Charming the Duke

Charming the Duke

by Holly Bush

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BN ID: 2940149223138
Publisher: Holly Bush Books
Publication date: 03/21/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 237,868
File size: 489 KB

About the Author

Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.

Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.

Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.

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Charming the Duke 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Charming!  I was utterly taken in by this witty, fast paced, and ultimately tender romance. The sense of family in the book is especially endearing  as is the banter between the Duke and our heroine. I discovered Holly Bush's historical romances last year and she has yet to disappoint. Her great talent is in taking themes that can be  tired and shining them until they sparkle and you remember why they became troupes in the first place. Here, she leaves the American West of her other books for a Regency setting. We get the plain bluestocking heroine and a Duke that must marry. We are also gifted with a madcap pace, humor, acceptance, and love of all kinds. The villain of the piece could be more nuanced and the setting more finely drawn. The Duke has a major Twit moment. I would have  loved a longer book that allowed the lovely secondary romance more room. But overall, the writing and the love story endears and this is a delicious romance with a fade to black after the vows sensuality that is, to use the heroines own words, charming. I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was very entertaining, we'll developed characters and fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a very well writenbook you will love all the character. the story is fun and fast paced. the banter with Matilda and the Duke is great and the banter with any one grandmother speeks to is wonderful. do not pass up this read. this book is only 167pages but the are all wonderful 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I took a chance on this as I haven't read this author before. So, I was a little nervous starting out, but only a few chapters in, I was glad I did. The characters are real with their faulty personalities. Matilda does think she has all the answers and Thornsby doesn't even know there might be questions. That's who they are. But, like anyone, when something different impacts their part of the world, they have a choice to continue as they were or to try something different. Brave souls that they are, they try for the something different, which, in the end not only gets them what they want, but allows them to grow. Secondary characters end up being more as well. I definitely enjoyed this story and found it well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and laughed out loud a few times.  Loved Matilda and Ethel!  
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TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
Mathilda was about as unlikeable as possible and Thornsby wasn't much better. Mathilda is an unattractive spinster who gives up on marriage since she doesn't believe that she can retain her independence once married. Thornsby is a Duke who needs to marry by 30 to collect on his inheritance. Typical story told in a typical way. What made this awful was that Mathilda was such a shrew and Thornsby was such an idiot. Mathilda looked down her nose at her family - loving them but thinking them dimwits. Thornsby came across as shallow. Sure they both redeemed themselves their prejudices, but by the time they did I was no longer interested. 
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Charming the Duke is a humorous historical fiction novel that takes place in England during the 1800s. The Duke of Thornsby was speechless when he discovered that in order for him to receive his inheritance, he would have to be married by his thirtieth birthday. The very thought of it made him shudder. However, he’d be damned if was going to lose his fortune just because of a technicality. The Duke had less than a year to find and marry a woman who wasn’t aware of his appalling reputation. He needed a plan. Thornsby smiled at the invitation to the Earl of Bisset’s house party. The pea-brained Earl had two beautiful dimwitted daughters and a featherhead for a wife. No one in that entire family would even have the wherewithal to look past his title and see that he was a notorious rake. What could be more perfect? Thornsby’s eyes glazed over while the two half-wit daughters, Juliet and Alexandra, chattered endlessly to him about bows and ribbons. His head was splitting. He needed to get away from them. How could he have ever thought, marrying one of these airheads would be a good idea? The only daughter he could even consider marrying was Matilda, the middle one – the daughter he didn’t know the Earl had before he insulted her.  How was he to know that Matilda wasn’t hired help?  Moreover, what was she doing dressed up like a maid in the first place? Matilda wanted nothing to do with The Duke of Thornsby. He was a pretentious, rude, stick-in-the-mud, who was only interested in himself. She, on the other hand, had an orphanage to build, children to help and a life to live.  Why would she ever want to be tied down to a man? And a controlling one at that. Thornsby found himself growing fond of Matilda. She was caring and even pretty when she wasn’t wearing grey. He was doing his best to win her over when his past came roaring back, threatening to destroy all that he had held dear. I found Charming the Duke funny, a little too silly at times, but enjoyable just the same. I would recommend this book to readers looking to lose themselves in a light and humorous fictional story.
Somer More than 1 year ago
This book is really not the caliber I expected from Holly Bush. I have read and reread all of the four novels and enjoyed and recommended them highly. There was no real depth to the characters. A simple story of homily girl meet handsome Duke after much bickering they predictably fall in love. My three stars are for this author but the body of work is lacking. The humor in the book is sweet but just not enough. With the book being only 167 pages she didn't really develop her characters to her masterful level. JM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Post this on three other books to get money.