Kathryn, Duchess of Harrington, has it all, a handsome husband, wealth, and social status so why does she feel like she is just playing a part?! In The Real Duchesses of London: Kathryn the Kitten by Lavinia Kent we meet a group of women who are the leaders of the Ton of London but we don’t always get along and where everything is not as it seems. Kathryn loves her husband but finds it difficult to move beyond the role as Duchess that she has been trained for and that everyone else says she does so well. When a caricature of her and the other leaders of the Ton start circulating London she calls a meeting to discuss what should be done about it. But when you get this many powerful women together in one room secrets are bound to be discovered and the one involving Kathryn’s husband may be the final straw ending her marriage.
The Real Duchesses of London is the first Avon Impulse that I have read, released as almost a serial novel Kathryn the Kitten is the first installment of the collection. Each individual story isn’t very long, I finished Kathryn in one afternoon, but the story will encompass all the shorter stories. Katherine was the perfect wife but she was unable to connect to her husband because of her upbringing and what is considered “proper” in the aristocracy. I admired her strength and her belief that all the ladies in the caricature were essentially good. I am interested and intrigued to read the rest of the ladies stories. Lavinia’s exploration of our upbringing shaping who we are was interesting and intriguing, after reading so many historical romance novels that are incorrect on this aspect it was fabulous reading about how a character would have truly reacted in that situation.
Author: Lavinia Kent
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way