A Duchess in Name

A Duchess in Name

by Amanda Weaver

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After graduating from British finishing school, an American heiress fulfills her duty and weds a destitute earl. A lie brought them together, but will it also tear them apart? Find out in this can't-miss Victorian marriage-of-convenience story from a compelling new voice in historical romance.

Victoria Carson never expected love. An American heiress and graduate of Lady Grantham's finishing school, she's been groomed since birth to marry an English title—the grander the better. So when the man chosen for her, the forbidding Earl of Dunnley, seems to hate her on sight, she understands that it can't matter. Love can have no place in this arrangement.

Andrew Hargrave has little use for his title and even less for his cold, disinterested parents. Determined to make his own way, he's devoted to his life in Italy working as an archaeologist. Until the collapse of his family's fortune drags him back to England to a marriage he never wanted and a woman he doesn't care to know.

Wild attraction is an unwanted complication for them both, though it forms the most fragile of bonds. Their marriage of convenience isn't so intolerable after all—but it may not be enough when the deception that bound them is finally revealed.

Book one of The Grantham Girls

Amelia Wheeler is the next Grantham Girl to rebel against family obligation in A COMMON SCANDAL.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459290617
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 01/18/2016
Series: The Grantham Girls , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 475,347
File size: 714 KB

About the Author

Amanda has loved romance since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen. After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found her way back to romance, this time as a writer.

A native Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and nowhere near enough space.

You can find Amanda at www.amandaweavernovels.com. 

