Duchess for a Day

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They were well-matched opponents in the game of seduction.

Tempted by the idea of living a life she could only imagine, Claire Orwell decides to impersonate the flamboyant Duchess of Beaumont when she's mistaken for the merry widow. Or course, there's only one way for the innocent young woman to be convincing--she'll need to seduce the most sought-after man in Saratoga Springs. . .by playing hard to get.

Wealthy, eligible and wildly attractive,...

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Overview

They were well-matched opponents in the game of seduction.

Tempted by the idea of living a life she could only imagine, Claire Orwell decides to impersonate the flamboyant Duchess of Beaumont when she's mistaken for the merry widow. Or course, there's only one way for the innocent young woman to be convincing--she'll need to seduce the most sought-after man in Saratoga Springs. . .by playing hard to get.

Wealthy, eligible and wildly attractive, Hank Cassidy has never found himself so mesmerized by a woman. After one look, he knows he must make her his. But the duchess is not an easy conquest, and he soon finds himself caught in a seductive game of cat and mouse.

Until passion gives way to true love-and they discover there's far more to lose than either had bargained for. . .

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This hot historical from award-winning author Nan Ryan follows the rags-to-riches adventures of beautiful Claire Orwell, from unjust imprisonment in 1895 London to the Gilded Age glamour of Saratoga Springs, New York. Claire, sprung from jail by an unlikely confederate, accepts an offer from a notorious libertine, the Duchess of Beaumont, to open up her American house for the summer. When the staff confuse Claire with the Duchess, she sees an opportunity to throw her customary caution to the wind and play the role to the hilt, which includes seducing the most handsome man in town, Nevada silver king Hank Cassidy. But Cassidy has his own seduction techniques, and the two play out a delicious game until true love emerges from the heat of passion. Ginger Curwen
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Beautifully crafted characters, a powerful story and sizzling romance have always made Nan Ryan's romances special.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778321415
  • Publisher: Mira
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Must read!!

    I have read this book several several times in the past. I just recently had a refresher course with this book again and I love it every time I have read it. It is a sweet story. Very romantic. The male character in this book is to die for. Ms Ryan makes u want to droll over him as she describes him. Ms Ryan knows how to make ur imagination work very well. Clair is sweet, confused,strong in character and stubborn but goes for her dreams. I would read this book again tomorrow. I just wish Ms. Ryan would come out with another book. It has been several several years since she has written a book which is unfortunate for those who love her books so much. I hope she has NOT retired...that would be a waste of talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    Nan Ryan is fabulous!!!

    I have every book Nan Ryan has written and have loved reading them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2004

    A Page Turner!!

    Nan Ryan does it again! This book is an enjoyable/fun read. A real page turner! Brava Nan Ryan.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    engaging Victorian-American romance

    In 1895 governess Claire Orwell rejects the sexual advances of her employer Lord Nardees so he has her accused of theft. She is sent to Newgate where the Green Tooth keeps her safe from the advances of other inmates and also arranges for Queen Council Lord Northway to represent her in Magistrates Court where he gets her freed. Northway obtains a job for Claire to open up the Saratoga Springs, home of the wealthy Duchess of Beaumont. Claire gets Northway to liberate the Green Tooth, who cleans up as Olivia Sutton.--- In New York, everyone assumes that Claire is the Duchess who has not been seen in several years. At first she tried to correct the error, but soon begins to enjoy her ¿new¿ life especially when wealthy tycoon Hank ¿Silver King¿ Cassidy arrives in town. As Claire and Hank fall in love, she wonders how to tell him the truth without losing him; knowing full well that the Duchess is coming soon and could have her incarcerated for impersonating her.--- This engaging Victorian-American romance is a fun tale based on the classic ¿Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive¿. The characters make the late nineteenth century in this Upstate New York resort town seem alive so that the audience can savor a taste of the past. Although a second subplot involving Nardees crossing the Atlantic seems unneeded though suspenseful, Americana readers will enjoy attending the season along side Claire and Hank.--- Harriet Klausner

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