Matilda Wakefield has been on the run for months when she comes
across two poachers threatening a man in the woods of a once-grand
estate. She saves him, and he turns out to be Duncan Wentworth,
cousin to a powerful Duke who recently bequeathed him the house and
lands surrounding it. Thankful to this mysterious woman, Duncan offers
her a meal and a place to stay for the night. Matilda is skeptical of his
generosity at first, but can't deny having a comfortable bed for the
evening as something she desperately needs.
When Duncan asks Matilda to stay on a while, acting as his secretary to
transcribe his European travel journals, she cautiously accepts.
Through these journals and while watching him work at reorganizing
and reevaluating his responsibilities in charge of a dwindling estate,
Matilda is drawn to this kind and thoughtful man. Duncan knows
Matilda is hiding something - something dangerous - and he wants to
help her, but he also doesn't want his heart to be broken in the
process. Knowing something is going on, Duncan's loving but
meddlesome family comes to check in on his progress and to see what
they can suss out about Matilda. But when Matilda's ominous past
catches up with her, neither she nor Duncan knows if their next move
will be their last...
The second book in Grace Burrowes' Rogues to Riches series, WHEN A DUCHESS SAYS I DO is an
intriguing historical novel. Duncan and Matilda are two characters who
have spent most of their lives holding back, doing what they are told,
and not making a scene. Both characters are passionate, caring, and
quietly strong - the things that have happened in their pasts have
deeply affected them both, and it's not until they meet each other that
they want to confide these long- hidden feelings in another person. As
readers have come to expect from Burrowes' many novels, family plays
an important role in both Matilda's and Duncan's stories, and it was
nice to catch up with the hero and heroine from book one, MY ONE AND ONLY DUKE, as well as
see other memorable members of the Wentworth family (whose books
will be inevitable, hopefully!). The mystery of what Matilda was running
away from was a little complicated and far-fetched, but the resolution
was satisfying. WHEN A DUCHESS
SAYS I DO is a warm tale of two people falling in love and realizing
they deserve to do so. Recommended to historical romance fans.
An enchanting Regency romance with a fairy-tale twist from
witty and delightful New York Times bestselling author who
calls "a romance treasure."
Duncan Wentworth tried his hand at rescuing a damsel in
long ago, and he's vowed he'll never make that mistake again.
Nonetheless, when he comes across Matilda Wakefield in the
infested and far-from-enchanted woods of his estate, decency
him to offer aid to a lady fallen on hard times. Matilda is
she can read Duncan's horrible penmanship, and when she
reading glasses, all Duncan can think about is naughty Latin
Matilda cannot entrust her secrets to Duncan without
embroiling him in
the problems that sent her fleeing from London, but neither
ignore a man who's honorable, a brilliant chess player, and
maddeningly kissable. She needs to stay one step ahead of the
enemies pursuing her, though she longs to fall into Duncan's
Duncan swears he has traded in his shining armor for a country
gentleman's muddy boots, but to win the fair maid, he'll
have to ride
into battle one more time.