Book Review: Catch a Falling Duke


Eve Pendle

Rating: 4 out of 5.

published: 26th May 2021
spoilers? no

Goodreads

A duke reeling from the revelation of the true origin of his family’s wealth…

A woman on a quest to solve her own family mystery…

After Hugo Ravensthorpe comes to Beatrice Fenton’s aid in a crowded inn, the usually no-nonsense farmer finds herself sharing a room with the well-born, handsome stranger. Beatrice takes a chance and makes a scandalous proposition: one night, no commitments. But she can’t refuse when Hugo offers to assist in tracking down the last connection to her mother, and one more night becomes more… complicated.

The Duke of Cumbria is on the run. He never expected to end up masquerading as Mr. Ravensthorpe or to find himself in bed with witty and spirited Beatrice. One night with her, and not as a duke, makes him hungry for more. But can there be a future for a farmer and a duke? Or is love only possible if Hugo prevents his worlds colliding and Beatrice discovering his family secrets?

Galley provided by publisher

Eve Pendle is rapidly becoming an author whose work I will pick up without even having read the blurb. I’ve loved every book by her I’ve thus far read, and Catch a Falling Duke is no different in that respect.

The story follows Hugo, the Duke of Cumbria (and the brother of Emily from Falling for a Rake), and Beatrice, a farmer, who meet at an inn, and spend a night together. Or a little more than that, because Hugo proceeds to help Beatrice in her aim to locate her biological father.

As I’ve said before about Pendle’s works, it’s the characters that drive it for me. I mean, yeah that’s kind of what you want from a romance, but it’s done so well here. It’s like… the romance is built off the characters — the characters are conceived of first, and then the romance is figured out, not the other way around, if that makes any sense. It’s a very natural progression between the two characters.

It’s also a very different plot to a lot of what you see in historical romance, and that’s so refreshing. So many I’ve seen just don’t reckon with where their characters’ wealth has come from (mostly  just by pretending it doesn’t exist), but this one doesn’t. It tackles, on a small scale, that legacy of slavery.

So, if you’re looking for a new histrom author to try, let me just gently point you in the direction of this book (and series, and author in general, to be honest).

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