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5.0 out of 5 starsDeveraux’s Duchess
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2019
Purchased this book on kindle for two dollars more than what it cost in 2017, but the storyline is worth it. Jude Deveraux is a wonderful writer, better than Danielle Steel or Nora Roberts, who are excellent themselves, and she knows how to develope a character to keep a reader’s interest better than any romance novelist I’ve ever read. What is great about this particular novel is that the title character is not the main protagonist and the heroine winds up with a mysterious man she has secretly admired long before. The book is the most intriguing of the Montgomery sagas with two love triangles instead of one. I have read several Romantic tales set in Scotland. This is by far the best.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2020
This was a very non typical romance novel in that our heroine and the hero are very different. Claire Willoughby is a young American heiress engaged to a British Duke, Harry Montgomery who is almost broke. Her family wants the title and his needs her inheritance from a grandfather. The story takes a twist where Claire, by accident literally, meets Harry's older brother whom is supposed to be dead. Trevelyan has returned from his adventure under cover living in the old West wing of the castle. He is the true heir to the title but doesn't want it so is happy to let Harry play the part so far. I liked how Claire & Trevelyan meet and interact with each other. Claire is a modest, innocent as well as intelligent but he is rather bohemian. He has an Arabic man servant, he speaks several languages, he wears non traditional clothing and has no time for fools. Claire thinks she loves Harry but soon finds out the aristocracy have very strict social customs. Americans are not highly thought of; also Harry ignores her since he feels like his job is done. Trevelyan, on the other hand, is intrigued by this young innocent American girl. Also Claire loves Scottish history and follows the exploits of Capt Frank Baker. Their story is very emotional as Claire grows to realise that love is more than a physical attraction. She finds out that heroes have feet of clay. There are secondary characters like her sister Brat who spice up this story or add an element of treachery like the current Duchess, Harry's mother. My only issue was the ending; it was too short. Some secondary characters could've either been cut out or their parts reduced. Diamondgirl
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2015
I liked the story. I do believe that it wasn't as good as black Lyon. This is due to because it was too slow in the beginning. Claire seemed too gullible and easily was falling in love with Harry. I was also getting frustrated on the fact that Claire was still willing to marry Harry when she's 100 percent in love with Trevelyan. I was also little bit confuse when Villie and Claire met up the first time. She thought he was old. So, all throughout what 2 or 3 chapters I thought Trevally was an old man. Then, all of a sudden he started looking like a very good looking guy. I was also hoping that Harry wouldn't be the duke. But then what would happen to Claire's little sister. I guess that made sense. I was a little frustrated with Harry. I was hoping that he was going to fight for Claire a little bit more in the ending.
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2014
I really loved this book. And let me just say, I was picturing Luke Evans of the Hobbit movies as Trevelyan! Anyway, I was sucked into this from the start. I was afraid it would be slow starting, the kind of thing where its taking the heroine forever to travel to the Scottish castle..but not so. We have a few pages of set up and then we're off, she meets Trevelyan and I fell in love.
He certainly wasn't perfect, but neither was she and I loved seeing how they grew as people together. I rather liked Claire and thought she was a breath of fresh air in a genre where the heroines can sometimes be whiny, spineless, and weepy but instead, she was smart and full of life. My one quibble was that for as smart as she was, she kept insisting that she loved Harry and couldn't ever see that maybe he was only after her money. Even if she didn't want to admit to loving Trev, she should have at least admitted that she clearly knew him better than her finance. Then at the end she kept crying she doesn't know Trev... but she knew Harry??? The one good thing was that other characters point all this out to her so I realized she had to come to these realizations on her own.
Nonetheless, its a great romance and it kept me thoroughly entertained so I couldn't ask for more. I loved that it wasn't a "duke marries for money and then really falls for her" story because those are a dime a dozen. This was unique and a true keeper! It is my second Jude Deveraux book and won't be my last!
JD is a bit of a hit and miss author for me. Some of her books are fantastic - will forever be on my bookshelf, some are just awful and others just a enjoyable read that I probably wont repeat. This book fall into the last category. I didn't rate the male character who I found just a bit too arrogant for his own good although the female character was better. I enjoyed the twists and turns and general plot but unlikely to read it again. Enjoyable on a windy rainy afternoon.