A lady’s companion and a disguised Duke try to outsmart some rough sailors.
The Duke’s Counterfeit Wife by Louise Allen is a lovely cross-class historical romance.
Our thanks to the author, Harlequin, and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy.
Print Length: 274 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Historical (November 30, 2021)
A feigned marriage. A very real attraction…
When their ship is commandeered, Nicholas Terrell, Duke of Severton, saves stranger Sarah Parrish by claiming she’s his wife! She’s more valuable if their captors believe she’ll bring them a duchess’s ransom, but now Nicholas is compelled to share a cabin with his distractingly beautiful faux bride… Outspoken Sarah enchants him like no debutante ever has. Yet, as a lady’s companion, Sarah’s completely unsuitable for a duke. So surely a real match between them is impossible?
From Harlequin Historical: Your romantic escape to the past.
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Sarah Parish was a lady’s companion traveling by ship to a new position after her previous employer’s death.
Daughter of a shipping company owner who committed suicide after being bankrupted by a corrupted employee, Sarah preferred to travel by ship than the much longer trip by land.
But her vessel was taken over by pirates, and to save her, a fellow passenger, a Duke no less, claimed her as his wife.
The story was delightful! Sarah was a responsible and practical woman and had no time for Nicholas Terrell’s (Duke of Severton) harsh judgments.
I love cross-class stories, and this one was very well written. I enjoyed Sarah’s knowledge of vessels and navigation and how Nicholas’ admiration for her blurred the lines between their social stations.
The side characters were equally lovely, especially Sarah’s maid Millie, the cabin boy, Charlie, and the dapper valet Pendell.
The Duke’s Counterfeit Wife is a lovely enemies-to-lovers with forced proximity, class division, adventure, and pirates.
An excellent and entertaining read!
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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About the Author
Louise Allen is the author of over sixty historical romances, published by Harlequin and Mills & Boon and also of time-slip historical mystery romances, historical mysteries and non-fiction.
The Regency is her passion, an endlessly fascinating era full of contrast and change, danger and elegance, luxury and squalor. Women had freedoms that would shock their Victorian granddaughters, yet lived within social codes that both intrigue and appall us now. Men in Society could win fortunes at the turn of a card and lose their lives in the hazard of a duel all in the space of twenty four hours. It is all so different, with the glamour of the past gilding it – and yet the characters seem to reach out and touch us now.