The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

Despite the fact that I have never been a big fan of stories that use multiple “flashback” chapters to explain details from the characters pasts, in this case it added the depth needed to turn the philandering villain from the first book in this series (The Rogue Not Taken) into a relate-able hero who deserved a second chance to redeem himself.

Having the story revealed from Malcolm’s point of view puts an entirely new spin on things and while you might not agree with the childish ways in which he lashed out at Seraphina for setting a marriage trap, you have a new understanding of the level of pain and emotion that led their ultimate destruction.

After searching the globe to find Sera, her sudden reappearance and desire to seek a divorce become the catalyst for a desperate plot to win her back that ultimately sets the stage for their star crossed romance to be reignited.

This story was deeply emotional on every level from grief to giddy, with just enough of Ms. MacLean’s usual dose of humor to turn a well rounded story of love and redemption into a romantic masterpiece.

(BTW) The Day of the Duchess was so good, that I blame this book entirely for bringing me out a very long retirement from review writing.

 

The Day of the Duchess Book Cover The Day of the Duchess
Sarah MacLean
Fiction
HarperCollins
June 27, 2017
400

The one woman he will never forget… Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one. The one man she will never forgive… After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist. A love that neither can deny… The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS

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