When a Duchess Says I Do

When a Duchess Says I Do

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Overview

Treat yourself to a delightful Regency romance with a fairy-tale twist "much in the manner of Mary Balogh." ( Kirkus)

Duncan Wentworth once tried his hand at rescuing a damsel in distress long ago, and he's vowed he'll never make that mistake again. Yet when he comes across a stranger in the poacher-infested woods of his estate, decency compels him to offer the lady aid. Matilda is whip-smart, she can read Duncan's horrible penmanship, and when she wears his reading glasses all Duncan can think about is naughty Latin poetry.

Widowed duchess Matilda Wakefield can't entrust her secrets to Duncan without embroiling him in the problems that sent her fleeing from London, but neither can she ignore a man who's honorable, a brilliant chess player, and maddeningly kissable. She needs to stay one step ahead of the enemies pursuing her, and falling into Duncan's arms is a distraction she can't afford-or they'll both pay the price.

"Grace Burrowes is terrific!" —Julia Quinn

"Grace Burrowes is a romance treasure." —Tessa Dare


Library Journal Best of the Year
Publishers Weekly Bestseller!

BookPage "2019 Most Anticipated Romances"
Bookish "Spring 2019 Must-Read Romances"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538728987
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Series: Rogues to Riches Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 96,441
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor's degree in political science, a bachelor of music in music history, (both from Pennsylvania State University); a master's degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a juris doctor from the National Law Center at the George Washington University.

Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian, and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, and enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writers' conferences. She also loves to hear from her readers, and can be reached through her website, graceburrowes.com.

