Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Duke and His Duchess / The Courtship by Grace Burrowes

Happy Release Day!!!

The Duke and His Duchess / The Courtship
by Grace Burrowes

September 1, 2015

Two Novellas of the Windham series by New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes, for the first time in print.

The first novella to be published by New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes features the foundation story for her bestselling Windham series. This is the tender story of love tested and won, and how Percy Windham, the dashing and brilliant man who was never supposed to become the Duke of Moreland, wooed Esther Himmelfarb, the amazing lady who became his beloved Duchess.

In this second prequel novella to the popular Windham series, Grace Burrowes continues the story of the Duke and Duchess of Moreland through the tumultuous and bittersweet first years of marriage and parenthood. Percival Windham is a second son and cavalry officer when he weds the beautiful Esther Himmelfarb. Percy and Esther must grow into the nobility they've been resisting and stand together, or face the threat of destroying their young family and the beautiful love that started out with such promise...

Kathie's Review:

I've read many of the books in the Wyndham Series (and there are several series) by this author. The Duke and his Duchess have always been there...managing the grown children together while SHE manages HIM! These two novellas, following along their courtship and early years together, were simply charming. 

Their first kiss about melted my kindle. It was EVERYTHING a first kiss should be. I loved it. At one point she notices that he was counting their kisses...yes, I swooned, just a bit.

I thoroughly enjoyed their meeting and coming together. There was humor, romance...and then joy.

The second book starts with some issues between the couple. Esther is exhausted (she has FOUR very YOUNG sons) and Percival has some secrets, too, much to his own surprise. I like how the characters (finally) talk things out. Like ADULTS and everything! Ms. Burrowes excels at that and I am most grateful. 

While both novellas had been available in ebooks, this is the first time for them to be out in print. You should have the set on your own bookshelf to read at your leisure. They are a joy!

*Thank you, Sourcebooks ~ Casablanca and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book.

Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.

It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.

While reading yet still more romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master's degree in Conflict Transformation (she had a teenage daughter by then) and started thinking about writing.... romance novels. This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago. ("Mom, why doesn't anybody tell you being a grown-up is hard?")

Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors. The query letter that resulted in "the call" started out: "I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing--and if that doesn't narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought." (The dear lady bought the book anyway.)

To contact Grace, email her at graceburrowes@yahoo.com.

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