The Duchess Author:Jude Deveraux Claire Willoughby was a modern American girl - fresh, practical, energetic, and wide-eyed with curiousity. Because of a clause in her grandfather's will that said she must wed an "acceptable" man to keep her millions, she went to Scotland to look for a titled husband. — Blond, handsome Harry Montgomery, the eleventh Duke of MacArran, was perfect... more »: he owned a historic castle, he looked manly in a kilt, and he was as much a titled Scotsman as Bonnie Prince Charles himself.
Their engagement quickly announced, Claire - her future as a duchess assured - set off with her entire family to meet the Montgomery clan at Bramley Castle.
Bramley was a damp, chill place, overflowing with eccentric Montgomery relatives. But there was also Trevelyan, a curious, brooding man of great mystery who lived in secret in the most ancient part of Bramley. Whoever he was, he wasn't at all like Harry: Trevelyan was the most exasperating, arrogant, know-it-all of a man Claire had ever met. And the most fascinating.
Harry's mother, the reclusive dowager Duchess, ran the estate and her son's life with an iron hand, and Claire was trying to fit in, for Harry was the heir apparent to the dukedom. Besides, Claire had convinced herself that she loved him. but while her fiance went hunting from morning to night, Claire was left alone at Bramley...with only Trevelyan for company.
Reluctantly dragged into Trevelyan's elusive, sometimes exotic world, Claire discovers hidden branches in the Montgomery family tree...secrets so shocking they could shake the walls of Bramley itself, and bring her tantalizingly closer to Trevelyan...
Deliciously romantic and wonderfully captivating, THE DUCHESS brings us Jude Deveraux at her very best, giving us an enchanting look at Scotland's history-rich past, and a magical love story that we will not soon forget.« less