One reclusive bluestocking… Fiona Amberly is more intrigued by the Roman ruins near her manor house than she is by balls. When her dying Grandmother worries about Fiona’s future, Fiona stammers that she’s secretly engaged. Soon she finds herself promising that she will introduce her husband-to-be by Christmas.
One dutiful duke… Percival Carmichael, new Duke of Alfriston, is in a hurry. He’s off to propose to London’s most eligible debutante. After nearly dying at Waterloo, he’s vowed to spend the rest of his life living up to the ton’s expectations.
One fallen tree… When Fiona tries to warn a passing coach about a tree in the road, the driver mistakes her for a highway woman. Evidently he’s not used to seeing women attired in clothes only suitable for archaeology waving knives. After the driver flees, Fiona decides she may as well borrow the handsome passenger…
How to Capture a Duke is such a heartwarming story but is also a comedy of error from the very beginning.
Fiona Amberly lost her parents at a young age in a nasty carriage accident and she was raised by her grandmother. But Fiona has no love for everything social, and she has thrown herself into history and archeology. That is until she tries to stop a carriage from hitting a tree and is mistaken as a highway woman. But the plot gets even more twisted when the man she rescues helps her to fool her family...that is until she is arrested.
Perceval Carmichael was never meant to become the Duke of Alfriston; but after his cousin dies he finds himself in that predicament. While on his was to meet a women that his aunt deems as appropriate, he is stopped by a highway women, kidnapped and plays a love interest for Fiona. But soon feelings do develop and Fiona and Percival are happy…but then his brother arrives and all the secrets comes to light. Now they are both trapped with a future that neither one of them wants…will they find their way back to each other, or has that ship sailed.
Now, I am not one for romantic comedies, but I don't think I have laughed so hard, asI did with this book. Everything was truly perfect, from the writing to the plot and the characters, but I will admit, I did find Arthur so very annoying and a few times I really wanted to gag him, but he truly did bring most of the calamities to the book.
The writing, plot and characters were smooth, detailed and lovable, I honestly don't think I have ever read a story quite like this and certainly not with this story line and I truly loved it. Now, I will be truly honest I am not a romantic comedy reader, I find them cringe worthy and it put me off…BUT not with this book, THIS book with a joy to read, with no cringe worthy moments or me yelling at the book "WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!". It was everything that a romantic comedy should be.
I give How to Capture a Duke 4 stars.
Born in Texas, Wellesley graduate Bianca Blythe spent four years in England. She worked in a fifteenth century castle, though sadly that didn't actually involve spotting dukes and earls strutting about in Hessians. She credits British weather for forcing her into a library, where she discovered her first Julia Quinn novel. Thank goodness for blustery downpours. Bianca now lives in Massachusetts with her boyfriend, though she will admit to craving warm scones and clotted cream. She's not certain she can admit to reading about handsome, roguish dukes, at least in a location where her boyfriend might stumble upon the fact. But if any readers are stumbling upon this, rest assured that she does write about rather swoon worthy heroes :-)