Blog Tour and Review: An Unfamiliar Duke

by Sian Ann Bessey

Publisher : Covenant Communications (May 16, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 240 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524419915
ISBN-13 : 978-1524419912

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At eleven years of age, Rosalind Ainsworth was convinced that Sebastian Lumley, the future Duke of Kelbrook, was the most odious young man she’d ever met. And ten years later, after having had no contact with the nobleman in the intervening time, her opinion of him has not changed. Unfortunately, neither has the marriage contract their fathers signed soon after her birth.

As Rosalind’s twenty-first birthday and the appointed wedding day approaches, Sebastian makes a rare appearance in London. His first meeting with Rosalind since childhood goes less than perfectly, but Sebastian has a compelling reason for honoring their marriage contract―a reason outlined in a document kept behind his workshop’s locked door. 

After a quick wedding, the new couple relocates to Finley Park, where their acquaintanceship slowly blossoms into affection. But when Sebastian’s secretive work threatens their fledgling relationship and Rosalind’s life is placed in jeopardy, Sebastian finds himself forced to choose between the man he has pledged to help and the woman he has come to love. 


Rosalind Ainsworth has been engaged to the Duke of Kelbrook since birth. As a gangly 14 year old, he bars her from his all boys tree house, and she wants nothing more to do with him. Ten years later he appears back in her life right before their expected wedding, and all she knows about him is the little boy from the tree house.

Rosalind and Sebastian have a slow burn relationship. They are finding out all the things they have in common while navigating their way through this new unknown relationship.

I love how they communicated with each other with the sweet little notes under the door. As someone who banned girls as a child, I love how now Sebastian respects his wife enough to listen to her comments on math and take them seriously.

Sian Bessey always includes interesting historical information in her books, and I enjoyed learning more about the different inventions during this time. I even looked up the Iron Bridge to find out more about it, since I found it fascinating. I also loved how the love of math brought Rosalind and Sebastian closer together.

I have been loving this series. Each book has been different but all have the history, adventure, and characters I adore.

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