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The Accidental Duchess
     

The Accidental Duchess

3.8 13
by Sandy Blair
 
Winner of the Golden Quill and Barclay Awards, The Accidental Duchess, set in Victorian London and Scotland, features alpha Highlanders, history, humor, a chocolate cake recipe and romance.

Destitute governess Rachael O'Leary finds shelter during a blizzard in a shuttered London townhouse, knowing nothing of its owner or why it stands empty. Needing a few

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Winner of the Golden Quill and Barclay Awards, The Accidental Duchess, set in Victorian London and Scotland, features alpha Highlanders, history, humor, a chocolate cake recipe and romance.

Destitute governess Rachael O'Leary finds shelter during a blizzard in a shuttered London townhouse, knowing nothing of its owner or why it stands empty. Needing a few weeks of peace in order to sort out his financial problems and secure his childhood Highland home, Connor Kenroe, the duke of Kilgory, returns to his closed London townhouse after a long sojourn in Egypt to find a lovely slip of a woman asleep in his bed. When his shocked mother and ex-fiancée arrive unexpectedly at the bedroom door, he spouts the first lie that comes to mind, trapping himself and his feisty trespasser in a complicated web of lies they now have to unravel.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940156943791
Publisher:
Winn-Hampton Press
Publication date:
03/22/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
565,195
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Sandy Blair has slept in castles, dined with peerage, floated down Venetian canals, explored the great pyramids, lost her husband in an Egyptian ruin (she still denies being the one lost,) and fallen (gracefully) off a cruise ship.

Winner of RWA’s © Golden Heart and the National Readers Choice Award for Best Paranormal Romance, the Write Touch Readers Award for Best Historical, the Golden Quill and Barclay awards for Best Novella, nominated for a RITA and recipient of Romantic Times BOOKReview’s 4 ½ star Top Pick and K.I.S.S. ratings, Sandy loves writing about Scotland’s past.

When not writing, Sandy, a resident of coastal New Hampshire, is a popular conference presenter, teaches on-line writing courses and fundraises for her and her Scot hubby’s favorite charities.

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The Accidental Duchess 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrible editing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story. Total fantasy. Not worth three dollars though. It should have been a freebie or maybe .99 cents at best.
SandyM_at_TGTBTU More than 1 year ago
I have such fun when reading Sandy Blair’s books. This is the one story of hers I’d not read until now, so I’m very glad it’s been reissued. I so enjoy the way Ms. Blair takes one of my favorite tropes and gives it her own special twist. Rachael O’Leary has just been let go from her position as governess to a very spoiled child of a nobleman. Having no place to go and not wanting to fight the blizzard blanketing London, she discovers an empty townhouse that will shelter her quite nicely for the night, giving her a chance to regroup and start fresh in the morning – breaking and entering aside, of course. Financial problems plaguing him, Connor Kenroe, the Duke of Kilgory, has come to his London home for peace and quiet to figure out how to save his Scottish family home, Bel Cameroon. With the scent of chocolate in the air, Connor discovers a not-so-unwelcome surprise in his bed – a beautiful Irish lass who has the feistiness to take his mind off most of his problems, most notably his busybody mother and his ex-fiance who suddenly wants back in his life. When they’re caught together in his bed chamber, all works out for the moment when Connor explains to them Rachael is his new fiance, hoping to nip these two problems in the bud. Rachael has done her best over the winter to put coin in her pocket by baking pastries for local inns and other businesses. Having collected nearly enough to get her back on her feet, that’s when disaster strikes. Her beautiful cakes stored in the kitchens below are no longer when Connor and his companion get their grubby hands on them. On top of that Connor’s mother does her best to run Rachael off, but when she stands her ground, the two find they have a mutual interest, and a new venture is in the works. I really like the fact that Rachael and Connor’s mother get along and work together. This very rarely happens in romance. In the meantime, fighting his attraction to Rachael — well, he really doesn’t want to do that — and trying to curb his mother’s spending, Connor is no closer to a solution to his current problems. But Rachael has a couple more surprises for Connor, both of which will bring him the love and happiness he’s been missing for so very long. I love these two characters. Sandy Blair has such a talent for creating the perfect Scottish hero and a heroine full of spunk who can handle all that hunkiness. Be sure to take the time to get to know Connor and Rachael. They’ll spark up your life in no time at all.
Juliayen More than 1 year ago
I love Rachel and Conner! There were some favorite scenes with them that made me laugh or so sweet. It was also fun to watch how Connor deal with his complicated lies and fallen for Rachael. The book was romantic fill with loves, heart and laugh. I enjoy it and recommend anyone to read it!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Accidental Duchess is a delightful short novel by Sandy Blair. It is light and funny historical romance with interesting characters. For those who bake, there is a bonus chocolate cake recipe at the end!
ColleenMP More than 1 year ago
Ah love, what would we do without it?  Connor Kenroe, sixth Duke of Kilgory has sworn off love after being betrayed by his former fiance.  He's on his way to London to sell all his inheritance there to try and save his beloved family home of Bel Cameroon.  Oh, you wonder where the love comes in?  It comes with the name of Rachael O'Leary, a spitfire of a woman, who's been living in Connor's London home for the winter.  Connor finds her there, asleep in his bed, with the smell of chocolate throughout the house.  So begins the tale of two unlikely people from different tracks of life, who fall in love, save the family home and have a successful business selling chocolate cake.  It is a witty, funny and very heartwarming story.  Ms. Blair is the best at bringing you love and laughter.  I hope you enjoy her Accidental Duchess as much as I did.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story 75 pages. So very boring!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a short book but I am glad I got it free. I wouldn't have paid more than .99 for it. Short only 84 pages. I liked the characters. I liked to read reviews it gives me what other people think. I usually form my own oplnion. So take that Shelly!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this very short novelette, but th Decadent Chocolate Cake recipe in the end of the book had no chocolate in it.
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