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26 July 2022

Book Review: The Duke's Bluestocking by Josie Bonham *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of The Duke's Bluestocking by Josie Bonham ahead of the blog tour.

You know when you know from the cover alone that a book is perfect for you? That.

This is the fourth Reluctant Brides book, but I easily read it as a standalone.

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Temptation like never before for the fashion-loving bluestocking when she meets an unconventional duke.

Headstrong Grace Bamford is determined to remain unwed and keep her independence. Which means interesting, marriageable men are best avoided. Her classical studies and philanthropy are more important to her than a husband and a lot safer.

Angus Medley's life is turned upside down when he unexpectedly inherits a dukedom. He is wrenched from the career he loves as an Edinburgh advocate to take up responsibility for the Duchy of Evesham and the people relying on it for their livelihoods.

Grace rescues Angus from a knife-wielding attacker outside the London orphanage she helps to run. He dismisses the attack as a failed robbery but Grace suspects foul play. Is someone from Angus's past trying to kill him? Grace offers to help him investigate, concerned for his safety, even though it means spending time with the most attractive man she has ever met.

Marriage is the last thing on Angus's mind as he grapples with his new responsibilities and his hidden enemy, until he falls in love with Grace. Will Grace find the courage to follow her heart?

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5 Word Review: Trust, generosity, family, intrigue, love.

Grace isn't your typical bluestocking, and from the very moment we met her I loved her. She's kind and generous and brave. She might be on the shelf according to society, but she has so much to give. She's very much ahead of her time and I loved how she cared for so many others. She wasn't just involved in the orphanage because it was the thing to do, to be charitable, she was giving it her everything because she truly cared. We need more Graces in the world.

Angus is a bit of a fish out of water - he's new to his role as Duke and has grand ambitions of the best kind. He's like Grace in that he wants to give back and demonstrate care for those around him. He's just about out of his depth in London society and I loved the details of him navigating it and the friendships and alliances he formed.

I loved the instant attraction and the immediate reluctance when Grace and Angus meet. The slow build of feelings between them is exquisite and I want to read more of their story. They're the kind of characters with the kind of love story that sticks with you and I know I will think of this book often.

I loved the small threads of mystery in the story and how they added an extra layer of danger - it really picked up the pace of the story even as the slow burn romance smouldered away. I could not put this book down.

Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the cover? It is stunning and so perfect for the story. I really feel it captures Grace excellently.

I can't wait to read more by Josie Bonham. The Duke's Bluestocking was an exceptional historical romance full of heart in all its forms.
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osie lives in the English midlands, surrounded by towns full of history such as Evesham, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick and Worcester. Which is perhaps why her favourite reads are historical. Out of all the periods to choose from the Regency Era stirs her imagination the most. The true Regency lasted from 1811 until 1820 but dates as wide as 1789 to 1837 have been included in the extended Regency period. For Josie the true flavour of this period emerges after the iniquitous hair powder tax of 1795, unsurprisingly, scuppered the fashion for hair powder almost overnight.

Josie has always dabbled in stories but it took the combined efforts of her sister and eldest niece to set her on the path to writing novels. Her Regency romances, with a dash of adventure and intrigue, are the result.

There is more information on her website at 

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