When the Duke Returns, Paperback Book
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For the Duke of Cosway, it was a marriage of convenience.

For his bride, it was anything but...Isidore has waited for many long, frustrating years for her mysterious husband to return from exploring the world.

They were married by proxy when she was just a child, but now she's fully grown and yearns for nothing more than for her duke to return.

Until he does come back. And he is not what she expected. At all. Cosway refuses to conform to any of society's norms: he won't powder his hair, has little regard for cravats, and seems frighteningly keen on running around the countryside in nothing but short trousers.

But - more shocking than any other revelation - he reveals that he is a virgin.

While Cosway begins to discover that there may be more adventures in marriage than in all of the rest of the world, Isadore will learn whether her duke was truly worth waiting for...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Historical romance
  • ISBN: 9780340961100

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Isidore has waited for her husband to return from his travels and to claim her for himself. They were married by proxy when she was 12 and now she wants a husband, and if she has to divorce him to get one she's willing to do just thatThe Duke of Cosway is different, his life abroad has taught him a lot, however it's taught him nothing about women, by his choice. Now he doesn't fit in the world of English nobility. He also finds that while his father was rich, he's left a lot of debts and a lot of ruffled feathers, along with a house whose water closets aren't working properly.I really enjoyed this read, the characters are great fun, though Cosway is almost a time traveller, he's almost modern in his attitude but in other ways he's quite behind the times. The characters sparkle and the stories of other people, involved in the series, are quite entertaining.I'm looking forward to more in this series.

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Isidore was married by proxy at the age of 12, but hasn't seen her husband since she was a child. Tired of waiting she tries to entice him back home by attending a scandalous house party at Lord Strange's, it works and now suddenly Isidore has to make a life with a strange, unconventional, Duke who has the mother from hell. Another fun read in the series.