I am quickly becoming a big fan of historical fiction books written by Sally Britton. Previously, I read the Supposed Scandal series and loved all three books.
Silver Dollar Duke is the first book in the "Hearts of Arizona"
series and I really enjoyed the story. I have no doubt I will love the next
2 books in this series as well. I plan to start reading the second book,
Copper for the Countess, immediately.
I wasn't sure how an American silver dollar would relate to an English duke, but I
was rather intrigued by the title. Turns out, the silver dollar played a big
part in the duke's life, but I won't ruin that touch of mystery for you by
sharing that significance in this review.
This is a rather light, entertaining read that any historical romance
fiction fan would enjoy. In most of the books I read, the female is the
central focus of the story. While there is a prominent female character, the
duke and his childhood dreams are the highlight of this book.
Silver Dollar Duke Synopsis
As the second son of a marquess in England, Evan Rounsevell had his life
mapped out for him. He knew he would be required to “work” for his father
even though all of the family property would be inherited by his older
brother, and then his brother's son.
Silver Dollar Duke: An American Victorian Romance (Hearts of Arizona Book 1)Duke didn't resent the expectations or family obligations, but he did have a lifelong dream. As a child, he had met Buffalo Bill and had seen him perform. Duke wanted to visit the wild west of America and experience being a cowboy firsthand before he was completely entrenched in England. He spent his childhood learning to shoot, practicing lassoing a cow by lassoing sheep, and riding horses. As an adult, he knew he would have to run away for a little while to have the opportunity to make his dream come true. That is exactly what he did!
Duke quickly found himself running out of money as he traveled across America. He needed a job to continue his adventure and for his return ticket home. When he met the Bolton brothers in Tombstone, Arizona, they offered him a job as a ranch hand on their father’s ranch along with the promise of getting to participate in a cattle drive. Duke was thrilled by this fabulous, once in a lifetime opportunity. It was exactly what he had always desired.
There were some unexpected experiences in his wild west journey including falling in love with the ranch owner's daughter, Daniella "Dannie" Bolton.
The last thing Dannie needed was another "temporary" man in her life. From
the very beginning, Duke had made it clear that he had to return to England.
They agreed to be friends and nothing more, but the "best laid plans" often
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