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When You Wish Upon A Duke: Wylder Sisters Book 1 [Paperback]

Isabella Bradford
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3 Sep 2012 Wylder Sisters

Lose your heart in this sparkling and enchanting romance, the first in the Wylder sisters series from award-winning author Isabella Bradford.

Raised in the countryside, Lady Charlotte Wylder doesn't care one bit about decorum. So when the dark-haired beauty learns that she is to leave for London to wed the Duke of Marchbourne, a perfect model of aristocratic propriety, she is less than enchanted. But to her delight, their first encounters are brazenly flirtatious, and their wedding night burns with passion; Charlotte may even be falling in love with her new husband. Yet whenever their desire boils over, March pushes Charlotte away. Will past secrets and present misunderstandings mire their marriage in scandal, or serve to strengthen a bond to last a lifetime?

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Eternal (3 Sep 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0755396715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755396719
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 919,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ETERNAL ROMANCE: Find your heart's desire.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wylder Sisters book 1 9 Aug 2012
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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When You Wish Upon a Duke is the first book in Isabella Bradford's series about the three Wylder sisters. Charlotte is the oldest of the sisters and since the death of their father she has had to look after her heartbroken mother and her younger siblings. The family have been living in the country for years and Charlotte is a happy tomboy, much to her mother's distress. It comes as quite a shock to Charlotte when a solicitor arrives to organise the details of her wedding. It turns out her father had arranged a marriage between her and the Duke of Marchbourne but nobody had thought to tell her. Nervous about travelling to London and being forced into polite society Charlotte is equally worried about meeting her future husband for the first time. Luckily their attraction is instant but it doesn't take long before misunderstands start to force a wedge between them. Can they look past their differences and find a way to connect with each other?

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, Charlotte and March make a great couple and I loved the chemistry and banter between them. The circumstances of their first meeting had me laughing out loud and I quite often giggled as I read about Charlotte's latest escapade. Charlotte may be young and quite innocent but she has a backbone to her and she stands up for what she wants from her relationship with March. It takes her a while to figure out where things are going wrong between them but as soon as she does she takes steps to fix things.

March is a hero who has some major issues to work through, his family history and the behaviour of his father all cause him embarrassment and he is determined not to repeat his ancestors mistakes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 19 Aug 2013
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Thank you for getting this book to me so quickly after I decided I needed to read it, so good.
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I'd have given this a higher rating were it not for something daft which happens towards the end.

Charlotte Wylder and the Duke of Marchborne have been betrothed since they were children, although it comes as rather a shock to Charlotte, who knew nothing about it until she was eighteen. But she and March are both young, attractive and wealthy and are well disposed towards each other from their first meeting; it's clear that before long, this initial liking will blossom into more.

Charlotte has a very open and engaging manner - she's like a breath of fresh air to March, who inherited his dukedom at a young age, and has therefore spent most of his life surrounded by the trappings of his title and who has always striven to act as a duke should.

Unfortunately however, the well-meaning advice of Charlotte's aunt and March's cousin serves to cause discord between the pair. Aunt Sophronia is constantly cautioning Charlotte that she must moderate her behaviour to that becoming a duchess, and unfortunately, extends this advice to the bedroom, telling Charlotte that she must act like a duchess in bed and basically lie back and think of England. No thrashing about and wailing allowed, or her husband will think she's behaving like a common harlot.

March has a few skeletons in the cupboard which encourage him to believe that it is wrong to burden his beloved with bouts of energetic sex and as a result, he shags her stupid on their wedding night and then is promptly overcome with remorse for his crude and animalistic behaviour and leaves her (and the wet patch!) to sleep alone. Charlotte, having enjoyed herself immensely is left to wonder what she's done wrong.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, but unusual and sweet romance 31 July 2012
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
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When You Wish Upon A Duke is set in London in 1760, but begins in Dorset when the Wylder household is awakened in the middle of the night by the Duke of Marchbourne's solicitor, Carter. Charlotte Wylder, eldest of the three Wylder girls, greets Carter in bare feet and a "oversized fisherman's jersey," her legs naked from the knees down. Without asking to see Charlotte's mother (her father, the earl, is long dead), Carter notifies Charlotte of her "impending nuptials" and hands her a gift of an oval portrait of His Grace. When Charlotte's mother enters the scene, she puts her hand around Charlotte's waist, hugs her, and informs her that, yes, "As soon as it can be arranged, you will wed His Grace, the Duke of Marchbourne."

