The Duke and I is the start of the much beloved Bridgerton series.
Daphne Bridgerton has been out in society for two years. Unfortunately, she hasn’t had many offers of marriage. It seems the men of the ton look at her as a little sister or a girl-next-door type. The ones who did offer for her were not the type she’d ever want to marry. They were either too old or too dumb.
We often see this trope used in romance novels. The poor miss with a matchmaking mama who hasn’t had an acceptable offer of marriage. Though in this case the matchmaking mama in question has reason to worry – she has another girl getting ready to come out, and 7 siblings at home that need to be married off.
Though the theme can be tiresome, Quinn brings new life to it by bringing Simon and Daphne together in a scheme to put off the matchmaking mamas on both sides. Daphne wants a husband and children, but she doesn’t want to settle for just anyone. Getting the pressure off her by pretending to be courted by a Duke is just what she needs. Not only does it spark renewed interest in her as a catch, but it also buys her time to find a man she really wants.
How do you think Daphne differs from other young misses in regency romances? Did you like her? Do you think she grew over the course of the novel?
We’ll be discussing TDaI all month long. You’re welcome to join in the discussion at any time.