Having read Jamie Carie's brilliant first novel, 'Snow Angel', I was extremely excited for her second novel with the unusual title 'The Duchess and the Dragon' despite a few negative opinions!
Drama enters on the very first page as we find the dashing Drake Weston Duke of Northumberland the victim of a deceitful and vengeful now deceased father, cutting Drake out his will and only heir to his estate and fortune, BUT WHY? Furious, Drake concocts a scheme to hide the body from public eye, pose as his father, marry a stranger, produce a brother, and steal the inheritance! Drake doesn't expect someone to find out his plan, but when a man confronts Drake and expects a hefty sum of $$ to cover the truth, Drake corners the man and believes he has taken his life! Drake now on the run from the law and his life has no choice but to abandon his plans, his life, his home, his name, his money, from England by ship to America! Now being forced to travel in poverty, he's haunted by guilt, anger, and illness is rescued by Amish, Serena Winter when the ship docks in Quaker, Philadelphia. Innocent Serena is immediately drawn by his beauty, and dark mystery, and convinces her father to bring him home to bring him back to health. The two eventually fall passionately and almost scandalously in love, Serena facing the facts she must marry him and leave her simple ways, her home, her family and lifestyle behind her, all the while Drake continues to harbor, deceit, and lies about his past! Will he tell her the truth, will Serena stand by her husband? A forgiving, gripping, page turner that will leave you breathless and full of hope!
*This book was given my non-profit, unbiased, honest review*