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A Duchess in Name 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This trilogy was very good. I felt all the characters were robust and real. And, I always like a story where the hero has to grovel for forgiveness!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story. Romance, and drama.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, wonderfully written.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the NERFA contest put on by First Coast Romantic Writers. The book starts off slow and I had a bit of difficulty getting into it, but it quickly picks up in the tension between our two main characters and the plot develops well. Andrew believes his new wife had an active hand in trapping him into marriage in order to become a duchess. He goes through with the wedding to protect his sisters, but then immediately leaves for Italy after he drops Victoria off at the ruin of his family seat. Their wedding night was a bit difficult to watch and the fact that he leaves without saying goodbye just adds to the conflict and difficulties they need to work through in order to have a happy ending. Instead of falling apart, Victoria picks up the pieces and starts to put the ruin back together into a home. She decides that the house represents the independence she so desired. She does write her husband in hopes that they can somehow make a real go of their marriage but he stands fast in his hatred of her, and she doesn't find out why till near the very end of the story. As secrets become revealed and the few encounters between the two in the beginning just adds to the emotional tension. It definitely draws you into the story and when they do have their happy ending it was just so sweet and romantic. I enjoyed the story and was definitely engrossed in their relationship as it developed, fell apart, and at the end come back together stronger than ever. Loved it.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The first in a new series, Amanda Weaver combines the “Golden Age” American heiresses in the marriage game in London. Back with the influx of wealth and power in the states, nothing said “I have arrived” then securing a titled groom for your daughter (or daughters). Entitled homes are notoriously expensive to maintain, and the flagging British economy meant that while marrying for advantage (and dowry) was commonplace for the male aristos, real wealth in the UK was diminishing and they had to expand their search. From purely mercenary motivations to small moments of love and true connection all the way through to the later years when American debs were captivating the boys with beauty, wit and charm, the stories are never-ending. Weaver introduces us to Victoria, a recent graduate of Lady Grantham’s Finishing school: destined to provide the polish and skills that any wife of a peer would need. From a tumultuous relationship with her mother, and little to no say in her future, Vic is expected a proposal as the season ends. But, an arrangement is agreed upon by her parents, and she is finding herself the unwilling betrothed of the unexpected newly titled Earl of Dunnley, Andrew. A second son from the wrong side of the blanket, he’s freely followed his own interests and passions, and spent years abroad, only to be recalled and informed of the distasteful union. These two instantly assumed the worst of one another, and leaving Vic to fend for herself at the country estate was a perfect set up to show her growth and give him time to cool down. From a slow start providing background that does fuel all to come, Victoria is growing up and becoming a true peer’s wife and estate manager, much to Andrew’s surprise. He doesn’t want to find her admirable or desirable, but her passion, honesty and determination win the day. Told in alternating POV, we see the gradual sullen acceptance turn to regard and later love as these two come to make a marriage out of seeming incompatibility. Secondary characters, insets of daily struggles and a clear presentation of expectations versus desires for both Andrew and Victoria add layers of unexpected and wholly welcome depth to the story. Laden with history, background and some truly clever moments that have you desperately seeking a happy ending for Victoria, this is a story to experience and savor, a truly wonderful start to a new series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
CarasBookBoudoir More than 1 year ago
I have never read an Amanda Weaver book before, but as I love historical romances and was intrigued by the blurb on this book but the blurb doesn’t do it justice. As the daughter of an wealthy American business man, Victoria Carson knew from a young age that she would never marry for love, she know that she was just a pawn for her parents. Victoria has faced down public scorn all her life, because she was American born, even though she had been in England since she was 8! She was prepared to marry, just so she could have the freedom from her mother! Andrew Hargrave (Future Duke of Waring) was never meant to inherit the title as he was the second son, so he spent his days in Italy, digging for history! But then his brother died, his father lost his fortune and he was “won” in a game of cards by Philip Carson and was going to be married Carson’s daughter in order to save his sisters. When dark deeds were discovered the night before the wedding, Andrew assigned the blame not just to his future in-laws, but to Victoria as well! So after he abandoned her in his family estate, he fled back to his beloved Italy. As in all things though, the truth comes to light and Andrew tries to make amends...but is it too little too late? I don’t think that I have ever been spellbound by a book in a long time, but A Duchess In Name totally knocked me onto my butt and kept me mesmerized all the way through the story and left me with such a book hangover, that I haven’t been able to get rid of it 5 days after I read the book! The writing, plot and characters were simply divine and left me begging for the next installment of this book. I truly loved Victoria! She was a woman of strength and really just wanted to be loved and needed. I only struggled with one very small part of this book and that was Andrews’s mistress. Yes, I am aware that having a mistress back then was common place, but the diehard romantic in me just struggled with that. Overall that book was a beautiful tale which I simply adore and I will read this book a million times and never want it to end. A Duchess in Name earns 5 stars from me.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
his is book 1 in the Grantham Girls series. Andrew Hargrave left home as soon as he was able so that he had nothing to do with his parents. When he is called home to marry, needless to say, he is not happy. Since the papers were already signed, and his father placed the safety of his sisters upon his decision, he made the best of it and married his parent's choice. Having consummated the marriage, Andrew then quickly goes back to Italy where he is working as an archeologist. Victoria Carson knew that she had been married for her money alone, but she was still surprised when her husband left without a word after their wedding night. Having been left at the ancestral home, she set about making the changes that her dowry could finally pay for. Can this couple that have come together for money alone ever make a go other their marriage? I will say that Weaver is a wonderful storyteller and writer and this story would have gotten a 5 star review from me for that alone if it had not been for Andrew having a mistress in Italy and him going back to her after his marriage. I know that happen a lot in this time period, but I don't want to read about it in the romances that I read... Having said that, I did throughly enjoy this story. When Andrew came back to England to try to make his marriage work, he was a man that I could fall for. I'm glad that he had to really work to win over Victoria after his treatment of her. I would have thought less of her had she just given in to his kindness toward her and his sisters. Andrew's sisters were precious and I hope that they eventually get their own stories. Victoria's friend Amelia is the next to get her story told. I am really looking forward to reading it. Thanks go out to Carina Press via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
This is book one in the "The Grantham Girls " series. This is also my first book by this author but it surly will not be my last. I enjoyed having this book and how Victoria Carson and Andrew Hargrave story came to be. Victoria who is an Wealthy American lady that has been raised by her mom to secure a English title to feed her mothers need to be more established in English society. So Victoria doesn't really except a love match and goes to do her duty. Andrew has that English title and his parents need him to marry for money. Andrew goes along with what he feels is his cold feeling parents plan but doesn't plan on being able to like the lady/Victorica. Their story is a somewhat changeling story and it does frustrate sometimes but I overall enjoyed this book and hope that you will too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and had a hard time putting the book down. 230 pages on my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book. Will be on my favorite shelf and I can already see that it will a multiple reread! Can't wait for the next two in the series!