Welcome to Punya Reviews... Please stay and enjoy! Read My Blog Policies for clarification of my ratings/disclaimer. If the goodreads widgets don't show properly, it's not my fault. ;) All of my reviews contain spoilers. If you don't like spoiler-ish reviews, please don't proceed.

I'm a ThyCa survivor since 2004


Click here to read my interview on Lady Scribes Blog!!

If you're a regular visitor at Punya Reviews..., read reviews, check out promos on new books and enter giveaways etc., please consider becoming a member of this blog, liking my page and follow me on twitter. It'd be of tremendous help for a blogger like me... :)

Claiming the Duchess by Sherry Thomas

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Claiming the Duchess (novella)
Fitzhugh Trilogy #0.5

Sherry Thomas
Historical Romance
Published in 2014

H/h - James Kingston/Clarissa, the Duchess of Lexington
Setting: Derbyshire, England, 1882.

Read in April, 2014.
My rating:

                                               [spoiler alert]

When I saw this freebie by Sherry Thomas, I knew instantly what my next read was going to be. After all, I needed to find out whose story this was. The characters didn’t ring any bell just that moment (I read Fitzhugh Trilogy back in 2012, don’t remember every detail now).

It turns out, Claiming the Duchess is a very, very short novella dedicated to Clarissa, the adoring step-mother to our H of Beguiling the Beauty (book 1), Christian. She appeared briefly there in a couple of scenes and we learned that she and Christian shared a very strong bond unlike that of a step-mother and son. Christian has been the Duke for quite a while at that time and Clarissa had re-married, living happily with her second husband. Needless to say, neither was fond of the late Duke, who was vain, presumptuous and a randy womanizer, always berating Christian for his interest in science.

This story, which takes us back at least 13 years into the past, shows how badly Clarissa was treated by the Duke, who not only loved poking fun at her whenever he felt like it but also was incapable of fidelity. He married a young Clarissa, who was all starry-eyed and in love with her husband. That illusion, however, shattered very soon. The Duke broke her heart, as plain and simple. Yet Clarissa went on, a loving relationship with her step-son the only good thing coming from this marriage.

At a house party, Clarissa meets a Mr. Kingston, cousin to one of the Duke’s friends. The meeting was very brief, not a lot was said or done, yet Clarissa couldn’t forget the handsome man, who, maybe, was some years younger to her own 28. Because of the way Mr. Kingston behaves on the rest of his stay and abruptly leaves at the end of the house party, Clarissa decides their one moment of soul shattering connection was just her imagination. Yet, she kept living on that... all alone, daydreaming away about him, while her husband went partying with his latest mistress.

At that point, Clarissa receives a letter from a Miss Kirkland with an ardent request for a cutting of the famous Algernon House lavender hydrangeas. And from that letter forms a lovely friendship that endured the next 4 years of Clarissa’s life, including her husband’s demise and the next years of mourning... In between, she never stopped communicating with Miss Kirkland. But meeting her in person was another matter entirely cause she seemed to be a recluse and politely declined Clarissa’s invitations.

When Clarissa’s official mourning period is over, she decides to throw a house party. Meanwhile, have to mention that she never forgot about Mr. Kingston either, not knowing if they’d ever have an opportunity to know each-other on a deeper level. What would happen if she takes a chance, now that she’s free of her first marriage? Can she? Did Mr. Kingston ever thought of her the way she has for the past 4 years?

To find out, you gotta read this story. It was beautiful, especially the last chapter... My only complaint was the length of the novella. I certainly wouldn’t have minded a couple of more chapters to see James and Clarissa together in real sense. There was not a lot of that, not even a love scene. *sigh*
4 stars.


“Claiming the Duchess” is a freebie and can be downloaded from most retailer sites out there. I downloaded mine from smashwords.

