Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1)

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1)


Genres: Romance

Status: Full

Updated date: 20:41:02 12/08/2022

Description "Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1)"

Chapter One The name Isolde Ophelia Goodnight did rather spell a life of tragedy. Izzy could look at her situation and see just that. Motherless at a young age. Fatherless now, as well. Penniless. Friendless. But she’d never been hopeless. Not yet. Not quite. Because the name Isolde Ophelia Goodnight also suggested romance. Swooning, star-crossed, legendary romance. And for as long as she could remember, Izzy had been waiting—with dwindling faith and increasing impatience—for that part of her life to begin. Once she’d grown old enough to understand her mother’s death, Izzy had consoled herself with the idea that this was all part of her epic tale. The heroines in fairy stories were always motherless. When Papa overspent their income, and the maid was dismissed, she told herself the drudgery would pay off someday. Everyone knew that Cinderella had to scrub the floors before she could win the handsome prince. By time she turned fifteen, their finances had improved, thanks to Papa’s writing success. Still no prince, but there was time. Izzy told herself she’d grow into her largish nose and that her frizzled hair would eventually tame itself. She hadn’t, and it didn’t. No ugly-duckling-turned-swan here, either. Her seventeenth birthday passed without any pricking of fingers. At twenty-one, life forced a difficult truth on