Fans of Mary Balogh’s previous Regency romance novels centering on the Bedwyn family will surely want to read this, the last in the series. What exactly makes Wulfric Bedwyn tick? What sort of lady will succeed in capturing the heart of the curiously taciturn and aloof Duke? Can the glacial stare be penetrated, and what lies beneath? All these questions are finally answered.
While one might assume otherwise, Wulfric’s ideal mate turns out to be slightly unorthodox. Christine Derrick, a young widow of noble but impoverished birthright, is outspoken, a little clumsy, and not a bit snobbish. Their initial meeting is cute, and their subsequent encounters hint at a growing, mutual attraction.
As usual, Balogh provides background information on all the characters, so even those who haven’t read the previous Bedwyn novels will be able to enjoy the story. She has a talent for clever dialogue and descriptive phrasing. Some readers might notice similarities in the manner in which she sets up romantic encounters. But when stories are well-written and entertaining, and when characters and situations develop plausibly, a little redundancy is a minor complaint.