Now, I'm no expert, but to me, this scene communicated pretty clearly what kind of a historical romance this was going to be. I suppose things may have been more lax in the country, but Carter's showing up in the middle of the night, speaking directly to the eighteen year old, unwed Charlotte without a chaperone present, Charlotte greeting strange men in the middle of the night wearing nothing but, essentially, a man's sweatshirt, and Charlotte's mother hugging her and giving her a big piece of news in response (instead of a scolding) doesn't strike me as very eighteenth century behavior.

In short order, Charlotte is hustled to London. The Duke decides he can't wait to see her and arranges to stumble on her party as it makes its way to Charlotte's aunt's (the Countess of Sanborn's) townhouse. Things don't quite go as planned when March, as he is known, finds his bride-to-be up a tree trying to save her cat (little does he know this is the second of her four -- yes, four -- tree climbs in the book). He's gorgeous and gallant, she's beautiful and plucky, and they fall madly in love at first branch.

March is no rogue or rake. Rather, he "holds himself to an exceedingly high moral standard." His own family tree has some bad apples (in particular, although his great-grandfather was a king, his great grandmother was the king's mistress, "some wicked little baggage of an actress.") and he relishes the prospect of marriage into a family with worse fortunes but better breeding. Very sweetly, March is determined to love Charlotte simply because she is destined for him. March is obsessed with his public image, and most of his character growth, as well as the conflicts with Charlotte, arise from his inability to understand that this obsession is an extreme response to a certain childhood trauma which is revealed late in the novel.

Charlotte is the breath of fresh air March needs, and has a bit less growing and changing to do. I had some real problems with Charlotte throughout the novel, at first because she was so incredibly naive and immature, and later, because she makes some decisions that defy convention, logic, sense, and perhaps even the laws of nature.

To the author's credit, Charlotte does mature over the course of the book. A major conflict is their sexual relationship. March decides, after one frenzied coupling, that sex should be quiet and still, as befitting a duchess, and Charlotte wonders silently and tearfully why it's no longer any fun. She's too young and unformed in the first half of the novel to question March's word on things like sexual behavior, but she does develop slowly into the kind of person who is capable of bringing her husband around to her view. So Charlotte grows and learns to relate to her husband. What she never gains is an ounce of sense.

I felt March's character was inconsistent on the matter of propriety as well. Would a duke obsessed with marrying a saint barge into a mantua maker's shop, then into the very dressing room where his bride to be -- to whom he has not yet so much as been formally introduced -- is being fitted? Would he then order her chaperone and servants to leave them alone, lock the door, and kiss her senseless, while a half dozen society ladies look on? I suppose the effect was supposed to be "look how she disorients him!", and that's usually a trope I enjoy reading, but I felt it was handled much better in books like Chase's Lord Perfect and Mary Balogh's Slightly Dangerous.

On a more positive note, I did notice that this novel has lots of details and settings that I haven't read in other historical romances. Maybe I noticed them more because the setting -- 18th century -- is slightly less common than Regency era. Scenes at the opera, gambling at a house party, even a breakfast at home were chock full of interesting details on everything from the clothing to the furniture to the food. The domestic scenes between Duke and Duchess were especially effective in this regard.

I found it enjoyable and refreshing to read an arranged marriage story where the parties are quite pleased with each other and determined to make each other happy right from the start. Although I've read many historical romances set in London, the way Bradford wrote this one made London feel new. Despite my reservations, I kept on with this well-written novel for the hero and heroine's interactions and slowly developing relationship.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The romance fizzled 1 Aug 2012
By Jen - Published on Amazon.com
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I had high hopes for this book. It started strong. The hero and the heroine are crazy about each other right off the bat. They want the same things; their path to happiness is clear. But as they move forward in what seemed like a pretty straightforward love story, they completely screw themselves up.

