Posted by: Jennifer | January 27, 2008

Love Letters from a Duke – Elizabeth Boyle

Boyle, Elizabeth. Love Letters from a Duke. (New York: Avon, 2007). ISBN – 9780060784034.

Main Characters: Felicity Langley and Aubrey Michael Thomas Sterling, Duke of Hollindrake aka Captain Thatcher

Related Works: This book is the third in Elizabeth Boyle’s The Bachelor Chronicles. Something About Emmaline, the story of Alexander Denford, Baron Sedgwick and Emmaline, Lady Sedgwick is the first of the series. The second book is This Rake of Mine, the story of Lord Jack Tremont, aka Mad Jack, and Miranda Mabberly. The Duke and Duchess of Setchfield, from Stealing a Bride, make an appearance in this book also.

Description from book:

He’s at her service . . .

Though she can’t afford the coal to heat her drafty Mayfair mansion, Felicity Langley still clings to her dream of marrying a duke – one she’s had since her very first curtsy. After all, she’s been promised to the very lofty Duke of Hollindrake from the last four years. Now all she has to do is meet him. But what Felicity doesn’t realize is that she has met her duke – he’s the altogether too handsome man who Felicity has just mistaken . . . for her new footman!

By rights, Thatcher should immediately set this presumptuous chit straight and tell her he has no intention of honoring the arranged betrothal. But he’s quickly smitten by Felicity’s delightful determination, her irrepressible charm . . . and her breathtaking sensuality. Yes, she’d wed him in an instant were his true identity revealed – but Thatcher’s vowed to marry only for love. So begins his deception and his conquest of this uncommon woman who doesn’t believe in romance, but is about to find her heart and passion set aflame by the unlikely man she’s sworn to resist.

My Thoughts:

I have sort of a love/hate relationship with Elizabeth Boyle’s books. I loved This Rake of Mine and It Takes a Hero. However, I had a very difficult time actually finishing His Mistress by Morning. So, I wasn’t sure how I would react to Love Letters from a Duke. This is one reason that I have had this book for several months and haven’t read it until today. I am very happy to say that I absolutely adored it. It made me laugh.

The Langleys have the most outrageous household. They have traveled from Sussex to London so that Felicity can get closer to her intended, the Duke of Hollindrake. However, they have no money. They are living primarily on their wits, in a “borrowed” house who ownership is currently in dispute. They have no money to pay any servants. Their cook gets paid with free alcohol. The problem is that she drinks it quite often. Then there are the nannies – a series of women who helped to raise Felicity and her sister Thalia, but may have been retained for their abilities to entertain their father, Lord Langley. One of these women, Nanny Jamila moves into the Langley household and adds some color into the home.

But, of course, the most interesting addition to their household is the new footman, Mr. Thatcher. Thatcher is, in fact, the Duke of Hollindrake. One morning, he appears at the Langleys in order to cry off his almost betrothal – one which his grandfather had contracted without Thatcher’s knowledge. However, Felicity mistakes Thatcher for a footman. Thatcher becomes caught up in the absurdity that surrounds the Langley sisters, and finds himself gainfully employed.

Felicity and Thatcher have a long way to go before they find true love, but it is a highly entertaining journey. Thatcher plays at being a footman and learns to value Felicity. Felicity continues scheming and manipulating things in order to make a life for herself and her family. She is a wonderful heroine – one that I truly enjoyed.

Read first on January 27, 2008

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Responses

  1. I love the book Love Letters from a Duke!!! I read the book over a dozen times and I still enjoy reading it again and again!

  2. It is a great book – and it made me laugh!!!

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