The Duke by Katharine Ashe
How a person reacts at the worst moments can give you an inkling of their true character. Lady Amarantha Vale meets Gabriel Hume in the middle of a hurricane in a foreign land. They fall in love during the hurricane’s aftermath, but already promised to someone else, Amarantha is not free to love the handsome naval officer. Fate’s twists and turns leaves an innocent girl with her heart broke.
Years later, fate throws them into each other’s paths again. Amarantha is the widow of a missionary and Gabriel has become the Devil’s Duke. Hidden secrets intertwine their missions, as Amarantha searches for her friend and Gabriel strives to keep everyone away from his Highland home.
These two strong-willed characters operate with similar motives but at cross-purposes until their truths unite and they are free to love again. Sacrifice and honor pull these two together and apart like the ebb and flow of the tides that brought them to the islands long ago and back to the Highlands to be reunited.
Katharine Ashe weaves a great story, strong characters, history and modern issues into a fabulous, epic tale of love, loss, friendship and faith. “The Duke” will keep you turning the pages well into the night. It is difficult to put down but I mourned it’s loss when I reached the end.
Sherri Lupton Hollister
Southern Romantic Comedy & Suspense