and only four actual days in the story had gone by (eek)… I thought at least a month had already passed!
Anyway, the second half of the book is much much more active and expands the story beyond the household and premises to other places and even introduces new characters. There is also much more character development. I liked Jane in the first half of the book but in the last half, meh. Yes, her personality was very static in the beginning, and I felt that it was after half of the book that we saw her ”true” self. Also, the romantic aspect of the book was a big ”no” for me. I don’t like insta-love, and I felt the romantic relationship in the book was based on shallow feelings from both parts.
I’m so sad to say it, but most of the characters in the book I just couldn’t connect to them. But, if we solely consider the plot development, I liked it though I think it could have been explored way more. Maybe it’s because I like very developed worldbuilding and characters with strong personalities that I couldn’t connect with this particular book? I must be honest and say that I haven’t read any books by the author Regina Scott besides this one, but I’m rather intrigued to read her other books and see how she approaches them. I feel that some of her other works may be more of my style. But if you enjoy sweet, clean, romantic, historical fiction books, you’ll like this one for sure!
Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 (kisses)
Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/3
Characters: ⭐️⭐️✨ 2.5/5
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