Book Review #215: Lord Sebastian’s Secret

Author: Jane Ashford

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction

Language: English

Series, if any: The Duke’s Sons, Book 3

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Date of publication: 3 January 2017

No. Of pages: 384


Lord Sebastian Gresham is the epitome of military might and excellence. Being the third son of a duke, he is wealthy as well. The only problem is: He can’t read. It’s a secret that no one knows except for his valet; and certainly he can not reveal it to his new bride-to-be. 

Lady Georgina Stane is known for her blonde beauty and witty mind. She is the definition of a perfect bride. Her only problem is her eccentric family. She hopes that Lord Sebastian doesn’t see this as a character failing and call off the wedding. 


I love regency novels, but when they are about breaking the societal norms, it becomes more endearing. Both the lead characters have a lesson to teach. While Georgina has an eccentric family who disabuses all kinds of societal norms that are in reality nothing short of trappings, Sebastian struggles with a reading disorder that couldn’t be diagnosed or tolerated in a Victorian era. The setting of the book and the contrast brought by the characters, imparts a color that will engage the readers till the very end.

 The style of narration keeps in touch with the archaic setting of the book. However, there are quite a few glaring grammatical errors that needs to be corrected. Though the title reflects the plotline, it definitely doesn’t match the previous two installment of the series. 

My opinion: Quite a refreshing book with enough candour and colorful characters to keep the readers involved. 

My rating: 4 out of 5


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