The Duke and I by Julia Quinn ~Review~

I read a lot of historical romance that I am introduced to through InD’Tale Magazine. I have heard wonderful things about Julia Quinn. However, when I heard one of her book series was going to be turned into a Netflix series produced by Shonda Rhimes, I knew I had to pick it up. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn is the first book in the Bridgertons series. The Bridgerton Family is introduced. Violet is the mother and had to raise her eight children after her husband passed away. The children are named Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, and Hyacinth. See a pattern? Well, this book stars Daphne. She is funny and beautiful but always the friend and not being courted, much to her mother’s dismay. However, Anthony’s friend, Simon Basset comes to town, he triggers the obsession of all the “ton’s” mothers. Simon Basset is a duke that not many know much about. But he is a duke so that is enough for him to be smothered by mothers. Daphne and Simon come up with a sham courtship idea. They pretend to court so Daphne gets more attention from other suitors and he gets to avoid the mothers. The only problem is how long can it remain a sham before feelings start getting involved?

What did I just read?! Phew. Now, I love historical fiction novels. But I love relatable issues as well. Simon has speech issues and is emotionally and physically abused by his father until he abandons him altogether. He grows up wanting the ultimate revenge, letting the Dukedom die with him. I think that is wonderful that the author addresses speech impediment issues and also that of child abuse. However, it snowballs after that and it ultimately became unbelievable.

Now, don’t get me wrong. The characters are great. Kind of. Let me explain. Daphne is fun and witty and paired with Simon, even more so. In fact, their banter is my favorite part of the book! They seem so perfectly paired. However, Simon’s issues with his father spiral and just become unreasonable. Then Daphne commits a heinous act. No spoilers but it was truly despicable.

I also enjoyed Daphne’s relationship with her family and her brothers. I could have done without the uber-macho big brother act, but deep down I love how close they are. So I am so torn with this book because I LOVED it but there were aspects that I absolutely hated. So I figure I should rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

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