He lost a wager...but won a treasure.
Due to a lost wager, the Duke of Ravenham is obliged to bring a pretty little nobody from the country into fashion among the high-sticklers of London Society. Ravenham would never refuse a debt of honor, no matter how unorthodox, so he overlooks Miss Gordon's vulgar relations to do what is necessary, escorting the unsophisticated chit to balls, etc. But what he expects to be an irksome duty turns out to be something quite different as he falls under the spell of his protégé's innocent charm. When he lost that wager, he definitely never counted on losing his heart as well!
First impressions can be deceiving.
Miss Gabriella Gordon only came to London at her mother's and sister's insistence, for she'd much rather assist in running her father's veterinary practice than attempt to fit into fashionable society. No sooner has she arrived in London than the exalted (and exceedingly handsome) Duke of Ravenham comes to call. The reason is less than flattering, however: Due to a lost wager, the Duke is forced to bring Gabriella into fashion, a "favor" she would certainly refuse if her family would let her. But the more time she spends in the dashing Duke's company, the more conflicted she feels - particularly when she discovers they have more in common than she ever dared dream.
©1992 Brenda Hiatt Barber (P)2016 Brenda Hiatt Barber
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Sweet tale of the youngest daughter of a veterinarian who who worked along side her father in the country, caring for all sorts of animals . . . her father, now passed away, Brie is subject to her mother's meddling and is forced to go visit her married sister in London for her "coming out" . . . her sister, Angela, embarrassed by her younger sister's lack of style and manners, attempts to dress Brie and educate her for London society . . . and much to Angela's chagrin, Brie is quickly welcomed and embraced by the "upper crust" of London . . . a light, entertaining story . . . clean and uplifting . . . excellent conclusion . . .
Although not quite the excellence of the best of Heyer, it is still a very good book. And, although the reader struggled at times to put the right voice with the right character, she was nonetheless able to pull it off with a modicum of believability.
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. It was well written and the characters well defined. It rather reminded me of a Georgette Heyer
Novel. I enjoyed both the good, the bad, and the in between personalities. The narration was better than most. The male voices were believable and consistent. There was variety to distinguish who was whom with great action and personality. This story checked all my boxes for a good read.
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