Regency England just got real(ity)
Episode 2: The One with the Fake Baby
Rumors abound – everyone has heard that Linnette, the Dowager Duchess of Doveshire is pregnant. Beautiful, young, with more freedom than any respectable woman should want, Linnette is no stranger to a little gossip. But her friends can’t help her brave the fallout, because this time Linnette has done something naughty…
Linette, the Dowager Duchess of Doveshire, is haunted by the scandal sheets proclaiming that she's pregnant. Her lover, James, the new Duck of Doveshire, doesn't know anything about the rumors, only that he has Linette in his life again after an eight-year absence, and he means to keep her there.
The novella is bookended by The Maids, so we're given a recap of sorts at the beginning and a foreshadowing of who the next novella will feature at the end. There's "staged" drama, thanks to Linette and her rivalry with Elizabeth, and while it doesn't ring as true as it would on the television series, its intended meaning is there (which also lends a bit of comic relief).
Another great installment of The Real Duchesses of London!
(A very special thank you to Avon, Harper Collins and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Linette, the Lioness.)