After the death of her father, Charlotte grew up in the country with her mother and sisters. She had no idea he had arranged a marriage for her until a solicitor arrived from the Duke of Marchbourne, ready to bring her back to London. Fortunately, March ends up being more than she had ever dreamed she would find in a match. He is handsome and kind and he wants her every bit as much as she wants him. In fact, he is so excited about marrying her, they move up the wedding and tie the knot right away.

They are blissfully happy at first. But then, March's neurosis kicks in. Way back in the family tree, his great-grandmother was a mistress to the king. It was the start of what he considers his base bloodline. His father frequented whores. March is terrified that somehow his bloodline will affect him in similar fashion. So he resolves to treat Charlotte as nothing less than an impeccable lady. His heart is in the right place, in that he is trying to honor her. But he stops treating her as a true lover, as a partner. And of course, she has no idea what is behind the change. She thinks she somehow screwed up.

Around and around these two go, taking a step forward and two steps back... worrying about propriety and ideals when they have real love already in their grasps. It was very frustrating. There is essentially no external conflict or secondary plot at all. Just Charlotte and March getting caught up in what they think they should be doing and forgetting what made them happy in the first place.

I liked Charlotte. She is innocent without being an idiot and she would really be quite competent if March gave her the chance. As for March, he is a good man at his core, but his hang-ups are serious. We do find in the course of the book there is more to his issues than it first appears, and that helps to explain his behavior a bit more. But all in all, it just kind of fizzled.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost a son. 5 Jan 2013
By Loretta F. Ichord - Published on Amazon.com
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Good story, but the author needs to keep track of how many sons the Duke of Breconridge had. In this novel he has four sons and in the other two novels in this series he has three. What happened to the fourth? A minor error but it still brothered me this wasn't picked up by the author or editor.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your money 9 May 2013
By Kelli P. Acord - Published on Amazon.com
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I had high hopes after reading the synopsis. The beginning of the book was delightful, however the rest was just tedious. I had to force myself to finish this book and was annoyed by the rest of the plot development. The book was lacking with; Poor character development, unbelievable plot, and how many "misunderstanding" does a reader really need to deal with in a book. Disappointing and annoying. I probably won't ever read another book by this author. Not enjoyable.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Georgian setting, but not much plot 15 Aug 2012
By Lady Wesley - Published on Amazon.com
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Isabella Bradford -- real name Susan Holloway Scott -- knows her history. I have long enjoyed the blog she writes, with the incomparable Loretta Chase, [...]. Having written many historical novels, including several set in Restoration England, she has now set her hand to historical romance set smack in the middle of Georgian England.

I was prepared to be impressed, but alas this was not to be. When You Wish Upon a Duke is a perfectly okay story, but there's really not much there there.

Lady Charlotte Wylder enters into an arranged marriage with the Duke of Marchbourne. She's been raised in the country by her widowed mother and is a bit of a hoyden; she is determined, however, to become a perfect duchess. March, on the other hand, while young has been a duke for years, and he seems to have no vices. March is the great-grandson of a king (not named, but it would be a fictitious Charles II), via his actress mistress, and even three generations on is still sensitive about his illegitimate origins. Hence, he conducts himself with utmost propriety.

Most of the novel revolves around their problems adjusting to their changed circumstances, especially in the bedroom. After a incendiary wedding night encounter, he suddenly becomes distant and proper. Charlotte, seeking advice from her dragon-aunt, is advised to conduct herself in the bedroom as a lady. In other words, lie back and think of England. Obviously, this does not produce satisfaction, although they do share a growing attachment and love for one another.

The story of how they work things out is very sweet, but it just isn't enough to carry an entire novel. Realizing this, perhaps, the author throws in a bit of scandal involving a notorious marquess, a duel, and babies. It is too little, and way too late, though.

Bradford's writing is so good, and her grasp of the historical setting so adept, however, that I'm sure to read the next installment, as Charlotte's younger sister finds herself in company with yet another duke.
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