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The Courtesan's Daughter

The Courtesan's Daughter

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by Claudia Dain

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First in a sexy new series featuring a match-making courtesan.

Lady Sophia Dalby, everyone's favorite courtesanturned- countess, faces her toughest match-making case yet: her own obstinate daughter.


First in a sexy new series featuring a match-making courtesan.

Lady Sophia Dalby, everyone's favorite courtesanturned- countess, faces her toughest match-making case yet: her own obstinate daughter.

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Lady Sophia, the Countess of Dalby and a former courtesan, arranges for her daughter, Lady Caroline Trevelyan, to marry the Earl of Ashdon by buying up his debts. But Caroline refuses to wed a husband who has been "purchased" for her and announces she intends to become a courtesan, instead. Caroline soon regrets her naïve decision, but the damage is done-until her charmingly manipulative mother (the real heroine here) lends her considerable expertise to the situation. This cleverly orchestrated, unconventional romp through the glittering world of the Regency elite-both admirable and reprehensible-is filled with secrets, graced with intriguing characters, laced with humor, and plotted with Machiavellian flair. A joy to read, it ends with a hook for a sequel involving the remarkable countess herself. Readers will be waiting. Dain (The Fall), an award-winning author of historical romances, lives in North Carolina.

—Kristin Ramsdell

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Courtesan Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Claudia Dain is an award-winning author and two-time RITA finalist. She lives in the southeastern U.S. and is at work on the second novel in the series.

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Courtesan's Daughter 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Courtesan's Daughter Claudia Dain Berkley, Oct 2007, $14.00 ISBN: 9780425217207 In 1802 Lady Caroline Dalby knows she has no chance at marrying someone from her social class because her mama was a renowned courtesan. Her mama widow Lady Sophia Dalby offers a deal to the Earl of Ashdon she will pay off his gambling debts in exchange to his marrying her beloved daughter reluctantly he agrees. However, Sophia is stunned when Caro refuses to marry Ash. She prefers to be a spinster on the shelf if she has to wed someone who does not love her however Carol also considers being a courtesan with Ash as her first client. As Sophia maneuvers her daughter and the lord who is in her debt, she knows they are perfect for one another. She is elated when the couple is caught in a compromising position because that affirms she is right now to get this stubborn duet to understand their feelings go much deeper than an aristocrat and his mistress. --- THE COURTESAN¿S DAUGHTER is a fun Regency romantic frolic starring a likable cast as readers will enjoy the antics of that great Machiavellian courtesan as she manipulates her daughter and her chosen one to come together in matrimony. Sophia, like most parents, wants so much better for her child. Although several other subplots add a feel for the Ton and are well written, they take away from the enjoyable main attraction that of Sophia¿s matchmaking. --- Harriet Klausner
Woodsever More than 1 year ago
I read the book in a day. Well written. Hard to imagine the subject matter from a modern woman's standpoint, but politically important for young woman to give them some feel for the struggles of the female world leading up to today's so called womens's rights issues.
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Pat76 More than 1 year ago
This is the 1st in what is now a series of 5 books set in 19th century England. The stories revolve around an ex-courtesan, Sophia Dalby. All 5 are fast paced conversational extravaganzas. These are written about a time when men and women could carry on a conversation across the room from one another without saying a word. This series is wonderfully fun to read and a reminder of why we should ditch twitter. If you like subtle or not so subtle feminime maneuvering, witty converstion, and witty conversation read this! These stories cover a short time period but just remember, this is a time when marriages were arranged with the parties never setting eyes on each other. It is helpful to read these in order as the relationships make more sense. With each book the fun and suspense only heighten.
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Saami More than 1 year ago
This book is what someone I know would affectionately deem as an "Old Yeller" book. A book that started off with a great plot and good characters, but spirals into something so completely off that the only merciful thing to do is take it out back and shoot it. The main character of Sophia Delby (not to be confused with her daughter Caroline or the man she wants for her) is spectacularly written. The sam cannot be said of any other characters. I felt as if I was reading the same conflict issue rise and be resolved throughout the 327 pages (100 too many, really). In the last five chapters, no less than ten new characters are hastily introduced with no real bearing on the plot line. One must no forget this is a series, however, so maybe the next books hold more promise.
Cassidy_Christine More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I'm a big fan of romance novels but i didn't only like this book because of that.It showed you that opposites do attract and that the person you hate might actually be the best person out there for you. It made you want to keep reading to see what happened between Caroline and Ashdon. I was happy to see that not only did they both start off hating each other, but in between their little rifts they got to know and understand each other. Also they learned to love one another. Sure it's a little corny here and there but some of the books flaws make it the best. This is a book that I have read at least twenty times. This is a book you'll want to read again and again. I know I wasn't disappointed when I read it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard the author refer to this book as a 'romp,' and I couldn't agree more. The playful, fast-paced back and forth between the large cast of characters will keep you turning pages and laughing as you go. Enjoyable read, well done, and lots of fun!