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A wayward duke must choose: will he be the bad hero in a love story gone awry, or the brave and clever hero who risks everything for true love? The acclaimed Penhallow Dynasty series continues in this fresh, fun, funny tale! Life's no bowl of cherries for Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe. Duty demands he remarry to provide a spare to go along with the heir — and eligible A wayward duke must choose: will he be the bad hero in a love story gone awry, or the brave and clever hero who risks everything for true love? The acclaimed Penhallow Dynasty series continues in this fresh, fun, funny tale! Life's no bowl of cherries for Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe. Duty demands he remarry to provide a spare to go along with the heir — and eligible ladies keep trying to finagle him into a proposal. All he wants is to be a good father to his 8-year-old son, see the Duchess (his truly terrific pig) win first prize at the harvest fête, and stay single. Even if that makes him a Bad Duke. Maybe the Worst Duke in the World. Then Miss Jane Kent, a long-lost relation of the illustrious Penhallow family, arrives in the neighborhood and is promptly befriended by the Duke's son. Jane, Anthony comes to realize, is smart and fun and also very kissable and dazzlingly desirable. Still, that's not enough to melt his resistance to marrying again. He made a stern promise to himself, and promises must, of course, be kept. But what if that's just his head talking, and his heart... is saying something entirely different?


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A wayward duke must choose: will he be the bad hero in a love story gone awry, or the brave and clever hero who risks everything for true love? The acclaimed Penhallow Dynasty series continues in this fresh, fun, funny tale! Life's no bowl of cherries for Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe. Duty demands he remarry to provide a spare to go along with the heir — and eligible A wayward duke must choose: will he be the bad hero in a love story gone awry, or the brave and clever hero who risks everything for true love? The acclaimed Penhallow Dynasty series continues in this fresh, fun, funny tale! Life's no bowl of cherries for Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe. Duty demands he remarry to provide a spare to go along with the heir — and eligible ladies keep trying to finagle him into a proposal. All he wants is to be a good father to his 8-year-old son, see the Duchess (his truly terrific pig) win first prize at the harvest fête, and stay single. Even if that makes him a Bad Duke. Maybe the Worst Duke in the World. Then Miss Jane Kent, a long-lost relation of the illustrious Penhallow family, arrives in the neighborhood and is promptly befriended by the Duke's son. Jane, Anthony comes to realize, is smart and fun and also very kissable and dazzlingly desirable. Still, that's not enough to melt his resistance to marrying again. He made a stern promise to himself, and promises must, of course, be kept. But what if that's just his head talking, and his heart... is saying something entirely different?

30 review for The Worst Duke in the World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: The Penhallow Dynasty #5 Publication Date: 1/12/21 Number of Pages: 384 ** 3.5 Stars ** Well, I hardly know where to start in order to explain my rating. This was a frivolous, lighthearted read that is just the kind of thing I needed after all of the dark and grim books that this COVID pandemic seems to have generated. It was humorous and the dialogue was witty. It also had some of the most immature and silly lead characters I’ve ever read – with that applying more to the male lead than the Series: The Penhallow Dynasty #5 Publication Date: 1/12/21 Number of Pages: 384 ** 3.5 Stars ** Well, I hardly know where to start in order to explain my rating. This was a frivolous, lighthearted read that is just the kind of thing I needed after all of the dark and grim books that this COVID pandemic seems to have generated. It was humorous and the dialogue was witty. It also had some of the most immature and silly lead characters I’ve ever read – with that applying more to the male lead than the female. I liked the characters, but I felt they were more on a maturity par with the eight-year-old than the other adults in the book. BUT – all of that said, I enjoyed the read and it was a breath of fresh air among all of the grim releases. Miss Jane Kent shows up at the door of Surmont Hall, home of the Pehallows. Jane is shivering, shabby, emaciated, starving, and desperate. She’s there because of a letter she found – and it is her last hope. After her great-grandmother Kent passed away, Jane was all alone in the world – with no skills and no funds. She knew she couldn’t stay in their home because she had no funds, so she was cleaning out the attic to prepare for leaving when she discovered an old yellowed letter tucked inside one of her great-grandfather Kent’s pamphlets. The letter was written to Charity, her grandmother, and indicated a relationship with the Penhallow family. Jane swallowed hard, packed her very few belongings, and made her way to Surmont Hall. When Henrietta Penhallow saw Jane, she immediately recognized the family connection because Jane looked just like her grandfather, Henrietta’s son, Titus. Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe, is definitely a different kind of duke. He wasn’t supposed to be the duke, he is different from all of the other members of his family, and his sister constantly tells him he is the worst duke in the world. He isn’t polished in his dress, he hates London, he adores his pig (Duchess) who always wins ribbons at the fete, he adores his 8-year-old son Winfield, and he absolutely, completely, and totally hates marriage. He was trapped in a loveless marriage until his wife died five years ago – it wasn’t just a loveless marriage, each of them loathed the other, but he was forced into it. Now, he is free and he never ever intends to marry again no matter what his vile-tongued sister has to say about it. Jane becomes friends with Wakefield through the local vicar because both Jane and Wakefield are taking lessons there. Wakefield invites Jane to go home with him to meet the Duchess (the pig) and she ends up meeting Anthony as well. Anthony and Jane immediately like each other and enjoy spending time together. Jane’s feelings are steady and they grow over time – until she knows she’s in love with Anthony. Anthony, on the other hand, blows hot and cold. He smothers her with kisses one minute and treats her as a stranger the next. He continues that way until he realizes he may have lost her forever – she is in London having a season – and it turns out she is very popular and has received several proposals. Uh-Oh! Now, for a brief comment about Margaret, Anthony’s sister. She is a gosh-awful shrew who makes everybody’s life miserable. She’s vile, hateful, and mean spirited. I just don’t understand why Anthony would continue to put up with her. He doesn’t have to. She is a widow who was kicked out of her former husband's home by the man who inherited her husband’s title. Anthony took her in and instead of being grateful, she makes life miserable for everyone. Why wouldn’t a rich, powerful duke like Anthony just provide Margaret with a small home somewhere away from him and let her live her miserable life there? I just don’t get it – and it seems a lot of authors write these kinds of characters. Anyway, I enjoyed the read, but I just didn’t connect with the characters. Something has to be wrong when the most mature character in the book is an 8-year-old. I did love the final chapter because it did a wonderful wrap-up for all of the threads that had run through the book – as well as a lovely view of what life was like for Anthony, Jane, and Wakefield several years down the road. If you are looking for a rather inane, fairly witty, lighthearted read, this might be just the book for you. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    Read to 40%, then skipped to 70% to finish, but continued to skip around. I was unfamiliar with this series or author, but I liked the cover and the synopsis was cute. I liked Jane and Anthony well enough. They’re good people and have a lot of potential. I did like that Jane had experience and wasn’t quite the blushing miss that’s normally in historicals. There’s a good amount of family and characters and I’m guessing the layered story might have been better if I was familiar with the previous b Read to 40%, then skipped to 70% to finish, but continued to skip around. I was unfamiliar with this series or author, but I liked the cover and the synopsis was cute. I liked Jane and Anthony well enough. They’re good people and have a lot of potential. I did like that Jane had experience and wasn’t quite the blushing miss that’s normally in historicals. There’s a good amount of family and characters and I’m guessing the layered story might have been better if I was familiar with the previous books. Plot wise, it was boring. There’s no chemistry between the two MCs, too much inner monologue, too much repetition. The thing with Wakefield constantly saying the wrong word and being corrected was cute a first, but became irritating. Overall, this one just wasn’t for me. I always need banter and passion between my MCs and these two didn’t have it. **Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge**

