Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
The Duke’s Runaway Bride is a lovely second-chance romance in which the couple finally have a chance to get to know one another after a hasty marriage of convenience and the subsequent disappearance of the bride.
It is book #3 in the Regency Belles of Bath series but can be read as a standalone.
Print Length: 225 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Historical (February 23, 2021)
To duke’s wife
When Beatrix, Duchess of Howden, writes to her estranged husband offering a divorce, she’s stunned when he arrives on her doorstep with a different proposition: a six-week marriage trial! Quinton Roxbury seems cold and inscrutable, but Beatrix gradually realizes his rough exterior hides a heavy burden. As their connection deepens, dare she trust him with her own scandalous past and risk the marriage she never knew she wanted?
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Quinton Roxbury, Twelfth Duke of Howden, inherited his father’s estates in shambles.
To make matters worse, his family was also falling apart due to a scandal caused by his father right before his passing.
When Quinton married the quiet Beatrix, he thought her money would solve all his troubles and that being a duchess would be enough to make their marriage of convenience worth for her.
This proved not to be the case when Beatrix ran away from their home on their wedding day.
With his family already drowning in scandal, he could not afford for word of his wife’s disappearance to reach the ton.
When he received a letter from her asking for a divorce, he decided to do all in his power to make their marriage work.
Beatrix was a lovely heroine. After her parent’s death, she suffered being poorly treated by her aunt and uncle and was finally happy and independent working in a baking shop in Bath.
I enjoyed how respectful of her and her wishes Quinton was all along. His cold exterior was nothing but an attempt to navigate through all his troubles without breaking apart.
The relationship is sweet and romantic. I love how she fell in love with his whole family, despite their many flaws.
The side characters were engaging, especially Quinton’s mom. I wonder if she will eventually get a story of her own. I would love to read it!
The Duke’s Runaway Bride is my first book by this author, but it won’t be my last!
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Jenni Fletcher was born in Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire where she writes historical romance novels. She studied English at Cambridge and Hull and has been nominated for 4 RoNA awards, winning for Short Romantic Fiction in 2020. In her spare time she loves baking and, of course, reading.