When their grandfather's will stipulates that the first one to marry a duke will inherit his fortune, cousins Phoebe, Deirdre, and Sophie suddenly find themselves competing for the elusive prize. Scandal-averse vicar's daughter Phoebe Milbury is the first to find love-but not with a duke. It is Rafe Marbrook, bastard brother of the Marquis of Brookhaven, who has claimed her heart. Yet in a strange twist of fate, she ends up engaged to the Marquis and must make some difficult decisions. Light, enjoyable, and romantic, this story nicely sets the stage for the two novels that follow. Told in consecutively released books (The Duke Next Door, Apr.; So I Married a Duke, May), the fairy tale-inspired "Heiress Brides" trilogy ably interweaves the cousins' stories and will appeal to readers who enjoyed Bradley's (Seducing the Spy) "Liars' Club" and "Royal Four" series.
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