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Review: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean


Title: The Day of the Duchess

Author: Sarah MacLean

Heat Level: 3.5/5

Star Level: 5/5

The one woman he will never forget…
Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive…
After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny…
The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day The Day of the Duchess.



“Is that what this is? Battle?”
She cut him a look. “It’s marriage, Duke. Of course it’s a battle.”

Every once in a while, there’s a book that will tear my heart asunder, patch it up like quiltwork, and then rip it slowly at the seams once again. And yet, I look forward to those moments, too. The Day of the Duchess doesn’t pull it’s punches. It’s sorrow and pain and hope and love all mixed together.

But will it be enough?

Let him come for her. She, too, had teeth.

Seraphina Talbot wants a divorce. The marriage of love she had hoped for only led to her exile. Back in London, Sera’s ready to begin anew. The problem? Her husband, Malcolm Bevingstoke, the Duke of Haven, is standing in her way.

I’ve been dying for this story since we were first introduced to this couple. There is so much anger and loss and pain in their relationship. So much so that I didn’t know if they could heal as the secrets and lies piled up. Sarah MacLean really brings it in this installment. There wasn’t one moment where I wasn’t feeling at the end of my rope, emotion making my heart pound in my chest. I was hoping for the best, but unsure how they could get there, if at all.

But therein lay the problem that would always exist between him and Seraphina Talbot—he would always answer her call.

Conflict and feelings and mistakes tear into the reader and sinks in. It was heartbreaking to watch Sera and Malcolm come to terms with their struggles. Throughout the story, we go back to the beginning which only made the now more poignant.

Re-reading Ms. MacLean’s book are a given for me, and she remains one of my favorite historical romance authors. The Day of the Duchess latched on to me and is a story I don’t want to let go.

5 Stars!

*I received an arc via the publisher (Edelweiss) in exchange for an honest review. This review has been cross-posted on the Alpha Book Club blog and the post can be found here.*

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