The year is 1816. The Duke of Beckworth has died without a direct heir. As the solicitors attempt to find the next Duke, what happens with the people that depend on Beckworth for their livelihood? There are five books in this series, each written by a different author.
As the valet to the Duke of Beckworth, Robert Milton has an uncertain future. The Duke is dead and the solicitors are attempting to find the new Duke. But, will he be needed as the new Duke will most likely already have a valet? His mother had been writing him that she was ill and he didn't go see her because she has used this tacit to get him to visit before. Her solicitor writes him that she has died. Robert returns to his childhood home to find his mother's companion keeping the house for him. Robert is immediately attracted to Isabel Durham. He visits his mother's solicitor and receives a letter for Isabel.
Isabel only wants her independence. Her cousin is so determined to marry her off to a much older wealthy man that has rumors surrounding his first marriage.
Robert was always aware that his mother was the mistress of a wealthy peer that found a new lover when he was ten and abandoned them. He has kept free of romantic entanglements until he met Isabel. When she asks him to ruin her to escape the unwanted marriage, will Robert be able to keep his heart free or will he decide it is time to stop running?
I enjoyed reading this novel. Robert had an interesting backstory when it was revealed. I wish more had been said about Isabel's backstory. There were hints with the letter the cousin wrote and the cousin wanting her to marry that wealthy man, but not much more. I loved the HEA.
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