Review: The Duke I Once Knew

The Duke I Once Knew

Olivia Drake

Unlikely Duchesses #1


Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: 31-Dec-2018
Date Started: 1-Dec-2018
Date Finished: 26-Dec-2018
Format: eARC
Pages: 336
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
ISBN: 9781250174376
Source: NetGalley


First love is always the sweetest. 

For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her aging parents and the children of her siblings. Now, eager to make her own life, she takes a position as governess on the neighboring estate. It shouldn’t matter that her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the infamous rake who once broke her youthful heart. Surely he’s forgotten her, for he hasn’t set foot on his estate for fifteen years. At least, that is, until he arrives unexpectedly.

Max is incensed to meet his sister’s new governess. But why does Abby appear just as displeased to see him when it was she who’d rejected him all those years ago? Why is he so drawn to the independent spinster she has become? And why is there a sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes that suggests they might have a second chance at love? ”



Last book of the year!! Unfortunately due to the ups and downs and turns of the holidays (and possibly because of my new addiction to the TV series “Bones”), this book took me FOREVER to finish. On the plus side, I did finish it before its publication date!

I adore rekindled love stories, so this book hit the spot. The main character Abbey was relatable in her desire to finally do something for her self, as opposed to those around her. Max, the duke of this tale, seemingly held onto his grudge for quite a while, but he was a very redeemable protagonist.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to historical romance lovers.

About the Author

“Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism, Olivia Drake sold her first novel two weeks after sending it to a publisher. She now lives in Texas in a cozy cottage with a feisty cat, a loving husband, and two wonderful daughters who still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal.

Many of you already know Olivia as Barbara Dawson Smith, author of 24 historical romance novels. She is a New York Times bestseller and winner of numerous honors, including the Golden Heart Award and the coveted Rita Award for excellence in the historical romance genre.”


I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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