*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Title: Bringing Down the Duke
Author: Evie Dunmore
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads:
England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women’s suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain’s politics at the Queen’s command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can’t deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for.
Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for green-eyed beauty Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess. But he wouldn’t be the greatest strategist of the Kingdom if he couldn’t claim this alluring bluestocking without the promise of a ring…or could he?
What a warm piece of fluff this book was. I started and finished this book in the same day and it was such an enjoyable comfort to read. It’s easy, quick, and light-hearted. Set in the late 19th-Century, Bringing Down the Duke, is the story of a woman battling for her own freedom. Seeking higher education and marching with the suffragist movement, Annabelle is seeking to make a change for the better. Sebastian is a Duke and a politician, centered solidly among the unmoving Tory party. They are polar opposites from totally different worlds. They’re thrown together by circumstance, two people who would otherwise never meet.
This book is simply just fun. It’s not one to be taken too seriously, but it’s the perfect read if you’re looking to just lose a day with a warm blanket, a tea, and an exciting and silly reality to slip into. Romance, politics, and feminism. There’s no shortage of interesting twists and turns in these pages. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.