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What to Do with a Duke

(Spinster House #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,208 ratings  ·  227 reviews
Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosing—or fall unexpectedly, madly in love…

Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting would rather be lounging in the library than circling the ballroom in search of a husband any day. So when Cat hears that the town’s infamous Spinster House is open
Mass Market Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Zebra
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Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
"Your name and title will continue after you're gone," she said, looking up at him. "But can you understand at all how fleeting a woman's existence is? We give up our lives and possessions---even our name---to our husbands. Our bodies become little more than vessels for children, to continue our husbands' lines." Her voice hardened. "I want something else. Something more. Something that's mine, with my name on it."

First off, that cover is delightful, the light colors and the kitty cat (who
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
3.5 stars. It was entertaining and a pleasant read, but I did find both characters' stubborn insistence on not listening to their hearts irritating after a while. I loved the humor, and the cat Poppy steals the show.

Looking forward to continuing the series.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
Sammy Loves Books
Not a fan of naive heroines that are selfish and have zero common sense.
Otherwise cute story.
The was an average read.

Marcus is 30, the Duke is cursed, or should I say the men in his family are cursed. A curse is that every Duke (from his family line) is going to die before his heir is born. Marcus has come to a point in his life were he is lonely and would like a wife and family. The only way to break the curse is to marry for love.

Our heroine Catherine is 24 and considered a spinster pretty much. She is one of a family of 10 children. She want to write and just have time to herself. Sh
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.. I really enjoyed this one. The characters were adorable and witty. I loved the feisty Cat and the lonely Marcus. It is so nice to have the man actually want to be a father, want to have someone to love. Other than an incident with one of Cat's friends, I found the characters and story to be completely believable.

This is my first time to read Ms. MacKenzie - it won't be my last. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series. I am taking off a half star because the ending wasn't quite
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it

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Since I’ve discovered Sally MacKenzie, I always have a great time with her novels. The last two series she wrote were a delight to read and I was curious about this new one. I had the opportunity to read the novella last month and although in the end I was a bit mixed about it, I wanted to see how a complete story could be. Yes because it must be said that novellas are always a bit risky.

The novel continues after the end of the previous story and althoug
Feb 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When it comes to historical romance, I look for one of two things: one, a compelling love story with some scenes that make me blush and fan myself; or two, a light and fluffy clean romance, sometimes with a touch of humor. What I demand from all historical romances is for both the romance and the setting to be believable. I’ve started to wonder if my standards are too high. When I went into this book, with the cute cover and hints at a curse, I figured this one might fall on the fluffy side of t ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Cat wants one thing in life; peace and quiet so she can write her novel. However, being the eldest of nine siblings solitude and calm is not something that she experiences very often. So when the chance to be the Spinster house spinster comes along, she is determined to seize it. Marcus, the Duke of Hart, otherwise known as the Cursed Duke, cursed to never life past his firstborn son’s birth, due to the rakeish ways of one of his ancestors, has come to the village of Loves Bridge to pick the
Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosing—or fall unexpectedly, madly in love…

Who doesn't love a good historical fiction novel?! The gowns, the gossip, the rogues, the romance - What to Do with a Duke has it all. Including a feisty female protagonist and a duke who has no idea what he's gotten himself into...

The humour was one of the highlights for me. It was very Oscar Wilde-esque in nature. Here
Tracy T.
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a cute story and very good narration by Beverly Crick (audible review)
This was a really cute story. The characters were all very likable. I really liked Isabelle. She was funny, spunky, witty and just a great heroine. I liked Hart too. He was strong, rich and handsome.

