BOOK REVIEW: A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley

Title: A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby
Author: Vanessa Riley
Publication: June 30, 2020
Publisher: Zebra Books
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 297

SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

When headstrong West Indian heiress Patience Jordan questioned her English husband’s mysterious suicide, she lost everything: her newborn son, Lionel, her fortune—and her freedom. Falsely imprisoned, she risks her life to be near her child—until The Widow’s Grace gets her hired as her own son’s nanny. But working for his unsuspecting new guardian, Busick Strathmore, Duke of Repington, has perils of its own. Especially when Patience discovers his military strictness belies an ex-rake of unswerving honor—and unexpected passion . . .

A wounded military hero, Busick is determined to resolve his dead cousin’s dangerous financial dealings for Lionel’s sake. But his investigation is a minor skirmish compared to dealing with the forthright, courageous, and alluring Patience. Somehow, she’s breaking his rules, and sweeping past his defenses. Soon, between formidable enemies and obstacles, they form a fragile trust—but will it be enough to save the future they long to dare together?

REVIEW:

I recently saw this book in a list of romances in some article.  I thought the title was catchy and I seem to be on a regency romance kick.  I love them.  The elegance of them all.  SO when I searched Amazon and saw that the book was available for rent through Kindle Unlimited.  We purchased Kindle Unlimited at Christmas since we got a Kindle for my Father-in-law and added him to our account.  We thought it would be a good way for him to get books.  The upside is that I am able to borrow books to my heart’s content.  Once I borrowed the book, I pressed pause on my other books just so I could start reading it!

For days Patience has been sneaking into her own house and feeding her child.  She had tossed in Bedlam when her husband killed himself.  The man that took over the house claimed that she was nuts and had her committed.  She has since gotten out, freed by a group called The Widow’s Grace.  The Widow’s Grace then provides her with opportunities that she didn’t know she would be able to have again.  The house she lived in has been taken over by a Duke.  Can the Duke and Patience come to an understanding?  This book was so cute.  It was a romance but it was a very clean romance.  The most that they did was kiss and lay next to each other in bed.  It is a book that I would recommend my mother to read.  I loved the regency time period part of it as well.  The multiracial part was also nice.  I don’t see enough books with that in it, in my opinion. 

I really loved the character of Patience.  Her sassy nature and love for her child were strong.  She put her own life in jeopardy to make sure that her child was at least getting fed on the occasion.  The interaction the Duke and Patience have together as they get more comfortable had me giggling.  She wasn’t up for all his rules and lists and she let that be known on more than one occasion.   I really liked how to author wove a love story mixed with the thrills of a mystery.  It kept me on the edge of my seat.  I was kept guessing over the whole thing the entire time.  In the end, I didn’t see the twist that she delivered. I see there is a second book out that revolves around one of the other main characters and I am very interested in reading her story. She intrigued me the entire time when we got bits of her life story along the way.  

STAR RATING: 5/5

Pick up your copy of A Duke, the Lady and a Baby by Vanessa Riley on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or check your local bookstore. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. Check out more from author Vanessa Riley on her website HERE.

About Elizabeth Cole

Stay-at-home mom to two children and one toddler. I love to read, travel (haven't done it in a while), and cook. Born and raised in Three Rivers, Michigan and currently, reside in Northern Michigan. Can't wait to start sharing my book thoughts/ reviews with you!!

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