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Book Review- Arabella and the Reluctant Duke by Sofi Laporte

Jane Eyre meets Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in this delightful clean Regency romance. In this story, Arabella is a duke’s daughter who grows bored with life in the beau monde and goes incognito as a governess. The father of her young charges is a handsome and brilliant inventor with a slight Scottish accent and a secret heritage.


As someone who likes predictable stories, I enjoyed the easy-to-guess mystery of Phillip Merivale’s past and the natural progression of the feelings between him and Arabella. The addition of his three charming children made the story all the more enjoyable.


This is the middle installment of Sofi Laporte’s “Wishing Well” series, but it easily reads as a stand-alone romance. If you enjoy the “father falling for the governess” trope as well as the “secret identity” trope, then this lighthearted love story will definitely appeal to you.



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