A Duke Worth Fighting For (Isle of Synne, 3)

Written by Christina Britton
Review by Ray Thompson

Though still young and attractive, Margery Kitteridge has no intention of remarrying, as she continues to mourn her beloved husband, who was killed at the Battle of Waterloo. Daniel Hayle is disfigured by wartime scars and lacks the sophistication and self-confidence to woo a wife. But when Margery receives a blackmail letter demanding money she does not have, and when Daniel recognizes the need for an heir now that he has succeeded his brother as Duke of Carlisle, she offers to help him find a bride in return for money to pay the blackmailer. The trouble with this plan is that they are attracted to each other from the start, and as they get to know each other better, that attraction only grows stronger.

This, the third in the Isle of Synne Regency series, is a variant on the tale of Beauty and the Beast. Although Margery’s reluctance to seek the help of friends and Daniel’s sense of insecurity can seem frustratingly excessive, both are caring characters whose efforts to conquer their fears and insecurities win our sympathy. The location of the isle is disconcertingly vague, and its idyllic nature may account for the idiosyncrasies of many of its characters, but readers looking for a sentimental love story of two lonely people finding the happiness together that they deserve will find much to enjoy.