Cinderella and the Duke

Cinderella and the Duke

by Janice Preston

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ISBN-13: 9780373299379
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Series: The Beauchamp Betrothals , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Janice Preston grew up in Wembley. At eighteen she moved to Devon, where she met and married a farmer, but she now lives in the West Midlands with her second husband and two cats. She has two children and two step-children, all now adults. Apart from farming, Janice has worked as a conveyancer, a police call handler and a university administrator. She currently works part-time for a weight management counsellor (vainly trying to control her own weight despite her love of chocolate!).

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Cinderella and the Duke 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RoseinTexas2 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in The Beauchamp Betrothals series and the second book I've had the pleasure of reading from author Janice Preston and definitely not the last! I've been looking forward to reading this book since I first met our hero Leo Beauchamp, the Duke of Cheriton in the book From Wallflower to Countess. Leo Beauchamp the Duke of Cheriton is a wealthy and powerful man, a widower with three older children and head of a large extended family. Leo's first marriage was not a happy one and being a duke and a catch on the marriage mart he has a very difficult time with trust. Rosalind Allen has accepted she will never marry and have children of her own, content in helping raise her younger siblings for the last 14 years. Rejected by her mother's family in society she has no love for the ton. Leo intrigued me from a previous book and I was so happy to hear he had his own story and 2 series based on his family with The Beauchamp Betrothals & the The Beauchamp Heirs! I absolutely adored Leo and Rosalind together and the fact that they were both a little older than the norm for regency couples, Leo just turning 40 and Rosalind being 30 made their story even more special. Leo and Rosalind were very strong characters in charge of their perspective families. Secrets, misunderstandings and villains come between these two but eventually their love for each other overcomes the many obstacles between them. We have a fabulous cast of secondary characters and an absolutely perfect ending! I loved this story and would highly recommend it!
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Rosalind will do anything for her loved ones. Unfortunately she isn’t in a position of power or wealth, so she can’t influence the latest decisions that have been made about her family. She’s always taken care of her siblings and didn’t marry because of it. When first her mother passed away they needed her. Now that her stepfather is dead as well, Rosalind’s family is in a dire situation. One she can’t seem to fix, because the law is not on her side. That’s why she had to flee, pretending to be a widow. When she meets Leo she has no idea she’s dealing with another member of the ton. Members of society have made things difficult for Rosalind as long as she can remember and the last thing she wants is spending time with another one. Can Leo convince her he’s different? Leo already has a family, so remarrying isn’t on his agenda. When he meets Rosalind, he’s found the perfect solution. She’s a widow and they can spend time together without any further commitment. However Leo has no idea the lovely Rosalind has never been married and is keeping secrets from everyone in her new surroundings. What will happen when the truth comes to light? Is it possible to forget the fascinating woman when there’s such a strong connection and what will Leo do when he discovers Rosalind’s true identity? Cinderella and the Duke is a wonderful romantic story. I loved Rosalind, she’s strong, caring, smart and independent. I admired her fierce and gentle personality, she’s such a good sister and she’s a great friend. I kept hoping she’d find some happiness in her life for herself as well. She’s always looking after the future and fortune of others, but deserves something worthwhile for herself more than anyone. Finding out if Leo would give this to her kept me glued to the pages. I loved their chemistry, their easy conversations and the way they both take care of others. They’re a strong match and really suit each other. Janice Preston has a terrific heartwarming writing style. She’s fabulous with feelings and I could effortlessly picture what her main characters are going through. Her vivid descriptions of situations, emotions and surroundings are making her story come to life in an incredible way. I love how vibrant her characters are and how easy it was to become completely absorbed in their story. I fell in love with Cinderella and the Duke from the very first page and highly recommend this amazing enchanting book.
clarkws More than 1 year ago
I truly adored this story. Rosalind Allen has spent her 30 years serving and loving her family. She has given up on her own personal happiness to secure happiness for her brothers and sister. Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton is a widower with three children who keep his life busy. When he meets Rosalind, he finds himself unexpectedly attracted to her. I enjoyed the complexity of the story. This book is the first in the Beauchamp Betrothals and I believe they need to be read in order to grasp the depth of each story. Highly recommend.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Rosalind Allen, along with her brother Freddie, is keeping a low profile in Buckinghamshire, where she is known as Mrs Pryce, a widow. The deception is in order for Rosalind’s beloved stepsister Nell, who along with her brother, is in London in hope of finding a suitable husband, and not have to marry the horrible man Nell’s guardian has in mind for her. Rosalind and Freddie have been in the countryside only a fortnight, when Rosalind comes across some riders, obviously well-heeled men, and Rosalind is captivated by one of them who proves to be quite the gentleman: Mr Leo Boyton. Leo is visiting his cousin Anthony Lascelles incognito, using one of his lesser titles, that of Viscount Boyton, to avoid marriage-minded ladies. However, Leo had not anticipated meeting the beguiling widow Pryce. After Lady Cecily and the Mysterious Mr Gray, book 3 of The Beauchamp Betrothals, I knew I would have to read Leo’s story because he had made an indelible impression on me: I thought the Duke of Cheriton positively terrifying. CINDERELLA AND THE DUKE is a romance, but it is one of the most extraordinary character studies I have ever read. Janice Preston’s characters are exceedingly complex, so alive and vibrant, flawed and also very human. Rosalind is thirty, firmly on the shelf, and dedicated to her twenty five year-old brother Freddie, who is physically challenged. Rosalind is an admirable woman, but she is terribly overprotective, and is smothering Freddie, ignoring the fact that he is not a child anymore. She is proud, honourable, fearless in her devotion to her siblings, and very stubborn. She doesn’t realise how she and Cheriton are so very much alike, because while Leo is sweet, lovely, and charming, Cheriton is still quite terrifying. The Duke was certainly born to the role: the man disappears behind the power his title gives him. Fortunately, it is for the good, and my goodness, seldom have I ever read a character taking ownership of his allotted pages as he does. I cannot believe how bigger than life he is, which I’m sure is how dukes really behave, but is he ever intimidating! It was quite a nice change as well that Leo is forty, and a widower with older children than we are used to. CINDERELLA AND THE DUKE is a romance with so many twists and turns, so many unexpected turns of events, I was glued to the page because I never knew what would happen next, let alone how in the world Leo and Rosalind would ever find their HEA. Ms. Preston’s sumptuous writing and sharp dialogues give this fictional world an entirely mesmerising tone: we are not reading about the Beauchamps, we are living alongside them. The attraction between Leo and Rosalind shimmers, their interactions go from quiet and tender to explosive. There is a defining moment in the story that left me speechless – and as a reader, elated and delirious with glee, and seething at the same time – because of Ms. Preston’s courage as a writer to dare explore a very uncomfortable situation in a very realistic way. And I will rave again about those incredibly well-written characters: I adored Freddie, I commiserated with his situation; Anthony Lascelles is one of the most enigmatic, intriguing, mystifying characters I have ever come across; I could go on for ages about those incredible fictional people. And Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton? Leo is a lovely man, but when he’s in duke mode, beware! He still terrifies me! I am over the moon that this series will continue for a good while!