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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: The Duchess War was just as heavy as the novella was--these are not light historicals but they are good!
Overall Thoughts: I am just going to say it: Courtney Milan goes for the emotional gut every dang time and won't stop until she has rung you dry! These are not for those that prefer light historicals. The issues addressed in this series are real, raw, and sometimes downright emotionally gripping. In this one, the leading lady dealt with something that is pretty easy to identify now but back then would have been paralyzing. I love how Courtney dealt with it and made the love story happen around it. I was less emotionally gutted by the leading guy, Robert, but he was a great match for Minerva. I think together they brought out each others better qualities.
Narrated By Rosalyn Landor / Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
Rosalyn is one of my favorite historical romance narrators! I just love how she makes the characters come alive. This was another knock out of the park and I think Rosalyn/Courtney make a good audiobook match set!
Final Thoughts: Emotionally gripping and extremely fulfilling.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is the continuing story from the novella The Governess Affair. Although that one was short it had a great deal of content. I couldn't wait for this first book.
The series seemed to focus on three best friends. Robert, The Duke. Oliver, the bastard brother of the duke and Sebastian, the cousin. The series has expanded to sisters, friends, etc. Which has been fine for me. I hope to see it never end..lol.
Here we get an introduction to Oliver, the son of Serena from The Governess and bastard brother. We get some insight into the relationship between the brothers and their love for one another as well as meet Sebastian and Violet.
This book is about Robert, The Duke and Minerva (Minnie) and how they meet and fall in love. The book follows some great ins and outs and the humor never fails.
Keep an eye on Miss Charingford. She's the next in line with the novella, A Kiss for Midwinter.
Last but never least is the wonderful narration of Rosalyn Landor. Her voices are amazing and her dramatizations enhance the characters in the stories.
I love the series!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Excellent story, even though read the book and loved it, the narrator did a marvellous job
What did you like most about The Duchess War?
That the story was just a bit different from the usual. Imperfections to overcome, battering between friends that seemed real.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Duchess War?
The epilogue where a hardened charactared showed some softness.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The train scene. Very funny indeed.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The scene on the bench before the prison. Believable, even though it was unbelievable.
Any additional comments?
Not quite as predictable as the usual story lines, I really enjoyed the book.