Duke and His Duchess [NOOK Book]

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In this second prequel novella to the bestselling series, New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes continues the story of the Duke and Duchess of Moreland through the tumultuous and bittersweet first years of marriage and parenthood.


Percival Windham is a second son and cavalry officer when he weds the beautiful Esther Himmelfarb, who bears her beloved husband four sons in little over five years of marriage. She's exhausted and emotional when suddenly his older brother...

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Overview

In this second prequel novella to the bestselling series, New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes continues the story of the Duke and Duchess of Moreland through the tumultuous and bittersweet first years of marriage and parenthood.


Percival Windham is a second son and cavalry officer when he weds the beautiful Esther Himmelfarb, who bears her beloved husband four sons in little over five years of marriage. She's exhausted and emotional when suddenly his older brother dies, and Percy becomes, reluctantly, the Duke of Moreland. It's a role that doesn't fit him well at all. Esther and the children join him when he's called to London, where she finds her husband is at Court much of the time, the children hate being cooped up in the townhouse, and her health is not improving.


On top of all that, Esther is accosted by one of Percival's former mistresses. The woman is desperate, and towing around a little boy whom Esther recognizes as Percival's son. While riding in the park, Percival is accosted by another former amour who claims to be raising Percival's daughter. Now that he's a Duke, the women want his patronage.


Percival's innocent illegitimate children and their respective mothers' demands will test the mettle of the Duke and Duchess, and they must grow into the level of nobility they've been resisting and stand together, or face the threat of becoming estranged and destroying their young family and the beautiful love that started out with such promise...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402282775
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 24,893
  • File size: 675 KB

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes hit the bestseller lists with her debut, The Heir, followed by The Soldier and Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal. The Heir was also named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was named a Publishers Weekly Best Spring Romance of 2011, and Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish was named Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 by RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. All of her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I really liked this book even if some of the story doesn't match

    I really liked this book even if some of the story doesn't match the earlier books. We know from The Soldier that St. Just was dropped off with the
    Duchess and told to refer to her as "Your Grace". In this book Esther just brings him home. And what happened to his stutter? As a child Devlin became the protector of his siblings and didn't speak much because he stuttered. The description for this book refers to Percy becoming the duke due to the sudden death of his brother but that doesn't happen until the end. Okay, so maybe I was a little disappointed that continuity of the story changed but, all in all, I really did like it.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Recommend

    As usual I loved Ms. Burrowes books, but this one was a slight let down. I could never get a handle on the Duchess problem nor did she reveal it. I can only guess PPD, but was quickly healed by the Duke's two illegitimate children joining the family.

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

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    4.5 stars. This is a couple that we seen in the full-length nove

    4.5 stars. This is a couple that we seen in the full-length novels, as a long married pair. Although I believe this works as a standalone, even if you haven’t read any of the novels, because I have previously read many of the novels, I can’t say that for sure.

    One problem right off the top, is the cover; The Courtship has the same problem. It’s hot, but as I recall from high school biology, blond hair is a recessive trait. There is no way that two blonds can produce a family that is not also all blond, and several Windham offspring have dark or auburn hair, as I recollect, not just the bastard branch. This is a minor point, and not one the author has any say over; still, it distracted me.

    One of the things that makes this great is that this is a couple already in love, already with children, going through a rough patch. Why this period in coupledom is considered any less worthy of coverage in the romance genre, I don’t know, but it’s not traditional romance novel or novella material. It’s certainly a time for any married couple that is filled with drama, and a happy ending is not guaranteed.

    Things I really liked about this novella:
    1) They’re relatively poor. Percival is still second in line to the Dukedom as this opens. The Duke his father is widowed and in poor health; his older brother is also in very poor health, but what this means is though Percival will almost certainly inherit, eventually, at this time he gets all the burden, but not all the power or the money.

    2) Esther is suffering from postpartum depression, after bearing four sons in less than five years. She loves her sons, her babies, but she’s exhausted, and probably anemic. This is not the best time for her husband to bring complications into their marriage.

    3) The children are wonderfully drawn, each with their personalities. One of the things that bugs me about the romance genre, is often the stories end with an engagement or marriage. In real life, couples do continue to have a romantic life, even if they are parents of children.


    What I didn’t like so much about this novella:
    1) I thought the idea of Percival consulting an ex-mistress regarding possible herbal remedies for his ailing wife seemed lame.

    2) In previous novels, it’s mentioned that the oldest brother, Peter, theoretical heir to the Dukedom, has two daughters. They become invisible here. Because this novella is so very centered around family, I wanted them mentioned at least in passing. They’re away at school, they’re married, they’re dead, something.

    3) Cecily, former mistress of Percival, is a bit too evil and two-dimensional. I would’ve liked to have seen her drawn a little more fully, to show one or two good qualities.

    All in all, though, I really love this novella; it’s steamy and interesting. Even knowing from the novels that yes, they find a way to work things out, I was kept wondering, but how?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Great

    Great quick lovely read on how St. Just and Maggie came into the family It nice to have more backstory on love between the Percy and Ester

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Grace Burrowes is always exceptional.

    Grace Burrowes is always exceptional.

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

    Great Story The Duke and His Duchess is a sweet novella of two m

    Great Story
    The Duke and His Duchess is a sweet novella of two main characters Of Windham series. Esther and Percival love story and how they become Duke and Duchess of Moreland. I love it how Esther accepted Maggie and Devlin as part of their family. Thank you Mrs. Grace Burrowes for another great story

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    Posted December 25, 2013

    Swifttalon

    Here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Loved it

    Love the author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Love

    This is the best series. Love love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Nice prequil

    I lived reading about the start of this big wonderful family. Short, it would have been great as a full story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    A great read.

    Learning about the Duke and Duchess' early days of marriage was enlightening.

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

    Loved this prequel! A 100 page story by Grace Burrowes is worth

    Loved this prequel! A 100 page story by Grace Burrowes is worth more than a book with four times as many words from another author! I absolutely love stories of the Moreland family - their problems are not that much different than for a modern young couple and it is comforting to read about "married love" for a change. You cannot go wrong with any of these books - I can only hope that the new series measures up - my order is already in!

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