September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Avon Books has launched another year of branding certain new novels with the K.I.S.S.(Know Important Signs and Symptoms) and Teal (the color used to support the cause)(http://www.kissandteal.com) logo and donating a portion of the sales of these books to research for a cure for ovarian cancer. Four of those chosen are historical romance novels:
The Way to a Duke’s Heart by Caroline Linden, A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare, Sins of a Virgin by Anna Randol, and The Ugly Duchess by Eloise James.
The Way to a Duke’s Heart is the final novel in the trilogy The Truth About the Duke, which began with One Night in London and continued with Blame it on Bath. The trilogy concerns the search for the truth concerning the inheritance and legitimacy of Charles de Lacey, heir to the earldom of Durham, and his two brothers, which is threatened by their father’s deathbed confession that he was married briefly before he married their mother, and that he believed his first wife dead until he began receiving blackmail notes shortly before his death. The first two books concern the quest for the blackmailer and proof of their legitimacy made by Charlie’s brothers, Edward and Gerard. The Way to a Duke’s Heart leave’s the actual heir to solve the mystery.
Why wasn’t Charlie allowed to do the search in the first place? Well, it seems that Edward and Gerard are the two more settled brothers, even before their marriages which are the concern of the first two novels. Charlie is an unrepentant rake, who does not take his duties as the heir of Durham seriously. But with marriage comes responsibility, and since Charlie is now the unmarried one (and it is his ducal inheritance, after all), he is the only one left who knows the clues his brothers have unearthed, and who can now carry through the mission to find the truth. Also, Charlie has recently broken his leg during one of the activities unrepentant rakes partake of, and healing allows him time to pursue the culprit and the truth.
Along the way, of course, Charlie finds romance with the intriguing Tessa Neville, whom he suspects might be an enemy in disguise. He learns the truth about the Duke, his father Durham, and also discovers the truth about himself along the way, with Tessa as his rather reluctant, tart-tongued companion.
The book is an excellent choice to help support a very importance women’s health issue and to enjoy a wonderfully romantic ending to Ms. Linden’s trilogy.