The Duke Knows Best

The Duke Knows Best

by Jane Ashford

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The Duke Knows Best by Jane Ashford

They're wrong for each other, for all the right reasons...

Lord Randolph Gresham has come to London for one reason only—to find a suitable wife. Verity Sinclair may be intelligent, beautiful, and full of spirit, but her father knows a secret about Randolph that makes her entirely unsuitable as his bride. Not right for him at all, never, not a chance.

Verity knows that Lord Randolph lives in a country parish, and she wants nothing more than to escape to town. He may be fascinating, attractive, rich, and the son of a duke, but she'll never marry him, nor will she talk to him, flirt with him, walk with him, or dine with him. She'll sing a duet with him, but only this one time, and only because everyone insists.

But one duet invariably leads to another.

The Duke's Sons Series:
Heir to the Duke (Book 1)
What the Duke Doesn't Know (Book 2)
Lord Sebastian's Secret (Book 3)
Nothing Like a Duke (Book 4)
The Duke Knows Best (Book 5)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492621690
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Series: Duke's Sons , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 18,431
File size: 936 KB

About the Author

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely. She's written historical and contemporary romances, and her books have been published all over Europe as well as in the United States. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Find her on the web at and on Facebook. If you'd like to receive her monthly newsletter, you can sign up at either of those sites.

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The Duke Knows Best 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of this ebook from NetGalley. This book had all the elements of a bang-up Regency romance, but it just never really came together for me. Anachronistic language aside, much of the book's plot revolves around the childish antics of mean-spirited and annoying and insipid females. In short, this book that was long on sappy romance and short on content left me wanting. However, because this was my introduction to Jane Ashford's work and I liked her writing style and the main characters, I would be willing to try another of her books to see if I liked it better. In addition, this novel is the fifth in a series, and it is possible that I would have liked it better had read the previous four books--perhaps that introduction to the characters and a greater familiarity with the family's backstory would have led me to experience this book in a more positive way.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Randolph and Verity's story. They definitely had a memorable first meeting!! This is a definite case of opposite attract, even if they didn't want to be attracted to the other. This was a great addition to the Duke's Sons series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1819 Lord Randolph Gresham, age 30, one of six sons of the Duke of Langford, is a handsome and dapper man. He is planning to stay at Langford House for the London season. He is the vicar of a parish in Northumberland. Six years ago, he was engaged to Rosalie Delacourt, but she passed away before their marriage. Randolph is a man who enjoys fencing and playing musical instruments. Verity Sinclair, age 24, has finally convinced her parents to give her a London season. Her father is the dean of Chester Cathedral. When Randolph and Verity are introduced at a soiree, it is thought that they might have a lot in common, but Verity balks at the thought of being stuck in a life with a vicar and says as much to Randolph. Verity longs for adventure and does not want to settle with just marrying and producing a family. Her outspokenness does not sit well with Randolph, thus leaving him unimpressed with her. When Prinny hears Randolph and Verity sing at a party, he requests that they sing at an upcoming party he is hosting. This means that they must get together to practice. Their togetherness finds them getting to know one another better and sparking an attraction. But something in Randolph’s past leaves his future up in the air. Can there be a way for them to be together? Although this author is quite talented, I’m afraid that I had a difficult time keeping up with this book. Way too many characters and plot lines that didn’t seem to mesh well. I do hope other readers will like this book. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Duke Knows Best was a wonderful end to Jane Ashford's The Duke's Sons series. This book focuses on Randolph, the last remaining unmarried Gresham brother. Randolph is a vicar who comes to London for the season--he is determined to find a wife. He immediately meets Verity Sinclair, who as the daughter of a clergyman is determined to never be a vicar's wife. Many complications ensue before the pair realize they are truly destined for each other. Some of those complications didn't quite work for me (I felt the "big conflict" involving Verity's father was rather ridiculous), while others were very moving. I don't want to go into detail and spoil the book, but there is a subplot involving the duchess that brought me to tears, and I was truly moved by the reveal of Randolph's backstory. These parts of the book were beautifully done, as was the portrayal of Randolph's and Verity's musical bond. I am truly sorry to see this series end. If you haven't read any other books in the series, you can still jump in with this one and enjoy; reading the other books does give this one more emotional resonance, but this book can stand on its own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Duke Knows Best (The Duke’s Sons Book 5) – Lord Randolph Gresham, purported to be the most attractive of the Duke of Langford’s six sons, is in search of a wife. Taking time off from his parish, he comes to London. Having lost the love of his life six years ago when he was unable to marry Rosalie Delacorte, Randolph has determined that now is the time to get back into the Marriage Mart and find a mate. Because after all, a churchman really should have a life partner. So he sets up in his father’s home. It is an impressive address and he wants to make the best impression possible. He isn’t looking for a grande passion, after losing Rosalee that is no longer possible. He simply wants to find someone who shares his view of life and with whom he can come to an agreement. Enter Verity Sinclair. As her father is Dean of Chester Cathedral, and relatives of the Archbishop of Canterbury, her parents are the epitome of proper church-like decorum. They don’t understand Verity’s need for adventure. It took everything she had and a full five years to convince them just to give her this London Season. She isn’t going to squander it on a churchman, she wants an Adventurer. When the two meet, the attraction is immediate. And why not? Both are attractive, intelligent, and charming. Unfortunately, Verity immediately makes sure that Lord Randolph has no illusions as to her suitability as his wife. Thrown together throughout the season, they remain attracted but distant. Then they’re forced to perform a duet together and something magic happens. Undeniable Spark I enjoyed how the author created an instant antipathy between the two characters. And yet still between the two of them is an undeniable spark. The juxtaposition between the two varying emotions makes for an interesting interplay between them. This is the fifth in the series “The Duke’s Sons”. Reviewed for LnkToMi iRead in response to a complimentary copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review. KriisGaia
HeyerF4n More than 1 year ago
The Vicar gets a Wife The clergyman son of a duke, between postings, is in London to find himself a wife. The trouble is the only woman he is drawn to seems to dislike him and is nothing but rude. This isn’t the only bar to a relationship as she is related to the Archbishop who still blames him for an embarrassing contretemps three years early. The story follows the twists and turns of their relationship and their shared love of music. If you have read any of the other books in this series you get to meet up with some of the characters again but it can be read as a standalone. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Verity knew she didn't want the life her parent's had; her father was the Dean of a Cathedral in the country. She longed for adventure/travel. Lord Randolph, the third oldest son of a duke, had a parish in a country town. They'd both come to London for the season... Lively, engaging historical romance! There is more then one rhapsody happening here! Loved Lord Randolph and his family. Liked how Verity's character matured, as did her mom. Olivia just remained mean. Would like to read the previous books in the series. 3 1/2 stars. Read ebook edition. Voluntarily read ARC, through Netgalley and publisher, for honest review.