The Duke’s Dilemma Review and Giveaway!


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Book title: The Duke’s Dilemma

Author: Elaine Manders

Release date: May 27, 2017

Genre: Historical Romance, subgenre: Regency

Should he wed the perfect match—or the one he loves?

Edward Dalton, the new Duke of Langsdale, must soon take a wife to ensure the hereditary line. A young war widow seems the perfect choice. She is charming, well respected with impeccable character, and her connections to the Ton’s most important people is an asset he can’t ignore. But Edward is intrigued by another widow. The mysterious, hauntingly beautiful Lady Wayte.

Cassandra Wayte could not be a more unsuitable match. She isn’t received by polite society, and her notorious dealings with London’s underclass is the talk of nobility from White’s patrons to the most fashionable hostesses. It’s even whispered she murdered her elderly husband. But Edward sees a different side of the tragic lady, and he determines to discover the secrets tormenting her. As he peels away the layers of her resistance, he discovers a malevolent adversary stalking Lady Wayte and exposes a level of depravity that shocks even his war-hardened sensibilities. Can he win her trust and her heart? And at what cost to the dukedom?

As Cassandra’s relentless search for her husband’s murderer exposes both her and Edward to unseen dangers, all they can rely on is their love for each other and their faith in God.

My Perspective

This is the first I have of The Wolf Deceivers, however I did not feel as if I was missing anything by not reading the first book. I could easily follow the storyline, the characters, and the setting. However, do not let that stop you from reading book one first – I will be checking it out once I have the time. I loved the historical aspect, but also the mystery as Cassandra searched for her husband’s murderer. Most mysteries I read are set in present day, so this was certainly a treat.

Elaine did a great job of sticking with the time period, and maintaining my interest throughout the book. And while I could probably bore with you with details about why I like the story and the two main characters, I have to be honest. Although she wasn’t the main character, or one you saw in every single chapter, little Sarah really stole the show for me. In fact, she is what first held my interest reading chapter one. She was smart, charming, and had a little bit of fire in her as she was talking with Cassandra. I just really liked this character, and enjoyed reading about her. I could vividly see her in my mind and it brought a huge smile to my face. I would like to see a future story about her!

I do want to point out that there are some difficult topics brought to life in this book. At no time was I offended by reading it, however it did break my heart and made me pause for a moment. I thought the author did a great job in writing these scenes in a non-graphic way, but would exercise caution if you do not like to read about sensitive topics. If you can stomach them, or perhaps skim over them, then I think this book will be worth your while! I hope you decide to take a step back in time and solve the murder mystery with Cassandra.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

photo 3Elaine Manders writes wholesome Christian romance and suspense about the bold, capable women of history and the strong, dependable men who love them. She prefers stories that twist and turn and surprise, told by characters of faith. She lives in Central Georgia with a happy bichon-poodle mix. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, crafts, and spending time with her friends, daughter, and grandchildren.

Guest post from Elaine Manders

Historical romance became my favorite genre back in the seventies and eighties, and one of my favorite settings was Regency England. A Regency can be a romance in the Jane Austin mode or historical romance set during the Regency period. There is a difference, and The Duke’s Dilemma falls into this latter category. Yes, there is some of usual drawing room intrigue in an Austen novel, but The Duke’s Dilemma contains a serious spiritual theme. The plot fitted perfectly into my new series, The Wolf Deceivers.

I wrote the original manuscript nearly twenty years ago as a light, secular romance, but when I revised it to Christian romance, I was delighted to find the inspirational thread deepened the characters. Instead of merely fighting for her reputation while trying to wrest the duke from another woman, Cassandra, the heroine, must fight for her survival. Instead of being another handsome, sardonic nobleman, Edward, the hero, uses his intelligence and grace to protect Cassandra and win her love.

Even the secondary characters captivated me. Little Sarah’s match-making antics suited the Regency theme and provided some levity during the darker moments of the plot. Lady Ashford, Cassandra’s foil, developed a tenacity I had to admire in spite of all her shortcomings. And Sir Harcrumb became a villain I loved to hate.

Though the characters changed a great deal in the retelling, the plot remained basically the same. The only thing I added was a surprise twist at the end—something that has inadvertently become a part of my brand.

Every story is a learning experience for me, and I’m always grateful for how much I learn from my research and from the Holy Spirit. I’ve become more aware of those who deceive, and how vulnerable people, especially young people, are to Satan’s tactics. Also, I’ve unexpectedly come away with a better understanding of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Although this is a new label, we all know it has affected people throughout history.

Yes, The Duke’s Dilemma has taught me much, and I hated to say good-bye to these characters. I love stories that move me during the writing and only ask two things of my books. That they bring enjoyment to my readers and glory to my Lord and Savior, Jesus. I hope this one does both.

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To celebrate her tour, Elaine is giving away:

Grand prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st place: paperback copies of Books 1 and 2 of the Wolf Deceivers series, The Chieftain’s Choice and The Duke’s Dilemma!!

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14 thoughts on “The Duke’s Dilemma Review and Giveaway!

  1. Thanks for your perspective. It was good to know that you could read it as a stand alone as well.

    I’d love to read The Duke’s Dilemma. I think when written well that even rough spots should be told. After all life isn’t all roses. Even those have thorns. From your description, by not being graphic and well written, then it makes for a good read – good and bad.

  2. Thank you for the post and review, Jessica. I really appreciate it. All 3 books in The Wolf Deceivers are stand alone stories set in different eras about social evils of the day. 3rd one will come out next spring set in post civil war America. Also, for those interested, Book 1, The Chieftain’s Choice is on sale all this week. Thanks again and good luck to all who participate in the giveaway.

  3. A Nice review of The Duke’s Dilemma. Elaine Manders has taken a sensitive subject that is happening more and more and created a beautiful story of redemption for characters.

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