  3. 5 out of 5

    Luana

    This was sweet. Not great but funny. This is a rags to riches story, and I never laughed so much about food as I did in the begging of this book. There is a child, dogs, pigs. There's a Duke whom is inexperiente with woman and had a horrible first marriage and a horrible family, so he does not want to ever get married again. He is very shy and not someone that stands out but as time passes you start liking him more and more (not that I would choose him as my book boyfriend hehehe). The heroine ju This was sweet. Not great but funny. This is a rags to riches story, and I never laughed so much about food as I did in the begging of this book. There is a child, dogs, pigs. There's a Duke whom is inexperiente with woman and had a horrible first marriage and a horrible family, so he does not want to ever get married again. He is very shy and not someone that stands out but as time passes you start liking him more and more (not that I would choose him as my book boyfriend hehehe). The heroine just thinks about eating after spending so long with little to no food and wants to fatten up a bit. In general not a great read, but funny enough that I gave a 3.5⭐

  4. 5 out of 5

    PlotTrysts

    This is an extremely cute, extremely low-angst book. If you like compatible, adult couples who (eventually) talk about their feelings and hopes for the future, you will probably enjoy The Worst Duke in the World. Anthony's a single dad duke who's focused on raising his son and avoiding the matrimonial traps his sister keeps setting up for him. Jane is a worldly-wise young woman who has just discovered her connection to one of the richest and most influential families in the realm. When they meet This is an extremely cute, extremely low-angst book. If you like compatible, adult couples who (eventually) talk about their feelings and hopes for the future, you will probably enjoy The Worst Duke in the World. Anthony's a single dad duke who's focused on raising his son and avoiding the matrimonial traps his sister keeps setting up for him. Jane is a worldly-wise young woman who has just discovered her connection to one of the richest and most influential families in the realm. When they meet, sparks fly. The dialogue is very fun, with our main characters constantly "blithering" at each other because they are deeply infatuated. The prose mirrors the dialogue, with lengthy sentences that somehow manage to be charmingly cute instead of confusing. Here are the reasons why this is not a five-star book for us - judge for yourself if these points would be issues for you: 1. While we do love mature, low-angst love stories, we do look for a little bit more in the plot. The Worst Duke in the World really doesn't have much happening other than a few dances and a tooth extraction. (No seriously, a tooth extraction is probably the wildest thing that happens in this book.) 2. There is a Cute Kid who provides much of what exists of the plot (it's his tooth that gets extracted). In addition, he facilitates the courtship between Anthony and Jane by proving their compatibility (they both parent the same way!) and by bringing them together (he invites Jane to lunch!). If you love Cute Kids, you may really like this portion of the book. It's not our thing though. 3. There is not very much sex. Although Anthony and Jane engage in some heavy make-out sessions and think about kissing/fondling/etc. a lot, there's no open-door sex in the novel. Their sexual histories were catnip to us (Jane is not a virgin and Anthony has only ever been with his now-deceased wife) but a great setup can only do so much when the door gets pretty firmly closed in your face. 21-Word Summaries: Meg: Jane meets Anthony & he’s not all that cute but later she meets his kid & his pig & then she thinks he’s hot. Laine: Is the conflict in this novel (1) her illegitimacy (2) their families hate the match (3) her former lover or (4) he's sworn off marriage? This objective review was based on a complimentary advanced reader copy provided by NetGalley and the publisher. www.linktr.ee/plottrysts

  5. 4 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    i feel i need to explain the main reasons me and this book didn't get along so... here u go — i have never read a child who sounds less like a child and it was the most irritating thing. you want me to believe this is an 8-year old? also the thing with getting the long words wrong wasn't cute. — anthony and jane needed more than the two scenes they were afforded to properly get to know each other before they all but decided they were in love. as it was, they had absolutely no chemistry. — if you're i feel i need to explain the main reasons me and this book didn't get along so... here u go — i have never read a child who sounds less like a child and it was the most irritating thing. you want me to believe this is an 8-year old? also the thing with getting the long words wrong wasn't cute. — anthony and jane needed more than the two scenes they were afforded to properly get to know each other before they all but decided they were in love. as it was, they had absolutely no chemistry. — if you're going to do an about-face in the last chapter and make the viper-like sister actually nice but only the way she is because of her husband, you could at least give some hints throughout the rest of the book. — i don't understand whatsoever the problems jane's great grandmother had with anthony, but i suppose those were the least of my worries, given the rest of it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lovely Books Blog

    DNF at 30%

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    The Worst Duke In The World By Lisa Berne The Worst Duke In The World is a fun read and the fifth book in the Penhallow Dynasty by Lisa Berne. This is my first book in the series and I was highly entertained by this historical romance with great characters that kept my attention and turning those pages. Anthony Farr is the Duke of Radcliffe and once married with a son. Understandably, Anthony is quite reluctant to jump into another marriage no matter how much his sister tries and would rather live The Worst Duke In The World By Lisa Berne The Worst Duke In The World is a fun read and the fifth book in the Penhallow Dynasty by Lisa Berne. This is my first book in the series and I was highly entertained by this historical romance with great characters that kept my attention and turning those pages. Anthony Farr is the Duke of Radcliffe and once married with a son. Understandably, Anthony is quite reluctant to jump into another marriage no matter how much his sister tries and would rather live the life of a bachelor which would make him the worst duke in the world. Then comes along Miss Jane Kent - will she be able to turn him around and offer that proposal? This was a really fun read and I did enjoyed the characters and the situation is so much more modern than I thought it would be. I love the banter, the comedic situations that had me laughing out loud. I really enjoyed this one for a fun escape read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Rupe

    I recieved an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I had never read Lisa Berne before, but I saw this cover and it looked sweet. The heroine was smiling, and I just felt compelled to read it. Unfortunately, this book did not work for me. Jane Kent comes to find out that she is an illegitimate relation to a good family, and since she has been struggling decides to pay a call on them. They completely welcome her with open arms, literally n I recieved an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I had never read Lisa Berne before, but I saw this cover and it looked sweet. The heroine was smiling, and I just felt compelled to read it. Unfortunately, this book did not work for me. Jane Kent comes to find out that she is an illegitimate relation to a good family, and since she has been struggling decides to pay a call on them. They completely welcome her with open arms, literally not one question asked or raise any concerns even though she is illegitimate, and they move her right in. She then starts studying with the Duke's son, Wakefield, at the vicarage. She develops a friendship with Wakefield, and eventually a friendship with his father, Anthony. Anthony has said that he refuses to marry again, and even though he loves Jane he pushes her away. He then decides he loves her and goes to marry her. There was zero passion in this book, and I mean zero. I didn't feel like they couldn't live without each other, and how they were so miserable being apart. It just felt like it wasn't real. On top of that, the dialogue was so repetitive at times that I just had a hard time staying invested in their conversations. I mean, how many times can someone say "that's nice" in more than one sentence, but each person says it multiple times. I want the witty banter. I want a heroine who gives the hero a tongue lashing when he pushes her away. Jane didn't throw a fit or get angry. Jane, make me feel your pain and your anger at this man telling you that you never meant anything to him. It just was not believable that they were in love, let alone liked each other and were going to spend their lives together. On top of that, when he finally decides he loves her she lets him back in her life with zero groveling or begging. It's I'm sorry, marry me? She says maybe for a paragraph, and then she is in love again and all in. Frustrating to read that. Wakefield was cute, but at the same time the trick of him saying something wrong and being corrected was adorable, but overdone. Too many times, and it stops being cute and starts grating on your nerves. I really was so excited for this book, but it just wasn't for me. It was pretty cookie cutter.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    When Jane Kent finds an old letter in a book, she has no idea how much her life is going to change. She travels to Surmont Hall to see Harriet Penhallow – the woman she believes to be her great-grandmother. Her reception at Surmont Hall is beyond her wildest dreams, the family accepts her immediately and for the first time in her life, Jane is pampered and spoiled. Old Mrs. Penhallow is ecstatic to have Jane living with her and sets out to give her the life she should have had, complete with a r When Jane Kent finds an old letter in a book, she has no idea how much her life is going to change. She travels to Surmont Hall to see Harriet Penhallow – the woman she believes to be her great-grandmother. Her reception at Surmont Hall is beyond her wildest dreams, the family accepts her immediately and for the first time in her life, Jane is pampered and spoiled. Old Mrs. Penhallow is ecstatic to have Jane living with her and sets out to give her the life she should have had, complete with a room of her own, a new wardrobe, and lessons with the local vicar. She is settling in and is introduced to several neighbors, including Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe. Jane has never met a duke and honestly, she is not impressed. But later when she meets his son Wakefield and visits the duke’s home – her feelings start to change and soon she is falling for him. Anthony was born the spare to the dukedom and never thought he would inherit not only the title but his brother’s betrothed. His five-year marriage to Selina was a nightmare and the only good thing to come out of it was his son Wakefield. And despite his nasty sister Margaret’s non-stop attempts to find him a new bride, he has no plans to remarry and is content to spend his time in the country with his son, his studies, and his pig – Duchess. But then he meets Jane and for the first time in his life, he is falling in love – but as much as he enjoys Jane and her company, he holds firm to his vow to never remarry. However, when Jane leaves for a season in London he is miserable, and when he hears that she is a success and will probably marry one of the many men vying for her hand, will he finally admit his feelings and win her heart, or will it be too little, too late? This was a quick read; it is light and fluffy and at times a bit silly. At first, I enjoyed the lightness of the book, but as the story went on, it began to annoy me. I liked Anthony and Jane and I have to agree with other reviews – they were both portrayed as very immature and almost juvenile in their interactions. I loved Wakefield and his “That’s what I said” line – truly, he was my favorite character in the book. I felt the book was going well, even with the ridiculous/annoying dialogue, until the end – then it was like the author just gave up and the last couple of chapters had a lot of narrative, but very little dialogue. I can’t say I really enjoyed the book, but I didn’t hate it, and if you are looking for a fun/silly read with likable characters, no steam love scenes, and a happy ever after – this book is for you. This is the fifth book in the series, but it can easily be read as a standalone title with no problems. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. *

