Felicity Langley has always dreamed of marrying a duke - and now she's managed to get herself very nearly betrothed to the very respectable, very lofty Duke of Hollindrake. But first she has to meet him. What Felicity doesn't realise is that she has actually met the man she intends to marry - he's the altogether too handsome, too virile and too rakish man that she has just mistaken for her new footman.
Thatcher was never meant to inherit the dukedom and the first thing he intends after returning from the continent is to tell this presumptuous, title-hungry young chit that he has absolutely no intention of honouring this supposed betrothal. But he's quickly charmed by her determination, passion and spirit.
She would marry him in a heartbeat should he tell her of his true identity but Thatcher wants to know whether she would marry him without the title. So he begins his ruse, determined to show this unconventional woman that life as a duchess can't compare with a life of passion and love.
This book is technically the third book in Elizabeth Boyle's Bachelor Chronicles series (after This Rake of Mine and Something About Emmaline) but characters from numerous other of the author's books also appear. Despite this, the book stands entirely alone so even if you haven't read any other books by Elizabeth Boyle, then this book will still make sense!
The story of deception isn't particularly new but it's a plot that I very much enjoy and it was written well enough to be fresh, exciting and interesting. You want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen and the plot is constantly entertaining and amusing.
It took me a while to get to like Felicity but this actually worked well as it helped you understand Thatcher's own feelings towards her as he too discovered her true character. She's feisty, determined and makes you want to root for her. Thatcher was a strapping, delightful hero despite the fact that he never once truly behaved like a footman - especially around Felicity! The book isn't particularly sensual but the pair had some sweet chemistry and good banter throughout.
While also setting up the next two books in the series, this book is, itself, a fine, well-written and entertaining Regency romp. If you're looking for something fun to take your mind off things for a while then you can't go wrong with this one. 4 stars.
This is my first book by Elizabeth Boyle and despite the negative reviews, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Love Letters from a Duke is a wonderful story and the case of mistaken identity and the power of love. It is a fast-paced tale of a woman that will not just allow life to happen, without her quirky input. But sometimes love needs a little help. From the opening pages of when Felicity meets the grubby duke in his travelling clothes, and she in her woolen socks, and thinks he's her new footman, makes for extremely fun reading. The bk keeps you captivated till the end. Loved the chemistry between H/H and enjoyed the secondary characters of her crazy household too. Some scenes had me grinning, especially the early ones, when Brutus meets the new duke. The plot may not be very strong, but hey, if you like light-hearted regency read, then this ones worth a try.
LOVE LETTERS FROM A DUKE is Regency romance at its best. Thatcher is a fabulous protagonist who knows he must have an heir and a spare, but would rather allow the dukedom to expire than to settle for anything less than love. He knows he loves Felicity, but doubts she reciprocates as her obsessive objective is a title. Fans will appreciate Elizabeth Boyle's fantastic historical as we hope breathlessly that she will admit she loves the footman and if she does when she learns he is the duke will she still want to be with him in spite of his deception.