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.