Dubious About The Duke (Second Sons of London Book 2)

A shy, but dedicated, young woman volunteers to act as an impromptu governess to two
unruly six-year-olds on a ducal estate. Seraphina Nicholls recently returned to England
from Upper Canada to rejoin her newlywed twin sister, Araminta, now the Marquess of
Kingston. Minta’s husband, Percy, is one of the Second Sons of London, a tightknit group of
comrades who all happened to be second-in-line to their respective peerages. His dear
friend and cousin, Winston Cutler, the Duke of Woodmont, desperately needs help to look
after the two by-blow sons of his late elder brother. Sera and Win warm to each other at
first sight. When Win turns to his friends Percy and Minta for advice regarding his difficult
wards, Sera takes charge with an alacrity that astounds her twin.
Jane Austen meets The Sound of Music! The opening drags with the manufactured
ambiguity of Sera and Win being amicably matched but hampered by her own lack of self-
confidence and his insistence on seeking a traditional loveless marriage while keeping
multiple mistresses for his own personal pleasures. The two children, Freddie and Charlie,
inject much needed humor and fun when they are introduced midway. They are quite
adorable, and one wonders if it is necessary to refer to them as by-blows and bastards quite
so repeatedly. Just as Sera succeeds in winning over his nephews, Win realizes that he has
changed his mind and he wants nothing less than Sera as his Duchess and only love. But is
he too late to stop Sera from fleeing in heartbroken angst? An easily likable period romance
with a happy ending!
Joan Lai