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The Duchess War: 1 (The Brothers Sinister) Paperback – 12 Dec 2012
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Courtney Milan’s debut novel was published in 2010. Since then, her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She’s been a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller, a RITA® finalist and an RT Reviewer’s Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance. Her second book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010. Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat. Courtney has had several occupations--computer programmer, scientist, lawyer--but her favorite job is the one she is now doing full time: Writing romance novels.
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At first everything seemed okay. I liked Minnie who was feisty, clever and had a secret. Of course the hero had to be a duke. For some reason, dukes feature a lot with American writers. I would have liked to have known how Robert's ancestor gained the title of duke, since it's the title below monarch so quite prestigious. A man needed to do something phenomenal to be awarded the title.
However, everything fell apart for me when the duke told Minnie she had magnificent 'tits'. There's no way a gentleman would speak like that to a young, unmarried girl the day after they had met. In Victorian society it would have been considered very rude and inappropriate. After that I disliked Robert and found his character crude and uncaring.
Some parts were well written, even charming at times and I found I could overlook the Americanisms that crept in. But Minnie's secret was something of a let down. I couldn't understand why a father thought he needed a chaperone to take his five-year-old daughter to the Continent with him and why then he dressed her as a boy until the age of twelve. I really didn't think Minnie's secret was so bad for all the trauma and hysterics she portrayed. It was 1863, not 1363 and therefore the time of Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Garrett, the first woman doctor. I believe a young girl with the amazing skill of playing chess would have intrigued society not disgusted it.
It was obvious that Robert and Minnie would marry and they married quickly which was also inappropriate since convention dictated there had to be sufficient betrothal time, otherwise folk would become suspicious. They married early in the day; again I queried this as I believe couples couldn't marry before 10am. And then straight off on honeymoon (no wedding breakfast), to Paris. I wondered about Robert's thinking in subjecting his new wife to such an arduous journey on their wedding day. As a member of the House of Lords, he must have had a townhouse in London. Why didn't he take her there first and then continue their journey the following day?
I was astonished that they reached Paris late that night. Having travelled to London, they would have had to change stations and then normal folk usually took the train to either Dover or Folkestone (as Charles Dickens did) and across the Channel to Calais. For some odd reason Minnie and Robert went to Southampton. To me it seems the wrong direction and a much longer sea journey to France. I really don't think they could have completed the journey so quickly, especially after waiting about at stations/ports is taken into account.
And that is when I had to put the book to one side. I know this is fiction, but for me there has to be credibility, otherwise I don't become absorbed in the characters. Sorry to give only two stars, but this could have been a great story.
Who is Miss Wilhelmina Pursling? She does not really exist, she is a creation to make Miss Minerva Lane safe from her past and from a terrible treason. When she caught the eye of the ninth Duke of Clermont, Robert, she just wants to get rid of him and carry on her unexciting existence. Just to be safe. But Robert too has a secret. Fate will unite them like two survivors from a capsized boat clinging to the same piece of wood. They will have to ride the high waves together. But, Robert, as a Duke, is practically untouchable. Minerva, aka Wilhelmina, on the other hand, is the ideal candidate for being branded a criminal. And what about Oliver, Robert's half brother, his father's bastard?
In The Duchess War, I have also learned why the series is called The Brother Sinister, which is not said in the first book The Governess Affair (The Brothers Sinister).
Even though the book can be read as a stand alone, it helps to have read the Governess Affair. All the characters in this book are so likeable (except the Duchess, but at the end, we understand why she is so indifferent... but is she really? and Stevens). Robert is a tortured soul looking for love and approval and does not know that he is a lovely man in his own right, Minerva want to escape her past at all costs, even if it will cost her Robert's love. The peripheral characters are great, you really can feel the complicity between Robert, Oliver and Sebastien his cousin.
This is a lovely book that I recommend to anyone fond of love, intrigue and a bit of nail biting. And if you keep a look out, you can pick up The Governess Affair for very little, as it is often promoted free.
I have now downloaded A Kiss for Midwinter (The Brothers Sinister) which is the last one of the Brothers Sinister and I feel a bit sad as it is a short story and I would have loved more of them....
But I will definitely read more from Courtney Milan. I am hooked on her books...
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