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jewels Tate

    2.5 stars I recieved this book as an arc in return for a honest review. These are my thoughts and mine alone. This book falls under these trope categories: Rags To Riches/different stations in life/second chances. Also, This is installment #5 from the series The Penhallow Dynasty but can be read as a standalone. I was so excited to start this book. The cover was beautifully designed, and synopsis drew me in but at 20 % I realized this book was not my cup of tea. I struggled to this finish this bo 2.5 stars I recieved this book as an arc in return for a honest review. These are my thoughts and mine alone. This book falls under these trope categories: Rags To Riches/different stations in life/second chances. Also, This is installment #5 from the series The Penhallow Dynasty but can be read as a standalone. I was so excited to start this book. The cover was beautifully designed, and synopsis drew me in but at 20 % I realized this book was not my cup of tea. I struggled to this finish this book. At 60% i wanted to dnf but I still wanted to give this book a chance. This book is about Jane Kent and Anthony, Duke of Radcliffe. Their story also revolves around Anthony's son Wakefield. His little personality is cute but can get a bit overwhelming. Anyways Jane is alone in the world, hungry, and struggling. Then one day she finds a secret letter that binds her to very wealthy and powerful family the Penhallow's. She turns out to be the great granddaughter of the older Mrs. Penhallow. Anyways the way Jane met Anthony was funny. They meet while having tea and they start a food battle. Each trying to outdue the other. Anthony vows to never marry again after being in a horrible arranged marriage. When he started to develop feelings for Jane, he builds a wall to protect his heart. I noticed after a few days of him feeling happy is when he gets into his moods. Its his (protect my heart) moods & when that happens he treats her as if she's not important, and gives her the cold shoulders. She tells him she's falling in loves with him and he goes into the deep end. It takes her to leave to london in order for him to get his act together. That's when he realizes he loves her. Reasons I felt this book was not for me: 1. Anthony is a weak person/week minded 2. The dialect and writing style did not feel like it belonged to historical romance novel 3. No Romance. I felt like the book was not romantic enough. 4. Too clean, and no steam. I encourage everyone to try this book out. Just because I felt this way doesn't mean you will.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne A delightful Regency romance set not in the sparkling ballrooms of London but mostly in the countryside where a duke was more caught up in animal husbandry and his farms than the pleasures of town and a penniless young woman had reunited with her long-lost family. The side characters in this book played a big part, particularly the duke’s son, Wakefield, who was a precocious young boy. I liked the relationship between Anthony and Jane; it was built on tim The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne A delightful Regency romance set not in the sparkling ballrooms of London but mostly in the countryside where a duke was more caught up in animal husbandry and his farms than the pleasures of town and a penniless young woman had reunited with her long-lost family. The side characters in this book played a big part, particularly the duke’s son, Wakefield, who was a precocious young boy. I liked the relationship between Anthony and Jane; it was built on time spent together in mundane things that made up life in the country and talking. They had a nice banter, interspersed with inane sentences and awkward silences which showed two people less than 100% sure of themselves falling in love. Anthony was unusual in that the duke was far from the usually self-assured somewhat arrogant dukes that appear in most Regencies. He was more retiring than an alpha male but he was able to assert his authority when it was really needed. Jane was more confident in herself in the relationship and often took the lead which was a nice turnaround from most Regencies. Sometimes the dialogue got repetitive and robotic. Also, the duke let his sister walk over him far too often. He had a close relationship with his son and it wasn't in his character to let her harangue the boy so much. There wasn't much he could do about her complaining but he did have the ability to stop her actions. Overall, an enjoyable read that was a little different than your run-of-the-mill Regency. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    After surviving a miserable arranged marriage, Anthony Farr, Duke of Radcliffe, has no interest in entering into another marriage...no matter how many debutantes his sister parades in front of him. When Miss Jane Kent arrives at the Duke's neighboring estate and befriends the Duke’s son, Anthony struggles between his bachelorhood and his growing attraction to Jane. This is the fifth book in the Penhallow Dynasty series. It can be read alone, but it helps to have read book one. I found these chara After surviving a miserable arranged marriage, Anthony Farr, Duke of Radcliffe, has no interest in entering into another marriage...no matter how many debutantes his sister parades in front of him. When Miss Jane Kent arrives at the Duke's neighboring estate and befriends the Duke’s son, Anthony struggles between his bachelorhood and his growing attraction to Jane. This is the fifth book in the Penhallow Dynasty series. It can be read alone, but it helps to have read book one. I found these characters really refreshing! Jane was a great heroine, and I really enjoyed her relationship with Anthony's son. There was humor, warmth, and I loved how the couple's friendship and relationship developed. Why four stars and not five...? The build up didn't pay off. It was almost a clean romance, which was unexpected and disappointing; and after such a lovely story, I didn't find the ending satisfying.

  13. 5 out of 5

    MrsMascara

    Anthony Farr, Duke of Radcliffe, doesn't want a lot out of life - he wants to be a good father to his young son, enjoy his farm, make sure Duchess - his prize pig wins first prize at the local fete, and to absolutely NOT get married again. His unhappy and determined also widowed sister Margaret is having none of it, she is constantly telling him he is the worst duke in the world, and parading a series of debutantes in front of him. Anthony just has no interest in them. Jane Kent is left destitute Anthony Farr, Duke of Radcliffe, doesn't want a lot out of life - he wants to be a good father to his young son, enjoy his farm, make sure Duchess - his prize pig wins first prize at the local fete, and to absolutely NOT get married again. His unhappy and determined also widowed sister Margaret is having none of it, she is constantly telling him he is the worst duke in the world, and parading a series of debutantes in front of him. Anthony just has no interest in them. Jane Kent is left destitute in Nantwich, when her maternal Great Grandmother died. She finds a letter from a Titus Penhallow to her Grandmother Charity, and she realsises she might be related to them. When she arrives at Surmont Hall, shabby, starving and emaciated it is confirmed that her grandfather Titus was son to old Mrs Penhallow, so Jane is her Great Granddaughter, and Gabriel is Jane's Great Uncle. Jane needs to be fed and have her wardrobe and education seen to, to be able to be confident in the society she has found herself in, so it is arranged that she will be taught by the local vicar Mr Pressley, who is also tutoring Wakefield, Anthony's son. Cue the loveliest, most humorous and romantic fairy tale. The overly thin, frankly greedy and pretty naive Jane imagines an ermine clad and imposing sort of a duke, then meets Anthony at tea and is a little disconcerted at His appearance more closely resembling a stablehand, than in ermine. They take no notice of each other until the tea arrives, and then a duel to the end is on for the fish paste sandwiches, butter cakes and York biscuits. "Piqued, Anthony glanced pointedly at the empty sandwich platter. It would be ungallant in him to openly accuse her of guile, subterfuge or outright thievery. Still he had Miss Kent's measure now, and the next time they had tea together he would know what to do. He watched as Miss Kent popped the last bit of sandwich in her mouth, chewed, swallowed, and dabbed at those Provins (rose)-pink lips of hers with a napkin. Yes indeed, he was looking forward to besting her" The whole thing was a perfect confection of a book, where Jane, Wakefield and the duke get on like a house on fire, and in perfect charity with one another. As Jane and the Duke fall in love, and Margaret tries to exclude Jane on account of her background in trade. Can Anthony avoid Margaret's marriage machinations, can Jane fatten up, and settle in and feel comfortable in her new life, will the duke's pigman trust that Jane is not there to sabotage The Duchess's chances at the local fair, and finally can Anthony let go of his unhappy past and accept his feelings and make sure he and Jane get an HEA. I loved this, especially the interaction between Wakefield and Anthony and Wakefield and Jane. unlike a lot of other readers i loved both the characters and how they came togather. Just gorgeous. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book and all opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Norah Gibbons