The story line and plot were good. Different than your typical HR book. The spinster house spinster at the age of 24 LOL. So funny when the women were firmly on the shelf at the age of 24. The curse of the spinster house was i
Under the Covers Book Blog

Cat wants one thing in life; peace and quiet so she can write her novel. However, being the eldest of nine siblings solitude and calm is not something that she experiences very often. So when the chance to be the Spinster house spinster comes along, she is determined to seize it. Marcus, the Duke of Hart, otherwise known as the Cursed Duke, cursed to never life past his firstborn son’s birth, due to the rakeish ways of one of his ancestors, has come to the village of Loves Bridge to pick the

Diana Francis
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Received from NetGalley.

The description of the book intrigued me. The Duke of Hart is going to his family estates to find the next spinster to be installed in Spinster House. It seems that 200 years ago, the wealthy orphaned daughter of a merchant set up the house for a spinster from the village who needed a place to live independently. When the current spinster marries or dies, the Duke must choose the new resident from the candidates who present themselves. In the meantime, the same woman who
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good book. It begins with Marcus, the "Cursed Duke", nearly getting trapped by another fortune-hunting woman. He has been contemplating his life, admitting his loneliness, but also hampered by the family curse. One of his ancestors had gotten himself cursed, and as a result, every Duke of Hart since then had died before his heir was born. He had decided to put off marriage for as long as possible, but now that he's turned thirty it is getting worse. When business calls him to Love's Bridge, he's ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
My main problem with this story is the ending. To be perfectly honest, if not for the way things suddenly came to an abrupt halt with the closing sentence to read the next book for the continuation, I probably would have given this book a 5 star rating.

Don't get me wrong, there is a small sense of closure to this story, but I would much prefer to read about their true ending. Will there be a happily ever after? Or is the curse real? Especially considering the fact that book two is about a diffe
Marilyn Rondeau
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WHAT TO DO WITH A DUKE is a delightfully charming book and one which to my mind was totally enchanting. The fact that this is the first book in a new series – Spinster House Series – makes it even more delectable for me when I can start a great series right from the start.

Daughter of the town cleric in the village of Loves Bridge, Miss Isabelle Catherine “Cat” Hutting was thrilled when she heard that the spinster who had occupied the Spinster House had eloped and the house was empty. Notificati
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
1) This book seemed to be having a philosophical debate with itself over how evil men and women are, romantically. It was all "My ancestor evilly seduced this young innocent country girl, what a scoundrel!" and "Oh, she was 24, she KNEW what she was doing, stop blaming it all on the man" and "It takes two to tango!" and "How DARE a city duke seduce a country girl, she was clearly taken advantage of". And it didn't stop! It kept going throughout almost every chapter.

2) This duke stated TWICE that
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
Updated: 05.11.16 - Re-read from September 2015. This book was still amazing. There wasn't a sense of being left hanging since the new book is out but............... I'm still not over it.
I absolutely adored this book. I've been on a romance hiatus for months now so it was nice to find a book in the historical romance genre that I enjoyed. Of course there were some of the same cliches as there are in all romance books. The characters were fantastic. I enjoyed their courtship. Seco
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I fun, light read. Now I am assuming since it ended in a bit of a cliff hangy way that the "DOOK's"(read the book and you will get the reference.) ending will span all of the romances ARC. I hope so anyway. I don't think I would call myself a friend of Anne's after this. ...more
Deranged Dreamer
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
The ridiculous cliffhanger took 2 stars.
It´s not historical accurate but i enjoyed it.
Until it ended before it should.
Give us some closure with this couple before you start with the next one FFS.
Amel  Armeliana
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 ⭐ to What to Do with a Duke by Sally MacKenzie (Spinster House #1)

Marcus, the Duke of Hart, bearing a curse within him. It began when Marcus's ancestor left a girl named Isabelle Dorring to marry another girl when she was pregnant with his child. Isabelle vowed No duke shall live to see his heir’s birth. Following the curse, for 200 years, all Dukes of Hart have died before seeing their heirs, and Marcus had no intention of experiencing the same fate. He swore he would never get married and
It's quite unusual for me to like too good a character like Duke of Hart. Then again, Sally MacKenzie certainly wrote different kind of dukes from what I usually read. Added to that a strong-willed no ninny heroine made an enjoyable reading for me.

