How to Forget a Duke by Vivienne Lorret

How to Forget a Duke is my next read. I stopped with the Bridgerton series for the moment because I picked up this book from the library last week and wanted to be certain that I got it read. I found this one on my sister’s recommendation.

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Doctor Graham talking to the Duke

Crispin, Duke of Rydstrom, has applied to the Bourne Matrimonial Agency for help in finding a wife, an heiress to be more precise. But Crispin has a secret that he doesn’t want getting out into society. Yet, our heroine senses this secret and is determined to uncover it.

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Crispin speaking to Doctor Graham

Jacinda Bourne is one of the three sisters that is running the Bourne Matrimonial Agency. She’s the main investigator of all the applicants that come in, looking for a match. Jacinda is determined to find out all the Duke’s secrets.

How to Forget a Duke by Vivienne Lorret

Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)

In How to Forget a Duke, there are several elements that put me in mind of different fairy tales. Jacinda washes up on the shore by the Duke’s castle (much like Ariel in Little Mermaid). The staff of the castle do everything they can to push Crispin and Jacinda together (like in Beauty and the Beast). But in the acknowledgments, you learn that the author is going for a cross between Emma and the Bourne Identity.

Jacinda has amnesia after washing ashore. The doctor, of course, requires that she stay at the Duke’s home while she recovers. Lots of intrigue is afoot as even without her memories, Jacinda seems to get into quite a bit of trouble.


This book is very good and even made me cry. While I generally don’t like books that make me cry, this was a good one. So much so, that I bought the Kindle version shortly after finishing it as well as the two that follow in the series. Now it’s on to Briar’s story.

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