This is the first book in a series that follows three sisters. This book is about the oldest daughter: Marcelline Noirot. She and her sisters run a dress shop in London. They are trying to out do their competition. It becomes clear early on that Marcelline is very talented with both designing dresses but also knowing what shapes and colors would be best for her customers. They need one big client to help move the elite shoppers in her direction and they have finally found her. The problem is they have to attract this woman first.
The sisters have set their eyes upon the soon to be Duchess of Clevedon. To get to the duchess-to-be the sisters have decided to attract the attention of the Duke of Clevedon first. This seems a bit backward to me, but Marcelline is very upfront with the Duke so there isn’t a lot of annoying misunderstanding the whole time. Obviously you can see where the trouble lies. You know that the Duke and Marcelline will fall for each other, but the enjoyable part is the journey these two take to get to each other. You also genuinely like the duchess-to-be, but the author handles that very well.
The next book is obviously going to be about the next sister, Sophie and the Duke’s friend, Longmore (also the Duchess-to-be’s brother!). One problem I often have with a series is they make the first hero so wonderful and everything you want to see in your book-men that when the series moves on to another man he seems like less of a catch. I am actually genuinely excited to get to know Longmore better.