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Series StandalonePublication Date 6 25 19Number of Pages 348Whew I have to take a rest There was a lot going on in this book by new to me author Caroline Fyffe I enjoyed both love stories and the mystery, the writing was excellent, and I loved the characters I d even like to see some of them in their own books I ll definitely read this author again.When the book first started off, I thought, Oh man, not another one that gets it wrong Then, she turned it right around and got it right Series StandalonePublication Date 6 25 19Number of Pages 348Whew I have to take a rest There was a lot going on in this book by new to me author Caroline Fyffe I enjoyed both love stories and the mystery, the writing was excellent, and I loved the characters I d even like to see some of them in their own books I ll definitely read this author again.When the book first started off, I thought, Oh man, not another one that gets it wrong Then, she turned it right around and got it right Good going It appeared that she was going to have an illegitimate son inheriting the title and we all know that is absolutely impossible So good for you Ms Fyffe.Beranger Northcott had a horrid childhood as the illegitimate child of the Duke of Brightshire At the age of thirteen, he d run away from the father who never loved him and the step mother who mistreated him He rode to the harbor and sold his freedom for four years as a deckhand aboard a ship, the Destiny When his four years were up, he found himself in America where he made his fortune Now, he s returning to Ashbury Castle as the new Duke of Brightshire along with his duchess, the love of his life, Emma Brinkman Northcott They are newlywed and firmly, steadfastly and stalwartly in love and I was so happy to see that nothing could shake that.Emma is an American through and through She s an American heiress, but not the kind we usually read about as in she s not from New York, Boston, Boston, etc She and her four sisters inherited one of the largest, most profitable ranches in Colorado the Five Sisters Ranch She and her sisters are very, very close and she cannot imagine not being able to see them every day, but here she is, in England with the man with whom she fell instantly in love English life as an aristocrat isn t easy for either Beranger or Emma Beranger has spent so many years in America that he isAmerican than English and Emma well, she has a strong belief in equality and she sure isn t finding that in England Add to that an insufferable step mother who takes delight in belittling Beranger and Emma and trying to make them appear inept and you have a situation that could begin to unravel their love However, I love that wasn t the case their love never wavered no matter what was thrown at them Even when Beranger became very ill and Emma suspected someone was poisoning him, she didn t cower, she stood strong and guarded him like a tigress.The second love story features Charlotte Aldridge and Tristen Llewellyn Charlotte is the niece of the local bakery owner and Tristen is the nephew of the gamekeeper at Ashbury Castle Charlotte has always felt that her Aunt Ethel hated her She berates and belittles her constantly Nothing Charlotte ever does is good enough and that hatred grows exponentially when Charlotte catches the eye of the new duchess and is offered a position at the castle.Tristen is so grateful to his uncle for taking him into his home and is now very happy to fill in as gamekeeper at the castle during his uncle s illness His uncle could have just left him to fend for himself and with his past to haunt him, he wouldn t have fared very well When Tristen meets the new duke and duchess, he really likes them and they like him in return.Between Tristen s secret, Charlotte s troubling suspicions about her cousin Thomas, the possible murder of the last duke, mysterious illnesses of the new duke, the attention of Mr Winter, and a startling revelation about Charlotte, their romance seems doomed The road to their HEA isn t an easy one, but it was nice to see it when it arrived.This book left me scratching my head over a few details that didn t feel wrapped up, but I thoroughly enjoyed the read.I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own (((FREE))) ⇚ An American Duchess ⇦ A woman s heart dares to defy the rules of Victorian society in USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fyffe s novel of romance, royalty, and a little revenge In Kent, England, the arrival of Beranger Northcott, Duke of Brightshire, causes a stir Because with the duke comes his new American bride, who isn t quite what anyone expects By accepting the hand of her beloved, Emma Brinkman went from hardworking Colorado rancher to duchess Now she s expected to comport herself as nobility Overnight For Emma stifled, homesick, and unable to shake the feeling she s being watched the metamorphosis is a challenge And if Emma s suspicions are correct, perhaps even a dangerous oneFortunately, Emma has found a trusted friend in the orphaned Charlotte, Brightshire s scullery maid Charlotte longs to experience if only for a moment the luxuries and gentry romance that come with a titled life When one of the duke s handsome cousins takes notice of Charlotte, the castle kitchen is set abuzz with speculationIn navigating their two different stations, both servant and duchess alike will discover all they have in common from secret fantasies to daring hearts to upending the rules of society And that finding their places in the world and love is a dream that can come true no matter the risks There s a lot of mayhem going on in this delightful Victorian novel It s fun to read a story of an American coming back across the pond to take her place in English society Emma and Beranger had no expectations of him becoming the new Duke and Emma is quite up to this position, according to some namely her wicked her step mother in law I loved watching Emma take on this challenge, mingling her background with her new expectations She isn t what they expect, and while she tries to conform There s a lot of mayhem going on in this delightful Victorian novel It s fun to read a story of an American coming back across the pond to take her place in English society Emma and Beranger had no expectations of him becoming the new Duke and Emma is quite up to this position, according to some namely her wicked her step mother in law I loved watching Emma take on this challenge, mingling her background