Welcome to the village of Ivy Hill, a quaint village overlooking the Wiltshire countryside. Its coaching Inn, The Bell, is its lifeline, as it has been for generations. Now, however, the coach line is threatening to change the route it takes. If it does, it could bring a close to The Bell forever.
This story reminded me of a mix of a Jane Austen setting with the determination of the women from Steel Magnolias, set on making their mark in the world. Although the story was centered solely around one family mainly, I liked that Julie Klassen included side stories of the other women in the village. Others who were determined to rise above challenges and make a life of their own. Not let the weight of their worlds push them down. I am looking forward to more stories from Ivy Hill.
*I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*
Lady Alexandria is so close to finding her parents. The latest clues are sending her to Italy and the marble caves of Carrara. Gabriel, Duke of St. Easton, is with her now, by her side as they race against time and enemies- old and new ones. There are dangers on all sides and Alex and Gabriel must learn to work together or risk losing everything.
This story has kept my glued to the pages since the very beginning with The Guardian Duke, through The Forgiven Duke and as the story came to a close with this book. A Duke’s Promise starts right where The Forgiven Duke ends. It is filled with grand adventures (a hot air balloon!), friends and enemies (sometimes you’re not sure who is on what side), and very determined people (for good or for bad). I was happy with how the story came to a close. Jamie Caries made quite a build-up with two previous books and I was really hoping I wouldn’t be disappointed. I was not! This was a great ending to a great trilogy.
*I received this book free from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts I have expressed are entirely my own.*