This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Edelweiss+. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal and Scoundrel #3
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Format: ARC, E-book
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The one woman he will never forget…
Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.
The one man she will never forgive…
After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.
A love that neither can deny…
The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day
The Day of the Duchess.
Second chance romances can be a hit or a miss with me. I had not read the previous installments of this series so I had no previous emotions one way or the other on the demise of the relationship for these two characters. Note that I said previous, after reading this book I have all sorts of emotions regarding this story now. I can say that this is absolutely one of my favorite second chance romances ever!
The Day of the Duchess is a tale surrounding the marital demise of Seraphina, Duchess of Haven and Malcom Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven. The Author does a wonderful job of relating the story with transitions from past to present. The story follows both characters from the point of their separation almost three years prior, at the request of Haven. Their past is one of passion, yearning, betrayal and bitterness.
Haven realized shortly after Sera had vanished that he screwed up royally. Honestly if his character had not had years of anguish for his mistakes I would not have liked him so much. He truly understood the gravity of his transgressions and had searched all over the world to find his wife. To beg her forgiveness, to ask her to come home. He had never given up, even when the day came where she stormed into parliament and demanded a divorce of him. At that moment, he knew that he would never give her the divorce. He was going to do whatever he could to win her back.
Sera and her sisters have spent the bulk of their lives not being good enough for high society. Their father had gained his title by profit not by lineage and they had never been accepted. That had not bothered Sera before but once starting a relationship with Haven she became insecure and that allowed doubt to cloud her judgment to which she made a grave error. An error that sealed her doom with Haven. She would have done anything to make it right but eventually she realized that it could never be. At her lowest moment she decided that she would run and never look back. It took almost three years but Sera did come back to gain her independence and to be done with Haven forever.
This is such a charming story. These characters had both loved deeply and were wounded by that love. Learning their stories, seeing their hurt, and watching their rebirth was just utterly marvelous! It was an emotional roller coaster that I did not want to get off. The first half of the book is the hashing out of the history but the second half of the book is where the healing starts to take place and Haven has to put everything on the line. This novel is filled with many grand romantic gestures. These gestures are not the kind that would be made for wooing a woman, but the kind that are made to show the deepest regret and vulnerability that one has to offer. It was as if he literally put his heart on a platter for her as an offering.
This book had me in tears by the end. The epilogue is the kind that made those tears just stream down my face. This was such an amazing read! Beyond the relationship building and romance there was also endearing sibling relationships, humor, and a hint of maybe what is to come next for one of the sisters. I may have never before read a story from this author but that will never happen again. I adore her writing style and I am looking forward to the next novel in this series. This is such a romantic read and I highly recommend this story!
*Thank you to Edelweiss+ & HarperCollins Publishers for this eARC of The Day of the Duchess*