- Title: The Duchess
- Author: Bertrice Small
- ISBN: 9780345434357
- Page: 450
- Format: Paperback
In this lush new novel, Bertrice Small has created a moving story of consuming passion and undeniable love set against the noble splendor of Georgian England As the daughter of the richest man in England, Allegra Morgan attracts a number of fortune hunters willing to overlook her flawed pedigree to gain her enormous wealth Her most ardent suitor is the arrogant butIn this lush new novel, Bertrice Small has created a moving story of consuming passion and undeniable love set against the noble splendor of Georgian England As the daughter of the richest man in England, Allegra Morgan attracts a number of fortune hunters willing to overlook her flawed pedigree to gain her enormous wealth Her most ardent suitor is the arrogant but impoverished Quinton Hunter, duke of Sedgwick, who has little to offer a prospective wife except his grand title Allegra decides that if she must marry, she might as well be a duchess So she agrees to the match with one condition her husband must never ask for her love She has seen the misery love can cause and has vowed to give her heart to no man especially a dangerously alluring duke.Quinton is dazzled by his new wife s grace and fortitude, as well as the fierce desire that rages between them Despite his best intentions, he finds himself falling in love with her Then the terrors of the French Revolution hit close to home, and the two of them set off on a treacherous adventure that could cost them everything including their final chance at happiness.
Recent Comments "The Duchess"
Pretty much nothing happens for the first three quarters of the book, then the author crams a mini Scarlet Pimpernel adventure (rescuing an Aristo family from the clutches of Madame Guillotine) and a mini Oscar Wilde play (the (view spoiler)[Italian Contessa (hide spoiler)] was really her long lost mother, pass the smelling salts!) before concluding with an entirely unnecessary epilogue. Not one of my favorite Bertrice Smalls to be sure. Lots of skimming.
Although I loved the wonderful Skye O'Malley by Ms. Small, I had begun to shy away from any more of Ms. Small's books because, frankly, I was sick of Skye's many children and grandchildren. I'm gratified to see that Ms. Small has gotten away from the O'Malley saga and has turned her attention to creating other characters far and away from Skye. Having said that, however, The Duchess isn't one of her best efforts. Allegra is beautiful, rich and accomplished. But she's almost too perfect. She's in [...]
Just finished this book. I enjoyed it, although I don't think I would read it again. It was well written, and I was always interested in the storyline, although it wasn't what you would call and 'exciting' story. There was only one part you could call suspenseful, and it wasn't highly so. If you like historical fiction, with more emphasis on the day-to-day life of the incredibly wealthy, then you would enjoy this book. If not, then I would pass and choose something else to read. I would give it [...]
Would very much like to rate this lower than 1. I was hoping for a silly trashy romance when I grabbed this off my mothers bookshelf. What I got was SO EFFING BORING that I got halfway through and gave up -- and I NEVER quit reading books halfway throughDon't waste your time.
So far, it's so-so. My biggest gripe with this novel is the stilted dialogue. Perhaps it's intentional - to be consistent with the pragmatic nature of the relationship between the hero & the heroine Then again, I'm only about 40% of the way done (according to my Kindle) - maybe it'll pick up or I'll change my mind about the rating by the time I'm done.~~~~~~~~No such luck even the adventure they had in France seemed anticlimactic. Towards the end Allegra just came off as a petulant little [...]
After a couple of chapters, this felt very formulaic. The author would use about a page of text to describe all of the foods served at a banquet. Then she would use about a page of text to describe the clothing worn by various characters. I can understand doing this once or twice to establish a settingbut this was repetitive and dull. It read like the diary of a housewife, describing what she ate or sewed that day.Towards the end, there was a pretty graphic description of a minor character being [...]
I used to like Bertrice Small when I read the first Skye O'Malley books. But they too get old when they are written about all of her children and grandchildren. I thought I would enjoy this book, but I think I wasted my time reading it. It just wasn't that exciting or well written. In this book she spends way too much time describing trivial things. She has a page and a half describing the food served. She also has a page and a half describing the bedroom. I like good descriptive authors like Li [...]
