Following the recommendation of an author I admire, Ilona-Andrews.com, who blogged last week about reading An American Duchess on her vacation, I one-clicked this book and am happy I did. Set in the early 1800s, the book opens with a marriage proposal between Cedric, a second son of a duke, and Merry, an American heiress, who has accompanied her aunt and uncle to London so she can find a husband. Back in America, Merry broke off two engagements and tarnished her reputation, so she travels to London for a fresh start. Her mother was from England, and Merry joins the eligible English girls with their pool of bachelors. Merry and her aunt find the English parties are hard work: English manners are arcane, people are not as they seem, and making fun of people for their mistakes is a sport. Merry learns as she goes. She and her aunt must endure the aristocratic pretensions, arcane manners and prejudices toward American colonists. To complicate things, for an intelligent woman, Merry is a poor judge of character, not discerning enough in a sea of sophisticated poseurs, and we soon learn she has made a third disastrous mistake with her engagement to Cedric. All is not lost: Cedric has an unmarried twin brother, the honorable and entrepreneurial Duke of Trent, tall, strong and unfashionable. He meets Merry on a balcony at a party, a romantic triangle forms, and events unfold. Fun!