STORY-LINE A BEAUTY FOR THE SCARRED DUKE BY BRIDGET BARTON:
Isabella Tate and Elliot Covington, The Duke of Coldwell, have starring roles in author Bridget Barton‘s latest historical Regency novel, A Beauty For the Scarred Duke. As children,Isabella and her best friend Esme, told stories of the monster who lived in the old mansion. A monster who lived in the same county they do.
Elliot, The Duke of Coldwell, scarred for life by fire, lived in seclusion for eighteen years; alone and grieving the ones he loved. He’s the monster Isabella and Esme spoke of. Elliott’s a scarred lonely man. He isolated himself from the world because of his deformity. His scars run deeper than the physical.
Isabella’s hard-hearted father, The Earl of Upperton, has decided it’s time she marry. He’s desperately in need of money for his heir, Anthony. He sells Isabella in marriage. He has chosen, none other, than the scarred Duke of Coldwell. Believing Elliot a monster, Isabella’s frighten to death. Forced into the marriage by her father, Isabella finds Elliot’s face frightful; on one side would frighten children, and the other, win any woman’s hand in England. So begins the marriage of Elliot and Isabella. Will Isabella be able to overlook Elliot’s scars to see the true man inside? Can Elliot let go of his guilt to live life to the fullest with Isabella? Can this marriage survive it’s flawed beginnings? Will love bloom between these two people in need of love and security? My Regency romance book reviews of A Beauty For The Scarred Duke follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
A Beauty For The Scarred Duke‘s filled with intense emotion and a touch of mystery. Barton skillfully wove into the story-line how Elliot’s scarred; holding it close to the chest and revealing details only when necessary. Barton added a touch of mystery with the ruined tower. Through descriptive and skillful writing, I could feel Isabella’s fear of Elliot and her evolving regard. I could see Elliot’s scars and the burned tower. As well as, his home and the beautiful grounds in my mind’s eye.
Barton slowly developed the bond between Elliot and Isabella. She gave them time to know each other and accept what could