Book Review: ‘Caroline and the Duke’ by Sabrina Darby

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Title: Caroline and the Duke: A Regency Short Story

Published: 9th December 2013

Author: Sabrina Darby


Twitter: @sabrinadarby


A Widow Determined to be Merry

At the urging of her best friend, Caroline, Lady Ballister, seeks a lover with no emotional attachments. After all, experience has taught her that love is a fickle, pointless thing.

A Duke Determined to Marry

Sutbridge has wanted Caroline for ten years and, now that she is once again free, is determined to make her his wife. But will he settle for her body, or wage a war for the most important treasure of all: her heart?


Short but sweet historical romance. After reading a long book this is just what I needed to chill out to.

Caroline is almost thirty and widowed so is deemed to have more freedom in how she now acts. Her friend has said to her that she needs to start to live for herself, as she is now free to do so. Her idea is that she get herself a lover and the person that comes to mind is Julia’s brother John – the Duke of Sutbridge. Now her friend doesn’t come right out and say this but rather cokes Caroline into suggesting the idea herself. She has decided that she will never marry again but after a bit of prodding from her friend she coincides to saying that she would only marry again if it were to a wealthy Duke. Julia then just happens to remind her that her brother is a wealthy Duke. Julia has known about Caroline’s feelings for her brother from her first season and now some ten years later she knows they have no more gone away than her brothers for her have so is only too happy to intervene when things don’t go quite as she had hoped.

Sutbridge wanted Caroline from the moment he saw her but at only twenty when they met it wasn’t seen as important for a gentleman to marry straight away as it was for a lady. This wasn’t going to stop him though and he had every intention on asking, its just her family had other ideas and married her off to someone else before he had a chance. Now fate – or rather his sister – has seen to put her in his path again and this time he is playing for keeps. He just has to convince her that a passionate affair is not what he is looking for and if she is really honest with herself neither is she.

A nice short read to unwind to in an evening. I do love historical romance books and this one was a fun fast read. Not that steamy but you had a feeling that it could get there if the story continued. Julia was a fun interesting character and I think it would be good to see what her story really is from all the little titbits that get mentioned.


3 out of 5 stars


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