Duchess by Design

Duchess by Design

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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...

In Gilded Age Manhattan, anything can happen...

Seeking a wealthy American bride who can save his family's estate, Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, is a rogue determined to do the right thing. But his search for an heiress goes deliciously awry when an enchanting seamstress tumbles into his arms instead.

...and true love is always in fashion

Miss Adeline Black aspires to be a fashionable dressmaker--not a duchess--and not even an impossibly seductive duke will distract her. But Kingston makes an offer she can't refuse: join him at society events to display her gowns and advise him on which heiresses are duchess material. It's the perfect plan--as long as they resist temptation, avoid a scandal, and above all do not lose their hearts.

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
ISBN: 9780062838803
Characteristics: 371 pages ; 17 cm.


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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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