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The Seduction of a Duke
     

The Seduction of a Duke

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by Donna MacMeans
 

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Francesca Winthrop had every intention of marrying for love, but her nouveau riche mother, to advance her own social standing, has arranged a bethrothal of her reclusive daughter to an English duke. William Chambers has ascended to the title upon his father’s death, but he has also inherited his father’s gambling debts. Desperate to avoid scandal and ruin,

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Francesca Winthrop had every intention of marrying for love, but her nouveau riche mother, to advance her own social standing, has arranged a bethrothal of her reclusive daughter to an English duke. William Chambers has ascended to the title upon his father’s death, but he has also inherited his father’s gambling debts. Desperate to avoid scandal and ruin, he is willing go to any lengths—including marrying, sight unseen, an American heiress.
 
A chance encounter and intrigue at a costume ball throw the matrimonially mismatched couple together.  Though sparks fly, friction abounds.  If Fran is to secure the future of her dreams, she must find a way to reach past the duke's mysterious distance.  Fortunately, a courtesan's journal suggests there is more than one way to seduce a duke.
 
“[A] witty, wonderful new voice in historical romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper
 
“MacMeans writes with grace and wit.”—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101155516
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/07/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
716,470
File size:
448 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Donna MacMeans is the author of the Chambers trilogy (The Education of Mrs. BrimleyThe Seduction of a DukeRedeeming the Rogue), the Rake Patrol series (The Casanova CodeThe Whisky Laird’s Bed), and the stand alone novel, The Trouble with Moonlight.


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In 1880 her mother ignores Newport heiress Francesca Winthrop desire to marry someone she loves as inane because social status is everything. Instead mom arranges a marriage for her daughter with an impoverished English duke. William Chambers prefers to marry for love or not at all, but has no choice except to accept the Winthrop's social climber's offer for her wealthy daughter. Bitterly he accepts his title for her money. William and Fran meet at a masquerade ball and each is attracted to the other. He gores so far as thinking marriage to an American if it is her will be okay; she thinks similar thoughts. However, both are anxious leading to a great misunderstanding they misconstrue what is happening until Fran reads a courtesan's diary; given to her a few months ago when the American was in Paris by her former tutor. She applies the tips and soon has William out of control with desire. However, her past surfaces and threatens the marriage between the heiress and the duke. The sequel to THE EDUCATION OF MRS. BRIMLEY, THE SEDUCTION OF A DUKE is a wonderful Victorian romance starring two likable protagonists who fall in love while she applies the courtesan's diary to their relationship. The story line contains droll double entendres, a staple of Donna MacMeans. With a strong support cast and plenty of wit, sub-genre readers will enjoy this intelligent amusing historical. Harriet Klausner