Review: Anna and the Duke by Kathryn Smith
Thursday October 6, 2016 at 2:59 pm |

annaandtheduke-ksPublisher: Avon
Published: May 1, 2002
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 304
Form: Paperback
Series: An Avon True Romance (3)
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At the very least, anyone else in Anna Welsley’s position would be satisfied. Anna is to inherit a fortune, and after a glittering London debut last Season, she is now engaged to a duke’s son. Anna herself does not understand the vague feeling of dissatisfaction. While her mother industriously plans Anna’s wedding, Anna herself reads poetry and wonders if what she’s in is love or just an arrangement.

The Duke
As the estranged Scottish son of an English duke who has just died, Ewan MacLaughlin is the reluctant heir to his father’s title. Arriving in London, he must face his father’s widow, half sister, and half brother, Richard, who was fully expecting to becoming the duke himself. While acquainting himself with his newfound relations, Ewan finds himself more and more often in the company of Richard’s fiancee, the beautiful Anna.

When it becomes clear that Richard is conspiring against Ewan, Anna is compelled to warn Ewan. But what begins in innocence soon becomes betrayal as Anna finds the answer to the question in her heart – in Ewan.

My Thoughts

Anna is engaged to an English Duke when she encounters Ewan McLaughlin in a bookstore.  Recognizing him as a kindred spirit she is charmed by him and his interest in poetry.  She is surprised when she discovers the stranger from the bookstore is the older half-brother to her fiance, and the true heir to the Dukedom.

This was a sweet little story and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Anna and Ewan.  Both are rally thoughtful and kind, and perfectly suited for each other.  But Anna being promised to Richard is an obstacle for them both.  As time goes on Richard becomes increasingly unhinged and obsessed with proving that Ewan is not really his father’s true first son from a valid marriage.  While trying to foil Richard’s shenanigans, Ewan gets to know his sister, stepmom, and Anna.

The ending was gripping and I I just really enjoyed the Anna and Ewan match.  A simple, great read for Young Adults, or anyone really.

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