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Peek Inside The Duke's Quandary

Drake, Duke of Manchester, has everything planned. This season he’ll marry a woman who will be the perfect duchess and a docile wife. Then he’s introduced to Penelope Clayton, the socially awkward houseguest his family has tasked him to prepare for the ton. Each lesson draws them closer, and he finds himself unable to resist her. But society can be cruel, and social expectations have a way of making decisions for you.

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She’ll never belong in his world, but he cannot resist her…

London 1814…

Drake, Duke of Manchester is searching the Marriage Mart for a perfect bride. He wants a woman who is poised, sophisticated, and worthy of the title Duchess. But most of all, he wants a woman who does not want the useless emotion of love.

Socially awkward Miss Penelope Clayton isn’t meant for marriage. A serious botanist, she has no desire to wed, so being forced by her guardian to participate in the Season to find a husband is torture. She’ll never fit in with the ton, especially if they discover she’s been pretending to be a man within the scientific community.

As Drake’s family makes over Penelope, turning her from naive bluestocking to enchanting debutante, he is put upon to introduce her to society and eligible bachelors. Despite dance lessons and new gowns, Penelope is the opposite of poised and sophisticated as she stumbles from one mishap to the next. Why then, does he find it so hard to resist her?


"A sweet, enjoyable, lovely romance, The Duke's Quandary was a wonderful read." --Farrah, Goodreads

"If you want an AA+ read then The Duke's Quandary fits that bill - it is a must read!" --Talking Books, Goodreads

"Every so often I come across a book that I know I will want to read over and over. The Dukes Quandary is exactly one of those books. I was enchanted from almost the beginning." -Suzannah, Goodreads

"This story tugged at my heartstrings as well as tickled my funny bone. I highly recommend this book." --Brenda Hughes, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622664641
Series: Marriage Mart Mayhem, Book 2
Release Date: Mar 10, 2014
Page Count: 285
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: forced proximity, opposites attract

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By Michelle May 15, 2018

2016: As I read The Earl's Return first (which is the sixth book in this series) I thought I should go back and read the rest of the series. I wanted to start with Drake and Penelope's story because they seem to be an amazing couple, so connected and in love that I wanted to know more. Their story i ...more

By Farrah February 25, 2014

A sweet, enjoyable, lovely romance, The Duke's Quandary was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was a delightful historical romance.

Penelope was a lovely heroine. She was very kind and a genuinely likable character. She was extremely clumsy and never seemed to say the right thing in Socie ...more

By Alba May 10, 2020

Penélope ha vivido su vida desde que su padre ha muerto, en el campo. Ella es feliz allí, amante de la botánica tiene todo lo que necesita a su alcance. Hasta que las peores noticias le llegan: su tía y su tutor se han puesto de acuerdo en que debe asistir a una temporada en Londres para encontrar m ...more

By Nicole February 25, 2014

Charming Regency romance 5 stars! I was privilege to receive from Callie Hutton an eARC of THE DUKE’S QUANDARY, her soon to be released book ! Even though, this story was a little predictable, I really enjoyed it. This book is one of her best writings! It’s the second book in the Marriage Mart Mayhe ...more

By Talking March 03, 2014

Summation Of The Book:
The Duke Of Manchester is seeking a bride. One who acts accordingly, behaves and who he deems worthy for the title of Duchess.

Penelope Clayton - a socially awkward botanist who never intends to marry. However forced to participate in the society season under the full judgement ...more

By Sharon February 25, 2014

I was given The Duke's Quandry by the author in an ARC for an honest review. So here goes:

This book started off slow, not that it didn't have a lot happening it did, but it took awhile for it to really build to the romantic part and when it did, well it was wonderful. The story features our heroine, ...more

By Stacy March 11, 2014

I liked this book. What I enjoyed the most was the laughter. I laughed for almost every chapter. There was something just so sweet and heart warming about the heroine. However, it was this same sweetness that made me not love her absolutely. There were times I felt like she had no backbone, absolute ...more

By Patty March 09, 2014

Callie Hutton

I was totally HONORED and HUMBLED by Callie Hutton with an advance copy of her upcoming new release THE DUKE'S QUANDARY, the second book in THE MARRIAGE MART MAYHEM series. It was a hero and heroine who could not be more different from each other. Penelope Clayton is a plant crazy, klutzy, glass ...more

By Maria August 29, 2014

Wanting a Perfect Dutchess

Drake, Duke of Manchester wanted the perfect Dutchess this season. He was to do his duty to marry and produce an heir. He was relegated with being in charge of trying to bring out into society a girl from the country this season along side one of his sisters.