    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+. All opinions are my own. The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne is the fifth book in her Penhallow Dynasty Series. It can be read as a stand-alone. The second son of a duke Anthony Farr grew up constantly being told he was a disappointment to his father, and when his older brother died, his parents married him off to his brother's betrothed. After his disaster of a marriage ended, Anthony’s main concerns as a duke are being a good fat I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+. All opinions are my own. The Worst Duke in the World by Lisa Berne is the fifth book in her Penhallow Dynasty Series. It can be read as a stand-alone. The second son of a duke Anthony Farr grew up constantly being told he was a disappointment to his father, and when his older brother died, his parents married him off to his brother's betrothed. After his disaster of a marriage ended, Anthony’s main concerns as a duke are being a good father, taking care of his estate and tenants, his prize-winning pig Duchess, and never ever marrying again despite the best efforts of his older sister who invites a parade of eligible young ladies to the estate. I adored the heroine in this book Jane Kent, she’s smart, kind, brave and not afraid to stand up for herself and ask for what she wants/needs. The story has a nice balance of angst and humour, and I enjoyed it immensely, with Wakefield’s (the duke’s son) takes on Shakespeare’s story being a delight to read. Medium Steam. Publishing Date: January 12, 2021 #EdelweissPlus #TheWorstDukeInTheWorld #LisaBernes #HistoricalRomance #AvonRomance #HarperCollinsCanada #HCCFrenzy #MyBookPledge #bookstagram #bookstagrammer

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    2.5 stars. This book was amusing at times, with humorous moments and a variety of interesting characters. My big problem was that I found the hero and heroine to both be too immature and at times ridiculous. I don’t understand why after nearly starving to death Jane would risk her place with her grandmother to flirt with a stranger. And the couple’s discussion of kissing and more reads like pre-teens who don’t know what kissing is. The man has a child; he should know what to expect. Overall, the 2.5 stars. This book was amusing at times, with humorous moments and a variety of interesting characters. My big problem was that I found the hero and heroine to both be too immature and at times ridiculous. I don’t understand why after nearly starving to death Jane would risk her place with her grandmother to flirt with a stranger. And the couple’s discussion of kissing and more reads like pre-teens who don’t know what kissing is. The man has a child; he should know what to expect. Overall, the mix of implausibility, frankly boring dialogue, and weirdly immature thoughts during their steamier scenes made me unable to really enjoy this book. It’s not the worst romance, but it is not one I would ever read again. I have not read the previous books in the series, though I apparently own them. Maybe that would have helped, but it seems doubtful. I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher and Net Galley in return for a fair review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shae

    3.5 star rating So, this book started out with a lot of things I love. A rags to riches heroine, a broody hero who is a single parent, and an interesting dynamic between the couple. Where this book kind of fell flat to me is the plot. I was honestly kind of bored reading it. This book had a lot of potential to be amazing, and just fell flat for me. I do think this is a case of it's me, not the book. The writing was lovely. I just didn't connect with the plot enough to keep my interest very easily 3.5 star rating So, this book started out with a lot of things I love. A rags to riches heroine, a broody hero who is a single parent, and an interesting dynamic between the couple. Where this book kind of fell flat to me is the plot. I was honestly kind of bored reading it. This book had a lot of potential to be amazing, and just fell flat for me. I do think this is a case of it's me, not the book. The writing was lovely. I just didn't connect with the plot enough to keep my interest very easily.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I liked the heroine Jane who is a poor girl who finds herself a long lost relative of a rich and powerful family. I did not like the hero, Anthony, who is a duke who takes way too long to appreciate Jane. He seemed too stupid and, I thought, was indeed not good enough for her! I received an ARC from NetGalley and Avon for my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa H

    A bit of fluff. Anthony is a duke, who spends his time with the pigman and his prize pig. He has a son and he has vowed not to marry again. Jane is just the one to stir things up with his vow... At times a bit odd, a little off center and a bit of fluff.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wende

    So good I loved Wake so much. He made this book! Anthony and Jane were such a sweet couple. I was rooting for them from the beginning. Jane was so sweet.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alexis (The Book Democracy)

    2/5 Stars ** I received this as an E-ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review, Thank you!** I wanted to really love this book. I really loved the cover but had never read from the author before. I had no concerns about picking up a book in the middle of a series ( which was the case here). I'm not sure if that took part in my enjoyment or not. This was sadly not a book for me. I wasn't a fan of the writing style or the characters. I didn't feel like our main characte 2/5 Stars ** I received this as an E-ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review, Thank you!** I wanted to really love this book. I really loved the cover but had never read from the author before. I had no concerns about picking up a book in the middle of a series ( which was the case here). I'm not sure if that took part in my enjoyment or not. This was sadly not a book for me. I wasn't a fan of the writing style or the characters. I didn't feel like our main characters had any chemistry at all. Everything just fell dull and boring. I felt like I was missing something here but wasn't sure what I had missed. As I stated, I haven't read all the books in this series so this may be something you enjoy, it was just wasn't for me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Pearl Reynolds

    It was amusing and quite original, though sometimes the dialogue between Jane & the Duke struck me as reminiscent of Jane Eyre. Wakefield was my favorite character, he was quite endearing. The book was well-written and easy-to-read. I would recommend this book to historical romance lovers looking for something a little different. I obtained my copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway and I appreciate the opportunity to read & review it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rainelle

    Although the authors writing is intriguing, I found myself lost in some of dialogue/ communication between the characters. In some areas there should be a pause to give the reader time to reflect on what the characters have discussed. Fill the pause with background knowledge of the characters perhaps. The writer has chosen a great plot. I did find humor in the conversations between the characters. I also like the characters. This book will do well among the writers followers. voluntary reviewed Although the authors writing is intriguing, I found myself lost in some of dialogue/ communication between the characters. In some areas there should be a pause to give the reader time to reflect on what the characters have discussed. Fill the pause with background knowledge of the characters perhaps. The writer has chosen a great plot. I did find humor in the conversations between the characters. I also like the characters. This book will do well among the writers followers. voluntary reviewed this ARC after receiving a free gifted copy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lori D

