The Ugly Duckling Debutante

The Ugly Duckling Debutante

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by Rachel VanDyken

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From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken...

Since childhood Sara has lived with the reality of being ugly. Something her awful family never ceased to remind her. After her sisters run off to Gretna Green, she's left with one choice--go to London and take their place for a Season. It's up to her to marry well and save her family from

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From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken...

Since childhood Sara has lived with the reality of being ugly. Something her awful family never ceased to remind her. After her sisters run off to Gretna Green, she's left with one choice--go to London and take their place for a Season. It's up to her to marry well and save her family from financial ruin.

A distant aunt decides it's in her best interest to sponsor Sara for the season and help her snag a husband by any means possible.

Nicholas Devons, Earl of Renwick, is a retired rake and consequently bored with life. He's given up beautiful women and carnal pleasures. Desperation makes him decide to give his massive fortune away and marry the first country girl he sees.

Lucky for Sara she's that girl. Unlucky for Nicholas, he's to be her new tutor in the ways of the ton. Two waltzes, one masquerade, a violent carriage ride, and two duckless ponds later.... and all that's left is a fun twist on one of the oldest stories ever told

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The Ugly Duckling Debutante 3.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 352 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time I've written a review, but this is so very, very bad that I must. Incompetently written - adjectives confused with adverbs, verb tenses that change in the middle of a sentance, 20th cenntury terminology - things that a marginally competent editor should have fixed. The author must have thrown together historical references without any fact checking. This novel - set in 1775, has references to the Prince Regent, who would have been 13 years old at the time, and wasn't made Regent until 1811, and to Lady Jersey, patroness of Almack's, who wasn't born until 1785. I could overlook the sloppy writing and the sloppy history if the characters had anything in common with actual human beings or any wit or charm. Behavior and motivation aren't consistent for the duration of a paragraph, let alone a scene. The references to Christian behavior or ethics are an insult to any thinking Christian. I can only believe that the positive reviews on this site were submitted by the author herself.
Shadow0990 More than 1 year ago
This book was beyond amazing! I laughed, cried and even yelled; and when i wasn't doing any of these, I had a smile on my face. The characters and the story flowed and kept me hooked. (Ok, more than hooked. Ive already bugged Ms. Rachel for part two. I feel like an addict who needs more. lol) Once I started reading this, I couldn't put it down. I stayed up all night just to finish it. lol This book is one of those perfect ones that make you feel every emotion. By far, one of my favorites this year! Sara, belittled by her family on how ugly she is, is thrust into the ton for her first season to make a match with a rich man in order to support her family. Her aunt decides to sponsor her and have her distant cousin Nicholas help get Sara ready for the season. Sara, not quite the ugly duckling she believes she is, catches the eye of Nicholas. They instantly feel an attraction to one another that's hard for them to deny; it later gets them into trouble and married. Both characters are dealing with emotional scarring and scandals that happened in the past. In this book, the characters were always pushed to see how much they could handle. These characters not only handled the obstacles thrown in there way, they triumphed! There is so much that goes on and i don't want to tell anymore because i don't want to ruin the story. All i can say, buy the book and try it. You'll love it! :)
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this novel. I loved the characters, the plot. it was hard to put down.
Eden_Bridgman More than 1 year ago
Sara is now the only hope for a good marriage in a family that has abused her since childhood. Against her wishes she's sent to London with a Aunt and since she is so "wicked" looking the plan is to put her into a compromising situation to force some poor titled gentleman to marry her. If not for a lifetime of humiliation and her acceptance of her outward appearance, she would have died of humiliation. But things aren't always what they seem. Enter in Lord Nicholas, notorious seducer and rake, who has sworn off women in favor of celebicy and religion. His dark secrets keep him from opening his heart to anyone, especially a woman. Sara, his aunts protege` threatens everything he's come to believe in, especially his believe he's incapable of love. But when he puts himself in a compromising situation with Sara forcing them to marry, his secret comes out of hiding, and I promise you, the twists this book take had me standing up with my hand over my mouth in shock. Honestly. I read a lot and I didn't see this comming, at all. Not only is it a great romance, with some great sexual tension, but it has a thread of redemption and hope that lacks in most historical romances. This is a book you don't want to miss. But a warning, don't start it till you can finish, it's addictive.
Kimberly_Book_Addict More than 1 year ago
