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A Duchess to Remember (Ministry of Marriage #3)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  489 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
A lady never kisses and tells.
And her lover never forgets…

For a lady of breeding and wealth, the Ministry of Marriage can always ensure a suitable match. But sometimes, the heart wants what it wants—in spite of the risks…

A Practical Engagement

Lady Cecily Westruther is nothing if not practical. By agreeing to marry an older duke who already has an heir and a mistress, she c
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by St. Martin's
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Ms. Brooke, I think we have a psychic connection. You picked up on what annoys me about too many of the Regency historicals coming out nowadays (thus causing me to avoid them). You took every element that annoys me and turned those conventions around and wrote a book that I enjoyed very much. Thank you!

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur in the July issue.
Aug 19, 2012 Huong rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ughhh! Terrible!!!! Cecily is an "I want to punch in the face" heroine. Nothing made much sense in this book at all. It was just like, let's just mash random things together to make a romance, yeah ok? The most hilarious thing is that the basis of the book was Cecily's fervent NEED to retrieve a letter she wrote at the AGE OF TEN to her older brother. A letter in which she mocks her current fiance. Oh jesus, YOU WERE TEN. Be a little more rational and stop freaaaaaking out that he may find out y ...more
Khanh (the meanie)
Actual rating: 1.5

It brings me no joy to say that the most memorable thing about A Duchess to Remember is the title. I don't really feel like writing tonight, to be honest, but I have to force myself to review this book tonight, because I won't remember anything about it tomorrow.

This book is boring. It is a yawn-fest. It is completely and utterly unoriginal, so on and so forth. In the interest of fairness, technically, everything has already been done before. There's no such thing as originalit
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
This is the third book in Christina Brooke's Ministry of Marriage series and, although, in my opinion, not as good as Mad about the Earl, it's still an enjoyable read.

I liked Cecily in the previous two books. She's intelligent, independent, vivacious and witty; always a thorn in the side of her guardian, the Duke of Montford. So her willingness to accept the arranged marriage with the dull, mild-mannered Duke of Norland seems out of character but he is the perfect choice as far as she's concerne
Sep 15, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 26, 2012 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Another stellar read from Christina Brooke. Rand was simply delicious. The only thing keeping this from 5 stars is the heroine. I liked her but I will never understand a character who thinks they have to be in complete control of their lives at all times - especially a woman in a historical who KNOWS AND ACKNOWLEDGES that society does not share her views. One relatively minor TSTL device towards the end, but still quite an enjoyable read. B++/4.25 stars
Aly is so frigging bored
It was a nice book, but I wasn't impressed.

My brain thinks it's funny. I can't help myself to... lengthen the hero's name: from Rand to Randy. Why, oh why, did the author have to choose this name??
Jan 23, 2013 Anna001 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-read
I am sorry to say that I was sorely disappointed with this book.
It was not half as good as the previous ones, in my opinion.
It also felt so much shorter, but apparently it was only 8 pages shorter than the previous.
I simply didn't like Cecily very much. I expected to. I rather thought I'd like her the most, as in previous books, she had always been so amusing. But at times I flat-out disliked her! I found her reasons for avoiding her obvious desire for the Duke to be completely ridiculou
Shelly Ash
Jun 29, 2012 Shelly Ash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cecily is all set to wed Norland, as per her prearranged marriage. He's perfectly amenable and will let her alone to follow her own pursuits. Then she meets Rand and almost immediately he wants to marry her. Cecily wants to live her own life and decides that to do that she must wed Norland. Even though she's attracted to Rand, she won't let him stand in her way, but Rand will stop at nothing to make Cecily his.

The push and pull of emotions between Rand and Cecily is adorable and make this book q
Dec 25, 2011 Dls rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I'm not sure I can finish this book. I'm so annoyed at the plot and how the characters do so much with no reason--just to set up scenes that are cliches. Why did the heroine break into the heros house to look for her brother 's papers when she could have just asked him for them (and when she does he says sure?) why does he insist on handing them over at a masquerade when he could have just paid a proper afternoon call? I don't object to the scenes themselves--it's the complete lack of character
Jul 13, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christina Brooke is another one of the authors that I read new releases by as soon as possible and then think, "oh, when will she publish another one?"

This was quite a good installment in the Ministry of Marriage series. Lady Cecily was an interesting character, and the tension of the attraction between her and Rand was apparent from their first meeting.

Ms. Brooke works some mystery and unexpected circumstances into the plot.

I am quite looking forward to more in this series.
Aug 19, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book I loved this one from start to finish and could barely put it down Cecily and Rand are such an awesome couple and their adventure to a HEA was fantastic I so love MS Brooke's stories always very entertaining loved it
Aug 17, 2015 Cat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
very historically inaccurate - almost unreadable....a waste of my time
The storyline of this book was OK but I had a very difficult time connecting with the characters. Cecily's motivations for continually rejecting Rand were thin, while his dogged pursuit of her bordered on obsession. Both characters were supposedly reluctant to love due to past hurts, but the author chose to give the reader this background in a very offhand or casual manner so I didn't believe the depth of their emotions. The thrust of the story was Cecily trying to retrieve a sensitive letter wr ...more
Bree T
Lady Cecily Westruther is no real stranger to scandal and unusual behaviour – she is a Westruther after all and they’re rather notorious. She’s been living with her guardian, the Duke of Montford since she was 10 when her beloved brother died. Now her coming out is almost upon her and her introduction to society will coincide with the announcement of her engagement to the Duke of Norland. It’s an arranged marriage, set down by their parents long ago, when Cecily was born. The Duke is older than ...more
Review from Backchatting Books

Lady Cecily Westruther is happy to go along with the Ministry of Marriage’s plans and marry a duke. She craves independence and as the gentleman in question already has an heir and a mistress, she won’t have to spend any time with him. Now this is where things get a little silly but also a bit more entertaining. She wrote a damning letter about her fiancé when she ten and suddenly feels the need to retrieve it before her potential marriage can be destroyed. She dres
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Publication Date: June 26th, 2012
Publisher: June 26th, 2012 ARC provided by NetGalley
ISBN: 0312534140
Age Group: Adult,
Genre: Romance/Regency
Lootability: ***

The Ministry of Marriage is an organisation started by the Duke of Montford, caretaker of 6 of his young family members,that organises the marriages, and at times prevents them, of the English aristocracy.

