Silk & Scars by Casandra Dean

June 5, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Silk & Scars by Casandra DeanSilk & Scars by Cassandra Dean
Series: The Silk Series #3
Published by Decadent Publishing Company LLC on June 2, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 102
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
For over a year, Miss Gwendolyn Parkes and the Duke of Sowrith have corresponded. At first an error, the letters quickly became something much more—a friendship forged on like minds and perhaps the hope of something more….

When Gwen is compelled by her employer to attend the duke at his Dartmoor estate, she is devastated to find her beloved friend cold and imperious, even if he is the most handsome man she’s ever seen—despite his scars.

Edward, Duke of Sowrith, has longed to meet Gwen. After arranging her passage to his estate, he is tongue-tied when confronted with her quiet beauty. All too aware of the twisted ruin of his face, he allows fear to hold him silent…until Gwen’s safety is threatened.

Finally together, they grow closer until it seems they can never again be apart. But can a commoner and a duke find a happily ever after?

Miss Gwendolyn Parkes is a scribe working at the law offices of Lord Beecham.  She corresponds with many aristocrats, but when she accidentally mails personal correspondence to Edward, Duke of Sowrith, that happy accident sparks a year-long pen-pal exchange between the two.  Gwen writes of her family and hopes of the future while Edward tells her of his terrible disfigurement and desire to stay hidden away at his Devon estate.  But then fate intervenes and Gwen’s employer compels her to attend the Duke at his home.  When Gwen arrives expecting the amiable friend she has come to know through their letter exchange, she is shocked to find her friend is cold, aloof, and nothing like what she expected.  Edward, in turn, is merely tongue-tied at the prospect of meeting this beautiful young lady and fears she will come to reject him the moment she sees his ruined face.

Like the rest of the SILK series, I wish this was longer!!  Ms. Dean’s ability to craft a scene make it seem as if I’m really there watching everything transpire.  Gwen is wickedly intelligent, but must hide her intelligence since society frowns on a well-educated woman.  She is kind and compassionate and a perfect partner for Edward.  Edward reminded me a bit of Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice – imperious and aloof, but hiding a deep well of emotion and feeling behind the strictures placed upon him by society and his title.  Together, they make an excellent couple – Edward encourages Gwen’s expression of her intelligence and love of the law and Gwen gives Edward the confidence to see beyond the scars on his face and embrace social outings once more.

A very sweet & romantic Victorian tale.  Highly recommended!

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