No Other Duke Will Do is the third book in Grace Burrowes’ Windham Brides series of historical romance novels. This is only the second book of hers that I have read, but she is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
Julian St. David is the Duke of Haverford. The family seat is in Wales, where he is quite content to remain. However, the estate has fallen into financial ruin, mostly because his predecessors cared more about spending money on rare books than maintaining the estate. Despite this- or perhaps because of this- Julian’s sister suggests throwing a lavish house party so that Julian can find a wife.
Elizabeth Windham is not an heiress, nor is she particularly looking for a husband, but she finds herself drawn to Julian. Likewise, Julian realizes that there is no one he would rather spend time with. But is attraction and infatuation enough to sustain them beyond the length of the house party?
This was an adorable book. I love historicals that take place at house parties; there’s something so uniquely charming about being confined to a single location. The house party takes place over the course of several weeks; it’s rather short in the grand scheme of things, but it’s not quite falling in love over the course of a single evening. The house is also big enough for everyone to be spread out, and there are actually a couple of secondary storylines taking place as well. I have already been introduced to the Windham family because I’ve read the second book in the series, so it was very nice to get to meet the St. David family as well.
Julian and Elizabeth are a great pair. They are both resigned to the idea that their relationship is not going to be sustainable, and so they resolve to make the most of their time together during the house party. I found myself really rooting for them to get their happily ever after.
I would absolutely recommend No Other Duke Will Do. The hero and heroine are both likeable, and the secondary characters are lovely too. Burrowes sets up the next book in the series very well, although I must say that she has her work cut out for her because the hero in the next book was a bit of a bounder in this one. I’m already looking forward to the next book- everyone loves a good redemption story!
I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.