Along Came a Duke by Elizabeth Boyle

June 22, 2012  
Gush-o-rama alert!
 Yes, you are about to hear some gushing!  Squeal.  What a joy it was when I opened Ms. Boyle's latest book, Along Came a Duke.  At first, I wondered if I would be able to like the hero.  The Duke of Preston, our hero, is painted as rather a foolish fellow.  And, along with his friend, Roxley, who seems to have a strong liking for the drink, I thought, "what a couple of buffoons, and these are the heroes?"  However, by the time Preston and Tabitha have a rather lengthy dinner, I found myself being charmed by Preston.  A word to Ms. Boyle - I'm really interested in how you plan to change Roxley into a hero.

Along Came a Duke is loaded with some fully developed characters, and a wonderful romantic couple.  Even though Preston seems like such a fool, by the end of the story I understood his foolishness and thought he was a strong hero.  I also enjoyed the banter between he and Tabitha.  Made me smile.  And, without spoiling too much, watch for the wildflower scene.  What a very romantic moment.

Our heroine, Tabitha, or Tabby as Preston calls her, holds her own against this charmer.  She's just as much fun as Preston is.  And kudos to Ms. Boyle for writing that wonderful dinner scene in the very beginning.  In just one night we get to watch these two people fall in love.  (Of course, they don't know that's what is happening.)

There are some wonderful supporting characters, and I'm looking forward to their stories.  Also hoping that Ms. Boyle is going to pen a tale about Aunt Hen.  And, then there's Mr. Muffin, an Irish Terrier.  Mr. Muffin is sure to be in the running for the Gus Award.  You see, he loves feathers.  He's not really particular where those feathers may be located.  Makes no never mind to him, which leads to a very funny scene in the park.

So, I do recommend this story and if you are a fan of Ms. Boyle's you are in for a treat. 

Time/Place: Regency England
Sensuality Rating: Mostly Toasty


Tracy said...

Oh I definitely need to read this one!! Great review/gush. :)

SidneyKay said...

Tracy, Hope you enjoy it. This is the first time I've been able to get to a computer. Still without electricity because of the storm and today we are going to be topping at 103. It's been real special.

Melissa said...

Loved this story! The dinner scene and meeting the fiance scene were both superb. Preston completely swept this story off its feet.