I have a nice romantic book to tell you about today that is a little different than the intense ones I have told you about over the last few weeks. The Ugly Duchess is written by Eloise James and is set in the early 1800's. Here is an excerpt from the book:
How can she dare to imagine he loves her....when all of London calls her The Ugly Duchess?My thoughts:
Theodora Saxby is he last woman anyone expects the gorgeous James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy of Ashbrook, to marry. But after a romantic proposal before the prince himself, even practical Theo finds herself convinced of her soon-to-be duke's passion.
Still, the tabloids give the marriage six months.
Theo would have given it a lifetime....until she discovers that James desired not her heart, and certainly not her countenance, but her dowry.
Society was shocked by their wedding...and is scandalized by their separation.
Now James faces the battle of his life, convincing Theo that he loves the duckling who blossomed into the swan.
And Theo will quickly find that, for a man with the soul of a pirate, All's Fair in Love--and War.
Evidently, Theo came to live with the Duke and his family when her father (his best friend, died and asked him to take care of his daughter). Well, unknown to everyone, the Duke had gambled all of his money and HER money away! If she married anyone else, they would find out that her dowry was not what it was suppose to be and they would know he was the one stealing her money. That is the reason he wanted his son to ask her to marry him, so that it could stay in the family.
James was not very happy about this at all! He screamed that they grew up together and played together and he thought of her as if she were a sister. Which is why he had that awful fight with is father over the situation. Gosh, he doesn't even call her Theodore, he has a nickname for her called Daisy. His father calmly reminds him that they could have her picked up and she would exist no more. What a dilemma poor James is in!
You will love this story. It starts out really bad and somewhere in between all the ruckus, James finds his soul and compassion. I hope that you read the book [because it is a great lesson in humility. What starts out as is not as important as who you end up being. James father needs to remember that important lesson.
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