What to Do with a Duke
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 ...more
First off, that cover is delightful, the light colors and the kitty cat (who ...more
Looking forward to continuing the series.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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My English review
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
2) This duke stated TWICE that ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more