Book Clubs! Laura Lee Guhrke
THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE AND DUKES–
Dear Lady Truelove . . . I have fallen in love, truly and completely in love, for the first time. The man whom I hold in such passionate regard, however, is not of my station. He is a painter, a brilliant artist. Needless to say, my family would not approve . . .
Henry, Duke of Torquil, wouldn’t be caught reading the wildly popular “Dear Lady Truelove” column, but when its advice causes his mother to embark on a scandalous elopement, an outraged Henry decides the author of this tripe must be stopped before she can ruin any more lives. Though Lady Truelove’s identity is a closely guarded secret, Henry has reason to suspect the publisher of the notorious column, beautiful and provoking Irene Deverill, is also its author.
For Irene, it’s easy to advise others to surrender to passion, but when she meets the Duke of Torquil, she soon learns that passion comes at a price. When one impulsive, spur-of-the-moment kiss pulls her into a scorching affair with Henry, it could destroy her beloved newspaper, her career, and her independence. But in the duke’s arms, surrender is so, so sweet . . .
- Henry and Irene differ somewhat in their view about whether women should achieve the vote. How do you think such differences of opinion might have affected actual couples of the time? Would it have caused serious rifts in their marriages? Broken up courting couples?
- Irene writes the Dear Lady Truelove column as a sort of Dear Abby, using letters from actual people and offering them her true opinion about what they should do. What repercussions might such an author face in an era before lawsuits become common?
- Henry’s mother, the Dowager Duchess of Torquil, embarks on an elopement with the man she loves, a man society would deem unsuitable in every way. Her choice leads to serious social consequences for herself and her family. Faced with possible shunning by friends and relatives, having your social life dry up, but knowing your mother would be marrying the man she loves, if you were one of Henry’s sisters, how would you feel about it all? What would you do?