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A Hand for the Duke

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Tina, a woman determined to be a successful London dressmaker, meets Duke Warwick, a man desperately in need of a dress for his sister. 5⭐s!

First, you have Tina. She is most likely my favorite character. She is determined to make her dress business successful, even if that success comes with exhaustion. Although this novel is a romance novel, she doesn’t just drop her business the minute she sets her eyes on Duke Warwick. They do have chemistry together, but her main focus is on making herself successful so that she can be independent. The independence and determination that Tina has really makes this a great read. I haven’t read many historical romance novels that have a businesswoman as the main character, so Tina definitely left a lasting impression on me.


Then, you have Duke Warwick himself. Both of his parents are dead, and it is up to him to make sure that his younger sister Margaret is married to a good man. He will not let himself even think about getting married until his sister is married and has a happy family. Nevertheless, Tina is an interesting girl. He has never met anyone like her before and he wants to get to know her more. But she is simply a modiste, a dressmaker. If his father taught him anything, he taught him that a Duke must be proper at all times. Nevertheless, he loves being able to talk to Tina. Surely it won’t be a problem, he is just helping out his sister, that’s all! His character is so sweet. He never thought of hurting Tina, he just wanted to get to know her. He had been so lonely throughout his life, and now this seamstress was coming in and tearing down all the walls that his father taught him to build up. It was truly beautiful to see his character change and grow throughout the story.  


The side characters are also so fun to read about. You have Margaret, the shy girl who needs to be married soon so that she has a good future. You have Tina’s Mother, Christiane, who is an adult woman learning to find love again. When I first opened this book, I thought it was a little long compared to most historical romances I’ve read. Nevertheless, Meredith Bond fills these pages with wonderful stories that kept me reading.


I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a new sweet historical romance novel to indulge in!

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About the author

Meredith Bond's books straddle that beautiful line between historical romance and fantasy. An award-winning author, she writes fun traditional Regency romances, Arthurian romances, and Regency with a touch of magic. Meredith loves to take her readers on a journey they won't soon forget. view profile

Published on April 15, 2019

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80000 words

Genre: Historical Romance

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