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Secrets of an Accidental Duchess by Jennifer Haymore
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Feb 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: chicklit, historical-romance, summer-reading

Jennifer Haymore has a talent for weaving comedy into her historical romances. In Secrets of an Accidental Duchess, we have the beautiful, protected and slightly naive Olivia Donovan. Olivia spent much of her life in a small island in the West Indies and hasn't learned all the nuances of London society. For instance, it takes her a while to realize that the good looking Mr. Buchanan (a.k.a. Max a.k.a. Lord Hasley) is heir to a dukedom - and to call him by the right title. But all of this fits her personality. She's not bowled over by titles, power or money as she expects never to marry and to end her life as the "spinster aunt". When tempted by Max, she points out that she doesn't intend to be the "disgraced spinster aunt".

Secrets of an Accidental Duchess is full of these fun quips and well set up disasters of sorts. Both romantic leads are extremely likable. The villain of the piece is a little overdone -- he is a cad in every possible way. But as Jennifer Haymore's books are meant to be a fun escape, Secrets of an Accidental Duchess is exactly that - an engrossing romance with danger, comedy, and a satisfying ending.

ISBN-10: 0446573159 - Mass Market Paperback $7.99
Publisher: Forever (February 1, 2012), 432 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

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