GENRE: Historical Romance
Miss Amelia Beckwith should be over the moon with happiness when the Earl of Lincoln proposes. Unfortunately, the handsome earl is not who he appears to be in public. She is desperate to escape Lincoln’s cruelty and has only one option left to leave the nightmare behind—RUN.
Racing back to his estate during a horrific thunderstorm, James Harlow, the Duke of Warwick, spots a young woman walking along the road when a bolt of lightning startles her. She tumbles down the ravine and lays like a broken doll at the bottom. Warwick rescues her and with the help of his staff nurses her back to health. There’s only one problem—the woman who has captivated his heart has lost her memory and cannot tell him who she is or where she comes from. Can he find out the identity of this delicate beauty before fate steps in and ruins everything he loves?
Miss Amelia Beckwith pasted a smile on her face as she was ushered into the Stevensons’ ballroom alongside her parents. It was a crush, and she could scarcely breathe with all the people in the room. She looked out over the sea of colorful silks and wondered if she could hide in the corner for the duration of the night. Much to her dismay, there were no tall potted plants in any of the corners. She would be exposed all evening unless she spent the night in the ladies’ retiring room. Even then, she would not feel safe because her mother would find her and drag her back to the ballroom.
Pretending to feel ill had not gotten her out of attending the ball. Her mother had dismissed her claims of illness and ordered her maid to help Amelia dress. Not even the new pale lavender silk ballgown cheered her up. The dress was exquisite, and Amelia would have been overjoyed to wear it anywhere… except to the Stevensons’ ball. She had a bad feeling about tonight but dared not voice her concerns to her mother. With a sigh, she had done what her mother commanded, and here she stood with her stomach churning. As she moved farther into the ballroom, she wished she had been more forceful in her refusal to attend this evening.
Her father, John Beckwith, the Baron of Dudley, kissed her forehead almost immediately upon entering the ballroom. “Enjoy yourself, Amelia. I shall see you later,” he said before slipping off to the card room leaving her with her mother as chaperone for the evening.
Her mother, Grace, whispered in her ear, “Amelia, make sure you smile when you dance with the Earl of Lincoln tonight. Your father is quite pleased that Lincoln’s showing you preference this Season.”
Amelia nodded. It was the third time her mother had instructed her regarding her behavior with the handsome earl. “Yes, Mama. I understand.” She opened her mouth to share her misgivings about Lincoln, but her mother interrupted her, effectively silencing her.
“Your father would never say this to you, so it’s left to me to inform you that this will be your final Season. You must secure a good match this year. Three Seasons is quite enough to find a suitable husband, even the love match you so covet. If you don’t choose someone before the end of the Season, your father will choose someone for you. We’re most pleased that Lincoln seems to be enamored with you. Do you understand?”
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Debra writes sweet romance in contemporary romance and historical romance. She enjoys telling stories and has been pouring out her passion for romance since her teenage years. When she’s not writing, she enjoys working in her garden, motorcycle rides throughout New England with her husband and playtime with her granddaughter.
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I am giving The Duke's Forbidden Love four stars. I would recommend it for readers who enjoy historical romance. I am looking forward to reading the other book from the Age of Innocence series in the near future.
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