In Kent, England, the arrival of Beranger Northcott, Duke of Brightshire, causes a stir. Because with the duke comes his new American bride, who isn’t quite what anyone expects. By accepting the hand of her beloved, Emma Brinkman went from hardworking Colorado rancher to duchess. Now she’s expected to comport herself as nobility. Overnight. For Emma—stifled, homesick, and unable to shake the feeling she’s being watched—the metamorphosis is a challenge. And if Emma’s suspicions are correct, perhaps even a dangerous one.
Fortunately, Emma has found a trusted friend in the orphaned Charlotte, Brightshire’s scullery maid. Charlotte longs to experience—if only for a moment—the luxuries and gentry romance that come with a titled life. When one of the duke’s handsome cousins takes notice of Charlotte, the castle kitchen is set abuzz with speculation.
In navigating their two different stations, both servant and duchess alike will discover all they have in common—from secret fantasies to daring hearts to upending the rules of society. And that finding their places in the world—and love—is a dream that can come true—no matter the risks.
My Rating: ****
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wasn’t aware Heart of Mine came before introducing Emma and Barenger, but it still could be read as a stand alone with a few more interesting characters added. I’ve never read anything by Caroline Fyffe before and I was impressed. The love stories were endearing, and I loved the characters. A good mystery was thrown in keeping this story very busy!
The story is about a young American woman crossing the Atlantic to take her place beside her husband, who has just inherited a Duchy. Being excepted into the English Aristocracy is hard enough, but when your mother-in-law is a she devil it’s almost impossible. None the less Emma is up to the task, and becomes a strong independent Duchess who is a great partner to her Duke. If you love a good Victorian romance and mystery you will enjoy The American Duchess.
USA Today Bestselling Author Caroline Fyffe was born in Waco, Texas, the first of many towns she would call home during her father’s career with the US Air Force. A horse aficionado from an early age, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University-Chico before launching what would become a twenty-year career as an equine photographer. She began writing fiction to pass the time during long days in the show arena, channeling her love of horses and the Old West into a series of Western historicals. Her debut novel, Where the Wind Blows, won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart Award as well as the Wisconsin RWA’s Write Touch Readers’ Award. She and her husband have two grown sons and live in the Pacific Northwest. If you’d like to know when Caroline’s next book will come out, please visit her website at http://www.carolinefyffe.com, where you can sign up to receive an email alerting you to her next release.