A SAHM that reads and reviews romance (all sub genres of romance), Urban Fantasy & Sci-Fi, sometimes Horror, and YA (some sub genres of it).
I've been reading since I was my oldest daughter's age….thanks to R.L. Stine & Christopher Pike…and later on thanks to Anne Rice. Those 3 authors changed my life and I have been obsessed with reading ever since.
Every once in a while I catch myself diving into a historical romance book because these books not only take me away from reality for a while, but also to a different century.
This is the first book I’ve read from Sharon Page, so I couldn’t wait to be transformed back to the 1920s, where life was much different than it is now days. The 1920s was one of my favorite eras to study in school, so I was fascinated how Sharon Page wrote about this era with her fictional characters. It was even more interesting to read an American woman who was new to money living a life in England during that time. America was different from English in 1920s, so Zoe Gifford wanted to be able to speak her mind, and do things that English women and men frowned upon. The minute she meets her fiancé’s brother Nigel Hazelton, Duke of Langford, she knows she’ll have a hard time winning him over at first. Zoe is due to marry Nigel’s brother, but for a reason that Nigel doesn’t like.
Zoe had planned to marry Sebastian, Nigel’s brother, inherit the money she is supposed to get, and divorce Sebastian afterwards, but life can always change. Nigel doesn’t like Zoe at first until he starts seeing the REAL Zoe. He’s fascinated about her and he wants to tell her the truth why she shouldn’t marry Sebastian, but it’s not his secret to tell.
I enjoyed reading An American Duchess the minute I started reading it. It was a historical romance book I had never read before and Sharon Page definitely did an amazing job making me feel I was there in the 1920s with the characters. I loved getting to know all the characters in the beginning. I really adore Zoe’s character because of her beliefs of wanting freedom. Freedom that consisted of studying in a university, marrying for love and having fun in the process, and doing things that men would find crazy for a woman to do. Nigel was difficult at first to like until he opened up to the troubles he was dealing with. He is the troubled individual in the story.
Unfortunately, I started losing interest the second half of the book once Nigel and Zoe were married. It became predictable and both Nigel and Zoe started changing. Zoe changed too much in the story, especially when something emotional happens. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed reading An American Duchess, but I felt the book lost my interest middle of the book and I almost put it down at one point. The ending rectified my love for the story though with Zoe and Nigel’s HEA. I needed to finish it, so I could find out if Zoe and Nigel could win me back.
I give this book 3.5 moons and recommend it to readers that enjoy the historical romance genre. Historical Romance is not a genre I read a lot of, but I enjoyed every bit of Sharon taking back during a time I never got to experience.
***Oh…and I can’t forget to mention that I love the cover of this book. The cover fits the era perfectly that is written for this book. I love it!
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.