'THE DUKE' by Katharine Ashe is Book Three in the "Devil's Duke" series. This is the story of Amarantha Vale and Gabriel Hume. This can easily be a standalone book.
Amarantha from an early age wanted to only marry for love and thought she might have found that in Reverend Paul Garland. Gabriel was a Lieutenant for the Royal Navy when he first met Amarantha during a hurricane where they were trapped in a cellar. Amarantha and Gabriel survived and they both went into helping other people with the aftermath. Amarantha had made it clear a few days later that she was engaged but Gabriel said 'Not for Long'. Amarantha started to see that Paul wasn't all that she thought him to be and that her feelings were going toward Gabriel. But his ship had to sail out now that the worst of the cleanup was done but he promised to return for her and she was to wait. But she was later told that his ship was ambushed by bandits and that Gabriel was dead.
Now several years later Amarantha is a widow looking to find her Sister In Law which has taken her to Scotland. There she finds that Gabriel is a live and they both start to know that they have been kept apart but can they get back what was starting to grow within them?
This was a great second chance at love story that Ms. Ashe has wrote!
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