ANY DUCHESS WILL DO – Tessa Dare
ISBN: 978-0-06-224012-5 Print
ISBN: 978-0-06-224013-2 e-Book
England – Nineteenth Century
The Duke of Halford, Griffin York, has been dragged to Spindle Cove by his mother in the pursuit of a suitable bride. His stubborn refusal to wed, for reasons he is wont to discuss with the Dowager Duchess, has instigated this journey. The duchess insists that he choose from one of the women in the village. But Griff decides to show his mother once and for all that he has no intention to marry…anyone. So he chooses the girl serving the drinks.
Pauline Simms struggles every day to get by. Living with a father who treats her like dirt, a downtrodden mother, and her handicapped sister, Pauline's only wish in life is to open a bookstore and escape the drudge of her present life. Having a duke whisk her away certainly wasn't one of her plans, but his promise of a thousand pounds to open her book shop if she'll spend a week proving she can't possibly be made into duchess material, changes her mind. Pauline can do anything for a week, and she's fairly certain that it won't take much on her part to prove the duke's mother wrong.
What Pauline and Griff don't count on is that this plan could go terribly wrong. They find they have little control over their feelings, and the resident duchess is more than determined to make things work.
ANY DUCHESS WILL DO is a charming tale of two opposites who realize in time that maybe their hearts don't understand the difference in their classes. Will Pauline be able to keep her promise? And what is the real reason for Griff's decision to never marry?
Engaging characters and a truly different premise made ANY DUCHESS WILL DO a truly enjoyable read.