Aunt Dimity and the Duke (Aunt Dimity Series #2)

Aunt Dimity and the Duke (Aunt Dimity Series #2)

by Nancy Atherton

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Overview

The beloved Aunt Dimity returns in this delightful follow-up to the book that launched the Aunt Dimity series. Watch out for Nancy Atherton's latest, Aunt Dimity and the King's Ransom, coming in July 2018 from Viking!

Emma Porter is forty, fat, frumpy, and a passionate amateur gardener. When her longtime lover dumps her for a younger woman, Emma escapes the cloying sympathy of family and friends by setting out on a summer-long driving tour of England's glorious gardens. A Dimity-contrived coincidence brings her to Penford Hall, a sprawling Gothic mansion in Cornwall, where she finds a duke in search of a missing lantern with extraordinary powers. Suspecting there's more than one mystery to be solved at Penford Hall, Emma accepts the duke's invitation to stay on and restore the once glorious chapel garden to its former beauty. The dark rumors surrounding a rock star and the near-death of the duke's beautiful cousin confirm Emma's suspicions, and set her—with Aunt Dimity's ghostly guidance—on the path to Penford Hall's secrets and the pleasure of unexpected love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140178418
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/1995
Series: Aunt Dimity Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 127,409
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nancy Atherton is the bestselling author of twenty-two Aunt Dimity Mysteries. The first book in the series, Aunt Dimity's Death, was voted "One of the Century's 100 Favorite Mysteries" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Aunt Dimity and the Duke (Aunt Dimity Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
scovel More than 1 year ago
I thought that the first Aunt Dimity book was stellar, but this book out passes it. Aunt Dimity and the Duke isn't really as much about Aunt Dimity as it is about the Duke and the people around him. In this story a young man's life is changed by the few kind words that Aunt Dimity gives him as a boy. After this transformation his life is on a path that brings a lonely American gardener, a widower with two children, and his life long love together. This story is touching and poetic.
GoJints More than 1 year ago
After reading the inital book, I had to see if the characters, especially Aunt Dimity, would continue to be as entertaining. I was not disappointed. While I felt the original book was better, this was still a fun read and has gotten me absolutely hooked on the series. The plot of each story is a bit easy to see through, but the writing makes it so you really don't mind all that much. Can't wait to see what other adventures and friends I'll find through Aunt Dimity.
prussblue10 More than 1 year ago
Having read this title in years past, it was wonderful to return to it and find it still a marvelous and fun read.
ocgreg34 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Aunt Dimity and the Duke" begins with a young boy running away from Penford Hall in tears after learning that his father, the current Duke of Penford, has somehow managed to bring the Hall almost to the brink of ruin. He's selling off valuable family items and possibly the Hall itself, and young Grayson can no longer stand by and watch it happen. Trying to hide in the Chapel Garden, he runs into his Aunt Dimity, who comforts him by re-telling the story of the lady in the stained glass window overseeing the Chapel Garden. He remembers the tale of love overcoming the impossible and the magical light from the lantern she carried to light her lover's way home. The lantern has someone gone missing, which infuriates the current Duke to no end considering how valuable it was.Fast forward 20 years, and Bostonian Emma Porter is taking a vacation to travel the magnificent gardens in England. And it couldn't have happened at a better time: her boyfriend of 15 years finally decided to tie the knot -- with another, much younger woman. With too much work getting on her nerves and now the added pressure of listening to her family go on and on about how bad her former boyfriend is, spending the summer among flowers and plants, far from Boston, is a dream come true. And she begins to relax and enjoy herself, especially when she goes out of her way to find a seldom-visited garden and stumbles across the 90-year-old Prym twins enjoying tea. After a long and wonderful discussion of gardens, they suggest she visit the manor house at Penford Hall, and she gladly accepts their card of introduction.But once she reaches the manor house, things take a strange turn. Thanks to the Prym sister's card, Grayson -- now the Duke -- believes she's been sent to set the crumbling Chapel Garden to rights and after much coaxing and assurances from the Duke, she reluctantly accepts the task and soon finds herself entangled in a search for the mystical lamp as well as the truth behind a violent attack on the Duke's cousin and what connection that has to the death of a rockstar aboard the Duke's yacht a few years prior."Aunt Dimity and the Duke" was a good page-turner, and I found that once I started reading, I couldn't put it down until I finished. Some fine twists and sleuthing skills mixed with a touch of the magical/mystical made this a fun read, and I certainly enjoyed following Emma around, as perplexed as she was about the garden, as caught up in the mystery as she was. I did wonder, though, about Aunt Dimity as she appears during the prologue and then in name only through the remainder of the book so I don't know that calling the book "Aunt Dimity and the Duke" is apt. But that's a very minor point as I thoroughly enjoyed the story.
DreamingInFiction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
2nd book in the Aunt Dimity series.. I really enjoyed this book and the castle ruins and flower gardens just amazed me and were written so vividly I felt like I was really there...
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series of mysteries is focussed on American Lori Shepherd, and the ghost of "Aunt" Dimity Westwood, her late mother's English best friend. Lori never met Dimity in life, but she can communicate with her spirit though a mysterious blue journal. The series also includes apparently sentient stuffed animals and a great deal of paranormal activity. The series is extremely sweet, with the good characters being exemplars of generosity and kindness.In this book, Emma Porter a computer analyst and ardent gardener from Boston, is exploring Cornwall's gardens. At Penford Hall, home of Grayson Alexander, the 14th duke of Penford, Emma is asked to restore the ruined chapel garden, in time for the village "Fete" that occurs once every 100 years to celebrate a legendary local supernatural event. That act is memorialized in a chapel window being examined by restorer Derek Harris, a widower with two children.
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
Loved it! This is Emma and Derek's story, and a perfect addition to the series
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A mystery without a death! I loved it!
tulikangaroo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sweet and clever with a foot firmly in the supernatural.
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