Her good friend…
Is suddenly a duke’s heir!
Miss Jocelyn Sudderfeld is working at Edge Hall, indulging her love of translating ancient texts with her librarian father – and evading the need to marry! She’s always enjoyed a teasing friendship with estate manager Mr Alex Cheverley. Until he unexpectedly becomes the duke’s heir. Now his first duty is to marry a suitable debutante, not consort with an earnest bluestocking like her…so where does that leave their friendship?
I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This is a friend to lover romance set within the confines of English society in 1834. Jocelyn is an educated and intelligent woman, allowed to defy society’s conventions by her father as she assists him in his scholarly work. Alex is an estate manager for his cousin the Duke on the same estate. Alex and Jocelyn have an easy camaraderie that builds into unfulfilled attraction.
A drastic change in circumstances pushes Alex towards a suitable marriage. Jocelyn mourns the loss of their relationship but doesn’t want to lose her independence to a man, even Alex. Their romance is conflicted with both internal and external conflicts. The main characters are well crafted and likeable. You empathise with both, but mostly with Jocelyn, who doesn’t want to lose her identity.
The romance is believably gentle, with lively dialogue and a satisfying happy ending.