Reviews - Historical

Always the Chaperone
Emily E.K.
Murdoch

Being a lady over thirty, Charlotte St. Maur is only invited to dances as a chaperone rather than a dance partner. As she watches match after match made with her help, it is all she can do to keep back tears, because, despite her title, a spinster does not find true love. As the new Duke of Mercia, William Lennox needs to make a good match.

Lucy Davenport should be happy. She has a beautiful daughter named Phoebe, another baby on the way, and the most devoted husband named Freddy. However, her past haunts her. She will always love Alexander, who died years before. She just cannot seem to move past his death. She has become a recluse, spending her time writing successful romance novels under a pen name.

Lady Dorcas is one of the Dersingham triplets. Each of them has a passion that sets them apart. Dorcas is determined to be the first to breed a yellow rose. Grant, Duke of Blackridge, has courted her and soon the proposal comes. However, after he is attacked on his ship, he cannot recall proposing to Dorcas. Meanwhile, Grant’s mother makes sure that the proposal is definitely off.

Rowley Knight, Duke of Knighton, has no interest in love when there are estates to manage, siblings to care for, and society to avoid. Yet when his aunt brings a prospective companion to guide his younger sister in her preparation to come out, he little expects to find the lady he hires to be so intriguing or to hold such a grudge against him when he cannot remember ever meeting her before.

Miss Rebecca Hawkins’ freedom is limited. Controlled by her title-hungry uncle, she is expected to court and wed the most boring lord her uncle finds acceptable. She yearns for adventure, but a single lady has no business seeking adventures according to society. Zachary Caswell has little use for the Ton.

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