Review: The Accidental Duchess by Madeline Hunter

Posted July 7, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

Review: The Accidental Duchess by Madeline Hunter
The Accidental Duchess

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Series: Fairborne Quartet #4
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Jove
Released on June 3, 2014
Pages: 389
Format: Paperback
Source: Giveaway

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The Delight

A young lady gets into a spot of difficulty over an old manuscript she once wrote falling into the hands of a blackmailer.  Her attempt to earn the blackmail due by gambling fell through and now she is faced with the consequences- the very handsome ducal consequences.

Review

The Accidental Duchess is book four of The Fairbourne Quartet and works best in order though I was able to read it without having to read the prior books.

So, Lady Lydia likes her freedom and wants to be her own woman.  Fine and dandy if she was born in the 20th century, but she was not.  She chafes against the restrictions of society and goes her own way.  Unfortunately, there are consequences.

I’m going to sound like I’m letting our side down as another woman, but I really didn’t get into Lydia’s ‘I am woman here me roar’ anthem.  I don’t believe people should think and act like sheep, but I also think at the same time that running on willfulness and emotion doesn’t serve the situation well, either.  Lydia cultivates this blank look and hides her thoughts.  She refuses to communicate vital information to those who could help.  I sort of get it, but really I didn’t.  She didn’t have a prayer’s chance of solving the problem on her own and I felt like it was pride stopping her, too.

I liked Penthurst from the beginning and loved his scenes even if I wasn’t keen on the romance between him and Lydia.  He’s mature and she acts like a child half the time.

The series arc was an interesting intrigue to a certain extent as was the twisty conflict of the blackmail issue (though I felt the blackmail was not a good device choice for this romance b/c it was part of what scotched the heroine for me).  I think these layered plots are great and I liked them in the author’s other works.

So, though this one didn’t really do it for me as much as others by the author, I will still be picking up her books because I like her writing.  Historical romance fans who enjoy a twist of passion and intrigue should definitely give the author and this series a go.

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Recommendations

 The Soldier's Dark Secret by Marguerite Kaye The Duke Can Go to the Devil by Erin Knightley

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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20 responses to “Review: The Accidental Duchess by Madeline Hunter

  1. That’s one lovely cover.Haven’t heard of this series before but it sounds really good. I’ll keep it in mind. Awesome review Sophia Rose 🙂

  2. RO

    I always really enjoy the way you give reasons for why a novel doesn’t work, while still pointing out really good facets of the story. Quite impressive. Hugs and Happy Friday! Hugs…

  3. I do find that a lot of the times when the MC in these books decides to stand up against the norm she ends up acting like a child, it frustrates me and makes the relationship awkward

  4. I think I have this on my kindle! That’s too bad this didn’t quite do it for you but I’m glad that it’s not going to deter you from checking out more of her books! Great review!

    • I hope it works out better for you than me, Cyn. It wasn’t an awful story, but I struggled with the heroine because it seemed she made it tougher than it had to be.

    • You probably did have a good experience with her. I’m going to try more since I really loved the last one I read by her. I could very well have just got off on the wrong foot with her (I had a few in a row and might not have reacted so bad if I’d just read a couple heroines I loved) and I did get irritated when it seemed she was making stuff harder than it had to be.

  5. Hmmmmmm. Sometimes that feminist anthem can get wearisome, honestly. I hate saying that out loud because I feel like people will come after me but when it is paraded around in a book, page after page (you know what I mean), I get tired of the heroine reaaaaally quickly. -_- I probably wouldn’t give this book (or series) a second glance. Wonderful review, Sophia!

    Have a great weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I probably should say that she was more an independent or eccentric than a feminist so I don’t give you the wrong impression because her actions were less political and more personal, but yeah, I did feel she was pushing hard for things and wasn’t interested in consequences which got her into trouble over her head and then she wouldn’t let people know who could help her.
      I liked a different book by her very much and it was mostly the heroine that bugged me so I’ll keep going.

      Thanks, Alyssa! You have a good weekend, too.

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