Review: Autumn Duchess by Lucinda Brant

Autumn Duchess by Lucinda Brant
Series: Roxton (#3)
Release Date: August 8, 2011
Publisher: Sprigleaf
Source: book provided by the author

A beautiful duchess mourns for her beloved.A sun-bronzed merchant returns to claim a birthright.
Disparate souls in need of love and renewal.
Paths cross and the journey begins…

Set in Hampshire England in 1777, it is the story of Antonia, the heroine of Noble Satyr, and how she emerges from utter despair after the death of her husband and soul mate the Duke of Roxton to unexpectedly find love again.

Review: Antonia, dowager Duchess of Roxton still mourns the death of her husband three years later. He was the love of her life and she misses him greatly. Her son, however, feels that she should leave her blacks behind and re-enter society. He’s worried about what people think, especially when his children come home from their bi-weekly visits with their grandmother to say she speaks to the statues in the mausoleum. The Duke threatens his mother, saying she won’t be able to visit with the grandchildren until she stops mourning or else he will have Sir Titus Foley, a physician who says he can “cure” her melancholy attend to her.

Jonathan Strang-Leven has returned to London after making his fortune in India. He hopes to find a suitable husband for his nineteen year old daughter, Sarah-Jane, and get back his inheritance, which is being held by the Duke of Roxton. What he finds instead is the lovely Antonia. He’s determined to have her, but learns there is more to this complex woman.

This was an enjoyable story. I liked the storyline between Antonia and Jonathan. He never pulled any punches with Antonia and helped her realize that there is life and love after the loss of your soul mate. He was there to save her when she needed it and her relatives as well. But Jonathan wasn’t the only one saving. Antonia did the same for him, when his mooching relatives tried to steer his life and his daughters in a direction that was beneficial for them.

Lovely and engaging story that leaves you smiling.

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