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The Duke's Refuge

(The Leeward Islands #1)

4.66  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  52 reviews
When love comes in a tempest, who knew it would wear pink?

Georgia Lennox has traded in her boyish ways for pink gowns and a coy smile to capture the eye of the Earl of Claremont. However, on the day she's convinced the earl will propose, Georgia is shipped off to the Leeward Islands to care for her ailing father. But when she arrives on Nevis, the last thing she expects
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Published January 7th 2020 by Wild Heart Books
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
4.5 stars

“Sometimes what’s best for us isn’t how we pictured it.”

What a delightful debut! I was captivated from word one and then laughed, cried, and swooned my way to the end all in one sitting.

Georgia and Harrison may at first seem to be polar opposites but the chemistry between them is off the charts (and once the kisses start – you might want to read the book from the safety of your trusty fainting couch). And really they aren’t so different after all, down deep where it counts. Both have
This was such a cute book. I loved the characters, the setting, and the message. Every character was precious and I connected with them well. Max was adorable and probably made this book.

I love regency era books and I love how this one was set in the Caribbean. Besides pirate book set during this time, I feel like I hardly see books set in the Caribbean during the 1800s.

The message and the Christian themes throughout made me love it even more. It did get a little preachy at times, but honestly
Kristen Rutland
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Right away I felt as thoughIhad jumped into the 19thcentury, and was experiencing Georgia's aristocratic lifestyle and pressure to conform to please society, and even her own parents. Iimmediately bonded with and embodied the maincharacter, Georgia. She seemed desperate for approval and yetstifled by expectations; limited to experiences due to her gender and social class. My heart ached for her unwavering need to be accepted andlack of identity as she fought to portraywho shethought society ...more
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Sometimes, for God to rebuild us into his image, we too first have to be broken.”
“God isn’t concerned about your comfort as he is concerned about your character.”

Family and societal expectations got Georgia in a bunch, made her build walls around herself to block out pain and rejection and sadly it blocked out love until she was summoned to an Island where her ill father lived.
I loved reading about her transformation, her strong willed spirit and fire. She had a mind of her own and wasn’t
Janice Sisemore
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Duke’s Refuge

Georgia has received a letter to come take care of father. He is sick but he is not the one that sent for her. She meets Harrison after getting off the ship. Harrison is a widower with a young son. His son and Georgia become fast friends. I enjoyed their adventures together. Harrison cannot help but fall in love with Georgia. This was such a fun book to read.

I loved Georgia and her determination. She was such a fun character to read about.

I received a complimentary copy of the
Maribeth Morrissey
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I love a good romance novel and this did not disappoint. It was really well written and the characters were great. Couldn't put it down.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great story--once I started I didn't want to put it down (and I didn't--I finished the book within a few days)
Chautona Havig
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Who Is Your Refuge When All Goes Wrong?

I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a character as instantly or thoroughly as I disliked Georgia Lennox. Insipid, shallow, manipulative, and frankly without a thing about her to interest me, I didn’t know how I’d get through the book. Exactly what the author wanted, by the way.

Don’t get me wrong. I had no doubt that somewhere around the middle, I’d be given a reason to be sympathetic to her, and all would be well. It’s one of the troubles of reading a bunch
Deana Dick
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This has been a wonderful story that captured my attention right away. I loved how the author makes her characters come to life. It is easy to see how Georgia could be considered a handful. She does have an attitude of always wanting what she can't have. Her father who left years ago has grabbed her attention again. I know it was hard for her to come to see her father after he walked away from his family. There is goodness within Georgia as she worries about his health. The color pink is ...more
Lynda Edwards
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This debut novel looked interesting to me, and I am really glad I took a chance on a new author. I found a well-polished story with characters I could root for, set in a location that is unusual and interesting but not outside the realm of possibility for the time period, with an enjoyable and engaging plot.

