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I really enjoyed this - it’s a modern take on the historical romance and it’s very well written. Romances are often undervalued but this reflects female life experience (sex included) and has that fairytale element. The characters and situations are well drawn, the plotting is good, there’s well drawn tragedy, humour and love. A diverting, addictive and undemanding read - lovely bit of lockdown escapism. I’ve read a couple of books by the author now and have ordered a few more - a good writer.
This book was an unexpected delight for me. Having not read any of the other Spindle Cove books, nor anything by Tessa Dare, nor indeed any regency romance, I did just stumble into this not being quite sure what to expect. However, very quickly I was drawn into the story and thoroughly enjoyed it. The pace was quick, the writing sharp and the characters well defined. It's a romantic, sexy and funny read.
My only complaint is that the storyline is extremely unlikely, with hints of Cinderella and Pygmalion, and if you think about that too hard it will bother you and seem far too improbable. It's also tempting to say that perhaps the Duke falls for Pauline too hard and too soon (so much intensity within a week) so if insta-love is a stumbling block for you, then this might make you roll your eyes. The latter doesn't bother me, if the attraction and feeling is well done by the author, I can easily go with it and embrace it. The former, I chose not to dwell on and just get swept along with the story instead. It was too charming and entertaining to not be completely engrossed in it.
I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fun and romantic read. I intend to check out out the other books in the series as well as seeking out Tessa Dare's other works. Absolutely a happy surprise read for me.
Griff a Duke is drugged and kidnapped by his mother, driven to Spindle Cove where spinsters/blues stockings love taken into a bar where she demands he picks a wife to be his Dutchess, hoping to Emma he looks for the less likely person his mother would approve of. The door opens and in walks the Barmaid Pauline, I PICK HER . And the story begins. Nobody knows the reason Geoff refuses ever to marry or have an heir. ABSOLUTELY LOVED SPINDLE COVE CHARACTERS.
This is a “makeover “ story and has nothing to do with the time it is meant to represent. English aristocrats are about birth and hereditary, not marriages to the lower class, no matter how desperate. Total parallel universe, just write fiction, without setting it in a historical time line. Also Dukes were not in great supply and never desperate for “any sort” of marriage, they had their pride and honour. If you are going to write about English Aristocratic, then do some research.
This is a romantic story of Griffin York, Duke of Halford and Pauline Simms and overworked barmaid. Griffin thinks to thawt this mother by picking a female to marry who goes totally against the grain of what his mother would think right and proper. Pauline is a downtrodden barmaid who instanly sparks something with Griffin and ultimately they come to an agreement that she would work at being a duchess, with his mothers assistance for a week, in which time she will try to be utterly wrong for the position. Needless to say she does eventually come right for the position of duchess and everything ends happily. This story is somewhat predictable but still a good read.
What a cracker of an historical romance, the story of a Duke who ends up in a pygmalion situation when his mother goads him into picking 'anyone' to be his Duchess and he picks a smart, gawky barmaid who's towering ambition is to own a shop.... A Sweet, sexy, aspirational and absolutely fabulous romance ensues as he discovers that a duchess made is better for him than one born!
I think only Tessa Dare could pull off the premise of this Pygmalion/My Fair Lady type story - servant girl trained as a wager by Duke's mother to be his wife succeeds brilliantly. Hmmmm! Nevertheless - pull it off she does. Entertaining, seductive and charming. A lovely read.