Title: The Dutchess's Descendants
Author: C.K. Brooke
Category/Genre: Historical Romance
My Star Rating: 5/5
The next generation. A new adventure...
Over three decades have passed since the Ducelle Empire reclaimed the land, and Jordinia has never prospered more. When the Emperor negotiates a treaty among neighboring nations, Jordinia is awarded an archipelago of islands in the north. With intentions to colonize, His Majesty enlists his two underachieving nephews on an expedition to chart the wilderness.
Reclusive Ludwig has his violin and no desire to travel, while his charismatic brother Drew is seduced by the grandeur of making history...and money. Desperate to flee a secret scandal of her own, their sister Johanna insists upon accompanying them. With a team of soldiers - including longtime friend and royal guardsman, Bram Visigoth - the Cosmith siblings set off to conquer their uncle's newly-acquired territory.
From an icy shipwreck to precarious encounters with the native inhabitants, almost nothing goes as planned in this fast-paced comedy of errors teeming with humor, fantasy and plenty of romance. Prepare to fall in love with Jordinia all over again!
If you haven't noticed, I've kind of been on a C.K. Brooke binge lately... and I'm LOVING it. Every book I've read by this author has been so different from the one before, but the quality is consistently astounding.
The Duchess's Descendants is beautifully written tale following three unique love stories, each with a heart of their own. From the delightfully progressive young Joahanna, to the over-compensatingly masculine Drew, to the quiet but loveable Ludwig, every character was fleshed out, complex, and endearing in their own right. The writing was flawless and the plot exciting with out being jarring. Brooke's attention to the smallest details of the story ensured a beyond satisfactory period-correct historical romance that could rival the classics.
*I received a complimentary advance copy from the author and voluntarily offered a review*