To Redeem a Rake (Heart of a Duke Series #11)

To Redeem a Rake (Heart of a Duke Series #11)

by Christi Caldwell

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ISBN-13: 9781983845147
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/27/2018
Series: Heart of a Duke Series , #11
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 235,280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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To Redeem a Rake (Heart of a Duke, #11) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good read from this author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was truely amazing! However, I am quite disappointed that I can't find certain main repeating characters stories in any of the books, this series or others. Lady Gillian Farendale, Lady Chloe Edgerton, Justina Barrett, and of course the Earl of Primly who is always close but never quick enough to land himself a lady!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down.
dfosterbooks More than 1 year ago
One must live with the choices one makes in life. Miss Daphne Smith knows that better than anyone. IF she hadn’t chased the fortune at the end of the rainbow all those years ago; IF she hadn’t fallen prey to an unscrupulous blackguard things may have turned out differently. Now her life is full of different IF’s. IF her father hadn’t died; IF she wasn’t at the mercy of a distant relative; IF she had references for a job. Leaving the school for young ladies where she has applied many times for a position, only to be turned away because of lack of references (and who is she kidding – because she’s a “cripple”), Daphne hears a name she hasn’t heard in many years. A name that takes her back to a happier time. A name that brings forth the different paths their lives took. Life’s choices shape a person’s life; and not always for the better as Daniel Winterbourne, the Earl of Montfort, can attest. IF he hadn’t baited his twin brother to swim in a raging lake; IF he had been able to hold onto him when the current became too much; IF he’d been the one to drown instead. All those IF’s and he couldn’t do a damn thing about it other than live up to the opinion his late father had of him and he’s been doing a bang up job of it. Until a face from his past storms into his home making requests then demands. From that point on his life will never be the same. When Daniel agrees to provide the references Daphne so desperately needs he makes his own condition – she must become Alice’s (his sister) companion until she weds. At which time he will provide Daphne her references and he will receive the monies his uncle is withholding in the attempts to get Daniel to change his lifestyle. A proposition that Daphne has no choice (there’s that word again) but to accept, all while knowing she’s not worthy of the position that calls for a pristine reputation, if she’s to make her way on her own. A crotchety uncle, a sister who sees too much, deplorable friends, an attraction they both try to deny but can’t fight, and some jaw dropping moments – all components of the amazing story of childhood friends shaped by life’s circumstances finding their way to a hopefully happily ever after. Christi Caldwell never ceases to amaze me with the depth and emotion that every story contains. To Redeem a Rake is one of her best (at least until the next one - winking ).
Teri_D More than 1 year ago
Every time I read a Christi Caldwell, I think that it can't get any better. And then it does. This book was so powerful. Daphne is courageous and brave. She is so kind and compassionate despite her crippling leg injury, being left poor after her father's death and never knowing true love. Daniel is a cad and a rake. Forgetting his long ago friendship with Daphne, he is determined ruin his life with drink and women. A chance encounter with Alice, Daniel's sister, brings them back together again. Daphne touched my heart. When she was retelling the story of her first season, my heart melted and I cried. It is very powerful words in a book that can make me feel so emotional and connected with a character. Daniel frustrated me. More than once, I wanted to grab him by the collar and smack him. But, I kept hoping that he would see the real beauty in Daphne and remember the friendship they once had. I read so many books that rarely will I go back and read one for a second time I will with this one, maybe even a third time. I will continue to be uplifted by Daphne. She is a true heroine, a better person than most. Thank you Christi Caldwell for writing such a beautiful book. I loved it.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
To Redeem a Rake by Christi Caldwell Heart of a Duke Series Book Eleven Daphne Smith loved spending time with her best friend, Daniel. Swimming, racing, and just enjoying their young lives. And when he found her hurt and carried her home...her young self fell in love with him. Only life took some sharp turns and upended her dreams. Daniel Winterbourne, 5th Earl of Montfort, had stopped being a carefree young lad when it seemed anyone he cared for died. Instead, he became an unfeeling, selfish, wicked rake. Perhaps one of the wickedest rakes in London. When his uncle gives Daniel an ultimatum, Daphne fits well into the plan. They haven't seen each other for some years, but he needs a companion for his sister and Daphne needs a job. The sooner Daniel can marry off Alice, the sooner he can get back to his life of debauchery. Book 9; The Lure of a Rake introduces the reader to just how evil Daniel is. **Sexual content
DianeD141 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you read a book that says more about the author that it does about the characters. Christi Caldwell, in her stirring dedication, opens her heart to the struggles and joys she has faced watching her son grow up. Joy in seeing him learn and grow and struggles in watching others not recognizing him for the amazing person he is. That being said - this heart-touching story of childhood friends separated by multiple disastrous events brings them together again years later. Daniel and Daphne are damaged more by how people see them than by their actual circumstances. Daphne's life has never been the same since she fell and broke her leg. Just as her leg didn't set correctly, leaving her with a limp, her life was forever changed - defined only as a cripple. Someone who could be taken advantage of by a cruel rake during her only Season. Daniel's life fell apart when he was unable to save his older twin brother from drowning. Then, when his mother becomes pregnant to replace the son they lost, she not only dies shortly after the birth but disappointingly gives birth to a daughter. This sets their father into a tailspin of drinking and gambling - leaving a worthless estate to his worthless son. Daniel's way of coping with his guilt is to pull away from anyone and everyone who he might have loved - including his childhood friend Daphne and his young sister Alice. Now, he is being forced to provide a season for his sister so she can meet a nice young man. To do this, she must have a companion. Daphne's life hasn't been much better, her father has died and she is on the point of being turned out of her childhood home. She must find work, but to gain employment requires experience and references and to get references requires employment. Out of desperation she comes to Daniel asking him to write a reference - just when he is in need of a companion. So they each get what they want but neither is happy about it. In their time together, Daphne and Daniel remind each other of what they have lost/given up in their attempt to protect their hearts. But the longer they are together the more they are able to recognize how much they have missed their friendship. Daniel is able to see beyond the crippled leg to the wonderful woman Daphne is. Daphne recognizes that Daniel is more than the rake that he has become. It is a rocky road to healing for both of them but true healing never comes without some pain. This entire series has been filled with stories of men and women who fight to get the Happily Ever After that they deserve. Daniel and Daphne truly are a welcome addition to this series. The pain and struggles only make the happiness all the sweeter in the end.