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Duchess by Design

The Gilded Age Girls Club
Narrated by: Charlotte North
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2018 Maya Rodale (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Caspera
  • 01-11-2018

I really wanted to like it

It has so many great elements. Strong willed heroine, handsome Duke, New York City. But it seems like the author was so determined for the heroine to be a feminist, that it lost a lot of the romance. I am personally a feminist, but I like strong men who know themselves. This guy was just along for the ride. It was hard to invest in either of them. I almost feel like I would have loved it without the romance. The love scene was tepid, at best.

I liked a lot about this book. I am also a huge fan of pockets and strong women and NYC. But it was so so so careful not to offend modern women that it made it hard to get immersed in the Gilded Age.

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  • Tracy T
  • 27-11-2018

Good book and narration

I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good.

The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really liked the women's club that helped Adeline with her shop and the women's movement they were pushing for. I really liked Adeline, she was smart, witty, funny and a strong female lead character. Always a bonus. I liked Kingston too. Lots of great dialogue throughout the entire book!

As for the narration, it was good. I think this is my first Charlotte North narration and she did a great job. I enjoyed her very much. She did a great job on the male voices the accents and had a very nice reading voice.

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  • Sherri Lupton Hollister
  • 13-11-2018

Women Helping Women find their Happy Ever After

"Change the world duke." In Maya Rodale's #inspiring story of romance and glitter during Manhattan's Gilded Age. A dressmaker falls for a Duke. He's come to wed an heiress but when Adeline falls into his arms, what's a duke to do. Torn between love and duty, Brandon and Adeline must decide whether they are willing to take a chance and change the world. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes #Funny #FemaleProtagonist #happyending #Manhattan #GildedAge #historicalromance

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