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When a Duchess Says I Do 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As+with+anything+Grace+writes%2Cthis+book+was+excellent.++Duncan+and+Mathilda+are+delightful+characters.++And+so+are+Duncan%27s+ducal+family.++Can%27t+wait+for+installment+three+in+the+Wentworth+saga
NhaughtyV 3 months ago
Duncan Wentworth has been given a task of turning a neglected estate into a profitable one within a year. While venturing out on his grounds, he comes across a poacher who is determined to keep his game and eliminate the witness. Matilda Wakefield has been on the run and with the cold of winter setting in, has been hiding in the gatehouse of Wentworth’s estate. Seeing that there is trouble brewing, she steps out of hiding and with the help of her pistol, saves Duncan. Seeing the waif-like appearance of Matilda, Duncan is determined to offer assistance. Taking her back to his home, he offers her a hot meal as well as employment to be his secretary. What starts as a means to help a damsel in distress, turns into an adventure of intrigue and love. While I did sometimes lose focus on the actual plot of the story, I did find the building trust, friendship and romance between Duncan and Matilda charming. This story is like curling up with a warm blanket and enjoying the moment. When a Duchess Says I Do is an enjoyable read by Grace Burrowes that I would recommend to fans of this genre. *Thank you to NetGalley for a review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grace Burrowes has an unfailing ability to create unique characters, both good and evil, every time. Her writing style is exceedingly clever and engaging, while enveloping you in both historical detail and genuine emotion. Burrowes is favorite historical romance author, whose stories should be savored and reread while impatiently awaiting the next!
LibrarianSGP More than 1 year ago
Duncan Wentworth, scholar, teacher, fallen cleric, and proper gentleman is the cousin of Quinn Wentworth, the hero of Book #1 in the Rogues to Riches series. In the Acknowledgements at the beginning, Burrowes wrote that she was surprised that Duncan “stepped forward” to be her next hero and that he had hidden depths. Perhaps that’s true, but he couldn’t hold a candle to Quinn, the brooding, handsome, reluctant Duke of Walden. The entire premise of the book doesn’t make sense. Matilda is supposed to be a strong, intelligent woman who doesn’t suffer fools gladly. However, she chose to run rather than talk with her father and nearly lost her life as a result. Granted, falsehoods and their consequences are an oft-used trope in romances, but there seemed to be no good reason not to confess to Duncan and no logical reason to believe he’d be an accessory to treason since it wasn’t even clear that she was guilty. Although it had its moments, overall this book was tedious, mostly because both main characters were just boring. Frequent analogies to and actual games of chess figured prominently and all Duncan and Matilda aspired to was a quiet life in the country raising children. The passion between the two was quite muted and their backstories weren’t terribly compelling. However, Burrowes’ worst is still better than many romance writers’ best, so it should appeal to her fans. Just know that it’s not as good as most of her earlier series or even as good as Book 1. I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hearts find true love in the most unusual circumstances.
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Shelley Murray More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Grace Burrowes, but I definitely plan to read more by her. The story and characters are remarkably well-crafted, and I fell in love with Matilda and Duncan. Shout out for amazing side characters as well: I adored Duncan's family, and basically need books for Matilda's father's lackeys ASAP. Most of the book is told in the third person limited POV from either Matilda or Duncan's perspective, with some shorter sections from Lt. Col. Parker and Matilda's father (Wakefield) that help fill in just enough details for the reader to be compelling, but I was truly kept guessing until the very end just whom (and what) Matilda is running from. Despite this suspenseful element to the plot, the overall book seemed to move fairly slowly - not plodding, but at a sedate and serene pace. The romance between Matilda and Duncan is also more muted than passionate, which I'm not sure if that's just Grace Burrowes' writing style, or if instead it's because of the intensely cerebral nature of both romantic leads. They're both in their own heads a lot, so there's a lot more thinking through things than action on the page. At the same time it's very intricate and intriguing, and I love the keen insights they both get into each others' character by this super-focused, highly intelligent observation they're both masters of. Basically if you find the game of chess titillating, you're going to love this book. If chess bores or confuses you, this might be a little slow and cerebral for you. This is the second book in the Rogues to Riches series, but can be read as a stand alone with some minor spoilers for the first book, My One and Only Duke.
pinkcowlandreads More than 1 year ago
