Just when I think that I cannot adore Tessa Dare’s stories more, she writes a book like ANY DUCHESS WILL DO and turns my head all over again!

This latest addition to her amazingly brilliant Spindle Cove series left my jaw aching from smiling and my heart a bit lighter with a renewed sense of romance.

“What’s a duke to do, when the girl who’s perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can’t live without

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?”

Their story made me laugh, cry, cheer and best of all they kept me so captivated…

For this review I’ve decided to not go into any great detail about the story, but instead I will relate a brief story of my own that I think will convey just exactly how GOOD this book really is.

The afternoon I began reading, ANY DUCHESS WILL DO, another round of very nasty weather was already beginning to explode here in the Heartland, with the poor folks of Oklahoma experiencing their worst nightmare all over again—another tornado outbreak.

Here in Missouri, tension was extremely high as that same line of deadly storms would be moving in our direction overnight. For me, it was particularly worrisome as we had just closed on our first house that morning and now there was a chance we could lose it the same day.

After a day of preparing for the worst, I sat down last night with a pot of strong coffee brewing, the television locked on the Weather Channel and picked up this book.

Griffin and Pauline kept me company. Their story made me laugh, cry, cheer and best of all they kept me so captivated that before I even realized it, the worst of the storm had passed over and the sun was creeping through the clouds.

A good story will allow you a brief escape from your troubles, but a truly marvelous one can help you get through them.

My thanks and infinite kudos to Tessa Dare for writing a story that falls into that second category without question.


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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.