"What a Difference a Duke Makes" is the first story in Lenora Bell's new series, School of Dukes. I was so excited to receive an ARC for her latest story because she is one of my favorite Historical Romance authors and this book is wonderful. Lenora is known for creating well-researched historical stories with a nod to a familiar classic story. For example, her first novel, "How the Duke was Won", was "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" meets "The Bachelor". In this novel, I was thrilled that the heroine, Mari Perkins, could be quite like Mary Poppins. My heart rejoiced every time I saw a connection, like the way Mari got the children to take a spoonful of medicine or when the children drew chalk art in the park. It made my heart happy and made this book extra special.
Even if the story didn't have the Mary Poppins thread, "What a Difference a Duke Makes" is just a great story about a resourceful woman who manages to find a way to rise above her circumstance and ends up finding happiness in more than one way. The Duke is an honorable man who struggles with his newfound responsibilities to being a single father. Together, the Duke and Mari are quite a match which makes for a wonderful read. I can't wait to read the next novel in this series, "For the Duke's Eyes Only".
Wanted: Governess for duke's unruly children
Edgar Rochester, Duke of Banksford, is one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in England, but when it comes to raising twins alone, he knows he needs help. The only problem is the children have chased away half the governesses in London. Until the clever, bold, and far-too-enticing Miss Mari Perkins arrives.
Lost: One heart to an arrogant duke
Mari knows how to wrap even the most rebellious children around her finger. But their demanding, wickedly handsome father? He won't be quite so easy to control. And there's something else she can't seem to command. Her heart. The foolish thing beats so wildly every time the duke is near.
Found: A forbidden passion neither can deny
As his employee, Mari is strictly off-limits. But what if she's the one breaking all his rules? In the game of governess versus duke, how can Edgar maintain his defenses when the only thing he wants to do is let the tempting beauty win . . .?