Much Ado About You by Eloisa James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Historical romance, first in a series about the Essex sisters.
Tess is the oldest of four sisters. Their father just died, and they've gone to live with a guardian.
Their father was loved by them; but their father loved his horses and the result is that the young women haven't been introduced to society (so explains why they are older and still single); and don't have much money, so their value on the marriage market is charm, beauty, pedigree, and oh, yes, the horses their father left to them.
Their guardian, the Duke of Holbrook, was a last minute choice by their father, and so unexpected all the way around that the Duke thought four little girls were coming to live with him. He's not prepared for young ladies to introduce to society, but he adjusts quickly. As a side note: this is the type of book where the Duke and his friends may be tipsy or rogues, but they are the good kind, not the rapey kind.
This first book is about Tess, the oldest, but most of it is actually introducing all four sisters as well as Rafe (the Duke) and his circle. Tess's romance begins as something practical -- her duty to marry to help the others on their way. But love happens, of course. A younger sister falls for someone already engaged. I was both sympathetic to the younger sister and annoyed at her.
All in all, a good read; the only thing is that all the sisters were oh so gorgeous.
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