Autumn Duchess: A Georgian Historical Romance

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A beautiful duchess mourns for her beloved.
A sun-bronzed merchant returns to claim a birthright.
Disparate souls in need of love and renewal.
Paths cross and the journey begins...

The Roxton family saga continues. Set in Hampshire, England 1777, this is the story of Antonia, Dowager Duchess of Roxton, and how she emerges from utter despair ...

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Overview

A beautiful duchess mourns for her beloved.
A sun-bronzed merchant returns to claim a birthright.
Disparate souls in need of love and renewal.
Paths cross and the journey begins...

The Roxton family saga continues. Set in Hampshire, England 1777, this is the story of Antonia, Dowager Duchess of Roxton, and how she emerges from utter despair after the death of her husband and soul mate to unexpectedly find love again.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780987243034
  • Publisher: Sprigleaf
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 1,281,655
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Posted November 14, 2011

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    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Fiona I. for Readers Favorite Antonia, Dowager Duchess of Roxton, has been in mourning for three years for her beloved dead husband and soul mate. Antonia has lost the man who meant everything to her and it appears she no longer has any enjoyment in life. That is until Jonathon Strang, a larger-than-life, forceful character, bursts into her life like a hurricane, and turns it upside down. Although Antonia is easily ten years older than he is, her amazing beauty and enchanting aura soon have him captivated. Jonathon began life as the second son of an impoverished second son. However, by virtue of hard work and good fortune in the colonies, coupled with several family deaths that have put him in line for a title, Jonathon is very eligible indeed. He also has links with the Roxton family that he wishes to pursue, namely, the illegal misappropriation of property that rightfully is his. One of these properties can only be signed over to him by Antonia herself. Antonia is initially repelled by the buccaneer: a man whose casual manners are almost insulting in a society obsessed with the niceties of conduct. His blunt approach, his sharp brain, his sense of humor and finally his blatant adoration serve to break down her icy disdain. Set in 1777, in Georgian England, against a backdrop of the imminent French Revolution and the American War of Independence, this compelling love story will appeal to romantics of all ages. I recently reviewed "Salt Bride" by the same author and was keen to revisit Georgian England. Lucinda Brant has carved a niche for herself in this particular patch of history and she is gifted in weaving both story and history into a compelling read. Passion is the keynote of this novel: abundantly clear in the passion of the main characters, the robust energy of the age, and the pulse of action that creates an energetic and well-paced novel. The author has a wonderful turn of phrase, creating a sense of the opulence and oftentimes excessive luxuriance of the era. Food, drink, clothing, entertainment, and appetites are all described in glowing detail in an era that celebrated abundance and sensual gratification. Although this is the third book in a series, and readers would derive even greater enjoyment by reading the first two as well, this story can stand alone with enough back history threaded through to keep readers in touch with prior events. Highly recommended.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Wonderful!

    I loved this story! I still feel bad about the Duke's death. Why couldn't he live to be ninety? The story turned out to be wonderful . The book is over 900 pages. The dowager dutchess is heartbroken over her husband death, but after three years she meets another man who understands her grief and leads her to find love again. I love ms. Brant work. I tried her work with a free book2 Midnight marriage. I enjoyed it so started buying them. I want to know more of antonia future!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Beautiful saga

    Just read the three books in the Roxton series. I laughed and I cried with all of them. The Autumn Duchess was beautiful. My heart ached for the Duchess with the loss of her beloved Duke. The argument between Antonia and Julian broke my heart and I cried with each step she took to walk out of the house. When she removed the choker the Duke gave her for her 18th birthday, the tears was streaming down my face. Jonathan's care for Antonia and her re-awakening through him is beautiful. I finished this book wanting more of the Duchess and Jonathan.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

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    Enjoyable story that leaves you smiling!

    Review by Shannon: Antonia, dowager Duchess of Roxton still mourns the death of her husband three years later. He was the love of her life and she misses him greatly. Her son, however, feels that she should leave her blacks behind and re-enter society. He¿s worried about what people think, especially when his children come home from their bi-weekly visits with their grandmother to say she speaks to the statues in the mausoleum. The Duke threatens his mother, saying she won¿t be able to visit with the grandchildren until she stops mourning or else he will have Sir Titus Foley, a physician who says he can ¿cure¿ her melancholy attend to her.

    Jonathan Strang-Leven has returned to London after making his fortune in India. He hopes to find a suitable husband for his nineteen year old daughter, Sarah-Jane, and get back his inheritance, which is being held by the Duke of Roxton. What he finds instead is the lovely Antonia. He¿s determined to have her, but learns there is more to this complex woman.

    This was an enjoyable story. I liked the storyline between Antonia and Jonathan. He never pulled any punches with Antonia and helped her realize that there is life and love after the loss of your soul mate. He was there to save her when she needed it and her relatives as well. But Jonathan wasn¿t the only one saving. Antonia did the same for him, when his mooching relatives tried to steer his life and his daughters in a direction that was beneficial for them.

    Lovely and engaging story that leaves you smiling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Very good reading! Love this author and her books!

    If you love romance, and magic…this is a great book to read, as well as the books in the series.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I believe this is the 3rd book in the Salt series. Incredibly well written historical books. I thoroughly enjoyed them. The characters are so deep and believable. I cried and laughed with them all, felt their emotions. Please give them a chance and read them. Lucinda Brant is an excellent author. So glad I discovered her through the first book, Salt Bride as a free e-book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Good book

    I enjoyed it. Plan to read the next one in the series if there is one.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    Another exceptional book by Lucinda Brandt.  Her writing keeps y

    Another exceptional book by Lucinda Brandt.  Her writing keeps you rooted to the book.. All her books are great.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    My least favorite in this series. Not much going on, but I did

    My least favorite in this series. Not much going on, but I did appreciate how the author captured Antonia's love for the Duke. How it continued long after he died, how she would watch the door for him to walk through, even though he died 3 years prior. It touched my heart, because I felt like that when my husband died. I also, loved Salt Bride, another book my this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

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    I was underwhelmed. Perhaps this novel suffered from Teh Curse of the Third. You know, the curse where authors writing serials mess up the third book. My issues with this book is that Brant's Antonia, in this third book, has not changed much from who she was as an innocent but world savy eighteen year old. Also, the math regarding age does not work. Yes, some of us with OCD pay attention to such things, particularly if numbers trigger us. There were things I did like about the book, namely the portrayal of tensions regarding the war which is roaring up in the background and treasonous behaviour. The descriptions of artifacts and fashion were fab! The author's pinterest page which reflects the similar artifacts were totally fab. I just wish that Antonia had been drawn in all her glory as a forty eight or forty nine (my math) year old sans her beloved Duke, finding love again. And yes, that means I was not convinced that Strang was a convincing lover. And, one more, why the name Strang? Surely, two authors writing about Georgian England, with charachters named Strang, newly returned from India as rich nabob, is an odd coincidence?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    pulls you along

    not sure how realistic to the time period the people treated each other (duke and duchess to servants). But a good love story that while you know up front what direction it should be heading, takes a good long time to get there for the other character. Very satisfying, this is my second book by this author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Highly recommend

    This was a very good book I in joy it very much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    A 5 star addition to the Roxton Series!

    I LOVED this book. Ms. Brant did not disappoint with this fine addition to her wonderful Roxton series. Autumn Duchess explores Antonia's life after the loss of her Duke and how she finds love again - the hero is sigh-worthy to say the least.

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