Review

A novel by Sally MacKenzie is always a great choice when you are looking for a light-hearted, witty and emotionally satisfying read. In WHAT TO DO WITH A DUKE, Ms. MacKenzie has not only created a hero and heroine and you will instantly fall in love with, but an entire village of characters who will do the same.

Welcome to the charming, fatefully named village of Loves Bridge, where a woman destined for spinsterhood can live a life of her own choosingor fall unexpectedly, madly in love…

Miss Isabelle Catherine Hutting would rather be lounging in the library than circling the ballroom in search of a husband any day. So when Cat hears that the town’s infamous Spinster House is open for a new resident, she jumps at the chance to put all this marriage business behind her. But first she must make arrangements with her prospective landlord, Marcus, the Duke of Hart—the most handsome man she’s ever seen, and the only man who’s ever impressed her in the least…

With her wit, independent spirit, and not least of all her beauty, Marcus can’t help but be stirred by Cat. It’s terribly unfortunate he’s not looking to marry, given the centuries-old curse that left his family with the Spinster House to begin with. No duke shall live to see his heir’s birth. But is there a chance the curse could be broken—in true fairy-tale fashion—by an act of true love? The race to Happily Ever After is about to begin…

Believing himself cursed to die before the birth of his heir, the very last thing that Marcus needs is to find a wife. When he is called to fulfill the duties of his curse in the tiny village of Love’s Bridge and encounters Isabelle–a woman determined to take on the role of the presiding spinster at Spinster House, it seems as if he is finally safe from the nefarious matchmaking schemes that were making his life in London a living hell.

…fast-paced, humorous and delightfully entertaining…

Meanwhile, Miss Isabelle Cathering Hutting “Cat” has only one thing on her mind. She is desperate for a little freedom from her large family and an ounce of privacy to finally begin work, without constant interruption, writing her first book. The unexpected opportunity to take over Spinster House is one she has only dared dream about and neither the competition for the position or any unexpected attraction to certain duke will stand in her way.

Thankfully for us readers, neither Marcus or Cat get exactly what they want BUT, they do get exactly what they need and deserve, in this fast-paced, humorous and delightfully entertaining first full-length installment of Ms. MacKenzie’s new Spinster House series.

Be sure to check out IN THE SPINSTER’S BED, the prelude novella that sets the stage for the rest of what is sure to be a “must-have” series from this amazingly talented author!

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About the Reviewer

Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.

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