Margery Kitteridge is still mourning the loss of her husband. So when she receives a blackmail letter accusing him of desertion, she’s desperate to protect his reputation. The answer to her troubles appears in the form of a damaged, reclusive—and much-too-desirable—duke in need of a wife. She proposes an alliance: she’ll help him find a bride, in return for the money to pay off the blackmailer. But working so closely together awakens passions they never imagined possible, and reveals secrets that might tear them apart.
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I've been looking forward to Margery's story from the beginning of the series, and this did not disappoint. Margery's friends have one by one found love and started families, while Margery remains faithful to the memory of her deceased husband. She has vowed to never remarry but her meddling grandmother has other plans. Daniel, the Duke of Carlisle, has returned from Waterloo scarred and more socially awkward than ever. The time has come for him to find a wife to provide an heir, he's not too particular about who it is, as long as they can overlook his scars and limp. Margery offers to help him find a bride in Synne, so he can avoid the marriage mart of London. Daniel and Margery grow close as they navigate the social scene of Synne, while starting to fall for each other. Both have baggage holding them back. but it was beautiful to watch them navigate their new feelings. Daniel had my whole heart, what an excellent character. He's socially awkward, terrible at small talk, and is so sensitive about his scars. He feels less than that he's no longer as strong and capable as he once was and I just wanted to give him a hug. Margery sees the kind and handsome man he is beneath the scars, but she's torn between honoring her husband's memory and wanting to live her life. It's a beautiful story of finding love again after loss, and loving someone despite your fears. I've loved the series so far but this is definitely my favorite!
WOW WOW WOW! This book is BEYOND WORDS! It is moving, emotional, heart-wrenching, pulls at your heart strings, romantic, full of hope, and so much more. Whenever I picked up "A Duke Worth Fighting For", I was whisked back in time to the Regency Era, and went on such an emotional journey with the novel. This is the third book in Christina Britton's "Isle of Synne" series, and what an amazing series it is! I believe this book can work as a stand-alone novel as well. Ms. Britton's writing style is simply breathtaking, and she is one of my favorite authors who is a must-read. The stories she brings to life are so special. They are full of heart, and characters who are beautifully flawed. Their wants, fears, and desires are written so viscerally that you feel each moment with them, and so pull for them to find the happiness that is deserved. Margery's husband Aaron was killed in the war a few years prior to when this book takes place. At the beginning of the novel, Margery receives a blackmail letter claiming that Aaron was a deserter. She must pay a certain amount of money within a specific amount of time, or the writer of the letter will spread this information. Margery knows in her heart it cannot be true, and must find a way to get the money. When her grandmother, Lady Tesh, asks Margery to introduce Daniel, the son of one of her (Lady Tesh's) friends, around society, she comes up with a plan to suit them both. Daniel needs to find a wife so the dukedom does not pass onto his horrific cousin, and Margery needs the money. Margery will help him find a wife within a month, and Daniel will pay her the amount needed (without knowing why she needs it). What begins to occur is different than either of them could ever have expected. Margery is such a kindhearted, brave, smart, loving, and selfless woman who sees people for who they are on the inside. She wants the best for those around her, and is unafraid to speak her mind for what is right. Daniel is such a kind, warm, and brave man. Both are understandably guarded; having been hurt in the past with their experiences. (Possible Spoilers) I found myself pulling for Margery and Daniel from the very beginning. They are simply perfect for each other (even if they are the last to admit it out loud!). The way they understand one another is simply beautiful, and they bring out the best in each other. Many of their moments together had me in tears, as their patience, love, and respect for each other is beyond words. They are able to open up each others' hearts again, and their happily-ever-after is stunning. Sometimes, what you do not even know you want is right in front of you the entire time. Also, I love so many of the supporting characters in this book. It was great to see characters from previous books. From Lenora, Peter, Quincy, and Clara, and more, I love how supportive they all are of each other, and are always there for their friends and family in times of need. If you enjoy Regency Romance, I highly recommend this book. It had me turning the pages into the early hours of the morning to see what would happen next. Many moments had me in tears, many had me holding my breath to see how things would happen, and many moments had me simply swooning. I hope we see many of these characters again, and that Ms. Britton will continue to write books in this incredible series. Thank you so much to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley for the ARC of this book, it is truly incredible. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. Please Note: This book deals with some extremely heavy topics. I believe the author handles them with great respect and care.
A Duke Worth Fighting For by Christina Britton is an excellent historical fiction romance that is the latest installment of the wonderful Isle of Synne series. I truly love this series. It is in a league above the rest! I have truly enjoyed each book in this series. Ms. Britton has a true talent weaving together a complex, fascinating, realistic, and historic storyline with truly memorable, multi-layered, likable, and realistic characters. This book just confirms my opinion. I loved Daniel Hyde and Margery Kitteridge. They are both flawed, scarred, and "under the weather" characters that truly need a little light to enter their lives. Margery is widowed, and feeling this massive void in her life from her loss. Daniel has been injured and scarred, emotionally and physically, from war injuries. Both come together when Daniel visits the Isle of Synne during a brief escape to recuperate. Both meet and the following process is just beautiful to watch. I loved the unfolding, the progression of the natural changes of their relationship. I loved seeing each on their own respective journeys, as well as their mutual, throughout the narrative. The slow transition to friendship, trust, healing, and then the blossoming of love and companionship was quite breathtaking. It was raw, real, honest, and above all, realistically romantic. I loved how they changed, grew, and what each finally became. This is just such a gem of a series that I cannot recommend enough. This is what historical fiction romance should be. 5/5 stars. Thank you NG and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR, Bookbub, Instagram accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication.