Ann Aguirre, author of the very cool novel, Grimspace, is raving about the newly released novel, The Duke of Shadows by debut author Meredith Duran.
In a debut romance as passionate and sweeping as the British Empire, Meredith Duran paints a powerful picture of an aristocrat torn between two worlds, an heiress who dares to risk everything...and the love born in fire and darkness that nearly destroys them.From exotic sandstone palaces...Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiancé's betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom she should not trust, but cannot resist: Julian Sinclair, the dangerous and dazzling heir to the Duke of Auburn.To the marble halls of London...In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they call him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with both worlds, Julian has never imagined that the place he might belong is in the embrace of a woman with a reluctant laugh and haunted eyes. But in a time of terrible darkness, he and Emma will discover that love itself can be perilous -- and that a single decision can alter one's life forever.Destiny follows wherever you run.A lifetime of grief later, in a cold London spring, Emma and Julian must finally confront the truth: no matter how hard one tries to deny it, some pasts cannot be disowned...and some passions never die.
After reading the book description, I'm already interested in reading this novel. Then I read what Ann Aguirre has to say about it, and I'm completely sold.
The Duke of Shadows was pitch-perfect, not a single wrong note. This book ravished me. The writing is lovely and luminous, bedizened with subtle poetry. It hit me like a fist in the chest, rousing a sudden, shocking ache. In reading this, you will be permeated with yearning. Some sentences are so lovely, they make you say, “Oh,” in quiet, helpless admiration. This book is pure beauty married to elegance and simplicity.
Admit it, you know you want to read it now, too! You can win a copy of your own... and maybe some extra book spending money, too by entering a really awesome sweepstakes on Ann Aguirre's blog. She loves The Duke of Shadows so much that she's hosting the contest to spread the word about her new favorite novel. If you enter, you can win one of her very generous prize packages. She's awarding Barnes & Noble and Amazon gift certificates, as well as copies of The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran. Click on the image of The Duke of Shadows in this post to bring you to the contest details so you can enter. I just did. :)