The quiet village of Fortune’s Folly is turned upside down when local land owner Sir Montague Fortune invokes his feudal right to half the fortune of every unmarried woman in the village.
Pandemonium ensues as the village is overrun with fortune hunters set on snaring an heiress.
Horrified at Sir Montague’s actions, the ladies take a stand doing everything in their power to dissuade their paramours with increasingly comic results.
Disgusted by Sir Montague’s behaviour, Dowager Duchess Laura Cole has no intention of marrying a second time. Her first marriage was cold and loveless and she has no wish to marry a man who cares only for money and nothing for her.
That is until Dexter Anstruther strides back into her life.
Knowing that Dexter is a gold-digger like any other, Laura fights the burning attraction she feels for him, snubbing him at every opportunity.
Young, handsome and scandalously tempting, Dexter suspects Laura has a hidden motive for resisting his charms…and he intends to discover it, by any means necessary.
Set in Regency England, Confessions of a Duchess is the first book in the Brides of Fortune series, an exciting new trilogy from the queen of historical romance, Nicola Cornick. The third and fourth books in the trilogy Scandals of an Innocent and Undoing of a Lady are published by MIRA in 2010.
Nicola is a successful romantic novelist and has been shortlisted twice for the Romantic Novelists' Association Prize. When she’s not writing Nicola volunteers as a guide at Ashdown House, a historic stately home run by the National Trust.
Nicola has a blog where she writes about life working at Ashdown House which you can visit here.
Nicola was born and brought up in Yorkshire. After years of living in cities, Leeds and London, she chose to move to the country and lived for 7 years in a haunted cottage in Somerset. She now lives in a tiny village outside Swindon with her husband Andrew.