An excellent read. Into the characters immediately - totally unexpected turns of plot - really enjoyed it.
I also liked the style of writing and page set out.
This Victorian era historical romance begins with a plausible premise: a man sets out to escape the confines of his existence and establish a second identity and life for himself. All is well until external events spiral out of his control, threatening his new life and chance at happiness. You might think that that is only to be expected and you can guess where the story is headed but the plot is not a predictable one. The reader must keep turning the pages to find out how everything works out in the end.
I found it easy to lose myself in William’s story and wanted him to find happiness despite the obstacles he faced. Two of the minor characters also provoked strong reactions in me and I saw each of them clearly in my mind. I liked Lottie, Reuben’s spirited, naïve and vulnerable sister, and I loathed the sneaky, bitter Mabot.
I also envisioned the settings – and I’d love to have been there. Well, I would love to visit the one that William longs to escape. A country estate set in sprawling grounds that include a lake and a country house complete with an underground passage big enough to drive a coach and horses through sound wonderful to me.
The Duke’s Shadow is an entertaining period romance and I found it a great escape from the confines of daily routine.