When the nobility is dark

The Demon Duke Book Cover The Demon Duke
Put Up Your Dukes #1
Margaret Locke
Regency romance
Locked on Love Publishing
May 20, 2017
304

Behind every good man is a great secret. Banished to Yorkshire as a boy for faults his father failed to beat out of him, Damon Blackbourne has no use for English society and had vowed never to return to his family's estate at Thorne Hill, much less London. However, when his father and brother die in a freak carriage accident, it falls on Damon to take up the mantle of the Malford dukedom, and to introduce his sisters to London Society-his worst nightmare come to life. He never planned on Lady Grace Mattersley. The beautiful debutante stirs him body and soul with her deep chocolate eyes and hesitant smiles. Until she stumbles across his dark secret. Bookish Grace much prefers solitude and reading to social just-about-anything. Her family may be pressuring her to take on the London Season to find herself a husband, but she has other ideas. Such as writing a novel of her own. But she has no idea how to deal with the Duke of Malford. Will she betray him to the world? Or will she be his saving Grace?

A very different Regency romance in that it highlights the problems of ignorance, and the effect it had on people in this time. A time when ‘tics’ were believed to be either voluntary or a sign of possession by a demon! A time when the ‘less than perfect’ were locked away from society, and often placed in Lunatic Asylums.

Facial tics in children of course, are not necessarily a sign of Tourettes, although they are often associated with this.  Though the swearing is not always a symptom. They tend to begin in childhood and as the child grows can become less severe. stress, fatigue or excitement can aggravate these symptoms and the child/adult may be able to learn to control them through relaxation techniques and – now – medications and psychotherapy.

Apart from the social commentary, it is a Regency romance in the (more) traditional form, with a semi-reluctant bride-to-be, and a husband chosen through some misadventure, yet they are in love with each other anyway.

Nice writing and a good twist and a decent length of story.

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Not one but two in the marriage

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire Book Cover Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire
Amanda Foreman
history, literary fiction, social history, military
HarperCollins UK
1999
463

Follows the turbulent life of the young noblewoman who became the style icon of late eighteenth-century England.

I loved the film and found the history and character of Georgiana fascinating. She was a complicated and complex person in a very complex and complicated world, where one did not marry for love but for family enhancement and improvement.

Unfortunately, I did not find the novel quite as fascinating and maybe I shouldn’t have seen the film first? Films of novels are never quite true to the story and sometimes the history changes for convenience. I probably expected too much from the novel.

It is good but not good enough to keep me enthralled and not unputdownable.

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