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The Duke's Second Chance

(Lords for the Sisters of Sussex #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Second chances often come from surprising places. Will the Duke find another chance at love when everything seems to be combining against him?

Gerald feels as though he’s lost everything when his wife takes her last breath.

Amelia’s world turns upside down when the Duke of Granbury steps into her tea shop and leaves with her heart.

But when a secret from Amelia’s past unvei
Kindle Edition, 137 pages
Published October 8th 2019

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Katie W
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes a connection is just plain undeniable and I love watching the twists and turns life takes for these characters to realize that. Amelia works in a tea shop, but the conversation is lively and the bond is deep when Gerald, a duke, steps into her shop.

I enjoyed this sweet, gentle romance, with its pleasant characters and tender charm. I loved how the story had a few layers of second chances embedded within it, and not just with the romance. Oh, how I love a cute Regency romanc
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
The story begins with a celebratory event that quickly turns into tragedy. Gerald is forced to live without the woman that he loves and has no inclination to see his newborn son. He is bitter and feels that he has no hope.

Trying to run away from his problems he finds himself at the door of a tea shop and meets a woman who he feels he can talk to. Amelia feels an instant connection but realizes that he is above her station. When he reveals a drastic plan she realizes that she must be
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Duke’s Second Chance by Jen Geigle Johnson is all that a regency novel should be. The story contains the intricacies of regency society, lovely characters, a wonderful duke, a lovable heroine, and a satisfying ending. Ms. Johnson is a new to me author and I thoroughly enjoyed Duke’s Second Chance. Her writing style is pleasant and fun to read. This is the first in a series called the Sisters of Sussex. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and look forward to meeting some of them again in ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely Second Chance!

I absolutely loved this second chance story. The broken hearted Duke happens into a tea room, not yet locked up for the night and meets a wonderful, compassionate, young woman working there. She speaks her mind offers him comforting words and gives him very good advice.
I won't give spoilers but it was a delight to read this story. I look forward to reading the next book.
*Borrowed from Kindle Unlimited*
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very sweet and clean read. I was able to read this one very quickly. I enjoyed how the story moved at a decent pace. I really liked Amelia. I think she was a perfect balance and match for Gerald. I’m looking forward to reading the next book!

I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Such a sweet story! I loved Amelia's tea shop setting and how she had genuine conversations with a man deep in grief, something she has experience dealing with. Amelia is the gem in this story, caught between two worlds and not daring to dream. The duke is something else- I was getting whiplash from his mood swings and irrational choices. I would have loved this book to be longer with further character development and exploration of the various situations that came up. When the resolution came a ...more
Melissa Hayford
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't get pulled in as much as I usually do with one of this author's books, but that being said I still loved Gerald and Amelia. With it being a novella the story was a little rushed and characters not as developed as normal, but it was a good quick read. The relationship between Amelia and Gerald was sweet. There was some crazy drama and I wish there had been more about how it was resolved, but again that is one of the problems with novellas. I am intrigued by this series and am excited for ...more
Maria Thomas
This sweet novella starts off so sadly I thought the author would have to jump ahead a decade at least to move past the grief and sorrow. It was a pleasant surprised to have the duke meet someone who just allowed him to grieve and begin to heal.

I loved the idea of Amelia being able to see into his soul by painting his eyes. There is great romance in that.

The story is short so everything moves quickly out of necessity. It was maybe a bit too convenient to have the secret from Amelia's past come
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A regency clean and sweet read. I finished it in a day. It was just what I needed today. It starts out quite sad. I could see the direction it was going after reading a few paragraphs. And it is quite tragic. But it is a beautiful telling of new beginnings and allowing love into a broken heart. I read a critique earlier saying the romance was too quick. I can see their point but I think there are times when things just fall into place. Gerald didn’t have to remarry prior to his mourning period b ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Poignant & heart-wrenching to begin with, this novella looks at how second chances can come & love can grow, even when we don’t think we want them.

Being a novella this is a fast paced & very quick read. The character development is not as detailed as the author normally delivers, but it is a novella so this is to be expected. With an epilogue introducing the next book in the series, this is a nice introduction to the Lord’s for the Sisters of Sussex series. I am looking forward to r
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jen Geigle Johnson has written a charming easy read in her book The Duke’s Second Chance. A huge theme and focus in this story is family. It’s about love and losing that love, but being able to find love and roance again. Although Johnson has readers hooked from the turn of the first page, the strength of this emotional connection does not last the entirety of the story, fading a little bit as the story continutes. But the story still is still one that readers will enjoy, with its relatable char ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy reading a good Regency romance. It makes me happy when I like the characters, and a good escape is the best. And it’s even better if I get all of that in a book that is quick and easy to read. The Duke’s Second Chance is one of those.

The book starts with a super sad scene. Gerald’s dear wife doesn’t survive the first chapter and he’s devastated. It made me wonder just where the book was going to go from that sad place.

Luckily, Gerald met Amelia. This was also inte
Emily Flynn
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
When you can combine a second chance at love with a Regency novel, there is nothing better. I really liked the way this story developed in an unconventional manner. Usually, I expect the book to be all about the balls and Hyde park and all that is good and appropriate. There was a little of that, but even it was unconventional.

