Review: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

Reviewed by Jen

This book sucked me in right away with so many feels. It is a second chance at love story, which can be hit or miss for me. In this case it fired on all cylinders. The biggest reason? Artfully crafted flashback scenes which made me ache for this love lost.

We had the set up for this relationship in a previous book in the series. One of the Soiled Sisters pushed her brother-in-law Malcolm into a pond because he was unfaithful to her sister Sera. I am never OK with a cheater story, which made it very difficult for Mal to be a sympathetic hero. But I have to hand it to Sarah McLean, because she made me want these two to be able to work it out.

The biggest tragedy in this failed relationship is that these two really loved each other. Malcolm was a duke who was disillusioned about marriage, both because his mother married for social status and because he thought every woman who was interested in him was looking only for a title. Sera could care less that he was a duke. Instead, she was funny, bold, and irreverent. And she fell for Malcolm the man, not Malcolm the duke. But they were both immature and they both made somewhat selfish and impulsive decisions that lead to hurt and misunderstandings. Their mothers both interfered in terrible ways. That would have all been bad enough, but then true tragedy struck, and with all that was stacked against them, they simply could not recover.

Sera fled the country and Mal has been looking for her in the years since. But now she is back, determined to get a divorce. He will do anything to stop it, including participating in a farce of a matchmaking game to find his next wife.

What enthralled me so much about this book was how deeply McLean made me feel the heartbreak these two endured, especially Sera. But just as clearly, I felt the love. It was strongest with Sera and Mal, but the love among Sera and all of her sisters was a big win with this book too. Their loyalty and devotion to each other was such a pleasure to read. And McLean did a bang up job making sure each of these ladies had a distinct voice. I so desperately want Sesily’s story with her American.

The ending was just a little too neat and tidy, but I am a sucker for an HEA, so I’m not going to complain.

Would definitely recommend this one if you want your heartstrings to be pulled. Another winner from one of my favorite historical romance authors.

Rating: B+/A-

*ARC provided by Avon

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The Day of the Duchess
by Sarah MacLean
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Avon

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