“The Silent Duke” by Jess Michaels is a delicious story that explores one man’s handicap and its impact on his life. I was intrigued by the blurb because of the implication that two kids came up with their own version of sign language. As I came to know these two characters, I fell more in love with them and ached for the history that each of them has had to cope with. I had the pleasure of reading another book in this series before this one, so I already knew about this couple, but I was anxious to learn how they became a pair.
I am delighted that each of these stories can stand alone yet they are interconnected and one gets a sense of the close-knit group all of these folks have become and how supportive they are of each other. For me, part of the charm of historical romance is the glimpse into a wonderfully different society and seeing characters who, despite being outside the norm of what was considered acceptable for that time, find a perfect match. This story did a fantastic job of drawing me in and allowing me to share the lives of Ewan and Charlotte. I am so happy to have found a new author to follow and look forward to reading more of her stories.
This historical romance is part of ‘The 1797 Club’ series and follows Charlotte Undercross as she and Ewan Hoffstead finally communicate, not only through the language that they invented to deal with his handicap, but with their hearts.
A hot historical from 5 time USA Today bestselling author Jess Michaels
Born mute, Ewan Hoffstead, Duke of Donburrow was abused by his wicked father and wretched younger brothers until an uncle swept in to save the day. Still, he carries the scars of his past with him, including a terrible belief that perhaps a “person like him” truly doesn’t deserve the title his uncle fought so hard for him to earn.
Recently widowed Charlotte may be the proper Countess of Portsmith to Society, but when she is around Ewan, she still feels like the enraptured little girl who met him decades before when her brother was best friends with him and his cousin.
A planned trip to spend Christmas with their families at Ewan’s estate reunites the old friends. But when a storm keeps the others from arriving on time, Charlotte decides to stop living in fear and pursue the man she has desired and loved her entire life. Ewan cannot resist her seduction, but he fears giving in to his heart. Especially when the family that disposed of him returns and threatens not only his life, but that of the woman he loves.
Length: Full Length Novel (70,000 words)
Heat Level: Might burn your swiping finger
This can be read as a standalone book, but is the fourth book in the 1797 Club series.