Sara hasn’t had the easiest of childhoods. Constantly berated by her parents and older sisters, she grows up accustomed to being called ugly. On the contrary, however, as she transitions into adulthood she becomes more and more beautiful. Despite this, her view of herself is as dour as she has been lead to believe, and to add to this the fact that she is forced to take the place of her sisters for a season (the social events and important endeavors of the time that were placed upon women so that they could become eligible for dating) after they run away and elope. As the family’s only other child, Sara finds that she must marry for wealth in order to save her family from financial ruin. At the same time, Nicholas Devons, Earl of Renwick, is growing tired of his life of debauchery and fornication. He decides to eschew all these pleasures and lead a simple life, marrying the first country girl that he comes into contact with. Before he is able to travel to the country to find a willing woman, he must first help his cousin and teach the ways of the Ton to Sara. When the two meet, sparks ignite. Sara finds Renwick devilishly handsome, but thinks that his attention to her is due to her ugliness. Renwick cannot believe how stunningly beautiful that Sara is, but is convinced that she is just like the rest of the women he knows, manipulative and fake. Will Sara and Renwick ever look past their preconceived notions of each other and find common ground? Will Sara ever begin to gain any self-confidence back from her life of being called ugly? Will Renwick be able to put the deeds of his past behind him? Van Dyken included lots of little twists in this story that I didn’t see coming. When you first find out more about Sara’s background, as well as Renwick’s motivations for casting off his rock star lifestyle, you wonder how these two seemingly different worlds will intersect. Van Dyken is able to achieve this is an incredibly clever way that I thought added a lot to the novel. Additionally, I really enjoyed Renwick’s character, as you get to see him undergo a complete transformation throughout the novel. It is these types of character developments that I enjoy most, as you get to see someone go from being completely stubborn and set in their ways to a character full of optimism and humility that was not present at all previously. However, not all is good with this work. Part of me kept wondering how Sara kept believing herself to be ugly. Yes, we’re always reminded that she was constantly told that she is ugly, but I don’t understand that at her age she would continue to believe it, especially with the attention Renwick was giving her as well as the marked attentions of other members of the Ton and her maid. Renwick was obviously attracted to her, as evidenced by his actions. Despite these few negatives, I definitely found Van Dyken’s The Ugly Duckling Debutante to be exciting and extremely entertaining. If you’re looking for a fun story that pulls you in with a bunch of well placed plot turns, look no further than this book. After reading it you’ll believe that everyone has it in them to change and be a better person! Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)
melanshan More than 1 year ago
Fast enjoyable read to pass the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable but completely enjoyable. Ms Van Dyken seems to have read her Georgette Heyer, and I appreciated the wit in her characters interactions. I also appreciated the tasteful love scenes which were romantic without being too explicit or trashy. A Christian thread was woven throughout the novel but it wasnt preachy and avoided shoving it down your throat or resorting to a literary altar call. I will definitely loan / recommend to friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Twisted love story that even drew my tears
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Youll really love it or youll really hate it. I loved it! It was refreshing. A new modern view to such an amazing era. Sara was abused and bullied. It doesnt make her stupid or unbelievable. It happens a lot. Bullies are a horrible cancer in our society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Historical inaccuracies. Modern terminology. Very poor editing. Story just too unbelievable. Like slogging through mud. Don t waste your time or money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is written very poorly. Normally I can swim through a book such as this but the scattered thoughts of the author, combined with the immature dialogue and development of the characters makes this novel extremely frustrating. The Christian aspect is poorly displayed as well. It leaves one feeling almost as if the references were inserted into the storyline to aid the droll characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book! I feel that some books are just meant to be light, fun and easy to read. I don't pick up historical romance books to cross reference with the history books. Enjoy the story!! She did a great job providing me with a great night of reading. I laughed in places, cried in others and really got into their romance! Thank you. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like a cinderella story, loved the main characters!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was sooooi good i couldnt put it down. And if i did it was all i could think about! Such an amazing book.
Kayla9660 More than 1 year ago
Worth the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was really good and a nice fast read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly love this story ! So well written and is a true love story,I can't wait to read more in this series.
ElizabethT More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I do recommend reading it, however I have to warn you that Nicholas is a bit self centered and hurtful, but he has his redeeming qualities, and also the ending doesn't end it just opens up to the next book in the series which I actually find very irritating. I prefer books that go in a series but can be read alone. I really enjoyed the story line and how drawn the characters were to each other. Again I recommend reading this book but maybe not enough to buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
found it hard to put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favoriets...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book, me being a sucker for love stories could not get enough of this beautiful love twist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the story very much. Very sexy.
Susan_in_AZ More than 1 year ago
Even though this girl is lovely, all her life she's been told she's ugly. What would that do to a person? Rachel Van Dyken is unafraid to explore those feelings and internal dialog. Then we have our inconsiderate "hero" who just assumes she's spoiled and fishing for compliments... until he somehow sees how much his reactions make her cry. That's when this book becomes magical. Amazingly, Ms. Van Dyken continues the magic for the next 200 pages to a satisfactory ending, oh, my!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! But which is the continued book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I was so upset the way it ended. Can't wait to read the nxt what and find out what happens.