0 comments:

Post a Comment

◈ Comments? Your Thoughts? Just let me know! :) ◈

My Favorite Quotes

Me

My Photo
Punya
I'm a simple girl. I love to read in my spare time and do reviews the books I read. I also write, mostly songs/poems, though I'm not published. I love music and traveling. Sometimes, I wish I could live inside a book, having my own HEA. :)
View my complete profile

Labels

historical (508) contemporary (507) other authors (468) book spotlight/promo (450) blog tour (449) erotica (364) author giveaway (332) novella (218) paranormal (99) medieval (96) new adult (95) arc/copy netgalley-edelweiss (86) fantasy (85) highlander (57) freebie (55) cover reveal (53) requested review (49) western (41) guest post (29) time travel (24) elizabeth hoyt (23) charlotte featherstone (22) skye warren (22) anthology (20) loretta chase (20) gigolo (19) bonnie dee (18) scottish (16) teresa medeiros (16) virgin hero (16) sabrina jeffries (15) 5+stars (14) carla kelly (14) emily larkin (13) kerrigan byrne (13) kinley macgregor (12) tracy anne warren (12) anna campbell (11) pirate (11) alexa riley (10) carolyn jewel (10) elliot mabeuse (10) lisa kleypas (10) sherry thomas (10) gaelen foley (9) julia keaton (9) karyn gerrard (9) katy evans (9) ramona flightner (9) saskia walker (9) sylvain reynard (9) sylvia day (9) karen marie moning (8) debra anastasia (7) gina conkle (7) irish (7) judith mcnaught (7) pamela morsi (7) holly bush (6) jessica jefferson (6) julia quinn (6) karen ranney (6) linda broday (6) lorraine heath (6) maya banks (6) monica mccarty (6) scottie barrett (6) vikings (6) amy rose bennett (5) elizabeth elliott (5) judith james (5) laura lee guhrke (5) meredith duran (5) meta mathews (5) rl mathewson (5) sarah ballance (5) uncatagorized (5) charlotte stein (4) classic-fiction-poetry (4) courtney milan (4) lacey silks (4) loni lynne (4) mariana zapata (4) melanie marchande (4) roxy sloane (4) shelby reed (4) shoshanna evers (4) victoria hanlen (4) victoria roberts (4) wendy lacapra (4) alison richardson (3) alison shaw (3) anabelle bryant (3) barbara longley (3) biker (3) claire kent (3) deb marlowe (3) delphine dryden (3) diana bold (3) edie harris (3) eliza lloyd (3) elizabeth moss (3) eva gale (3) isadora rose (3) jackie barbosa (3) jenn langston (3) juliet dark (3) juliette miller (3) kresley cole (3) lana grayson (3) lauraine snelling (3) lisa valdez (3) lori brighton (3) lynsay sands (3) m/m (3) margaret mallory (3) morgan o'neill (3) petra march-petra f. bagnardi (3) rachel l. demeter (3) sarah maclean (3) summer devon (3) summer devon-kate rothwell (3) suzanne ferrell (3) victoria lynne (3) aileen mcnaughton (2) alianne donnelly (2) amber lin (2) annabel joseph (2) ashlyn macnamara (2) author spotlight/promo (2) becca dale (2) casey wilder (2) catherine bybee (2) catherine laroche (2) charming man (2) christina phillips (2) cynthia wicklund (2) debra glass (2) elise de sallier (2) elizabeth taylor george (2) emily bascom (2) erica taylor (2) evangeline anderson (2) evangeline collins (2) eve montelibano (2) evelyn pryce (2) janine ashbless (2) jayne blue-nina sharpe (2) jenika snow (2) jennifer mcquiston (2) kate mckinley (2) kitty thomas (2) laura frantz (2) leigh bale (2) lola rayne (2) margaret madigan (2) margo maguire (2) marie medina (2) marliss melton (2) marlow kelly (2) michelle diener (2) nancy haviland (2) natasha blackthorne (2) natasha storm (2) olivia fields (2) own (2) ramona gray (2) richard long (2) romantic suspense (2) roxy soule (2) sandra schwab (2) sci fi (2) silvia violet (2) sports (2) virginia henley (2) Sophie Dash (1) alissa johnson (1) ann clement (1) annika martin-carolyn crane (1) as fenichel (1) ashlyn montgomery (1) belle aurora (1) bn toler (1) character interview (1) cj archer (1) david meredith (1) dee tenorio (1) eliza gordon (1) elizabeth anthony (1) georgie lee (1) hannah fielding (1) ir (1) jessica wilde (1) julia london (1) lecia cornwall (1) lee debourg (1) lexy timms (1) lisa manuel-allison chase (1) lisa marie rice (1) lisa renee jones (1) lynne barron (1) mary jo putney (1) maureen mcmahon (1) robin schone (1) sydney jane baily (1) tarah scott (1) thriller (1) wendy lyn watson (1)

punyareviews.blogspot.com Webutation