The Perfect Duchess (The Macalisters #2)
by Erica Taylor.
... by this story of love, angst, betrayals and murder!
Lady Clara Masson has been emotionally abused by her brother for far too long. Ever since her twin sister eloped rather than marry the Duke of Bradstone, Andrew Macalister.
Deciding to attend the Duke's masked ball some years later, Clara finds herself shunned by polite society, banned from Almanac's and generally looked down upon. The rumors spread about her are diabolical.
Andrew has been half in love with Clara since he was a child. Her sudden appearance at the ball, her treatment by society has him exercising his ducal rights, scandalizing the gossipy ladies of the ton by not only dancing with Clara but leading her into supper.
It's when he visits the next morning that he finds the house in disarray and Clara unconscious on the floor, bleeding from a head wound.
Well events get even stranger and Andrew finds himself in quite a quandary. As the situation unfolds, a plethora of wonderful characters come into play.
An oft times fun, and definitely mysterious, read!
A NetGalley ARC