with her new expectations She isn t what they expect, and while she tries to conform in some ways, she stays true to herself, bringing a breath of fresh air to the stuffiness of society There is a mystery, waiting to be discovered, and danger abounds, especially when the Duke falls ill It was fun trying to guess what was going on and who was behind it, and that s where my slight issues lie view spoiler I haven t read any other books in the series that I know of and the culprits were too random for my liking hide spoiler Emma and Beranger are already married, but there is still a lot of romance and romantic tension to be found The relationships steal the cake for this one not only between this charming couple, but within the friendships, new and old, that are formed This book definitely found its place within my heart Content mild romance all behind closed doors, but implied, kissing mild language very mild religion I received a complimentary copy All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given A master storyteller, Caroline Fyffe takes you into a 1881 England and a newly named Duke and his American Bride Beranger Northcutt has just inherited the title of the Duke of Brightshire Having been living in America and just married Emma Brinkman, they set sail to Beranger s homeland A lot has happened since he had been gone but nothing has changed about his hateful stepmother, except that now she has to rely upon him Of course, Emma coming from a small town and becoming a Duchess, wasn t A master storyteller, Caroline Fyffe takes you into a 1881 England and a newly named Duke and his American Bride Beranger Northcutt has just inherited the title of the Duke of Brightshire Having been living in America and just married Emma Brinkman, they set sail to Beranger s homeland A lot has happened since he had been gone but nothing has changed about his hateful stepmother, except that now she has to rely upon him Of course, Emma coming from a small town and becoming a Duchess, wasn t sure what she was to do, but she quickly captured the hearts of many by her delightful spirit and humble demenor But the love between her and Beranger just won my heart There is so much going on with this story that it captured me from the first page as we meet Charlotte, who will also play a role and have a budding romance Mystery, suspense as Beranger becomes ill and it seems someone wants to do him harm, secrets that will come out and of course romance is in the air.I truly loved this story and with the wonderful descriptive prose it seemed I was there in England with the characters and watching the story unfold I liked the book alot it was a little long but interesting all the same I espesially liked Emma and Charlotte, the two main characters of the book They became fierce and strong women throughout the book. If I was 13If I was a 13 year old dewy eyed romantic, this would have been a great read Leaving no romance novel trope unused, Ms Fyffe gives the reader a novel that moves at a plodding pace, strains credulity, and offers little that is intriguing or entertaining Every Single Character is a cliche Bottom line It gets two stars from me only because the author did manage to surprise me a bit with the revelation of the mischief making villain of the piece Apart from that, there s nothing If I was 13If I was a 13 year old dewy eyed romantic, this would have been a great read Leaving no romance novel trope unused, Ms Fyffe gives the reader a novel that moves at a plodding pace, strains credulity, and offers little that is intriguing or entertaining Every Single Character is a cliche Bottom line It gets two stars from me only because the author did manage to surprise me a bit with the revelation of the mischief making villain of the piece Apart from that, there s nothing very interesting to read here I COULD FEEL YOU WERE DESTINED FOR SOMETHING GREATOnce again, Ms Caroline Fyffe has taken her readers on a roller coaster ride in this emotional journey of family, loss, secrets, new beginnings, and love While this story will read well as a stand alone, it is also a continuation from Heart of Mine, book three in the Colorado Heart with the meeting of Emma Brinkman and Beranger North While this new story is not part of the Colorado Heart series, but an extension of their story it will have the I COULD FEEL YOU WERE DESTINED FOR SOMETHING GREATOnce again, Ms Caroline Fyffe has taken her readers on a roller coaster ride in this emotional journey of family, loss, secrets, new beginnings, and love While this story will read well as a stand alone, it is also a continuation from Heart of Mine, book three in the Colorado Heart with the meeting of Emma Brinkman and Beranger North While this new story is not part of the Colorado Heart series, but an extension of their story it will have them leaving America and is a new beginning in England In this story, Emma Brinkman and Beranger Northcott his tue surname will be quickly married, following the information that he has inherited the title of Duke of Brightshire and they will leave Colorado and sail to England The story will encompass the changes and memories that Beranger will face returning to where he lived, even if he was treated poorly by his step mother He will meet a half sister that was born after he left England and worked on board a ship until he made his mark in America The story is full of mystery, suspense, danger, secrets, angst, but also has new beginnings, making changes in how things in life turn out It has a large cast of characters in the English town of Brightshire that will play major roles in this tale It was always proclaimed the Beranger was illegitimate but how will the people look at him now that the truth is out that his parents had been married and in fact, Gavin was the illegitimate child The people in Brightshire are delighted you re home Prove to them their memories of the resilient, clever, and courageous thirteen year old boy are correct Show them you have come back a man, and you have all those qualities andNot everyone is happy that Beranger has returned, and with an American wife as the new duchess The dowager duchess was always cruel and hateful to Beranger, and she has groomed her daughter, Lady Audrey to take over the title someday She is nothan a wolf in sheep s clothes and just as two faced as she always had been But now, her status is changed, and she must rely on Beranger for her well being He isgracious than most people would be considering Fairly and always