BN.com Gift Guide

The Ugly Duckling Debutante

( 349 )

Overview

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 ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (2) from $16.32   
  • Used (2) from $16.32   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$16.32
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(4184)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Good
Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear, and the pages have only minimal creases. Free State Books. Never settle for less.

Ships from: Halethorpe, MD

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$140.55
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(603)

Condition: Good
All pages are intact, and the spine and cover are also intact. May have some usage wear, missing or damaged dust jacket, stickers, cover creases, bumped corners, bent pages, ... remainder mark, previous owner label or name, inscription, notes, underlining and/or highlighting. Text only; no CDs, InfoTrac, Access Codes, Activation Keys, or other inclusions, unless otherwise noted. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Tacoma, WA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

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.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466426351
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 9/26/2011
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Van Dyken is a Graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, with a degree in Social Sciences with an empahsis industrial psychology and a minor in Spanish. She is also a Post Graduate of California Coast University receiving a MBA with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. She resides in Nampa, Idaho and counsels children. Starbucks is a daily must, spiders make her scream, and she loves chocolate but is allergic, of course. Nate, her husband makes her laugh so hard she cries and they share their home with a very loud snoring boxer named Sir Winston Churchill.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
( 349 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(96)

4 Star

(93)

3 Star

(65)

2 Star

(37)

1 Star

(58)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 349 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Shockingly bad

    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.

    50 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 4, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Best book ive read this year!

    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! :)

    15 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 8, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    I enjoyed reading this novel. I loved the characters, the plot. it was hard to put down.

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Great story, chacters and twists!!

    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.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Very difficult read.

    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.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Awsome

    It was like a jane austin novel made with a little more instint gradification. I could not put it down

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 5, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    A definite page turner

    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)

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Terrible.

    Inconsistent writing style, unbelievable situations, and a bizarre mix of ridiculous eroticism and pretend christianity. Will never read one of her books again.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Stupid

    Not believable., no one could be that stupid,

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Fun read

    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!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Disappoinrinf Disappointing Disappointing Disappointing

    Historical inaccuracies. Modern terminology. Very poor editing. Story just too unbelievable. Like slogging through mud. Don t waste your time or money.


    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 14, 2011

    Fast Read

    Fast enjoyable read to pass the time.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Awesome

    I loved it. Twisted love story that even drew my tears

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    Great Read!

    Witty and entertaining. Extremely fun read that also dives into deeper issues when it comes to acceptance of oneself.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Love & or hate

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Great read!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Really good satisfying read

    Enjoyed the read and characters growth through out book , would read again

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Great writing!

    I didn't want to put this down

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Love it

    I cant wait for the next one....

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    good

    I enjoyed it

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 349 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)