AN AMERICAN DUCHESS
by Sharon Page
Publisher: Harlequin HQN // Pages: 384
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---------------------------------------------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.
I knew when I read the synopsis for An American Duchess that I was going to be reading something special. A romance that was going to marry my love of Downton Abbey, aviatrices, Mr. Darcy, and Miss Phryne Fisher. I could not wait to curl up in bed and devour this romance!
And from the very start I was not disappointed! Zoe jumped off the page with daring and humor and modernity, while Nigel galloped heroically onto the scene with ice cold cutting disdain and white hot attraction. I was quickly swept up in the Hazelton family and the Brideswell Abbey. Nigel was clearly suffering from PTSD from serving in The Great War and it affected every aspect of his life and family. Zoe came in and brought the Abbey back to life, brought Nigel back to life. Their chemistry was scorching, and their scenes whether they be banter, clashes, dares, or sizzling passion were absolutely addicting. This romance felt epic, the story was so big, and the relationship goes through serious trial and tribulations. I wish this was the start of a series, or that I could reset my brain and read it afresh, but this is a story that should not be missed! Bravo Sharon Page, you have made a fan out of me!