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An O Magazine Most Anticipated Romance of 2021
A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Romance of Spring 2021
A witty and moving story from the acclaimed author of A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby, about the lengths to which a woman will go for the love of her child…and the love of a man who knows her worth. Breaking with traditional Regency rules and customs, Vanessa Riley pens an unforgettable story perfect for fans of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton, Evie Dunmore, and Eloisa James looking for something fresh and stirring!
“Elaborate storytelling…a more diverse Regency world than is traditionally found. Well-researched, with a fascinating author's note at the end…A historical romance of impressive heft.” – Kirkus Reviews
Masterminded by the ton's most clever countess, the secret society The Widow’s Grace helps ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families, and even find true love again—or perhaps for the very first time . . .
Surviving a shipwreck en route to London from Jamaica was just the start of Jemina St. Maur's nightmare. Suffering from amnesia, she was separated from anyone who might know her, and imprisoned in Bedlam. She was freed only because barrister Daniel Thackery, Lord Ashbrook, was convinced to betray the one thing he holds dear: the law. Desperate to unearth her true identity, Jemina’s only chance is to purloin dangerous secrets with help from The Widow’s Grace—which means staying steps ahead of the formidable Daniel, no matter how strongly she is drawn to him . . .
Married only by proxy, now widowed by shipwreck, Daniel is determined to protect his little stepdaughter, Hope, from his family’s scandalous reputation. That’s why he has dedicated himself not just to the law, but to remaining as proper, upstanding—and boring—as can be. But the closer he becomes to the mysterious, alluring Jemina, the more Daniel is tempted to break the very rule of law to which he's deevoted his life. And as ruthless adversaries close in, will the truth require him, and Jemina, to sacrifice their one chance at happiness?
RAVES FOR A DUKE, A LADY, AND A BABY
“One of the best historicals I’ve read in years.”
—Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author
“Smart and witty . . . the perfect historical read.”
—Julia Quinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Expertly crafted romance.”
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
“Riley gifts readers a sparkling love story”
A Note From the Publisher
A PERFECT READ IF YOU CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF BRIDGERTON!
Praise for A DUKE, THE LADY, AND A BABY - The First Book in the Rogues and Remarkable Women Series:
“Riley is at her best…Readers on the lookout for Black or disabled characters in historical romance will not want to miss this.” – The New York Times
“Riley loads her expertly crafted romance with intrigue, droll banter, and steadily building passion. Readers will be hard-pressed to find a flaw in this big-hearted Regency romance.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Mystery and simmering passion unite to keep you turning pages until the duke, lady and baby find their happy ever after.” - NPR
“Riley's well-researched depiction of 1814 England tells a broad story of life in wartime, the lack of women's rights, mental health, and suicide, while, with all the difficulties they face, Patience and Busick's love story feels genuine and deep.” – Booklist
“Riley delivers a fine first outing in what looks to be a promising new series, welcoming a determined West Indian heroine to the Regency subgenre.” – Library Journal
“Vanessa Riley has made a name for herself with her historical romances blooming with careful research that reflects a more accurate and diverse portrait of the Regency era.” – Entertainment Weekly
“I love a historical, and Vanessa Riley writes them full of people of color living and loving in all their glory.” – BookTrib
“Riley opens up the world of Regency romance by depicting a heroine whose society views her as the Other and pairing her with a powerful man whose war wounds now cause him to see himself differently. There’s wordplay and swordplay in this not-to-be missed romance, plus subtle love scenes that prove Patience and Busick’s mettle as helpmeets and lovers.” – Bookpage
“With brilliant pacing, memorable characters, and witty dialogue, the premise elevated beyond our expectations. A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby portrays black people in a beautiful way that makes us relatable and takes us out of the stereotypical maid and slave roles. We definitely give this novel a strong five out of five stars.” – AAMBC
“A Duke, the Lady, and A Baby, the first novel in Vanessa Riley’s Rogues and Remarkable Women series of Regency romances, is a one-stop reading experience. It delivers extraordinary storytelling with pleasing amounts of passionate kisses, winsome characters, mystery and intrigue, humor, and coconut bread (yes, a recipe is included)…A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby is a brilliantly crafted Regency romance that is a must-read for #histrom fans.” – All About Romance, A Review & Desert Island Keeper
“Bestselling author Vanessa Riley is known for her romantic Regency-era tales, and her latest is bursting with wit and charm.” – Woman’s World
“In addition to the deeply emotional story of the protagonists, gothic touches and a mystery keep the plot moving smartly through this book. A Duke, The Lady, and a Baby is a book to savor.” – Frolic, Book of the Week
“The novel is unique for its multicultural perspective as Patience battles the constraints of British Regency society and longs for the freedom of her native shores, Demarara…Vanessa Riley schools readers through her page-turning narrative about a woman caught in a culture not of her birth, yet drawn to a kind and loving man with a title.” – Historical Novel Society
"Riley does a fantastic job of subverting mainstream historical romance tropes while giving readers everything they could want in one and more." —Redbook Magazine