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The Good, the Bad, and the Duke (The Cavensham Heiresses #4) by Janna MacGregor. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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A lady with a noble mission. A duke looking for redemption. A forbidden love that cannot be denied… 

Lady Daphne Hallworth is ready to celebrate the holidays with her family. But when they accidentally leave her home alone, Daphne uses the time to work on her dream—opening a home for unwed mothers. But her quest isn’t problem-free: She’s in a battle to win the property for the home against her brother’s best friend-turned-enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. And that’s not all: someone has stolen her personal diary, which holds secrets that could devastate her family. Daphne has always harbored private feelings for the man her family scorns…though perhaps striking a bargain with the handsome Duke will solve both their problems?

Paul, long considered good for nothing, aims to open a hospital to honor his brother and restore his reputation. So when a conflict over the land brings him straight into Daphne’s life, they make a deal: He will help her find her diary if Daphne can change her family’s opinion of him. But before he can win her family’s affection, he has to win hers first. Maybe love was the answer to their family feud all along?


Lady Daphne Hallworth is twenty-five years old and has resigned herself to being a spinster.  She has had offers but wanted none of them.  Because she is wealthy in her own right and has a loving family there is no need for a husband.  What Lady Daphne wants most is to open a home for unwed mothers, to protect them from what happened to her sister. 
Lord Paul Barstowe has recently become a Duke after the deaths of his brother then his father.  He loved his brother and wants to build a hospital in his name for people suffering from the same ailments.  Unfortunately he spent most of his life aggravating his father and proving he was the bad son.  Now he has to earn back his respectability.  Notes from his father delivered deliberately after his death do nothing to help his self-worth. 
An emotional and saucy historical romance with very lovable characters.  Our heroine has lost something very precious to her,  but potentially dangerous to her family and will risk anything to get it back.  Our hero is much too hard on himself for things that where beyond his control. 
You will laugh and cry while reading this. 
It is part of a series but easily read on it's own.  It will however tempt you to read the previous books in the series.  I hope there are at least two more coming.  (Maybe set in Northumberland)
I loved it. 




Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs. She loves to hear from readers. 

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