This is the second instalment in the Rogues to Riches series by Grace Burrowes. In this book we follow the Wentworth poor relation, cousin Duncan after he has been given one of the Wentworth holding to make solvent. Duncan feels his families attempt to give him purpose is a punishment. Banished to the wilds of Berkshire with an Albatros of a property, Duncan is waiting out his time until he can leave this task and go back to his work travels. Widowed Duchess Matilda Wakefield is in hiding and has come to the one place that has ever felt like home. The old Duke has passed away leaving the property all but abandon, what better place to hide from her pursuers? When Duncan comes across Matilda on his land he is protective instincts come to life. Will Matilda open up enough to keep them both safe or will the past that she is running from catch up to the both of them? I just love Grace Burrows works. She weaves a great tale and Crete multifaceted characters. These loveable characters also have the tendency to show up in other books and even series, which really makes them all must read books. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and that you read My One and Only Duke first if you haven’t. It isn’t necessary, the stories can be one-off, but it just add to the overall coming home feel of the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Forever through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Book two in the new series finds us with the cousin who was in charge of teaching Stephen in book 1. He was a reclusive character that clearly had a troubled past.  He now finds himself in charge of an estate he wants nothing to do with because of Quinn's wife's, Jane, need to take care of everyone.  They think by giving him something to be responsible for, he will settle down and be happy.  He hates the responsibility and wants to travel, not settle down. He just has to last 1 year with the estate and he will then be free once again to wander. He doesn't expect to be threatened in his own woods by poachers or be rescued by a wisp of the woman who clearly is need of help and several good meals. Matilda is on the run and in hiding from her fiance and father.  She needs to keep moving, but Duncan's offer of wages, a roof, and regular meals is hard to pass up, especially with winter setting in.  During the course of her stay, secrets are revealed, passions flair, and unlikely love blooms.  Their story was enjoyable. Duncan was an interesting character and I enjoyed watching him win over Matilda.  The plot was slow at times, but I did like this book better than book 1, My One and Only Duke, which I had a hard time connecting with. Overall, enjoyable, and I definitely am looking forward to Stephen's book. His character fascinates me and I look forward to his story.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
When the Duchess Says I Do by Grace Burrows is a sweet romance with twists and turns. I enjoy when an author creates intelligent characters. Grace has done this in both Duncan and Matilda. She is on the run trying to save her father from treason. She is a lady and a survivor. She loves chess. Duncan is a gentleman to the core. Duncan left the church after being disappointed in the leadership. Although this is a regency novel some of the storyline is plucked from today’s headlines. Duncan knows that she is hiding something. However he still hires her to translate his travel journals. Grace created memorable scenes between Duncan and Matilda and also Duncan and Stephan. I had not read the first book in the series. You get to see enough of Quinn and Jane that I want to go back and find it. I am also hoping that we will get to follow Stephan’s progress. In addition, it would be good to see Duncan’s estate in its full glory. I thought the story lagged a little about 20-30% in but then picked right back up to the point we were not sure who the good guys were and who was the traitor. I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Duncan and Matilda's story! Duncan and Matilda meet when she saves his life after being attached by poachers. He can tell she is a woman in need and offers her a job on his estate. As they spend time together, their mutual attraction grows. But Matilda is running from something and is afraid to get Duncan involved. But Duncan can't let the woman he is falling in love with deal with her problems alone. Will they be able to survive Matilda's trouble to get their HEA? I really liked these two together. When I first met Duncan in My One and Only Duke, I didn't know if he was a good guy or a bad one. He might have been trying to sabotage his cousin's life, but by the end of the story, I really liked him. After what he has gone through, I throughly enjoyed watching him get his HEA! I'm so excited for the next book in the series, which features Wrexham, the Duke of Elsmore!!
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
one thing you can always count on from grace burrowes is a solid historical romance. when a duchess says i do finds a widowed matilda wakefield seeking refuge on duncan wentworth's land, he can't stop himself from helping a lady out. even if she looks like a proper mess. she's running from people who would make her life impossible, and as such as she isn't interested in involving duncan in her problems (she can actually solve them on her own thank you very much) he's so understanding and kind and swoony it's hard to ignore him. plus he plays chess and she's the only person able to read his horrendous handwriting. and maybe she's just more to him than a pretty face. **when a duchess says i do will publish on april 2, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review.
Pompie1999 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this read that is populated with wonderfully complex, likable and very relatable characters. The writing, of course, is excellent and the plot is well delivered. I had a hard time buying the actual scenario of the plot, but I enjoyed the story anyway. Duncan Wentworth is the sweetest, most honorable, really, really good man I have read in a long while. He’s totally selfless and helps his family and friends no matter the circumstances, yet he is totally unaware of the high esteem in which they all hold him. He just sees himself as a poor relation. His cousin Quinn, Duke of Walden, has sent Quinn to the Brightwell estate to set it to rights. Brightwell has fallen into disarray since the last duke died and Quinn wants to give it to Duncan – who doesn’t want it. So, Duncan isn’t happy, but he’ll do his very best to do what Quinn