A Duchess’s Heart (Bledington Park #2)


Bledington Park has seen much love and loss following the sinking of the Lusitania, and Amanda Townsend risks much while feeding troops daily in the train stations. Her estranged husband, Bron, Duke of Malvern, goes missing while on a mission while at war. Meanwhile, Lady Beryl Townsend, an ambulance driver for the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, has loved Captain Anthony Challoner all of her life, but he still sees her as a child - even after finding her near the front lines of battle.  

In the midst of it all, the Dowager Duchess of Malvern still retains control, ruling them all with an inflexible grasp. Through this bleak and troublesome time, can the family overcome the hardships to begin a new life?

A saga of female heroism and fortitude in war-ravaged England, this is the second book to the Bledington Park tale. An innovative work that stands alone, it does not fill in the holes that refer to the first book, leaving readers scratching their heads.  While the story portrays multiple facets of strong female characters, there are some editing issues.  Captain Challoner is first introduced as a Colonel then in subsequent sentences is changed to a Captain.  In addition, missing words and wrong verb tenses are other items that should be addressed to aid the progression of the plot, as well as increase the enjoyment for readers. Nonetheless, given the great detail included about the groups working in different facets during this war it’s evident the author did intensive research while healing hearts for the multiple happily-ever-afters.


Roberta Gordon