After more than twenty years, Olivia, Duchess of Brandhust, is finally free—free from the shackles of a lovless marriage to a cruel, domineering husband. An in one reckless night of passion, she experiences that freedom—in the arms of Will Barnes, a man she meets by chance in the moonlight of a garden, a man forbidden to her by the unwritten laws of Victorian society.

Once the night is over, Livie returns to her role of grieving widow. But memories of that night haunt Livie—and Will as well. Unable to forget her or the fierce emotions she inspires in him, he returns. With his working-class background and artistic talents, Will is unlike anyone Livie has ever known. Despite the scandal that threatens their love, and the differenced between them, she cannot resist him, or the beauty he brings to her life. But when Livie's enemies try to destroy her with vicious accusations about her marriage, Will is determined to save her, even if it means giving her up. Somehow, Livie must prove to him that their passion is worth any sacrifice, and that he is much more than the duchess' lover—he is her love...


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"Great romance"
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 25, 2002

At Brandhurst Hall, the Duke is dead having been murdered in his garden. His wife of two decades Olivia feels free after the abuse he piled on her, but also is frightened about the immediate requirements of an aristocratic burial. Not long after the funeral, Olivia meets gardener Will Barnes Read more...

"Not your run-of-the-mill historical!"
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 19, 2006

This isn't one of your usual run-of-the-mill historical romances. This one is about a Duchess who is an older woman and who has just lost her tyrannical husband through a quirk of fate. She is still numb because she cannot believe that she's finally out Read more...


The Duchess' Lover
by Julie Beard

April 1, 2002
ISBN #0515132772
EAN #9780515132779
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