The Duchess Deal

The Duchess Deal

Girl Meets Duke

Book - 2017
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Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir--which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.
Publisher: New York, NY : Avon Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9780062697202
Branch Call Number: DAR
Characteristics: 271 pages ; 24 cm.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 04, 2018

I loved this book! Tessa Dare's historical romances are full of strong women, engaging and thoughtful men and a ton of witty banter and humor. I can't help but laugh out loud as I read her books. I totally loved the lightness of this particular story and found all the characters to be very likeable.

JCLRachelN Sep 14, 2017

The first in a new series by Dare introduces Emma, a seamstress, and her three new friends who have interests in animals, science, and astronomy. I enjoyed that Emma works before she is married and continues to express passion in creating garments after the nuptials. Dare does well creating strong female characters. Can't wait to see what she does with the rest of the "Girl Meets Duke" series.

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marthabelle
Aug 07, 2017

A lot of romance novels have a Beauty and the Beast feel to them (since the redemption of the hero is often a key part of the plot), and that is very much the case here, with the hero having been horribly disfigured at Waterloo, and therefore convinced no one will ever love him, etc. Fortunately, since this is a Tessa Dare book, there was plenty of charm and humor to balance out some of the angst (for which I generally have little patience). This was often laugh-out-loud funny, as her books tend to be (there is a cat named Breeches in this book, which is reason enough to read it), and while I don't love the power dynamic of the relationship (the hero is a duke, and the heroine's a seamstress -- I generally prefer both halves of the couple to be on more even footing), I understand its necessity in this particular case (for plot reasons), and this was still thoroughly enjoyable. Not my absolute favorite Tessa Dare book, but a fun summer read that is sure to please her fans.

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