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The Duchess

By: Bertrice Small
Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
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Summary

In this lush novel, Bertrice Small has created a moving story of consuming passion and undeniable love set against the noble splendor of Georgian England....

As the daughter of the richest man in England, Allegra Morgan attracts a number of fortune hunters willing to overlook her flawed pedigree to gain her enormous wealth. Her most ardent suitor is the arrogant but impoverished Quinton Hunter, duke of Sedgwick, who has little to offer a prospective wife except his grand title. Allegra decides that if she must marry, she might as well be a duchess. So she agrees to the match with one condition: her husband must never ask for her love. She has seen the misery love can cause and has vowed to give her heart to no man - especially a dangerously alluring duke. 

Quinton is dazzled by his new wife's grace and fortitude, as well as the fierce desire that rages between them. Despite his best intentions, he finds himself falling in love with her. Then the terrors of the French Revolution hit close to home, and the two of them set off on a treacherous adventure that could cost them everything...including their final chance at happiness.

Contains mature themes.

©2001 Bertrice Small (P)2021 Tantor
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  • Categories: Romance

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Author has little understanding of the period

It could have been good but when the principal characters abbreviated one another's names and the heroine gave peremptory orders to a footman who replied 'As you wish, Miss Morgan', I knew it was doomed. The dressmaker admonishing a considerable heiress and a marquess's daughter on hoydenish behaviour was stretching it a bit far. I didn't get past chapter 2.