Tuesday, November 11, 2014

An American Duchess

At the height of the Roaring Twenties, New York heiress Zoe Gifford longs for the freedoms promised by the Jazz Age. Headstrong and brazen, but bound by her father's will to marry before she can access his fortune, Zoe arranges for a brief marriage to Sebastian Hazelton, whose aristocratic British family sorely needs a benefactor. Once in England, her foolproof plan to wed, inherit and divorce proves more complicated than Zoe had anticipated. Nigel Hazelton, Duke of Langford and Sebastian's austere older brother, is disgraced by the arrangement and looks down upon the raucous young American who has taken up residence at crumbling Brideswell Abbey. Still reeling from the Great War, Nigel is now staging a one-man battle against a rapidly changing world—and the outspoken Zoe represents everything he's fighting against. When circumstances compel Zoe to marry Nigel rather than Sebastian, she does so for love, he for honor. But with Nigel unwilling to change with the times, Zoe may be forced to choose between her husband and her dreams.

My Review

I have never read anything by this author. I picked up this book because it sounded good and I have been lucky thus far. Every book that I have read in the 1920's era have been great. This book was no exception. I could not stop reading it. I loved Zoe's feisty attitude. She kept things entertaining. Then there was Nigel. He was more reserved. However as the story moved along and he spent more time with Zoe, she broke down his walls and he opened up. It was a very human progression. Zoe and Nigel are like Ying and Yang. They are meant to be together. However they were not the only stars in this book. The rest of them were as well. They each helped tell the story. Although, I was so emotionally attached to Zoe and Nigel's story that I was rooting for them as well then they were going through their bad times and cheering for them during the good times.

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