The Duke's Ward (nanowrimo13)
Sophie was recovering from the fever that swept through her little town in the England country side. Her mother had died a few years ago from cancer, so it was just her father raising her. At the age of 16, she becomes an orphan. The fever had claimed so many lives, including her father's. Before he died, he told her not to worry that she would be well taken care of. Before she found out what he meant by that, he was gone. The Duke of Sommerset's carriage came to the tiny parsonage, she was suppose to go to the estate and live with the Duke and Duchess. It seemed that her mother was the Duchess's best friend growing up, and they had made a promise to each other to watch out for each other's children. What she wasn't expecting to find a younger Duke than the one she thought would be there. Nick was a man of every woman's dreams, he was wealthy, handsome, and a Duke. His first wife had passed away at such a young age, he was cold hearted and wished to be in a drunken stupor for the rest of his days. He looked down his nose at Sophie, she was nothing but a poor parson's daughter looking to make a match with a Duke. Sophie was taken under the Duchess's wing and transformed into a beauty that had all the gentlemen asking for her hand. Will Nick change his mind and find love again with Sophie?