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The one woman he will never forget

Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer's end. There is only one problem - he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive

After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal - to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal: Sera can have her freedom just as soon as she finds her replacement - which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny

The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day The Day of the Duchess.

©2017 Sarah Trabucchi (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Narrator just ruined the book for me

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Perhaps in print but not in audio version.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Justine Eyre?

No, her over dramatization prevents me from actually getting into the story. The male voices are the worst. Usually I complete a book before moving on to another, but this book required breaks. Just couldn't listen for very long even though I've enjoyed Sarah MacLean's books in the past.

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Disappointing

Oh, it kills me to not enjoy a Sarah MacLean book. And I hate to write a less than stellar review. But this book was not enjoyable. The writing was fantastic, as usual, and the dialogue was typical SM, witty and fun especially when the sisters were involved. I just didn't like the entire premise of the story. And the whole regency version of The Bachelor was a little much. The plot is available elsewhere so I'm not going into it but there was too much angst and annoyance for me to enjoy. Sure, a good book will tug at all emotions and I like that. This book just made me uncomfortable and finishing it was, frankly, a chore - something no other of Sarah's books has ever done. She's a fabulous author but this is not her best.

Justine Eyre does her fabulous good work with the narration of the audiobook. At times it was difficult to determine right away which dialogue was spoken and which was only thought. Not the narrator's fault but something authors may want to keep in mind.

I'm so disappointed by this book. I assume Sarah MacLean will give us more great books in the future.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 10-17-17

Loved it!

Loved this story! I though Seraphina was amazing and brutally honest. I loved her spunk and wit. She was strong and wanted a divorce. HAHA! in the 1800's. Too funny. I really liked Malcolm too. He knew he screwed up and was taking his punishment, sort of. LOL

The story line and plot was great. I really enjoyed it. Too funny when he made her come to a house party to select the candidate to replace her as his wife. OMG the sisters are hilarious. Love them all.

I am looking forward to "The American's" story. LOL

As for the narration, it's Justine Eyre so you know what your getting. She does the men's voices well, albeit they all sound the same mostly. She is not my favorite but I can definitely listen to her.

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So good!

I could hardly put it down, and I loved the humor. Some new plot twists really livened the story. It was nice to see earlier characters making an appearance.

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I really wanted to LOVE the audio but I didn't.

What did you love best about The Day of the Duchess?

I love the story. I have the ebook and audiobook but the narration ruined it for me.

What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I honestly didn't enjoy Justine Eyre's voice. I think it just lacked the passion and age of characters. When I read the ebook, their voices and character had more passion and I cried reading it because the emotion was there. Justine Eyre just didn't deliver it for me.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried reading the book myself.

Any additional comments?

Sarah Maclean is my queen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I enjoyed this second chance of romance

Read for Review/Listened for Fun (Avon/Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.50

Quick Thoughts: Anyone else finish going give me The American!! I enjoyed this second chance of romance and twist on the person who knew from the beginning what they wanted. As always, Sarah tackled a strong woman who wanted more out of life than she was allowed and a man strong enough to give her that. Really wonderful listen.

Audio Thoughts: Narrated by Justine Eyre who just does a wonderful job with Historical Romances. This was no different as she brought these characters alive and made the story sparkle.

Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews :)

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Enjoyable, yet overly dramatic plot

What did you like best about The Day of the Duchess? What did you like least?

The story was original by the historical romance genre standards, the author’s style is an enjoyable blend of humor and snappy dialogue. The characters were fully fleshed and went through interesting and complicated emotions.

What did you like best about this story?

The premise of the book and the author's style.

Would you be willing to try another one of Justine Eyre’s performances?

Not particularly, I found her slightly irritating. However, I have to say that she read thru the overly dramatic scenes in a way that made them much more palatable and enjoyable.

Was The Day of the Duchess worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Too much drama

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Another great book

Great writer and great reader..this is the same reader as before..i love her voice..thanks for the excellent escape

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A SAD BUT BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY

If you could sum up The Day of the Duchess in three words, what would they be?

Sad, HEA

What did you like best about this story?

The Epilog

What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

Great Narrator. Yes I liked Justine Eyre

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

N/A

Any additional comments?

I never thought in a million years that I would "like" let alone come to "love" the character Malcolm Bevingstoke Duke of Haven. We meet Haven in bk1 "The Rogue Not Taken" which is King's Marquis of Eversley and Sophia the Youngest Talbot sister of Seraphina/Sera Duchess of Haven Malcolm's wife. I hated Malcolm. But I was anxious for there story to be told and I was not disappointed.

Malcolm proves that true love never dies and that people can overcome huge mistakes in there lives. If they are welling to grovel a lot and to change there behavior and admit the errors of there ways and to say I am sorry. I loved how he pursued his wife Sera after she returns 2yrs 7months after there separation to seek a divorce. I love the way Seraphina has grown as a person and how she also, came to realize that running away never solves anything. The epilog was excellent and I loved that Sera and Malcolm got there "Big HEA"!! After so much sorrow and lost time they deserved the HEA they got.

There were a few disappointments. One is a pet peeve of mind and that is a Historical Romance author as good as Sarah MacLean should know how the titles of the aristocracy worked. She constantly referred to the daughter of a Baron as Lady!! A Barons child would never have the honorary title of Lady before her name. Neither does a Viscount child/children. They were only Honorable Mr. Or Miss. Ms. MacLean should have know better or her editor should have know better. Also, the going back and forth in years in the beginning of the story made it less cohesive. The story went back and fourth from 1833 through 1836. One minute we would be in 1836 and then switch to `1833 or a834. I am not fawned of reminiscing back and fourth through the years like that. It would have been better if the story started from the beginning of when they met and then preceded on to what happen to separate them. It would have been a better transition of the storyline. However with all that said I Really Liked The Day of the Duchess. I read it straight through now stop.


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Ugh! Another Let Down

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I LOVED King and Sophie's story - the first in this Scandal and Scoundrel series! I listened to it a few times. I hated the second in the series about King's Scotties friend - so much so not worth going back to find his name or the name of the book. Had high hopes this third would redeem the series as it focused on Sophie's eldest sister who we learn of her and her Duke in the first King book.

I felt this story dragged on and on and there were SO many repetitions within the book - how many times did we need to read (or listen) to the Duke tossed into the pond by Sophie? The only good parts were when the sisters were all together and they were too few to make this a fun read.

I listened to King's book all at once, this one took many, many attempts as I fell asleep numerous times trying to get through it. The ending was roll your eyes worthy and I was happy it was over. Could have been an excellent conclusion but fell as flat as the Duke in the pond.. sorry - like the author and the other prior series about the gaming hell but this one.. PASS!