Book Review: His Grace in Disgrace by Claudia Harbaugh

18146839Title: Her Grace in Disgrace

Author: Claudia Harbaugh

Series: The Widows of Woburn Place

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: June 22, 2013


Book Summary: 

Reginald Aiken, Duke of Warwick is dead and his young widow is not grieving…until the will is read. Isobel Kennilworth Aiken, Duchess of Warwick spent 6 years of her young life in a loveless marriage. Now, at the age of 24, Isobel is a widow. As Isobel awaits the reading of her late husband’s last will and testament, she feels no grief, but in fact is quite hopeful. She is eager to start her life anew. But, as the droning of the solicitor’s voice washes over her detailing the bequests to various servants and family members, a shock awaits her. The “other woman” was not his mistress, but his lawfully wedded wife and together they had a son. Six year old Reggie was now the Duke of Warwick, displacing Reginald’s brother Charles. There is a collective gasp as the revelation is made that instantly displaces Isobel and Charles and dashes their hopes for the future. Isobel must indeed start anew, but not as a titled, influential and wealthy widow, but as plain Miss Kennilworth, tainted by scandal. Can she get past the disgrace and humiliation she has endured and fight her way back into society? Will she find love again with her childhood sweetheart, Andrew Stafford, former vicar, now Lord Saybrooke? Or perhaps she will rekindle the flame with Jeremy Ingles, Lord Westcott, who had caught her fancy at her come out six years earlier, but had not been ready to be leg shackled. But before Isobel can find true love, she must come to grips with her past mistakes and the people she has hurt along the way. She must discover who she is without the title of duchess to her name.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was difficult to put down and go do other things I needed to do. I liked the characters growth in this book. It wasn’t all happiness, all sunshine and rainbows. The characters had real regrets that they have to live with, real weaknesses and flaws they had to try and overcome. There were many delightful characters in this book. I liked how the author set up a scene near the beginning that set up the dynamics of Isobel’s and Andrew’s relationship while also giving much of the back story. I also liked seeing Isobel’s scheming change from selfish to selfless. I look forward to reading the other books in the series when they come out.


Rating: 4 stars – Great Book
Content: Clean – a few swear words, mention of mistresses, an instance of wandering hands
Source: Review Copy
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