Sophie Barnes comes to the blog today with the fourth in her Diamonds in the Rough series, one that brings a new series of issues and challenges into each book in
The Infamous Duchess
Viola is ‘infamous’ for one simple thing: her brief marriage to a man who was a contemporary of her father, and the fortune he bestowed upon her. Unfortunately for her, the marriage was very brief and left her looking like a mercenary social climber, all of which is untrue – and her continued refusal to perform for society as a Duchess should has left her a source of speculation. But she’s not been idle – sinking most of her money and her not inconsiderable brains and determination into a hospital that has had great successes in treating the population. Her work and position have brought her close to Florian, a physician who has become both a teacher and a friend, and given her some small moments of friendship and society with his wife and sisters in law. Viola is a bit of a law unto herself: her father was a physician and refused to deny his very intelligent daughter the availability of books, education or opportunities that would further her education – in short, he treated her much as he would have treated a son. And while the unconventional upbringing didn’t bring her many difficulties – she was betrayed in her search for love – led on by the man who is now her stepson.
Henry is the new Duke and half-brother to Florian, with a reputation that would have him listed in the most infamous rakes of all time. And a duel over, of all things, clothing choices, have him in Viola’s care after Florian removed the troublesome bullet from his shoulder. Instantly intrigued by Viola, and wholly undeserving of the reputation that precedes him – Henry wants to know her better – and actually thinks that she may be the solution to his very real, and pressing need for a wife and heir. But – there are many things to overcome, not the least of which is Viola’s inheritance from her husband, and the son and current Duke of Tremayne’s determination to both ruin her and reclaim money he feels were owed him.
A story that is entirely about Henry and Viola coming to grips with (and understanding) one another’s histories, learning to trust in one another and simply allowing their feelings to grow and develop. No one who knows the two well are actually concerned that they aren’t good for one another – all of the questions come as a result of those who only know the ‘stories and gossip’, and the actual friendship offered to Viola shows the esteem and regard in which she is held by those who had the experiences of working with her, or benefitting from her forward thinking and heart. Each one of the books in this series explores another person (or couple) who were not ‘of the norm’ for the society of the day, and as such have a unique perspective and approach as they work to build a future for themselves that quietly affirms their experiences and beliefs, while leaving readers with a smile.
Title: The Infamous Duchess
Author: Sophie Barnes
Series: Diamonds in the Rough #4
Also in this series: A Most Unlikely Duke, The Duke of Her Desire, The Illegitimate Duke
Genre: Family Saga, Historical Romance, Late Regency, Setting: Britain
Published by: Avon
Published on: 26 March, 2019
Source: Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 27 minutes
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A woman with a shocking past…
Branded a money-hungry con artist for marrying the elderly Duke of Tremaine days before his death, Viola Cartwright has found refuge in her work at St. Agatha’s Hospital. No one must know the painful reason behind her marriage. She steers clear of attachments—until Henry Lowell, heir to the Viscount Armswell, lands on her operating table after a duel. Charming and wickedly handsome, Lowell is one of London’s most inveterate scoundrels. Yet he may not be all that he appears.
And the man who can promise a future filled with love…
Posing as an unrepentant rake has helped Lowell avoid women pursuing him only for his title. But now that duty has finally called on him to marry, he finds himself entranced by the mysterious, independent-minded Viola. Then her late husband’s son returns from overseas, contesting Viola’s inheritance. Lowell longs to help her and sets out to convince Viola that a strategic union may be the best way to save all she holds dear. But can he also persuade her to take a chance on love…?
A copy of this title was provided via Avon Addict, Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.