After receiving several suspicious letters Lady Sara Emerson travels to London to see if Gabriel Ferguson, Duke of Rossmoyne would help her. Ross was once betrothed to Sara’s cousin who was viciously murdered two years prior and had promised the family if they ever needed anything to contact him. He immediately contacts his friend who had investigated the murder when it seems that the letters Sara is receiving may be coming from the killer. Worrying about Sara’s safety Ross insists that she move into his estate for protection. As the two are investigating the letters they begin to grow closer together.
The Reluctant Duchess is really a beautiful historical romance with a some thrilling suspense involved in the story. I really would have easily given this 5 stars if it weren’t for a few places that seemed to repeat itself when reading. I hope though those get caught on editing and fixed as I was reading an advance copy of the book.
Loved Sara, such a strong woman not only standing up to Ross the Duke but insisting to be involved in the investigation. It was a toss up as to what part of the story was more intriguing, the growing relationship between Ross and Sara or finding out who may be the killer.
Overall, a lovely mix of historical romance and suspense.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.