If you are new to the author you would probably rate this higher. If you have read her earlier books you may be a tad bit disappointed.Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the book. I just didn't feel this book was up to Bertrice Small's high standards. Perhaps she had intended it to be a series and instead crammed it into one book instead. Thus leaving it to feel a little rushed. I felt the main characters, who were newly wed, should have had a little more conflict. And there were a couple of incide [...]
interesting fairy tale set in the high society of Georgian England during the season of the Husband Hunt. The story's central characters are Quinton, the man with the bluest blood in England, and Allegra the daughter of the richest man in England and a very enlightened parent. It's written with a light touch and a good sense of humor. The only unnecessary and really jarring note in the story is the Pimpernel-like escapade in France. A good quick read.
Not one of her best, and I've read a lot of them. Too lazy to look them up but many of the phrases used seemed anachronistic. Okay, I looked one up; trip the light fantastic. Although it's attributed to Milton, that exact phrasing is about a century after this book is set. enpedia/wiki/Trip_theIt was just boring, to be honest. No real drama, no real enemy to thwart, and a heroine who seemed a spoiled brat. Romance by the numbers.
Continuing to clear out books from my shelves I happened upon another Beatrice Small-- This one was fun-- romantic, exciting, unpredictable and sexy-- what more could a book be? England's wealthiest woman marries England's bluest of bluebloods- neither believing in love but finding out that like the Easter Bunny and Father Christmas-- it really does exist-- somewhere deep in your heart! Enjoy!
I had so much fun with this book. It has all these great classic romance elements - headstrong heroine, couple starting off with a major misunderstanding, a little bit of adventure, fancy dresses, and of course a happy ending. It's really not at all realistic, but that is part what I enjoy about books like this. It's the best kind of escapism there is!
This. was. terrible. No discernible plot, a ridiculous amount of meandering, no crisis point, shallow immature charactersI kept reading thinking that something, anything was going to happen to rescue the book from itself, but it didn't. Thank goodness I'm a speed reader, so I'm only out a couple of hours, but I'd still like that time back.
I used to read Beatrice Small back in the 80's. The writing hasn't changed much. This is a standard regency-style romance, and, frankly, not very exciting. Surprisingly little happens in the plot of the story. She spends way too much time describing the clothing and the food, not enough making the characters interesting.
I have to say that while this book was likely one of the most historically accurate, unfortunately, the plot got a bit tedious for me. Allegra seemed like a spoiled, rich girl, which I suppose she was, while her husband, Quinton, a duke, was proud, but rather dull. Took me awhile to read and since this was my first Bertrice Small book (R.I.P.) for a best selling author, I was expecting more.
I read this back when I had an entire summer to fill with reading. I used to allow myself a certain allotment of, ahem, so called trashy romance novels. This one actually had historical detail and a good story. But I've burned out on the genre. The sexism of historical eras (and modern writers) makes me gnash my teeth.
This was the perfect weekend read for a cooler day with coffee outdoors. The characters were likeable, the storyline well thought out, and I adored the descriptions of the food and dress of the 18th century! Definitely an enjoyable read!
I dont think this is THAT bad of a book---the reviews were bad, but I dont think that it was horrible. Not Small's best work, and definently NOT Skye O Malley---but entertaining enough, if not a little bit unbelievable when they go to France to rescue someone.
I didn't like it. The plot practically didn't exist, and the book read like a long description of clothes and food, with a couple of textbook-like info about different buildings or historical characters. I couln't care less for Allegra and her duke.
There's no conflict in this book until maybe the last 15%, and then it is only because the heroine starts acting wildly out of character. It is both bizarre and lame. The author also spends way too much time describing food. And the characters eat a lot.
Really a 2 1/2. The names are irritating. Allegra. Pandora. Sepetimis. Olympia. Honor. A common trait among romance is the determination of the main characters to not fall in love. Then they do.
DumbThere is more detail and depth in the descriptions of the food than there is of the heroine. It's just dumb lol
Really 2.5 stars
Good. Like others better.
strange ending and not accurate to period
Diverting 1794 mind candy. I just like historical romances.
I liked this book. definitely a good read.
While I did find the main female character a little frustratingly stubborn on occasion it wasn't enough to take away from the book at all. I loved it. :)
This book was a DNF for me, which was so dissappointing as I usually love Bertrice Small. It was very slow moving.
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