He only wanted a duchess for a day–but she’s determined to make it a marriage for life

When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life–as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society–the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?

After reading Erica Vetsch’s first novel in this series, The Lost Lieutenant, I immediately knew I wanted to read the next book and I haven’t been disappointed. Vetsch has a way with words that both paints a picture and draws you along, keeps you reading. Her sense of humor comes through wonderfully in the witty characters and laugh out loud moments she includes in her plots. Yet she isn’t afraid to take the reader into the darker side of life in the nineteenth century. I particularly enjoyed the heroine in this novel because she was refreshingly unique and not only willing, but eager, to be an active part of making the world a better place–regardless of what her peers thought. The growth in both the hero and the heroine over the course of the story were beautiful to watch and had me sighing in all the right places. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, if not more than, then at least as much as the first book in the Serendipity & Secrets series. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in a well-researched historical novel filled with adventure, relatable characters, and a romance to sigh over.


Are you more interested in the regency or the spy part of this romance novel? Have you read any of Erica Vetsch’s previous stories? Leave your thoughts in the comments and you’ll make me smile! 🙂

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