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Review: What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

April 18th, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: March 27, 2018

Publisher: Avon Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book

Wanted: Governess for duke’s unruly children

Edgar Rochester, Duke of Banksford, is one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in England, but when it comes to raising twins alone, he knows he needs help. The only problem is the children have chased away half the governesses in London. Until the clever, bold, and far-too-enticing Miss Mari Perkins arrives.

Lost: One heart to an arrogant duke

Mari knows how to wrap even the most rebellious children around her finger. But their demanding, wickedly handsome father? He won’t be quite so easy to control. And there’s something else she can’t seem to command. Her heart. The foolish thing beats so wildly every time the duke is near.

Found: A forbidden passion neither can deny

As his employee, Mari is strictly off-limits. But what if she’s the one breaking all his rules? In the game of governess versus duke, how can Edgar maintain his defenses when the only thing he wants to do is let the tempting beauty win?

My Thoughts

Mary Poppins was one of my favorite movies growing up and this romance definitely brought Mary Poppins to mind. Edgar’s children may have scared off one nanny after another but when we meet them they really aren’t bad children. They’ve been through a lot – they’ve lost their mother, been uprooted from the only home they really knew and left with a father who doesn’t seem to want them. It’s understandable that they are out of sorts and causing all sorts of mischief.

Fortunately for the children, Mari steps in as a nanny who understands what they’re going through and works her magic to not only help heal the childrens’ hurts but also helps bring them closer to their father. Mari isn’t afraid to stick up for what she believes is right and doesn’t cave when faced with a glowering Edgar. I loved her character and watching the children blossom under her care.

I liked Edgar’s character but I didn’t fall in love with him. Yes, I felt bad for him because he obviously cared about the children but didn’t know how to show it and it was heart warming to see him take Mari’s suggestions on how to make the children less homesick to heart but there’s was no extra oomph to his character that made me swoon. I did enjoy Mari’s character enough that I was rooting for their romance throughout the story though. All in all this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to historical romance lovers.

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