What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

I felt the need to return back in time for another historical romance so I decided to read What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell. It’s of a similar style to Julia Quinn’s books so I thought I would like it.

A quote from What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

Edgar Rochester, Duke of Banksford, needs a governess. His twins are a handful to say the least. They’ve run off the last four governesses that he’s hired in the short time they have been with him. He’s at his wit’s end since he’s also working on his steam engine to make it lighter and more portable.

A quote from What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

Mari Perkins is an orphan who has made her way to London from Derbyshire. Mari, whose name rhymes with starry, is late for an appointment with Mrs. Trilby, the owner of a governess service. Due to Mari being late, she fails to get the position that she was promised. Fortunately, while she was leaving, Dunkirk comes in complaining about her position with the Duke of Banksford. So Mari knows where to head next.

What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)

In What a Difference a Duke Makes, Mari, who is looking into her past, applies to the Duke to be the governess for his unruly children. She’s kind of forceful and takes charge (think Mary Poppins with Mr. Banks). In fact, there are several points when you might think of Mary Poppins for Mari Perkins.

The Duke, however, is a very busy man, trying to design a new steam engine that will help the railway with transportation easier. Not only the railway, but the fire brigade as well. Yet, he finds himself tempted by Mari-rhymes-with-starry.


What a Difference a Duke Makes made me think not only of Mary Poppins, but Jane Eyre. I mean, Edgar Rochester is incredibly close to Edward Rochester, right? The twins are precocious and wonderfully written. There’s just so much to like about this book. I definitely recommend for anyone who likes historical romances.

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