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Once a Duchess
     

Once a Duchess

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by Elizabeth Boyce
 

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Isabelle Lockwood was a duchess, until her husband of only a few months wrongfully divorced her for adultery. Since then she's been a pariah, living in anonymous exile to escape the prying eyes and wagging tongues of the town. More than anything, Isabelle longs for a family of her own, and so has to marry again. But society is ruthlessly unforgiving. To clear her

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Isabelle Lockwood was a duchess, until her husband of only a few months wrongfully divorced her for adultery. Since then she's been a pariah, living in anonymous exile to escape the prying eyes and wagging tongues of the town. More than anything, Isabelle longs for a family of her own, and so has to marry again. But society is ruthlessly unforgiving. To clear her name, Isabelle must face down her past - and the man who broke her heart and ruined her completely.

Marshall Lockwood, Duke of Monthwaite, was blindsided by his young bride's infidelity. After the divorce Marshall licked his wounds, throwing himself into his botanical studies to forget his disastrous marriage. Now his former wife is back in Town, as beautiful and enticing as he remembers. As the Season throws them together again, Marshall can't shake the feeling that Isabelle might not be the adulteress he took her for.

Sensuality Level: Sensual

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"Sparkling characters, a fast-paced plot, and beautiful descriptions of Regency England made this moving story of love lost and found once again, a book I couldn't put down. A delicious debut by an author to watch!" —Danelle Harmon, author of The Wild One

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440573453
Publisher:
Adams Media
Publication date:
12/18/2013
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
703,114
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Boyce had a lifelong dream: to be an astronaut. She has recently made peace with the fact that this dream is unlikely to come to fruition. Good thing, then, she had another dream: to be an author. This dream comes true every single day, and she couldn’t be more grateful. Ms. Boyce lives in South Carolina with her husband, children, and her personal assistant/cat.

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Once a Duchess 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Marshall and Isabelle's story. They loved each other but insecurities, jealousy and a headstrong mother-in-law breaks them up. Isabelle is ruined by accusations of infidelity by Marshall's mother. By the time Marshall realizes Isabelle is innocent, will it be too late for them ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very enjoyable to read. I hope the next one is as good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. But...i felt the ending was rushed. Also, a few gramatical errors...(for him and I- should be-him and me). I think it followed the traditional pattern of most romance novels. I did feel like Isabelle gave Monty his due, but it took him admitting that he had wronged someone else for her to get a spine. I wanted her to really lay into him! It was a quick read that I would reccomend...about 250 pages. I'm looking forward to seeing what she does with Lilly's story. I hope we get some updates on this couple as there was no epilogue.
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Anonymous 9 months ago
I really like to Love the hero...to admire him...to enjoy his wit. All that was sadly lacking here. This is a wonderfully reliable author. This, however, is not her best effort.
4theloveofdolls More than 1 year ago
Would recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a real page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book for .99 and I thought the book sounded different, the characters were so real and I couldn't put it down. I have bought the next 2 and I have seen another one by this author that I have to have
Janie_tx More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. It was well written and the story line was easy to follow. The author drew the reader in and allowed us to experience her characters emotions as they struggle with their feelings. I have read this as a separate book as well as in a box set and both times I loved it. The story had intrigue, suspense, betrayal, some violence, sexual (not too bad), and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read...will read again!
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Boyce’s well written, well edited novel takes centre stage with a great deal of style.   She kept me captivated throughout, transporting me back in time. The story and setting was so intricately developed that the world around me dropped away, and I was left firmly in 19th century London ton.   The characters in this novel were remarkable.  I thoroughly enjoyed how Boyce delves into the lives of the main characters, both in the past and the present.   The in-depth character development allows the reader to fully grasp the situations in which the characters find themselves.  Boyce shows her readers both what is expected of her characters due to social norms and what they want and/or need to be themselves.  The contradictions make for an intriguing look at live during the time period in question. What a fantastically romantic tale.  Boyce combines family intrigue with suspense and two main characters who truly love one another (even if they can’t see it themselves) to create a novel you won’t be able to put down! Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just ok would like to have had more real romance and fewer big gestures
jeannie-cow More than 1 year ago
I loved the story, characters, plot and ending. I will read more of her books
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Isabelle, a woman of relatively humble origins, marries a duke. They have a jolly good time until he leaves, she invites a male friend (of whom the author never fully explains the closeness with the heroine), she falls, cracks a rib, and is accused of infidelity by her mother-in-law. Marshall divorces his wife and she exiles herself. While in exile, her brother cuts her off, and she's forced to work for a living. That is probably the only innovative and well thought out part of the book. I did enjoy that the heroine picked herself up by the bootstraps and worked for a living. But I digress. Marshall finds out and forces her brother to keep taking care of her. Without much thought, Marshall eventually forgives Isabelle, Isabelle forgives Marshall, and they remarry. It just seemed that for the time period, the divorce was treated pretty matter of fact. Isabelle, though not fully welcomed, wasn't given the cut direct, or rejected from most circles, which seemed kind of far fetched. Plus, Marshall just seemed so passive in that he was ruled by his mother, sister, and wife (ex-wife). Still, I finished the book and it wasn't a difficulty to do so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read-well developed storyline and characters-makes you want to read every page till the suprising end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All young scientists go to "science" result one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Appx 250 pg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A most enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Boyce is a wonderful writer!