It is finally Friday, yay! Hope everyone had a great week and the children who went back to school this week have had fun filled, happy times. The boys both really like their new teachers and have enjoyed the first four days back. I cannot wait to pick them up later for the weekend, I am so excited for snuggles and fun!
A hilarious romantic comedy perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jo Watson and MegCabot. One minute, Jemma Pears is a struggling theatrical make-up artist in London. The next, she’s been left a vast fortune by her estranged grandmother. The catch: she must marry a man with a title to inherit. Jemma thinks this is truly impossible: she’s a romantic, searching for true love, not just a convenient marriage…
And besides, where would she even find a titled guy?
Enter Ashford, the new Duke of Burlingham. His legacy: massive debts that he must payback immediately or risk the bank seizing his assets. Or worse: his mother’s wrath! When their lawyer hears of their situations, a secret match is made despite their mutual hatred of each other: through marrying Ashford, Jemma can inherit and Ashford can pay back his debts immediately. Problem solved. That is, until their marriage is leaked to the press and everyone finds out
Now they have to play out the charade for at least a year or risk going to jail for fraud! A hilarious pretense ensues and Jemma must battle against a crazy mother in law, a stuffy aristocracy, and finally, and most surprisingly of all, confusing feelings for Ashford.
I must admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book. It was by no means terrible, but seemed a little outdated and predictable at times. I enjoy reading a fun, frothy chick lit/romance every now and again, but this one just did not grab me. There were some funny moments and the interactions with other characters were good, but the two main characters were quite unlikable. Jemma is a Cinderella/Eliza Doolittle type character but as I never really connected with her as a main character, I was never really on her side. I didn’t like Ashford from the start and he never really managed to redeem himself.
As I said, I do not think this is terrible, just not for me. Anyone who really enjoys this genre will like this, but for the occasional reader, I would choose something else.
Felicia Kingsley was born in 1987. She lives in a small town near Modena and works as an architect. Her debut novel How (Not) to Marry a Duke was the second most read e-book in Italy in 2017.
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