    I usually love stories by this author and this one did not disappoint. It was a sweet story of Anthony, Duke of Radcliff, a widow with a son, who really does not want to marry again. His sister parades endless ladies in front of him to try to get his interest. Jane Kent, finds she is a relation to the Penhallow family and arrives at their illustrious home. She soon gets to know the son of the neighboring Duke, while studying at the vicarage and eventually the Duke himself. A delightful story of an I usually love stories by this author and this one did not disappoint. It was a sweet story of Anthony, Duke of Radcliff, a widow with a son, who really does not want to marry again. His sister parades endless ladies in front of him to try to get his interest. Jane Kent, finds she is a relation to the Penhallow family and arrives at their illustrious home. She soon gets to know the son of the neighboring Duke, while studying at the vicarage and eventually the Duke himself. A delightful story of an attraction that cannot be denied!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisarenee

    >>>>>My Synopsis (Review follows):<<<<< Jane Kent was looking for a life line. All her known relatives were gone--passing from one various ailment after another. After exhausting all her options she was grasping at straws and felt they were all slipping through her hands. As she'd been packing up the house where she and her Great-grandmother had resided, she came across a letter hidden in an old, crumbling chapbook. A letter that might help her find the missing link in her family tree. A link tha >>>>>My Synopsis (Review follows):<<<<< Jane Kent was looking for a life line. All her known relatives were gone--passing from one various ailment after another. After exhausting all her options she was grasping at straws and felt they were all slipping through her hands. As she'd been packing up the house where she and her Great-grandmother had resided, she came across a letter hidden in an old, crumbling chapbook. A letter that might help her find the missing link in her family tree. A link that could find her the one things she needed the most--family. So with a whisper of a prayer, she packed up her meager belongings and made the trip from Nantwich to Somerset County, England. If this didn't pan out she had only three pounds and a sixpence to her name. As she stood on the porch of an intimidating vast old house, gazing with considerable uneasiness at the massive door of dark knotted wood and the polished knocker which was just a little above her eye-level she knocked and awaited her fate. Little did she know her life was about to change in ways she'd never imagine. Anthony, the Duke of Radcliffe is a widower with one son. His sister has deemed it necessary for him to marry again to produce a spare to his heir. She believes it's his duty to make sure the long illustrious line of the dukedom lives on. He, however, has no plans to do so. He'd done his duty once and as far as he was concerned those long and dreadful five years of marriage had extracted more than its fair share of duty from him. If that, according to his sister, made him the "worst duke in the world," then so be it. When he meets his neighbor's great-granddaughter, Ms. Kent, however, he starts to wonder... what if? >>>>>My Review:<<<<< This was the fifth book in The Penhallow Dynasty series. If you haven't read the rest of the series, don't worry. You won't feel lost. Jane is linked to the Penshallows in a rather direct, yet roundabout way. You don't need to know the previous characters or stories to get into this one. It stands completely on its own. This was a sweet and lovely romance which slowly builds from a budding friendship into something much more. Jane was raised outside London society, and doesn't feel she's missed much except for the knowing of her grandfather's half of the family. She's the type who'd rather frolic around the countryside in sensible boots than dance the night away at a society ball dressed to the nines. She's also very good at reading people and smarter than most would think despite her lack of a proper education. When her great-grandmother decides to play matchmaker, Jane decides she wants it all, as well she should, and won't settle for anything less than love. Anthony is not your typical run of the mill type of duke. He was raised to be a second son and was bedridden for several years as a child. He's a bit shy, awkward, and self conscious around others and, truth be told, doesn't really care for polite society. When his eldest brother passed, he wasn't prepared to step into his shoes. His father, however, demanded it. Now, with his father gone, Anthony is determined to live life on his own terms. Marriage isn't part of his plan, but when he meets Jane he starts to warm to the idea of partnering himself with her. He needs, however, to work through a lot of emotional baggage, if that is even possible, before he can fully commit to anyone. Overall, I gave this novel 4 out of 5 roses. I loved that while Jane was out of her element, she managed to hold her own with the ton, and knew her self worth. I liked how she made Anthony a better version of himself, and I adored the scenes which included Wakefield, the duke's son. There was a ton of humor as well as a nod or two to other books. See if you can find the 'Charlotte's Web' reference. With all the craziness and madness going on in the world, this was just the book I needed. The romance in it simmered for a while before coming to a slow boil. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a FAN rating--the temperature in the room seems to have suddenly gone up a couple of degrees and a fan would be nice. This one left me with a grin on my face and a smile in my heart.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖 4 books Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔 3 broken hearts Romance: 💞💞💞 3 hearts Sensuality: 🔥 1 fire Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡ 2 lightnings Feels: 🦋🦋🦋 3 butterflies Sex Scene Length: 0 peaches Number of Sex Scenes: 0 eggplants This was my first Lisa Berne. You might get more out of this series by reading in order. I will say it was fine to pick up and read though, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. There are some small scenes with Gabriel and Olivia in them, and they are th Overall: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖 4 books Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔 3 broken hearts Romance: 💞💞💞 3 hearts Sensuality: 🔥 1 fire Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡ 2 lightnings Feels: 🦋🦋🦋 3 butterflies Sex Scene Length: 0 peaches Number of Sex Scenes: 0 eggplants This was my first Lisa Berne. You might get more out of this series by reading in order. I will say it was fine to pick up and read though, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. There are some small scenes with Gabriel and Olivia in them, and they are the couple from book 1 (You May Kiss the Bride). So, Anthony is the worst duke in the world. He hates London, he never cares to marry again, he’s far from handsome, and spends his free time with a pig named Duchess. Raising his son Wakefield is one of his only purposes in life. Until Jane Kent comes along. Jane is a long lost member of the Penhallow family. Embraced by great grandmother and welcomed into the family, she becomes a part of the duke’s neighborhood and strikes up an instant friendship with Wakefield. Give this book a try if you are in the mood for: - Regency time period, but in the country (1817). Some time does happen in London, but it’s a small percentage of the book - You want your focus on the couple. There’s a few instances of family drama, but that is it. - A humorous read. Berne has quite a few silly moments and funny lines. - Low steam – no sex scenes, but there are kisses. Nothing too racy. - Class differences – Jane’s parents never married and Anthony is a duke - You like a child in the story. Anthony’s son (I believe he’s 8?), Wakefield, has plenty of page time and is just so fun! - You want a different hero! He’s uncertain at times, he’s not drop dead gorgeous, he’s lacking confidence beta than alpha. Now I went into this book with very, very low expectations. All the reviews I had seen beforehand were not super favorable. I was completely surprised when I found myself just adoring the first half of the book. Berne has a unique writing style. I think it’s going to be a love it or hate it thing. It almost has a rambling feel, but it was quite endearing to me, like reading a diary of experiences. Her writing was quite funny. I found myself grinning and even laughing in some parts. Some parts were just so, so sweet. I just adored Jane. Her personality was quite fun. She is such a survivor and always seemed to have a smile on her face despite her challenges she faced. But she definitely wasn’t a pushover. She could rely on herself, because she had to growing up, take care of herself. And I enjoyed that she addressed problems she had. She was my favorite character in the book. Anthony. Well. I started to love him. In fact, the first kiss in this book is probably one of my favorites. It makes my top ten list. Is he the worst duke in the world? Well you start to think not. But then, maybe he is. If you’ve read it, let me know. But he makes some decisions I was not happy with in the latter half of the book and I was left feeling lackluster about how he makes it up to the heroine. I felt like the romance was there in the first half, the tension was there. But it definitely fizzled for me at the end sadly. I’ll leave you with some of Anthony’s thoughts regarding his emotions about Jane. I think it captures her writing style and some of the silliness presented throughout the story. And as the day wore on, Anthony had felt something within himself. He was… It took him a while to find the words. They didn’t come easily. He was….opening up to Jane again. Opening up to her like… Several analogies presented themselves, one after the other. Things that opened. Flower-buds, eyes, bottles, books…. Doors and windows… Gates, drawbridges, sluices, oysters… Oysters? Anthony slide a little lower in his chair. Comparing himself to an oyster was rather undignified, but still apt. Because, dammit, they did open. He smiled a little, picturing himself as the world’s largest oyster. Locations of kisses (view spoiler)[ First kiss - 35% Second kiss - 61% Third kiss - 91% Fourth kiss - 93% (hide spoiler)]

