The Duchess

The Duchess

Paperback - 2003
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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 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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2003.
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books mass market ed.
ISBN: 9780345436955
0345436954
Branch Call Number: Rom
Characteristics: 436 p. ; 18 cm.

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hania4987 Feb 13, 2014

interesting fairy tale set in the high society of Georgian England during the season of the Husband Hunt. 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.

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