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The Good, the Bad and the Duke by Janna MacGregor

 

Series: The Cavensham Heiresses #4

Title: The Good, the Bad and the Duke

Author: Janna MacGregor

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Published:  November 27th, 2018

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

What a fun and very different regency romance this proved to be! You’ve probably seen the films in the “Home Alone” series, well this is the adult, regency version. Lady Daphne Hallworth has everything packed up ready to leave London to spend the festive season with her fa

mily. The problem is her Mum thinks she’s left with her brother and he thinks she’s left with their Mum . . . and they’ve both left her behind! She goes for a walk and a street urchin steals her personal journal, one in which she has written so many family secrets and imagined relationships that would be devastating if it ends in the wrong hands. The chase ends up with Paul Barstowe, the Duke of Southart, coming to her rescue. He was a family friend who had rescued her before and was also the hero in many of her dreams and stories but that was before he fell out with her brother and became estranged from her family.

Paul is hoping to create a hospital to honour the memory of his brother, whilst Daphne hopes to create a home for unwed mothers. Unfortunately they are both hoping to purchase the same property for their endeavours. However, Paul keeps striving to protect Daphne and to help her regain possession of her journal and the more they meet the stronger the attraction between them grows. Can they resist temptation? Can he help her keep her reputation and get her journal back? Can she help him become a family friend again?

This is the story of a young rebel, rejected by so many, striving for acceptance and finding love. There are so many secrets being kept by both families and it is only as these are uncovered that there is any hope for this couple. It is a story of the truth helping heal old wounds and love shining a light on the way. The friendships and relationships are key to this story and I was very happy with what happened to the person striving to cause trouble for them all! It is the fourth book in this series but can still be read as a standalone – though it may well tempt you to read the others, too!

I requested and received a copy of this book via NetGalley without obligation and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.

Synopsis:

A lady with a noble mission. A duke looking for redemption. A forbidden love that cannot be denied, in The Good, The Bad, and The Duke by Janna MacGregor.

Lady Daphne Hallworth is ready to celebrate the holidays with her family. But when they accidentally leave her home alone, Daphne uses the time to work on her dream—opening a home for unwed mothers. But her quest isn’t problem-free: She’s in a battle to win the property for the home against her brother’s best friend-turned-enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. And that’s not all: someone has stolen her personal diary, which holds secrets that could devastate her family. Daphne has always harbored private feelings for the man her family scorns…though perhaps striking a bargain with the handsome Duke will solve both their problems?

Paul, long considered good for nothing, aims to open a hospital to honor his brother and restore his reputation. So when a conflict over the land brings him straight into Daphne’s life, they make a deal: He will help her find her diary if Daphne can change her family’s opinion of him. But before he can win her family’s affection, he has to win hers first. Maybe love was the answer to their family feud all along?

Buy Links:    Amazon (UK)          Amazon (US)          Barnes and Noble

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