Confessions of a Duchess is a rich tapestry of love, romance, intrigue, and secrets. Laura, the dowager duchess, was forced to endure a loveless, arranged marriage. After the relief of hearing her husband had died, she vowed never to marry again. Even though the lord of Fortune's Folly has decided all unmarried women had to give up half of their fortunes to him or get married, she refuses.
Then her past lover Dexter shows up looking for a rich heiress to wed and a murder case to solve. She should not care, but she does, and man that sucks. Laura has a lot of secrets she needs to hide from him, especially the fact she loves him.
Dexter remembers the wild night of passion he had with Laura, but he also remembers the next day when she told him she had sex with him for fun. He has got to get to the bottom of why she scorned him that day.
So many lies, so much past - how are two people going to live in the same town with all of this drama?
Laura was a character that I could totally relate to. When she talks about being desperately in love with her husband until it drove her to madness, I could feel the potency of the words of which she spoke. Her starvation of love in her marriage reached out to me. Cornick creates a story that speaks to the hearts of many unhappy women, and gives them hope that one day true love will come and while nothing is perfect, there really is a such thing as a happy ending.