Series: London Ladies
Author: Hannah West
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: December 19, 2016
Publisher: Hannah West
Emmaline Clarke, the daughter of a penniless baron with no influence, had been left behind once again. With her father's passing everything was taken to pay off the debt and she had been left without a place to live. Her only hope is her sister that she had not seen in eight years, her sister that her father had disowned when she was only fourteen. Desperate just to have a home is was willing to do anything, even beg for her sister to take her in.
Derek Ashford, the eighteenth Duke of Montrose, was a distinguished lord of the realm and was well known for being a paragon of society. He was as strait-laced and austere as a duke should be and held his duties above all else. And that 'else' included his impending duty of marriage. Derek would need to find a lady who came from good breeding, a sizeable dowry and the manner suited to a duchess this Season. The last thing he needed was a scandal like the one his parents had created.
The first time Emma walked into a ball she experienced something she never would have expected and could not imagine this would be the new world in which she lived.
The first lady to capture Derek's eye brushed him off and his interest was sparked. She seemed nothing like any other lady he had encountered in his years roaming the London Seasons and she sparked something in him he didn't even know he could feel.
Could Emma be his future Duchess or would she be the one to get away?
DNF @ 32%
I simply cannot finish. With the typos and strange editing it's rather difficult to read, and the pace and narrative style make it even more painful.
The heroine reminds me of a Barbara Cartland story (all of them, as the matter of fact), but the pacing is dreadfully slow, the heroine sounds like an idiot, the hero is a cardboard cutout of a character, and I just don't care what happens to and between them.