Whenever and now The story has the good, the bad, and the ugly in people and all that will play a part in this tale With health issues plaguing Beranger, is someone trying to harm him A critical letter of Emma s from her father will be stolen from their room A mystery about the death of the previous Duke, Gavin, will have secrets that could harm others The story will have another romance taking place between Charlotte and Tristan and the mystery behind her life will eventually unfold with surprises While their story isn t always smooth sailing, it does have several surprises along the way Beranger Northcutt and his American wife Emma have returned to England so he can take his rightful place as the Duke of Brightshire To say that Emma is nervous would be an understatement She doesn t know how to be a Duchess and the last thing she wants to do is bring shame and embarrassment to her husband But she s determined to do her best What she didn t expect was to be undermined by her new in laws at every turn Sure, they seem nice and helpful when Beranger is around But the moment he Beranger Northcutt and his American wife Emma have returned to England so he can take his rightful place as the Duke of Brightshire To say that Emma is nervous would be an understatement She doesn t know how to be a Duchess and the last thing she wants to do is bring shame and embarrassment to her husband But she s determined to do her best What she didn t expect was to be undermined by her new in laws at every turn Sure, they seem nice and helpful when Beranger is around But the moment he s not All bets are off She finds herself seeking solace and strength from not only her husband, but her new friends as well.But when Beranger suddenly falls ill, Emma not only finds her voice, but her determination as well She will get to the bottom of what s going on and no one will get in her way She plans to live a long and happy life with Beranger in their new home in England I really enjoyed watching Emma and Beranger get acclimated to their new surroundings It definitely wasn t easy for them, but they pushed through and refused to let anyone bring them down I enjoyed the mystery that was woven into the story I found myself trying to figure out what in the world was going on and who was behind it Sadly, I felt like there were some things that were left undone in the end The resolution to the mystery fell a little flat for me I wanted a just a little bitI have to admit, when I read a book with multiple POV s, I m used to it only being the hero and heroine But this book follows two heroes, two heroines, and a couple other POV s thrown into the mix This is not something I would typically read and had to keep switching from person to person in my head I ve discovered that I m not a fan of this many POV s All in all, I enjoyed An American Duchess and thought it was cute I m looking forward to checking outof Ms Fyffe s books I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are solely my own I m dnf ing at 44%There seem to be two totally separate romances going on here as well as a couple of mysteries and some family unpleasantness strife I found it hard to focus on the characters the pov changed far too often to allow any real character development and the chapters were very short which didnt allow much in the way of plot development either But I actually stopped reading when I realised that I had no real sense of whether this was written as a Regency romance, a Victorian, or s I m dnf ing at 44%There seem to be two totally separate romances going on here as well as a couple of mysteries and some family unpleasantness strife I found it hard to focus on the characters the pov changed far too often to allow any real character development and the chapters were very short which didnt allow much in the way of plot development either But I actually stopped reading when I realised that I had no real sense of whether this was written as a Regency romance, a Victorian, or some fantasy set in a different world The language was far too modern and some phrases gratedI think we should find somewhere to wait out the storm, since the livery didn t pan out Is there a restaurant or pub in Brightshire Surely people have to eat The bakeshop kitchen had never felt so cozy The duke placed several gold coins on the table Okay My thoughts.I can forgive the pan out phrase, as the Duke had recently returned from America, but would a Duke really use that phrase shire usually refers to a county, not a town or village I personally don t know of any towns using the word shire unless in the context of hundreds eg Leylandshire, Blackburnshire, which is an ancient term and no longer used but those were much bigger than a town and covered a much wider area Brightham, Brightton, Brightwood, Brightburn, Brightpool, Brightland any of those would have read better A Duke would probably say Public house instead of pub.I struggled with the term bakeshop which I thought of as very American I think it would have been called a bakery but if it sold pies, then a pie shop and again, it all seemed a fantasy world setting.Gold coins Which Double sovereign, sovereign, half sovereign I gave up The writing had no real historical feel to it I kept waiting for the fairy godmother to appear This my first book by this author and it felt like I was missing much of the story from the previous books I still enjoyed the love story, but the rest of the novel just didn t make much sense to me A lot was going on and the author used several plot techniques to keep you guessing who the culprit was but it felt forced This is why I don t enjoy mystery romances like this where there is poisoning and misunderstandings, and too many suspicious characters to make the narrative arc interesting b This my first book by this author and it felt like I was missing much of the story from the previous books I still enjoyed the love story, but the rest of the novel just didn t make much sense to me A lot was going on and the author used several plot techniques to keep you guessing who the culprit was but it felt forced This is why I don t enjoy mystery romances like this where there is poisoning and misunderstandings, and too many suspicious characters to make the narrative arc interesting but ultimately doesn t deliver a good story I probably will not be reading this author again I have realized that when I read romance, I want the romance to take center stage in the bookotherwise I can read mystery books from the actual mystery writers