Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review of The Duke (Devil's Duke #3) by Katharine Ashe

A stunning beautiful journey of love, loss, heartbreak and danger by two courageous people that will grab your heart and not let go.  Oh and did I mention that they are both stubborn and hard-headed?
This is the story of a Scottish Duke and the daughter of The Earl of Vale.  

When they first meet, he is not a Duke, just Gabriel Hume, Officer in the Royal Navy and Lady Amarantha Vale has sailed all the way from England to Kingston Jamaica to marry a Missionary and be his wife and helpmate in his mission to save souls.

They meet in a cellar in Kingston taking shelter from a Hurricane.  The first words he hears her say is
"Damn and blast it to Hades!". They are stuck with each other until the worst of the Hurricane passes. Because of the tremendous damage done by the storm, her fiancee is busy trying to rebuild his church and she decides to help out the injured.  It seems every where she turns Captain Hume seems to be there.  He is a bad influence on her because she is beginning to want to see him and not her fiancee. She is falling in love with him but she doesn't trust him.  He begs her not to marry her Missionary and wait for him to come back from an assignment that will take him far away from her.  She tells him she will wait and not marry the Missionary.  When Gabriel's cousin brings word that he has died she is heartbroken and marries the missionary.

This story takes place over 5 1/2 years.  He inherits the Dukedom, Amarantha's husband dies and the journey to the rest of their lives begin.  Their is lots of secrets and mystery to this adventure.  They will cross paths a couple of times, and he will try to convince her to marry him.  She doesn't trust him or her feelings for him.  They are both protecting others and the only way for their HAE is to tell all their secrets and what is in their hearts.

I don't know any other way to describe Katharine's writing but to say it poetically beautiful and stirring.
I laughed and cried while reading this book.  All the secondary characters are wonderful and really make this book a must read.  Every time I read one of Katharine's books I think she cannot get any better and then she does.  You have to read this book!!!

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