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Lubitz

    Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full Jane Kent is a penniless waif who shows up on the doorstep of the esteemed Penhallow manse. She claims to have a connection to the family, and the letter she produces, as well as the strong family resemblance, is all the Penhallows need to take her in as one of their own. Although Jane is twenty years old, she has never received a formal education, and arrangements are made for her receive tutelage from the local vicar, whose only other pupil is eight Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full Jane Kent is a penniless waif who shows up on the doorstep of the esteemed Penhallow manse. She claims to have a connection to the family, and the letter she produces, as well as the strong family resemblance, is all the Penhallows need to take her in as one of their own. Although Jane is twenty years old, she has never received a formal education, and arrangements are made for her receive tutelage from the local vicar, whose only other pupil is eight-year-old Wakefield Farr, the only son of the Duke of Radcliffe, the titular worst duke in the world. Anthony has gained this appellation from his refusal to conform to his sister’s idea of what a duke should be. Anthony would much rather wear old clothes and take care of his prize pig than look for a wife. He is not in mourning for his first wife, and furthermore, since he did not enjoy the experience of being married, he has no desire to repeat the experience. His sister Margaret ignores his wishes, and constantly invites families with eligible daughters to stay, hoping to persuade Anthony to remarry. I realize, as I am writing this, that I’m making him sound unappealing, but I promise that Anthony is one of the sweetest and most tenderhearted heroes I have ever had the pleasure of encountering. His disposition is much more introverted than the typical romance novel hero, and that’s what makes him so likeable. He is fiercely devoted to his son, and quite kind to those who treat him with respect. Even when he realizes that he’s attracted to Jane, he’s very respectful, and makes sure that he has her consent. I enjoyed every minute of this book. It was simply delightful from start to finish. There’s very little in the way of melodrama, and most of the angst comes in the form of pining. Wakefield stole the show at every possible opportunity with his mispronunciations of multisyllabic words. I loved especially that Jane was nice to Wake because she genuinely appreciated his company, and not because she hoped it would impress the duke. She is perhaps the most surprised of anyone to have captured the duke’s attention. I would absolutely recommend The Worst Duke in the World. After a difficult year, I needed a lighthearted funny book, and this was the perfect remedy. I found myself smiling throughout. This is not my first experience reading one of Berne’s Penhallow books, and I have plans to read the rest of the series as soon as possible. I received an ARC of this book from Avon/Netgalley.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    England - 1817 Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe, 31, has a pig named Duchess which he prizes highly and ventures to her pen daily to check on her. Anthony has been a widower for 5 years when his wife, Selina, passed away. Although theirs was not a loving marriage, he has a son and heir, Wakefield, age 8. Anthony’s sister, Meg, is a widow and lives with Anthony. She is bossy and always trying to introduce him to women for him to marry. She says he needs not only an heir but also a spare. She in England - 1817 Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe, 31, has a pig named Duchess which he prizes highly and ventures to her pen daily to check on her. Anthony has been a widower for 5 years when his wife, Selina, passed away. Although theirs was not a loving marriage, he has a son and heir, Wakefield, age 8. Anthony’s sister, Meg, is a widow and lives with Anthony. She is bossy and always trying to introduce him to women for him to marry. She says he needs not only an heir but also a spare. She invites eligible young ladies and their families to tea. She does not like his involvement with his pig which embarrasses her. Jane Kent, 20, has arrived at Surmont Hall asking to see the elder Mrs. Henrietta Penhallow. When the woman sees Jane, she is shocked in that she looks like her deceased son, Titus. Titus had been in love with Charity and they planned to marry as soon as he finished a race. However, he died in an accident in that race. Charity was pregnant and went to live elsewhere. Jane is the granddaughter of Charity and having grown up in near poverty, found a letter that Titus had written Charity. This she shows to Henrietta which cements that Jane is her great-granddaughter. Jane is welcomed into the family consisting of Henrietta’s grandson, Gabriel, his wife Livia, and their children. Jane begins to settle in and is enjoying being able to eat good food as she had been malnourished. Henrietta arranges for her to attend classes with the local vicar whose only other student is Wakefield. When Jane meets Anthony, she is under the impression that he must be a grand person, but she finds he is not as sophisticated as she thought he would be. His dress is not very neat and his interest in his pig is questionable. Margaret invites another family she assumes to be wealthy to visit for a few days. This turns out to be a bad ides. However, it’s during this time that Jane and Anthony become closer - but just how much closer? Will Jane be the one Anthony falls in love with for the first time ever? If so, will she or the pig be the Duchess? This is a totally delightful romance novel with lots of things going on. Jane is a sweet and strong young woman and I love Wakefield with his mispronunciation of words. Anthony seems a bit scatterbrained probably because he does not want to marry again as his first marriage was so miserable. Enough with the spoilers. Readers don’t want to miss this book. I have never read this author’s books before but I am now on a hunt for more. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    *received from a Goodreads Giveaway* This was so much better than Bridgerton. A few reasons why: 1.) Interesting Agatha Christie-type village with good side characters, including but not limited to: a precocious child, a neighborhood author, a mean sister with hidden depths, a nice vicar, a formidable but kind great-grandmother, etc. I was super invested in the side plots and minor characters. 2.) Part of the heroine’s happy ending involves her basically becoming the town accountant because she’s so *received from a Goodreads Giveaway* This was so much better than Bridgerton. A few reasons why: 1.) Interesting Agatha Christie-type village with good side characters, including but not limited to: a precocious child, a neighborhood author, a mean sister with hidden depths, a nice vicar, a formidable but kind great-grandmother, etc. I was super invested in the side plots and minor characters. 2.) Part of the heroine’s happy ending involves her basically becoming the town accountant because she’s so good at math 3.) Satire of romance novels and Shakespeare. I appreciate that. This was my first book by this author and in this series. I can see a few reasons, though, why a typical romance reader might not love this. 1.) The romance is pretty clean (not a single explicit sex scene) which is way better than the meh scenes in *coughs* Bridgerton, but be warned 2.) The hero and the heroine are just nice. They are not particularly interesting beyond that, and while it’s easy to root for them, and the whole thing is very sweet, I wasn’t invested. 3.) This book could have used some more editing. There are some run-on sentences that ended up being over a paragraph long, and there is absolutely no reason to use as many adjectives and parentheses as the author did. It was rather distracting at times. While I can see the Georgette Heyer influence, and there were some nice sentences, this is not a subtle book. I especially felt like some of the Duke’s feelings were over explained, to the point where it was a bit annoying. All that said, 3.5 stars, rounded up, because this was a nice break during a long week, and I genuinely enjoyed reading it. I’m not a huge romance reader, but this was light and fluffy without insulting my intelligence, as some other books from this genre have in the past. I’d be interested in reading the author’s future work, because with a little more restraint, I believe she could achieve a comedic but subtle regency romance in the Heyer vein. That’s clearly closer to her heart than the commercial sexiness of Bridgerton, and while there should definitely be room for both, I’d love to encourage more Heyer-like romances to succeed. In summary: light, sweet, good worldbuilding, but not for readers who want something very steamy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary Gallo

