Duchess by Design

Duchess by Design

Book - 2018
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In the first novel of Maya Rodale's enthralling new series, an English duke vows to make an American seamstress his duchess.
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062899736
0062899732
Branch Call Number: RF RODALE
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 24 cm

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TSCPL_RachaelS Jul 12, 2019

If you're on the fence about this one, imagine a typical historical romance (Dukes! Dresses! Society! Steamy!) set in New York (i.e. non-English accent narrator for my audiobook lovers) balanced out with a helping of headstrong, go-getter, feminist characters. I personally loved the change of location from the norm as well as the focus on the gilded age girls.

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ApollosRaven
Nov 15, 2018

First in a new series by this author, who writes historical romances with "a modern wink". A light tone, engaging heroine, and facile resolution.

Hillsboro_StephanieC Oct 28, 2018

In some spots, DUCHESS BY DESIGN is wonderful -- the sassy Adeline, the fantastic chemistry of the leads as they dance around their attraction, the Gilded Age/NYC setting, the non-preachy way Rodale addresses the suffragette movement. But it's also set on so flimsy a problem, so easily solved, that the book suffers for it. We know the happy ending is coming, but there are no clever solutions getting us there.

Still, a fun read; light on the physical relationship between the leads, which will make readers looking for more chaste romances happy.

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