This post was originally shared on May 30, 2014
It was a book recommendation for The Duke’s Obsession by Frances Fowlkes
An American Heiress Who Must Swallow Her Pride
Miss Daphne Farrington despises three things: England’s dreary weather, the grimy streets of London, and most especially the English aristocracy. Despite her misgivings, she must persuade the very English Duke of Waverly to save her family shipping business. If only she could ignore the way he makes her pulse race whenever she’s near him.
A Duke Who Must Overcome Her Prejudice
Edward Lacey, the Duke of Waverly, is convinced that the lovely Miss Farrington, with her penchant for numbers, is the woman he’d like to make his Duchess. But unless he can convince her that not all English lords are callous, calculating rakes, a dark secret will ruin his chance at happiness.
With a description like that one would hope that there would be essences of P&P in the novel, and I’m happy to say there were, but with out being a rewrite of the novel. The first thing that caught my attention was this line:
He was, in the eyes of his mother and society, a man in possession of wealth and fortune, and of an age when he ought to have a wife.
I liked that Daphne wasn’t over in England specifically to hunt for a titled husband. If she had her way she would be going home to Boston ASAP! But things are not going smoothly and she ends up forming attachments despite her best efforts to keep everyone at a distance.
Her gift with numbers helps her family’s business as well as the Duke’s own personal fiances. The Duke adds this to his ever growing list of reasons why he likes her and thinks she’ll make a perfect Duchess. His mother, who reminds me of a mix between Mrs. Bennett and Lady Catherine, keeps trying to direct her son’s relationships. She wishes he would turn his attention away from Daphne who is just a lowly American.
I received an ebook copy from Netgalley for my honest review.