wants. Little does he know that things will soon take a turn toward the bright side. Matilda Wakefield, Duchess of Bosendorf, is a widow who has spent most of her life traveling around the continent with her art dealer father. She’d always wanted a home – a permanent address – and that was why she had married her German duke. Now that he is gone, she is living in London with her father. Well – she had spent all of her life thinking her father was an art dealer, but now she isn’t so sure. She found evidence that he might be a spy for a foreign government – and – her want-to-be fiancé, Colonel Lord Parker, saw her with the document. She can’t take a chance on Parker turning her father in as a traitor, so she takes off with basically nothing except the incriminating document – including no money. After being on the run for months – just barely surviving, emaciated and half-starved, she ends up on the grounds of Brightwell – just in time to rescue a very handsome man from two poachers. She doesn’t dare tell him who she is or anything about herself, but the offer of a warm fire and a warm meal entice her to at least go to the house with him for a short time. Duncan knows there is more to the woman that she is admitting. He recognizes the signs and knows that she is afraid and needs help. Something he is only too willing to give. She doesn’t trust him or anyone else – and plans to leave as soon as she can – but, that leaving seems to keep stretching out. They grow closer and closer – and then the villain strikes. Can Duncan save Matilda? If he can, it won’t be easy. I adored the supporting characters. My favorite was Stephen Wentworth and I cannot wait for him to get his book. He was a genius and a lovely young man who was constantly chafing against his physical limitations and I will absolutely love seeing him get his HEA. While Matilda’s husband was deceased, she was not the Dowager Duchess. For her to be the Dowager, she would have had to have had a son, grandson, step-son who was the new Duke and also had a wife – otherwise, she was still just the Duchess. This book was also an example of perhaps the author getting stuck on a particular letter for names – we have Walden, Wakefield, and Wentworth. I certainly enjoyed the story and I hope you will as well. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
TheGenreMinxBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed getting to know Duncan Wentworth while reading When a Duchess Says I Do. His backstory might have been both ire inspiring and filled with disappointment but he held on to what he valued and having his family helped him immensely. Although, at the start of this story he was pretty frustrated and angry with his cousin Quinn Wentworth because the last thing he wanted to be doing was try and make the Brightwell estate profitable but that was exactly what his cousin had tasked him to do. With Duncan’s life experiences, the task that Quinn had given him seemed virtually impossible but despite being quite put out about his cousin’s request, Duncan was doing his best. It wasn’t until he had a chance meeting with Matilda Wakefield that things started to go in the right direction for him. Matilda reminded him of a half-starved little fawn but after some coaxing (okay, it was more than coaxing, he can be pretty sly when he wants to be) he managed to get her to stay at the estate for one night. Luckily for Duncan that one night turned into many more because Matilda was exactly what he needed for both the estate and himself. This story is a romance but the romance itself took me time to really dive into. Duncan and Matilda were very reserved around each other for a while. Duncan had high regard for Matilda but he was a bit awkward about going for what he wanted and Matilda, for her part, was standoffish and in hiding after a discovery had put her on the run. Also, they were both highly intelligent people and this romance ended up as more of an intellectual romance for a large portion of the book. It was nice with them getting to know each other but I would have liked a little more passion in these characters from the start. Though, by the time the end was nearing I was definitely swooning over what had developed between them. Ultimately, what really grabbed my interest from the start of When a Duchess Says I Do was the suspense and mystery surrounding Matilda. There was a surprising amount of tension in this story, Matilda was truly being hunted and her hunter’s motivations weren’t clear as to whether they were intended for good or ill. The unknowns kept me guessing and with multiple points of view, every chapter was adding to my desire to understand what had truly taken place and all while hoping for Duncan to have a happy ending because he was just so awkwardly adorable. Overall, I would definitely recommend When a Duchess Says I Do for romance readers who like a slow burn romance with an element of mystery! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Forever. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
This was a new to me author and I really liked the premise. I loved Matilda and Duncan. They're both bright and tired of being lonely and I really enjoyed reading their relationship slowly grow. I was absolutely here for everything that had to do with Stephen and I really hope he gets his own book. Quinn and Jane were delightful and I'm probably going to go back to the first book to see if it's theirs. Plot wise, it was okay. I didn't really care for the movement of the story using so many POVs {even though it made sense} and wasn't invested in the spy thread. All I wanted was everything that had to do with Duncan and/or Matilda, so I found myself skimming some of the chapters that had alternate narrators. Overall, it was a quick read with characters that had me rooting for them at the very beginning. I am definitely interested in the next book. **Huge thanks to Forever for providing the arc free of charge**