Today I’m participating in First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, in which bloggers share a bit about a book they’re reading or planning to read soon.
I am way behind on my reading schedule. This is one I hope to get to within the next month, though. The cover of Duke of a Gilded Age is beautiful.
The Tenth Duke of Mansbury
June, 1890 – England
The elderly housekeeper escorted Mr. Oakhurst through Caisteal Park’s imposing entryway, past a walnut staircase with elaborately carved banisters, and down a wide corridor.
“I’ve heard your daughter is to be congratulated on her recent engagement,” she said.
“Ah, yes. Thank you, Mrs. Blount.” Mr. Oakhurst’s tone and somewhat grim expression revealed his feelings.
“You’re not happy with the gentleman?”
“To all outward appearances, Sir Errol seems a respectable sort, but he’s new to Mansbury and nobody knows him well.” Mr. Oakhurst shook his head. “I fear Annabelle has rushed into this engagement too quickly.”
When American-born Wesley Parker inherits a dukedom in 1890, he must learn to be an aristocrat. Assigned to the task is his attorney’s daughter, prim Belle Oakhurst. As they travel to England together on a luxurious ocean liner, their tempestuous relationship encounters more than rough seas. Although Wesley is increasingly attracted to Belle, she is already engaged. While Belle begins to regret her hasty promise to marry, she is bound by honor and duty to keep her pledge. Furthermore, a thoughtless fabrication on her part threatens to expose her as a liar. Neither Wesley nor Belle can foresee that their voyage across the Atlantic will be fraught with peril, and will cost more than one man his life.
Would you keep reading?