Library Journal - Library JournalThis lively trio of delightful short stories focus on the main occupation of a society miss-to marry well. "Miss Dobson's Discreet Lessons for Young Maidens" provide the lighthearted framework for Raleigh's charming story of an unconventional heroine and a rather reluctant duke in "To Woo a Duke"; a governess and a dashing duke find love in Sandy Blair's Victorian historical, "The Accidental Duchess"; and veteran Regency author Regina Scott joins the ranks of historical writers as Regan Allen with her magical tale of a Scotsman who must secure his line by marrying a woman who claims to be the faery Lady of the Wood in "A Touch of Magic." Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Sandy Blair's The Accidental Duchess is one of 3 novellas in the anthology How To Marry a Duke. You know a story is going to be a good one when the author has you hooked by the 2nd page. And Sandy Blair did just that in The Accidental Duchess, just as she had done in her novel A Rogue in a Kilt - which I recently finished reading and also highly recommend. In The Accidental Duchess, Rachael, a destitute governess, find shelter in what appears to be a townhouse that has been left unoccupied for the winter months. But, when the owner, Connor, the eighth Duke of Kilgory, returns and finds Rachael asleep in his bed - the story quickly grabs your interest even more. It's guaranteed you won't want to stop reading until you've finished the story. Sorry, I can't say anymore, you'll have to grab a copy of the book and find out what makes Sandy Blair's writing style so special and unique. The two other novellas in this anthology are To Woo a Duke by Debbie Raleigh and A Touch of Magic by Regan Allen.
Sandy Blair's 'The Accidental Duchess' proves once again the lady knows how to spin a romance. Although Ms. Blair's previous two historicals, 'A Man In A Kilt' and 'A Rogue In A Kilt', both had a paranormal element in them, this offering is a feast of pure historical romance set in Victorian England. The hero is another delicious Scottish hunk, who finds the heroine, a spunky Irish lass with the gift of making pastries-to-die-for, asleep in his bed upon his return from five years in Egypt. The secondary characters add spice and flavor to this tale. If you enjoyed Ms. Blair's previous two offerings, her story in this anthology will keep you craving more of her work.