The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake
Date Read: December 31, 2018
Genre: Historical, Romance
First love is always the sweetest.
For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her aging parents and the children of her siblings. Now, eager to make her own life, she takes a position as governess on the neighboring estate. It shouldn’t matter that her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the infamous rake who once broke her youthful heart. Surely he’s forgotten her, for he hasn’t set foot on his estate for fifteen years. At least, that is, until he arrives unexpectedly.
Max is incensed to meet his sister’s new governess. But why does Abby appear just as displeased to see him when it was she who’d rejected him all those years ago? Why is he so drawn to the independent spinster she has become? And why is there a sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes that suggests they might have a second chance at love?
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: Unlikely Duchesses #1
Read for Fun (Personal Copy)
Overall Rating: 4.50
I have read most of Olivia Drake’s books and enjoyed the fun of the Cinderella Sisterhood, but I liked this book so much more. I can easily recommend it.
Abigail Linton is the 5th child and significantly younger than her siblings, who treat her like an unpaid servant. Being the youngest she was friends with the boy next door, Maxwell Bryce, heir to the Duke of Rothwell. When his mother died, the Duke took both Max and his younger sister, Gwendolyn, away. Abigail wrote to Max faithfully for a while but never received a reply. She cared for her parents until they were gone. Each of her four older siblings want her to live with them to help with their children. Abigail wants more than to be an unpaid servant for her family, so she applies to be the governess for Lady Gwendolyn.
Max has never returned home until a nearby boxing match brings him to the area. He sponsors a fighter and planned to stay with a friend who unfortunately was ill. So, Max, his fighter, and some “friends” arrive at his estate. Gwen, and their aunt, are thrilled to have Max home. Abby, now Gwen’s governess, doesn’t know what to think as Max seems to have greatly changed.
Eventually, they discover neither of them received any letters and their friendship starts to rekindle. Max is determined to find out what happened to the letters. I won’t say any more as I don’t like to spoil the HEA. I hope there is another book or two in this new series. 4.5 stars