    I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. It starts with the hero discussing husbandry issues. Then it jumps to the heroine arriving at her family's home. She is the illegitimate grandchild of the Old Mrs. Penhallow's son. That makes Old Mrs. Penhallow her great-grandmother. The family takes her in like a long, lost family member that rises her above starvation to cherished daughter. At some point, the hero and heroine meet at a tea. This story was very unusual because unlike most ro I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. It starts with the hero discussing husbandry issues. Then it jumps to the heroine arriving at her family's home. She is the illegitimate grandchild of the Old Mrs. Penhallow's son. That makes Old Mrs. Penhallow her great-grandmother. The family takes her in like a long, lost family member that rises her above starvation to cherished daughter. At some point, the hero and heroine meet at a tea. This story was very unusual because unlike most romances, where the book is mainly about the hero and heroine, this book is more roundabout. The author has written the book as if the reader is a fly on the wall of everything going on in this little village that impacts the life of the two main characters. There's the hero's young son that is friends with the heroine, because she is finally going to school. And there is the hero's sister, who is bitter at life. There is the generous family of the heroine, a great grand mother, uncle, his wife and their children. There are the servants who they all interact with and the pets and animals of the farms. The crops and the pests that plague them. It is like entering their lives. It is a love story from a different perspective and it worked very well. My only complaint was that this heroine, much like the appallingly high percentage of heroines, is too young for the maturity level that she is written at. This heroine should be 23 or 24. And the maturity of the hero is much younger than that of his age. I mean, there is a small percentage of men who acts like immature assholes, but they seem so prevalent because the goods ones are taken and the immature ones are left over. Ok, rant over. So overall, I give it 4.5 stars and recommend reading. Any book that has a sweet moppet that says, 'Yes, that is what I said' repeatedly, has to be read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debra Martin

    2.5 of 5 stars Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe. suffered through a miserable marriage until the untimely death of his wife. While he should feel saddened, he just felt free. The only good thing to happen was the birth of his beloved son Wakefield. Anthony has vowed never ever to marry again. His walls begin to come down a bit when he meets Miss Jane Kent, a long-lost relative to his neighbors, the Penhallows. Jane cannot believe how her life has turned around from being dirt poor to finding o 2.5 of 5 stars Anthony Farr, the Duke of Radcliffe. suffered through a miserable marriage until the untimely death of his wife. While he should feel saddened, he just felt free. The only good thing to happen was the birth of his beloved son Wakefield. Anthony has vowed never ever to marry again. His walls begin to come down a bit when he meets Miss Jane Kent, a long-lost relative to his neighbors, the Penhallows. Jane cannot believe how her life has turned around from being dirt poor to finding out that she has a family. She is thrilled when her great grandmother welcomes her with open arms. When Jane meets their neighbor, the Duke of Radcliffe, she is taken with his unassuming ways. Little does she realize that the duke has no plans to ever marry again. I've not read Ms. Berne before and I doubt I will read any more books. Her style of writing does not appeal to me. Her sentences run on and on and on and while the dialogue was lighthearted, it became quite silly after a while. I wasn't a fan of either Anthony or Jane. Anthony was quite immature in my opinion while Jane was young and had more of a connection with 8 year old Wakefield than she did with the duke. Also, there was the question of Lady Margaret, Anthony's sister, and why he put up with her shrewish behavior on a constant basis. Was there not a dower house she could have lived in? Sadly, not much happens in this book until the last couple of chapters. I did enjoy the epilogue as it wrapped up quite a few of the issues. I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.

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