I can't believe I've already written 101 First Line Fridays! How many of you readers lay value on the first line or, perhaps more commonly, the first chapter of a book? When the first chapter is slow and filled with description, I'm tempted to stop reading. How about you?
Today I am featuring The Duke's Secret Wager by Lucy Adams. This is a clean historical romance. It is not a Christian romance. I mention this because some of my readers are only interested in Christian fiction/nonfiction and I don't want you to be disappointed. However, if you love Jane Austen's books or other stories in the Regency romance genre that do NOT go beyond kissing and a hug, then you will enjoy this novel. The Kindle book is just 99 CENTS! That's an amazing deal for hours of enjoyment.
"Dash it all!" Matthew, Duke of Blackwell, strode hurriedly across the grass towards the stalls, praying that his horse was fully prepared and readied for his jockey.
I gave this book a 5-star review on Amazon.
The Duke of Blackwell’s dream is to win the Gold Cup in the annual horse race, but he has yet to find the right jockey for Beauchamp. The duke is certain he owns the fastest horse. But can he find a jockey who understands the horse and has the ability to bring him first across the finish line? The last thing he wants is to find a wife as his mother unceasingly reminds him he must do.
Catherine, Lady Wells, has one dream. Unfortunately, it’s an unladylike dream and unsupported by her family. She cares nothing for parties and balls and picnics by the lake. Give her a horse and let her ride astride, and she could be content for the rest of her days. But Catherine knows this cannot be her future. She must give up her deepest longing and conform to the pressure of society. But not before she has lived her dream of riding in a horse race and hopefully winning the prize.
When her daring plan goes awry and she jeopardizes the duke’s dream, how will he react? And what of her reputation? Will her family be ruined in the eyes of society?
This is a wonderfully entertaining and romantic novel with delightful and well-developed characters. It’s a page-turner. I will definitely be reading more books by this author. This is actually the fourth book in the London Season Matchmaker series, but it's a stand-alone also. I have not read any of the other books in this series.
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January 19, 2022