It was evident immediately that our Duke loved his first wife, but what wasn't evident was if he would be able to find happiness again. He came with a meddling mother tha
Stella Potts
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a short and sweet read that starts out with a grab at your heart but kinda loses it’s punch by the end. The Duke of Granbury loses his wife in childbirth and is suffering so much grief that he doesn’t even wish to see his son but realizes he needs a mother for him. So the search begins for someone who can fill the role of wife and mother without an emotional connection. The book is enjoyable in the long run and a good start for the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Al ...more
Holly Bleggi
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was good but it wasn't as good as some of her other books that I have read. As a second chance at love romance it was a sweet story. My biggest issues was just that the story didn't flow quite as smoothly as I would like and the characters were not as developed as they are in some of her other books. I still enjoyed reading is since it is a sweet, clean romance but I was a little disappointed that it wasn't as good as some of her other books that I have really enjoyed reading ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Duke's Second Chance is the first installment from the Lords for the Sisters of Sussex series by
Jen Geigle Johnson. I enjoyed this novella. It is a sweet little romance. I loved the chemistry between Gerald and Amelia. Such a cute and clean story!
I am giving The Duke’s Second Chance a well deserved five stars. I highly recommend this book for readers who love to read historical romance, specifically Regency. I look forward to the next book in the Lords for the Sisters of Sussex series
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoy this author's books, but this one was little harder for me to enjoy. The storyline was interesting and held promise, but it felt rushed and incomplete. It felt like the editing wasn't finished and was not the usual level that this author writes at. There was missing punctuation, the duke's wife's name was misspelled, etc. It was a little hard to follow at times in terms of timing, (a month passed and I thought it was the same day still). The character's feelings were all over the place a ...more
Emily Yager
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet and relativly quick read, that starts with a cheerful event that suddenly turns into a tragedy. It is a charming story that focuses on family and learning to love again. A lovely way to start what looks to be a fantastic series, can't wait for the next book to come out.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Short but oh so sweet! This Cinderalla-esque novella is a beautiful reminder that the heart's capacity to love has no limit, even when broken from grief or pain. There were enough unexpected twists to keep me wondering how it would all work out in the end. Definitely worth reading!
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
The premise was interesting, but the story just felt really rushed and didn't hold my interest like other books. The romance aspect especially was just too fast and didn't have enough time to develop.

I read an ARC provided by the author. All opinions are my own.
Heather Snyder
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This book, The Duke’s Second Chance, is the first book in Johnson’s Lords for the Sisters series. Jen Geigle Johnson has written several books, that are mostly set in the Regency period, which is one of my favorite eras to read about. Her newest book is no exception, because it starts with focusing on a Duke and a Duchess. Each character in this story has a connection with one another—even if they are not immediately aware of how close their relationship might be. It is also fun to note that the ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
The Duke's Second Chance
Lords for the Sisters of Sussex #1
By Jen Geigle Johnson

When he lost his wife Gerald wanted nothing to with his newborn son and the thought of a second marriage was not to be contemplated. But his mother and sister are convinced that he needs a new duchess to help manage his estate. But a grieving heart is not able to accept the well-meaning advice of family so Gerald does the only thing possible - he walks out and into a tea shop.

Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
What happens when your life takes an unexpected and tragic change in direction? Gerald, Duke of Granbury, has just lost his beloved wife and now is left with a broken heart, dreams, and an infant son to raise. This was a very sad beginning to the book. The Duke's grief and hurt was palpable and he obviously should not have been making any kind of major descions in his grief.

Enter a happenstance meeting with a shop girl, Amelia and a soul deep connection forms.

This story a
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story of a second love after loss and grief

I haven't read a single one of Jen Geigle Johnson's books that I didn't like. All have been enjoyable. I agree with other reviewers that this story would have been better as a full length/longer novel, but I still really enjoyed it!

The beginning was painful to read because I lost my dear daddy just nine days ago. Gerald's pain was terrible and I found myself expressing some of my own grief though his as I read.

Carol Guthrie
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I like The Duke's Second Chance for a few reasons. This story is a form of Cinderella re-telling, it is clean, and it is a novella. The relationship that develops between Amelia and the Duke is not unheard of. I know a couple who married under similar circumstances. However, I feel that the story is a bit confusing. The Duke's personality and actions are hard to follow. I am satisfied that the story didn't drag on to novel-length because I wasn't able to form an attachment to the Duke's characte ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful read.
Jen has once again written a. Awesome book.

It started off rather sad, the duke loosing his beloved wife in child birth.
After Camilla dies leaving, a new born son & distraught husband.
Duke Gerald takes a walk into a tea rooms.
A sensitive caring ear. is what the Duke needed.
I very much enjoyed this book, it was very busy, with deaths, secrets, discoveries, & love.

So I don't write any spoilers
Please read
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'd say this was 3.5 to sometimes a 4 for me. I've read this author before and have enjoyed the read. Overall, this was a nice quick read. I did like the h & H. It set up for the second book with the Duke's friend that has me intrigued. The story had a good premise and a nice twist for the romance between the h & H. Like a few other reviewers I felt sometimes too rushed and so didn't get as pulled in to the story. I did appreciate keeping with the customs and attitudes of the time.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super fun short story. Dukes and Lords and disowned family members come together to make a story of open hearts and new found love.

Disclosure statement:
I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists,
and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive
reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this
in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Robyn Echols
A Sweet Romance

I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet romance between a duke and a forthright shopkeeper unaware of her history. The characters were well-written, including the duke with a pleasing personality even though he knew his privileges. I enjoyed the plot, including the unexpected twist. A fun read.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful sweet love story. It was also a well-written portrayal of grief and loss and how love can help with healing. I thought the characters were great. It was clean and had a perfect ending. Loved it!

I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own and are expressed voluntarily.
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