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The Duke Alone

By: Christi Caldwell
Narrated by: Timothy Campbell
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Summary

For an abandoned lady and a reclusive duke, the winter season brings a swirl of romance—and danger—in a bracing novel by USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell.

Lady Myrtle McQuoid has always felt a little forgotten, and this season is no exception. When her boisterous family vacates their London townhouse for the country, Myrtle finds she’s been left behind. But she just needs to stay warm, keep her belly full, and distract herself until her relatives realize their mistake and turn back to collect her. Surely that won’t take long.

Brooding widower Val Bancroft, the Duke of Aragon, has shut himself off from the world. He craves blessed solitude—a loyal dog, a silent house, and his own company are all he requires. Certainly not the nonstop chattering of the joyful, opinionated young woman next door.

But with a potential threat lurking in the winter shadows, Myrtle may need to pluck up the nerve to approach the reclusive duke. And Val is not one to turn his back on a vulnerable lady.

Amid the silent nights of London, beneath a blanket of snow, could the light of a new, warm love be kindling?

©2022 Christi Caldwell Incorporated. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved
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  • Categories: Romance

Critic reviews

“Caldwell’s chaste, emotional romance will charm readers looking for a Christmas story that mixes melancholy with joy.”Library Journal

“Caldwell’s humor, which often toes the line into farce, lightens the gloom of loneliness around the characters, and she hits every beat of the romance formula with charm and clever pacing. Sheer fun for readers who adore Pride and Prejudice, Christmas, and dogs.”Historical Novels Review

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Good story line

I liked the story line and the narrator was good though it took a bit of getting used to his voice. It did seem like Val planned to get to Scotland with one overnight stop in a horse and carriage in the snow towards the end of the book. Depending on traffic and weather conditions, you might be lucky to do that in a BMW nowadays never mind a coach and 4. Geography aside though, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it as long as you don't plan to take the history too seriously.

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pity party - the worse whining ever

Don't bother, unless you are miserable and think someone elses whining will elevate your mood...and you'd be wrong...this will only make it worse!

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  • Amy R. Thomas
  • 29-11-22

Rated

I wish I knew the intimacy before I put this so everyone could hear it. 😒🤦🏼‍♀️

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  • Lisa
  • 22-11-22

Very refreshing, just what I needed

A lovely story with a blend of sadness and joy, misunderstandings and aha moments. I chuckled out loud in places. The narration was spot on. This is my first exposure to this author and I'm wondering if this stand-alone book is usual or a novelty.

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  • pcladie
  • 16-11-22

She is 17. He is 30.

What could this girl possibly do for this grown, moody, brooding Duke? I stopped reading after chapter 10 because I can’t imagine how a physical relationship evolves nor do I want to read about it. The girl has typical 17 year old beef with her family, they annoy her yet she still feels ignored and disregarded by them. Fleeing their London townhome due to needed repairs the family leaves for Scotland in chaos and without her just like Home Alone lol. I believe that even if she was written older than 17 years old I would not like her because of her constant complaining and whining but again she was written at age 17 with crooked teeth and big dimples. The narration was great and minor storyline about the thieves was familiar like a warm sweater and preformed in a comical way.

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  • Adele
  • 10-11-22

Heartwarming

Really liked the story and the characters. It kept my interest, and the narrator was very good.

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  • 07-11-22

Hated It

The heroine is annoying. I see why her family ignores her and forgot about her. The hero had to acknowledge her; she was the only one who spoke to him.

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  • sue hass
  • 05-11-22

So slowwwwwww

It put me to sleep the story is so slow! If I can I will return this! Not worth the price

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-22

the Duke alone

In the beginning this book starts off very wordy, but before long it becomes humorous and very sweet. I enjoyed it

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  • 30-10-22

Exciting and Beautiful

I truly enjoyed this book. It is a beautiful story of strength and fulfilment. this book has it all mystery, entanglements, family intrigue and romance.

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  • Kristin Howells
  • 30-10-22

Fun Listen

Imagine a Historical Romance with a hit of “home alone”… That is the flavour of this one…

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  • carol a coad
  • 25-10-22

True love in all its glory.

what a wonderful love story. Two people meant for each other right from the first moment. How could they escape falling in love? It was written in the story of Christmas and snow and a loving young girl.

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