The two main characters clashed from the moment they began interacting. To be truthful, I felt bad for both of them; Georgia, is having one of the most difficult days in her life and is
Blessed & Bookish
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lorri Dudley is a new-to-me author, but I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to read her book! I loved The Duke’s Refuge from start to finish. It is beautifully written with a dreamy setting and well-developed characters. I could NOT put this book down!
I love Regency-era romance, but I’ve never read one with such a beautiful setting. The island of Nevis was painted skillfully until you could almost feel the sea breeze wafting through the window and alleviating some of the oppressive humidity.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lorri Dudley is a new author to me and I am delighted that I took a chance and agreed to review her novel The Duke’s Refuge. I actually was expecting the usual Regency era tale filled with ballrooms, debuts, and calling cards. What a pleasant change to find a story set primarily on a leeward island as well as several perfectly fascinating characters.

I loved the idea of a runaway Duke who was disenchanted with English society after the death of his beloved wife. Harrison Wells spent his time
Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
After reading this beautiful story, it’s hard to believe that this is the author’s debut novel. The descriptions of the island and it’s residents come to life, and you can almost feel the sunshine and the storms that roll across the island. Then, as the scene switches back to England, it’s as if you were standing on a busy London street corner.

But it’s the character of Georgia that completely held my attention all throughout the book. She at first seems to be a social debutante who is obsessed
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful story this was to read. First off, the setting was unique. Instead of taking place in the balls of London, we are shipped off to the Leeward Islands with Georgia and her Aunt to help care for her sick father whom she has not seen for six years.

Georgia is a character that I think a lot of us can relate too. She has been hurt deeply by her parents and sisters. Her father and mother are having marital problems and when her father leaves, Georgia feels abandoned and alone. Not ever
Lynn Jamros
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It captured my attention from the very beginning and the further I got into the story, the more engrossed I became. I literally could not put the book down until I turned the very last page. And then I found myself wanting more! What a beautiful story about love, hurt, tragedy, reconciliation, forgiveness and ultimately God’s ability to redeem and restore our lives.

I enjoyed learning about the two very different worlds – the island of Nevis and high society in
Donna C
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I think you should know:
The Duke’s Refuge is a Historical Christian Romance, it is the first book in the Leeward Islands Series by Lorri Dudley. On the eve of what Georgia expects to be her engagement she finds herself summoned from her home in England to the Leeward Islands where her Father moved year before. Island schoolmaster Harrison Wells has retreated from England to guard his heart and his son.

What you might want to know:
Harrison’s wife was murdered, Harrison tells what happened
Hallie Szott
Jan 20, 2020 marked it as reviewed
With the complicated charm of the Regency era, Lorri Dudley’s debut novel, The Duke’s Refuge, sparks to life. Traveling from London to the Leeward Islands, with plenty of romance and a touch of adventure, the story proves a captivating one, perfect for fans of the historical genre.

Called from London society and her well-crafted plans, Georgia Lennox heads to the island of Nevis to assist her ill father. There, she encounters schoolmaster Harrison Wells, a man her opposite in many ways, and
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lorri Dudley crafted a great story about forgiveness, love and finding yourself amidst adversary. I enjoyed reading about the characters in this book, they had some good strengths and weaknesses. Both of the main characters were well developed and grew throughout the story. Honestly, at first, I was not sure if I particularly liked Georgia as she seemed to be a weak character, however, by the end of the book she turned out to be pretty good. I also liked Harrison, he was sure of himself and a ...more
Tabitha Bouldin
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Georgia and Harrison’s relationship is the stuff of real love and lasting relationships. Their start might have been a bit rocky, but the undeniable attraction made for delicious moments of growth and connection.

It took a bit for me to really care for Georgia. She is an excellent character, well-developed and ready to take on the world, but until I was able to connect her backstory to her whiny socialite behavior, I wished Harrison would have let her try swimming after her trunks. What’s great
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celebrate-lit
My Thoughts on The Duke’s Refuge:
I love a good romance and this one fits the bill really well. It’s well written and keeps you entertained.

The setting is wonderful and I could imagine myself there. And that’s something really fun because it’s cold and we have a layer of ice here in the midwest where I live.

All the characters were so well written and I loved getting to know them.