However, the ending of the story was unexpectedly disappointing. To be honest, the last 30% of the story was rather frustrating for me. It felt both prolonged and rushed at the same time, and then it just... stopped.

How To Do With A Duke was the first
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original Post 9/17/15 at

WHAT TO DO WITH A DUKE [& a Spinster] by Sally MacKenzie

Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.

I really enjoyed this story where a Duke's line has been cursed to die before his heir can be born, all because of a love affair gone wrong and a meddling mother.

There was a twist in this story; one that softens the Duke of Hart's kind but moros
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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I have mix feelings about What To Do With a Duke by Sally MacKenzie. I liked the story. It's actually a pretty creative idea, I mean you have Marcus, the Duke of Hart who is living with his family curse that once they marry they never get to see the birth of their heir unless they marry with for love instead of money. So, he's trying to his death sentence as long as possible, but he starts the feel the call of settling down. Sucks to be him. Then he finds out he needs t
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
Cat Hutting is surrounded by family. Between her parents and her ten siblings, she has no place to write her book. For as much as she loves her family, she craves solitude and the only way that will happen is if she leaves her family home.

When Marcus, the handsome Duke of Hart appears in the charming village of Loves Bridge, Cat knows that something is up, for the duke hasn't been in Loves Bridge in almost a lifetime. After Marcus receives a letter that there is a vacancy at Spinster House, it i
Bambi Unbridled
This was a fun light-hearted read. It wasn't too deep and didn't deal with horribly serious issues - it was just kinda fluffy and fun.

Our hero in this story is the Duke of Hart, also known as the Cursed Duke. In nearly 200 years past, it is believed the 3rd Duke of Hart was cursed by his pregnant lover (Isabel Dorring) when he married another. Since that time, all of the dukes have perished shortly after their wives have become enceinte with their heir. As Marcus has been told of the curse since
Tracy Emro
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I received an eARC of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

I loved this book. It was a quick, light fun read. I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud while reading the book. It wasn't silly or slapstick humor. Just genuinely funny dialogue - well the funniest was the characters inner dialogue.

Marcus, the Duke of Hart has come to Lovers Bridge to fulfill his duty to approve the next spinster of Spinster House. He left London under a cloud of sc
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has everything you can ask for, witty dialogue, an ancient curse, a mysterious cat, and a place called Loves Bridge. Catherine is a lovely young lady who lives at the vicarage with her parents and seven of her nine siblings, who just want peace and quiet to write novels. She has decided that she doesn't ever want to marry and plans on moving into the Spinster House. The Spinster House is a cottage in the village that is part of a 200 year old curse on the Dukes of Hart, the major lando ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

Isabelle Catherine Huttings, Cat to her family and friends, never wants to get married, she wants to write a book and she just wants some peace and quiet and to live on her own. After all, she’s 24, her dad is the local vicar and she’s the oldest of TEN children. Not such unusual wishes, you say? Well, they were in the 1700’s in England, where this story takes place! Luckily for Cat she lives in Loves Bridge, where she can be the next unchaperoned resident of Spinster House and never have to mar
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for NetGalley:

I really loved this book. It was funny, sweet and the characters were all incredibly believable. I love how in this book it is the hero who wants kids, and who is lonely and wants a family. That rarely happens in historical romances. If the hero wants a family it's generally so he can have an heir to take care of his legacy and property, it's usually not just because he wants to have a father, and I love that MacKenzie changed the script for this book. It was incredibly
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Sally MacKenzie decided to become a writer in grade school when she read one of her stories to the class. Her classmates laughed and she was hooked. She sat down immediately to pen her first novel.

Well, not exactly.

The hooked part is right--cursed might be a better description--but the sitting down and writing part came later. Much later.

Sally eventually went on to college, majoring in English, a

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