This is a review I keep meaning to write and I do apologize for taking so freakin’ long. It seems like, every time I go to do it, something interferes. Now then….
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After the loss of her family, Miss Rosamund finds herself living with relatives who would just as soon she had some place else to go. When the family takes their two other daughters off to London to enjoy the Season, she stays behind. With them goes their carriage driver’s son (Joe), who has a bit of crush on Rosamund, and she likes him too. To a certain extent.
But even left behind, Rosamund is not without her prospects. You see, the local pastor has stumbled upon a job for her. The Duchess of Swanhaven is in desperate need of someone to look out for her nephew, the Duke of Swanhaven. Aubrey’s lost his family in a ferry accident and isn’t do so well. Rosamund sympathizes with his plight, but the stubborn and forlorn Aubrey won’t listen to her…at first.
Rosamund finally charms him out of his shell by reading to him, and insisting he do such normal things as take walks outside. (Outside?!?!?) When Joe returns, the Duke puffs up to shall we say press his claim on Rosamund? Was a rival all he needed to speed his recovery?
Things go bad when the Duchess takes Rosamund under her wing, and away to London, doting on her and outfitting her to present her to society….until…. the secret of who she truly is comes out–and leads Rosamund down a new life path she’d never dreamed she’d have.
As a poor country girl in a hand-me-down dress, Rosamund saved the Duke of Swanhaven from the brink of despair…only to fall in love with him. Now a celebrated mannequin for an exclusive London dressmaker, her glamorous life is empty without the man to whom she gave her heart.
Can a beastly duke and a beautiful mannequin ever find a fairy-tale ending?