What I Liked: The women in the Ministry of Marriage books are dynamic and enterprising, they have s
Jul 01, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so happy Lady Cecily Westruther finally has a book of her own! I was immediately drawn to her character in HEIRESS IN LOVE, the first book of Ms. Brooke's Ministry of Marriage series.

Cecily is a spirited twenty-year-old heiress. After the loss of her parents and a much beloved brother, she is taken into care by the Montford, head of the Ministry of Marriage. The ministry arranges her betrothal to the bland and professorial Duke of Norland. As with most ton marriages, hers is not a love match
The Window Seat
A romance book works for me when I can wrap myself around the characters and fully understand their motivations. I don’t have to necessarily like the characters to understand what they are thinking or feeling during a given moment, but having that rapport with them is a big part of my enjoyment of a story. While I read Christina Brooke’s book A Duchess to Remember, there was always a part of me that felt like I was missing a big piece of each character’s back story that kept me from fully empath ...more
A Duchess To Remember is the third in Christina Brooke's Ministry of Marriage trilogy.

Lady Cecily Westruther has been promised in marriage to an older man since she was a child. As a ward of the Duke of Montford since the death of her parents, Cecily is set to make her 'come out' and have her betrothal to the Duke of Norland announced. But first she must retreive some letters she wrote to her now deceased brother years ago. Letters, that if they are made public, would destroy her chances at hap
Jul 06, 2012 Marcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Cecily Westruther wants to protect her heart after losing her brother and focus on her projects. Cecily has little need for love or so she thinks. Rand, Duke of Ashburn wants Cecily and he gets everything he wants. Cecily does not want what Rand is offering. She just wants information on her brother and the papers he had taken upon his passing. Rand uses Cecily desire for her brother’s items to get to know her better and draw her in. Cecily holds steadfast to her dull betrothed in hopes of ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the Ministry of Marriage series highlighting Cecily's story. Cecily has been promised to Duke Norland by agreement of her parents before they passed. Cecily is high spirited and has decided that this match will suit, as Norland already has an heir from a previous marriage, a mistress and has agreed to allow Cecily to live in her own house in town. To Cecily this marriage of convenience is perfect as it will allow her more independence to do as she wishes and concentrate on h ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Sahara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Cecily Westruther needs to find a letter that could destroy her betrothal.

Disguised as a footman, Cecily breaks into Rand's, the Duke of Ashburn, home. After this, the hero went to any length to make her his duchess.

I loved this novel and it definitely deserves 5 stars. Rand was so alpha and possessive while Cecily was feisty and independent. The writing was superb in itself. I have a fetish for alpha heroes who fight for a resistant, cool collected heroine. So if you like a romantic chase,
Ash Ash
Feb 09, 2012 Ash Ash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
yet another historical romance with the heroine disliking the hero for no reason what so ever even though the hero rand wants to marry the heroine cecily. Can't understand why cecily wants to get married to a guy who is bad looking who wants to live separate lives once they get married, but when the good-looking rand who happens to be a duke proposes marriage to her as he likes her and he will give a her a better life than her existing betrothed, she refuses even though she falls in love with hi ...more
Jun 28, 2012 Yui rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
CUt the middle parts and I could have given this 4stars but it felt too long and the same issue being tackled over and over lost my taste for it the second time around. I didn't even truly get why the heroine has so much hang up w/ trusting love and why did the only unforgivable crime here which was done by her brother the easiest to let go? I loved the idea but the back and fort attitude of the female is tiring much more so the second time. Same issue, same grudging acceptance for resolution. N ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ministry of Marriage series keeps getting better. Cecily and Ashburn seem older but really are just right for each other. She is an orphan as is he, she is engaged, he has no wish to be, but they share memories of her dead brother, he as his friend and colleague. Through a series of events they come to know each other and fall in love. A deception on Ashburn's part does cause a problem but Cecily is mature enough to overcome the obstacle. The big question is - who is next to marry?
Jul 16, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved the hero but tho I started out liking the heroine Cecily who is spunky, intelligent & impulsive I couldn't understand how she could hold off on committing herself to Rand. Ok so she's scared of losing her freedom & thinks Rand doesn't trust her but honestly! Overall it was still well written enough that it didn't mar the enjoyment of the book...much
Will continue to read from this author! Such an entertaining, sizzling read!

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Apr 24, 2012 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a stellar debut, and a good follow-up, Brooke's third book is a disappointment. A plot that makes little sense, flat characterization, a romance based almost entirely on physical attraction, and a narrative that spends most of its time telling rather than showing makes for a duchess one would much rather forget than remember
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Christina Brooke writes witty, sexy historical romance novels set in Regency England.

Her first series for St. Martin's Press, The Ministry of Marriage series, focuses on the aristocratic and powerful Westruther family.

Orphaned or abandoned as children, six cousins came under the guardianship of the Duke of Montford and grew up together under his roof. Each of the three girls, Jane HEIRESS IN LOV
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Other Books in the Series

Ministry of Marriage (3 books)
  • Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage, #1)
  • Mad About the Earl (Ministry of Marriage, #2)

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