Oh, and who loves that there is a tiny bit of mystery when she learns that she wasn’t summoned by her ailing father
This was a fantastic Regency story! I enjoyed the island setting and all of the differences and struggles that this setting brought to light. Georgia had to confront her conflicted emotions regarding her father’s leaving the family years earlier. It impacted Georgia tremendously and she struggled to overcome the emotional burdens she carried from that event.

Harrison was a great character. He was a loving father and a kind man who had so much heartache and guilt in his backstory. I loved the way
Patti Pierce
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine being one of several sisters and having a difficult relationship at best with your sisters and mother. Then imagine dealing with your father leaving your family when you are a child. This is what Georgia Lennox experiences and the determination to marry well so she satisfies her mother and sister’s expectations. But plans change when she is forced to leave her home to travel to an island to take care of her father.

Harrison Well’s first impression of Georgia Lennox drives a wedge between
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘But then there were times, when something he would have never chosen, blessed him in a way he would have never expected’

Oh my gosh - what an absolutely fun book to read! There were multiple times I laughed out loud at the scrapes Georgia got herself into. She has such a way of being so very lovable at times and then being so difficult you just want to send her to her room. The author has done a great job of detailing the way that misunderstandings can occur in a family and even between friends.
Kendra Neal
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW, I was reeled into this book from the first few pages. I started reading and just couldn't put the book down. I finished the entire book in about 2 1/2 hrs!

Georgia is the main character of the book. She gives up her tomboyish ways to lure a local Gentleman that she has her eyes on. She never gets the opportunity with that gentleman as she has to move away to care for her father. Her new residence her heart is captured at the sight of Harrison, a gentleman who sought the calmness of the
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Duke’s Refuge by author Lorri Dudley is a captivating Christian Historical Romance novel. It was easy to read and became a page turning delight. Author Dudley has penned a fabulous tale.

I was enamored immediately with Georgia. She is a lovely character, feisty, sassy, caring, and beautiful. It is easy to imagine having her as a friend. Harrison Wells is a strong leading man. They meet and sparks fly as they tend not to get along. That soon changes.

Faith and inspiration are prevalent
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lorri brings us a wonderful new world of regency era in the Leeward islands with her debut novel. I enjoyed getting to know an area of the world that I have little knowledge of in the warm Caribbean.

Georgia is a spit-fire from the start; you don’t like her very much. But, as the story unfolds, you quickly learn that her hard exterior hides a soft hard that’s been bruised too many times. Harrison also is hiding his true self. Together Georgia and Harrison have to learn that with God their true
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This Regency historical is atypical in many ways but contains numerous entertaining elements and a fun love story. Former tomboy Georgia Lennox is whisked away from London’s society to the Caribbean island of Nevis to attend her estranged, ailing father. Mishaps start as soon as she exits the ship and continue throughout the book until the story winds down with a heart-tugging surprise. I enjoyed all the twists and turns the novel took. The tale captured my attention and the main characters ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a great debut novel! I loved the way this author wove spirited banter between the characters among great descriptions of the beautiful Nevis Island. Georgia Lennox may seem spoiled and self-centered, but her outward act serves to hide a past of rejection and hurt. I really enjoyed reading about her growth and her realization that God will never leave nor forsake her. The spiritual truths were woven very well among the story and were easy to apply to my own life. I thought sometimes the back ...more
Karen Hadley
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great book! Rich girl with an attitude that needs adjusting, she's spoiled, mad at the world, and now she has to go take care of her sick father who abandoned her when she was younger. Enter a island man with an adorable little boy, he's down to earth, compassionate and a good friend of her father's. He's poor (or is he) and she's looking to marry well. The beautiful transition that changes her life and her relationship with her family is amazing. Realizing their is more to life ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Duke’s Refuge is the first installment from Lorri Dudley’s debut series, The Leeward Islands. I have to admit that the main reason I wanted to read this book was because of the beautiful cover. After opening to the first few pages, I realize that the cover is not the only beautiful part of the book. I absolutely adored this story from start to finish. I loved Georgia instantly and love the chemistry between her and Harrison. It was great to watch how they grew throughout the book. I was not ...more
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