Penelope, was a ...more

By Lori August 06, 2014

I enjoyed this story and the characters. They were all so charming. Penelope the awkward wallflower who spent most of her life far outside of society and Drake a Duke looking for the perfect woman to be his perfect Duchess. It was fun to read how these two people found what they never thought t ...more

By Janet March 15, 2014

I reviewed this over at Heroes and Heartbreakers. The review's a bit long.

It is a truth universally to be accepted by readers of historical romance that a young woman, if beloved by the man of her dreams, will blossom under the sun of love and acceptance. Thi ...more

By Suzannah February 28, 2018

Every so often I come across a book that I know I will want to read over and over. The Duke’s Quandary is exactly one of those books. I was enchanted from almost the beginning. Miss Penelope Clayton is a lovely character filled with beauty and imperfections….very, very relatable imperfections. “He t ...more

By Nessa October 16, 2018


OUR HERO is a Duke. He's also trying to follow in the footsteps of what a Duke is supposed to be like - behaviour, conduct and even the kind of wife he should ...more

By Nicole February 10, 2017

Si vous aimez, une belle histoire d'amour, du temps de la Régence, Le dilemme du duc, écrit par Callie Hutton, vous plaira sûrement. Cette histoire est charmante, avec une touche particulière d'humour!

C'est l'histoire de Penelope, une jeune femme timide, maladroite dont sa seule passion est la botan ...more

By Brenda Hughes February 08, 2019

I absolutely loved this book. Drake, Duke of Manchester, is set on finding a Duchess. Only the perfect lady will do. Love has no place in his plan to find her. Lady Penelope does not want a husband, but finds herself having to find one at her Aunts insistence. She is happier digging in the dirt peru ...more

By Pauline April 14, 2019

Penelope gadis biasa yang sering ceroboh, kikuk, dan tidak terbiasa dengan kehidupan bangsawan. Yang membuatnya istimewa dia juga seorang peneliti botani. Namun bibi dan walinya menginginkan agar dirinya mengikuti Season di London untuk mencari suami.

Drake, Duke of Manchester, mendapatkan tugas meng ...more

By Yuanita May 14, 2020

I actually enjoyed this more than Coventry's. To me, this one holds deeper feeling. Both were burdened by their own feeling and realistic. Though I'd preferred for the heroine to be more decessive about her glasses. I, however, don't know how glasses are perceived then. The ending is somewhat easy t ...more

By Betty May 13, 2020


A trip well worth the read. A Duke who doesn’t want to love and a woman who never thinks she will is a match made in heaven. Both of them have to come from different directions to meet with live in the middle. Really enjoyed this book and will read more in this series ...more

By natalie June 30, 2019

Great book!

I loved everything about this book and the whole series! I've read many different writers and I consider Call I Hutton to be the best.

By Amy June 03, 2017

Really enjoyed this second in this series. Can't wait to read more! ...more

By Diana's August 16, 2018

Funny and super sweet ...more

By Kirsten October 22, 2019

A delightful and heartwarming heroine in the form of a botanist dedicated to her science but lacking in some of the social graces. And predictably Duke who finds her unsuitable but irresistible. ...more

By Lynnette March 24, 2020

Female Regency scientists are always fun ...more

By Mary May 05, 2017

I enjoyed Penelope's humor and her friendship with his sisters, especially bringing Marion out of her room. Being yourself is the best way to get a good man. ...more

By Susan June 04, 2020

So I read book 2 first which I’m happy with as I enjoyed it more than book 1. ...more

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Callie Hutton

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Callie Hutton

Callie Hutton, USA Today bestselling author writes both Western Historical and Regency romance with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, a daughter-in-law, twin grandsons and her top cheerleader husband (although thankfully not all in the same home!). Living in the Midwest provides plenty of opportunities for Callie do pursue her interests: researching history, meeting readers, spending time with her adorable two year old twin grandsons, and discovering new adventures. Callie loves to hear from readers and welcomes the opportunity to become friends, both in person or virtually. Find her online: and sign up for her newsletter at:

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