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Never Doubt a Duke

Fortune's Brides, Book 1
Narrated by: Jannie Meisberger
Series: Fortune's Brides, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Romance, Regency
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After spending the last 10 years following her late husband on campaign, the irrepressible Jane Kimball finds herself badly in need of a position to support herself. Marriage holds no appeal; she’s not likely to find a husband like her Jimmy again. But when Miss Thorn of the Fortune Employment Agency offers her a post with the Duke of Wey, Jane feels drawn to help the lonely widower with his three daughters. He may seem a bit aloof, but Miss Thorn’s cat, Fortune, approved of him. Why should Jane doubt a duke?

Alaric, Duke of Wey, commands his staff, his tenants, and the halls of Parliament, managing vast holdings in England and across the seas. Why is it he cannot manage his own daughters? As an old danger rears its head, he comes to rely on Jane’s practical nature, her outspoken ways to navigate the waters of fatherhood. And when necessity dictates he take a wife, thoughts turn to an unlikely governess who might make the perfect bride.

This sweet, clean Regency romance is the first in the Fortune’s Brides series.

"Wow. I knew I’d enjoy Never Doubt a Duke, just because Regina Scott wrote it. I didn’t expect to love it. I loved the characters. I loved how she set up what will hopefully be an amazing new series. I loved how it was dramatic and fun and romantic." (Hott Books)

Never Doubt a Duke was picked by staffers at Hope by the Book as one of the best reads of 2018.

©2018 Regina Lundgren (P)2019 Regina Lundgren

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Never doubt a duke - or his daughters' governess:)

"Never Doubt a Duke" is one of those heartwarming tales that you know will have a happy ending and while getting there will take you on an enjoyable ride...:)

The Duke of Wey is efficient in his actions, caring and dutiful when it comes to his tenants, but a bit uncertain what to do with his daughters, unable at first to show his affection towards them. That's where Jane comes to help - a governess who is not at all what an average governess is rather expected to be; Jane who is not afraid to voice her opinions, who cares a lot for her wards and who gains respect even from the Duke's mother...

The main characters are two people I'd really like to meet and befriend - they're loyal, warm, with a sense of humor, and they do care about others. I also like the three girls - each of them is different and has her five minutes in the story. There is also enough trouble stirring in the background to give the plot the necessary tension and intrigue, and there's room for hints as to the background characters' stories which I hope will be developed in the next books in the series.

Narration by Ms Meisberger is fautless as usual. Her interpretation carries well the warmth of the story, the affections the characters feel for each other. and she also does the voices well. She's definitely a perfect narrator for sweet historical romances:)

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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More like historical fiction

I usually listen to romance books with some level of heat. For me this was more like a historical fiction book and only about the last 25% of the story the romance develops. Nice clean romance with the introduction of the next book in the series that left me intrigued.
This story is about a widow that comes to work as a nanny for a family and how she slowly develops a relationship with the daughters, the grandma and then the father. A good well developed story with very good narration that nailed the accent.

Note: I was given a complimentary copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • 12-09-19

Sweet and Clean Regency Romance

Fortune is a cat who may or may not be magical. And this cat is the mascot for a very special employment agency that helps ladies who have fallen into hard times find employment. That is how Jane ends up as the governess of a Duke's three daughters.

Overall the story is wonderful. Jane is an entirely unconventional, wonderfully intelligent, brutally honest, caring woman. She steps into her role as governess and shakes up the Duke's household. He and his children cannot resist Jane's charms but is she really Duchess material?

Perhaps the most exciting thing about this book is that it is part of a series and there appears to be a side character who has her own story and romance to address. Cannot wait to hear the other books in the series.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.