Title: A Good Duke Is Hard to Find
Series: Isle of Synne #1
Author: Christina Britton
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Audio / Paperback
Length: 11 hr. 30 min.
Date Finished: January 4, 2021
After her third fiancé leaves her at the altar, Lenora Hartley is beginning to think she’s cursed. One thing’s for certain: she needs to escape London and her father’s tyrannical attempts to find her yet another suitor. The Isle of Synne, an isolated and idyllic retreat off Britain’s northern coast, is blessedly far from society’s gossip, but it also carries haunting reminders of her first fiancé. Letting go of the past to find happiness seems impossible — until Lenora is thrown in the path of a gruff, mysterious blue-eyed man who makes her pulse race.
Next in line for a dukedom he doesn’t want to inherit, Peter Ashford is only on the isle to exact revenge on the man who is responsible for his mother’s death. Once he’s completed the task, he’ll return to America where his life can finally be his own. Yet when he meets the beautiful and kind Miss Hartley, he can’t help but be drawn to her. Can Peter put aside his plans for vengeance for the woman who has come to mean everything to him?
Overall, this is a good book. Not a favorite but pretty solid. I wanted Lenora and Peter to just communicate for most of the book, but to a certain extent it was understandable. Peter’s revenge story is nothing new, and I wish he’d realized earlier that he’d only hurt everyone, including himself. I felt like his friend Quincy was channeling my inner thoughts whenever they argued about this.
I could see myself in Lenora a bit in the way that she strives to appease everyone else and suffer in silence. I was happy for her when she finally let her feelings break free. I really liked the inclusion of Norse mythology and found the stories interesting, as well as their connection to the main love story. It takes a certain skill to be able to connect two stories like that in one book and make it work well.
I would have liked a little more to the background of Peter’s revenge. I know we get some, but I would have liked the book to have gone deeper and darker to make Peter’s final revelation more impactful. That goes for Peter and Quincy’s time on the ship and with their real estate business, as well. The second book might go into more detail there, though, so I’ll find out soon enough.
I listened to this one for the most part, and I thought the narrator did a great job, aside from Quincy’s voice. He’s supposed to sound debonair, but for some reason she made him sound cranky all the time. I am really looking forward to his book, which will be on my Kindle, so the voice will no longer be an issue.
Speaking of the next book, I liked the little bit we get to see of Clara in this book, especially at the end. It was a good way to hint at her upcoming story.