Today I’m going to talk about the book Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore. I found this book on Instagram and I’m so happy about it! This is the type of book that I want in my bookshelf because I want to read it again and again!
‘England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women’s suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain’s politics at the Queen’s command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can’t deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for.
Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for green-eyed beauty Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess. But he wouldn’t be the greatest strategist of the Kingdom if he couldn’t claim this alluring bluestocking without the promise of a ring…or could he?
Locked in a battle with rising passion and a will matching her own, Annabelle will learn just what it takes to topple a duke….’
I like historical fiction and romance, and both ingredients are present in this book, so it’s a simple recipe for me to love Bringing down the Duke.
I loved how feminist this book is, the focus on discussions about women’s rights and roles and positions in society. The friendship between the suffragists and the intelligent conversations between the characters. It vert very genuine and showed some really important topics.
When an opportunity to study at Oxford presents itself, Annabelle grabs it with both hands. That scholarship was her dream! But for that she need to be involved with the women’s suffrage movement. And for that, she needs to lobby men of power/influence to their cause, which is how she meets the Duke of Montgomery’s.
After some confusions and misinterpretations, she finds herself at the duke’s house. And that’s where she starts to know him. They showed connection and physical attraction since the begin and at some part I felt sorry for both. He could not marry her due to the social rules existing at the time, and she did not want him to lose connections and tarnish his reputation.
“If we were of equal station”, he said softly, “I would have proposed to you when we took our walk in the maze.”. “I wish you would not have told me this.” Because she could never, ever be anyone other than plain Miss Annabelle Archer, and now she’d forever know how dearly that had cost her.
I really enjoyed how this book shows the women’s suffrage movement, and how women had to fight for their independence and power that any man had at that time. It really made me think about how a police man could grab a woman chest just because she did not belong to the nobility. Disgusting, but the reality lived in the moment and that shows how much the values and the independence of a woman evolved in the last years.
Annabelle is smart and she’s not afraid to work hard to make the best of her life. Montgomery is dashing and I felt he was carrying the world on his shoulders (at least he behaved that way with his actions). He finds her fascinating not only because of her beauty but also because of her mind. I loved how he’s so protective and comes to her aid when she needs.
There was only one thing that I didn’t like, and that was how Annabelle became very emotionally dependent on Sebastian. I wish she had stood her ground a little more firmly in her decisions.
I found a great romance that speaks to me. This is exactly what I was looking for and what I needed in a book. It has strong women, beautiful men who value a woman for their mind and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
“Darling,” he said, “I have only begun to love you.”