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The Duchess Wager

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A charming and quick Regency romance abut a woman not only finding love, but confidence in herself.

Fitz, the Duke of Harrodshire, sees marriage as nothing more than a business arrangement. When his friends try to bet that he will soon fall in love with the woman he will marry, he thinks it will be easy to prove them wrong. However, winning the bet proves harder than expected when a snowstorm causes him and his friends to stop at Bleneccle Manor to escape the storm and he meets Lady Margot Wickham and finds himself enthralled.


Margot is a widow in mourning, staying with her parents while she tries to move on from her husband’s death. She is upset Fitz helped his friend elope, ending the engagement he had to Margot's friend and leaving no one to guard her honor. Margot plans to make her feelings on the matter very clear, but soon realizes she has bigger problems on hand. Being a Dowager Countess means handling the duties of the estate until her son is old enough, but she worries she isn’t capable when unrest occurs at her late husband’s cotton mill. Even worse, her father doesn’t seem to think so either. But Fitz has confidence in her and is willing to help, even if it calls into question his resolve to win the bet.


This is a fast feel-good read, which means this is perfect for those who like pacey romances where the attraction is immediate. Margot is a widow with kids, making her a little older than romances with blushing debutantes and it was nice to see someone with a little more experience. Watching the women who initially start off as enemies become friends was also nice. I appreciated seeing the women find common ground and together in support of each other. Fitz’s support of Margot made him likeable despite his original views on marriage and the bet played nicely into the tension of the romance.


This is the second book in the series, The Countess Chronicles, but each book focuses on a different romantic couple, making it easy to dive right into this story. The first book (The Ideal Countess) focuses on Margot’s sister Alice instead, who is a minor character in this book. Overall I’d recommend this to Regency romance lovers who are fans of Mary Balogh and Grace Burrowes.

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Katherine Grant writes Regency romances from her cozy apartment in Queens, New York. Her debut novel, The Ideal Countess, won a finalist spot in the 2020 National Indie Excellence Awards. Her perfect day includes a cup of tea, a good book, and a board game with her patient husband. view profile

Published on August 14, 2020

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50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Historical Romance

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