Daily Review: I Close My Eyes by Regina Puckett
November 22, 2017
This delightful novella, with its equally delightful surprise ending, is a wonderful read.
The last thing The Duke of Greystone wants is a wife, until The Lady Jane Blackmore seeks out his quiet corner of Earl Braxton’s ballroom. But there she stands, attempting to shut out the rest of the world by simply closing her eyes, but the duke understands better than most that life is never that simple.
The last thing Jane wants is a husband, until she opens her eyes to find the scarred and much too handsome stranger secluded in her chosen quiet corner. Why can’t the obstinate man understand she just needs a brief moment of solitude before returning to face her tormentors? But no matter how many times she tells him to go away, he remains. So is it her fault that her father misunderstands the young duke’s intentions?
Whilst marriage isn’t on Phillip—as she learns the duke is called—or Jane’s mind, when society’s trials and tribulations come, they soon become each other’s touchstone, and by it discover that joy is tantalisingly within their grasp, although others seem intent on thwarting their every wish.
Excerpt: ‘Phillip ran a finger down her cheek and whispered, “Where do you go to when you close your eyes?” Jane opened them and stepped away. “Sometimes I just have to run away, but then I open my eyes and here I still am.”
In the late 1800’s a woman was expected to obey her parents and do what society expected of them. Jane manages to resist at every turn what is expected of her when she knows in her heart what she must do to remain true to herself. She meets every challenge with courage and grace for a young woman who is expected to fold and withdraw.
Her strength of character, which the author, Regina Puckett portrays with such depth and heartwarming emotion makes this story one to savor and enjoy until the very last page. A very talented author indeed.
By Dayna Leigh Cheser
Lady Jane Blackmore, attending the Earl of Braxton’s ball, searches for a place to hide, her gown ruined by drink stains, caused by her nemesis, Violet. To her dismay, she discovers she is sharing her hiding place with a very handsome man, save a scar on his face. As they’ve not been properly introduced, Lady Jane is scandalized, and fears for her future on the social scene.
The man quickly calls in a mutual friend to arrange for them to properly meet. Lady Jane knew the friend, Robert, the Viscount of Worthington, but doubted he recalled her. She soon found herself introduced to Phillip, the Duke of Greystone.
Then, things get worse. Lady Jane’s father, His Grace Stratton Blackmore, the Duke of Rutherford, levels unfounded accusations against the Duke of Greystone, but to Phillip’s surprise, he also berates his lovely daughter without mercy.
But, Lady Jane is aghast when Phillip declines to defend himself against the most serious of the charges leveled by Stratton Blackmore – that Phillip killed his father.
The evening continued downhill from there. Suddenly, Lady Jane finds herself betrothed to a complete stranger, Phillip, the Duke of Greystone.
Will Phillip rescue Lady Jane from her uncaring father and her devious, hateful step-mother? Her hopes are dashed when she discovers Phillip doesn’t want children. Was she to be a wife in name only, well provided for, but otherwise on her own?
But, all is not as it seems. Can there be happiness amid the pain? Does Lady Jane’s step-mother succeed in murder? And, what of the nemesis, Violet? Does she get what’s due her?
This delightful short story, with its equally delightful surprise ending, is a wonderful read. There is nothing ordinary or routine about Phillip and Jane’s relationship. I give Ms. Puckett’s offering a well-deserved 5-stars.
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