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Charming the Duke [Kindle Edition]

Holly Bush
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1849 . . . Matilda Sheldon, the middle daughter of the sixth Earl of Bisset, has never been interested in the fashionable society events that so preoccupy her parents and siblings. Her loving, albeit, daft family cannot understand why. But Matilda has little use for silly rules and dramas. She would rather occupy her time with a worthwhile cause such as opening The Sheldon Home for Orphans, much to the chagrin of her mother and grandmother. They are quite certain a venture of this nature will discourage suitors. Matilda is quite certain that if suitors are discouraged it is because she is clever, plain, a bit clumsy, and inevitably compared to her beautiful sisters.

The Duke of Thornsby is in tight spot. After receiving the title on the death of his father, he discovers the inheritance is to be gifted elsewhere if he does not marry before his thirtieth birthday. Unfortunately, our man-about-town is embroiled in a scandal, not of his own making, and the marriage mamas won’t let any eligible misses anywhere near him. What’s a Duke to do? Get invited to a house party hosted by the notoriously absent-minded Earl of Bisset, who just happens to be Papa to some young ladies of marriageable age!

Thornsby finds himself fascinated, not with the two Sheldon debutantes actively seeking a husband, but rather with the ‘brown wren’ he first mistakes for a servant. Matilda is counting the hours until the house party ends when the necessity of conversing with the guests will be over, and ridiculously handsome men go far away. Can a worldly Duke convince a sensible girl to accept his court? Find out in Charming the Duke.


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'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.' North American Word Cat

'CHARMING THE DUKE by the smart and sassy Holly Bush, is a fabulous read from beginning to end. Holly's unbeatable sense of humor and her remarkable storytelling shine through . . .' Blogger and reviewer Kimberly Rocha 

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. 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 writes historical romance set on the American Prairie and in Victorian England. 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 385 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497409578
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Holly Bush Books (March 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J44MRA4
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun for half of the book...then CLUNK. April 5, 2014
By MLBF
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What on EARTH happened to the author during the second half of the book? The first half had some charm, some humor, and a story getting underway. Matilda's family is quite silly, but they are also sweet and loyal. I quite liked the duke's sister Athena, and was beginning to see Thornsby's better qualities. There were some definite errors in word usage, grammar, punctuation--and continuity errors as well. Was the duke Freddy or Freddie? Ms. Bush couldn't seem to decide.

Then, halfway in, the author seems to have simply lost interest in her own book. The story fell apart, the sentence structure fell apart, and names were all jumbled around. And I guess I'll have to call this a spoiler alert, but here you go: near the end of the book, our Matilda is handed into a carriage by the duke after a party, and turning the page, I was astonished to read the heading "45 days later." The wedding has already occurred, and we are treated to a most unexpectedly graphic scene in the marriage bed. Where was the proposal? The first declaration of love? And why the explicit few pages? I don't usually mind such scenes--but give me some warning! There was nothing like that in any of the rest of the book. I'll give two stars for the first part of this book, but I won't be troubling myself with Holly Bush again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming Plain Jane! March 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Read from Holly Bush March 31, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Miss Matilda Sheldon could care less what people think about her. Unlike her sisters who always the height of fashion and comportment, Matilda thrives to disappear into the background wherever she goes. Her only interest is opening and running an orphanage and to care for those orphans who have nothing. Her lovely but dim-witted sisters are on the lookout for suitors and consistently peck at Matilda about her drab appearance.

The Duke of Thornsby needs to find himself a bride, one that would fit into his lifestyle well but not overtake his life. The clock is ticking for the duke though, for unless he marries by the time he turns thirty he stands to lose his inheritance, but his scandalous reputation keeps the eligible ladies and their marriage minded mothers at a distance ans the pickings are slim for the handsome duke.

The Sheldon sisters, daughters of the 6th Earl of Bisset are quite the trio. While two are quite attractive and social, they are pretty much airheads, and Matilda, the middle daughter while dull in appearance, is intelligent and quite mouthy when she feels it's necessary. When the duke meets the outspoken Miss Sheldon, neither of their lives will ever be the same. While the duke needs to marry, and quickly, Matlida wants nothing to do with it. When the pair are caught in a compromising position placing Matilda's reputation at risk, instead of going the marriage route, she runs the other way leaving the duke in a state of confusion. Matilda is quite confused herself, for even though she says she will never marry, she has developed feelings for Thornsby and doesn't know what to do about them. In the wings, Matilda's beloved grandmother and the duke's sister champion for the pair to wake up and smell the proverbial coffee.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charmed.... March 24, 2014
By Gwen
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I wished I could read a new book from her everyday. She's fantastic and smart! This one had me in stitches. There really is no better of a writer than Holly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Historical Fiction! April 25, 2014
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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 to receive his inheritance on his thirtieth birthday he would have to be married. The very thought of it made him shutter. But 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 that marrying one of these airheads would be a good idea? The only daughter he could even consider marrying was the middle daughter, Matilda - the daughter he didn't know the Earl had before he insulted her. How was he to know that Matilda wasn't hired help? And what was she doing dressing up like a maid anyway?

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 man at that.

Thornsby found himself growing fond of Matilda. She was caring and pretty when she wasn't wearing grey.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming
Easy read. Well plotted with predictable outcomes..A book for relaxed reading. Most probably a fair representation of the era and its societal restraints.
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So charming!
Loved the story and the characters. I was so totally charmed by the whole story. Independent Matilda and the scoundrel Thornsby both learning how to "deal" with each other and... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars great Historical Romance!
I am a big fan of Holly Bush and this book was a really great read! It was witty, fun and romantic! I would recommend!
Published 18 days ago by Tracey Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Very uplifting!!
This was by far the best book for laughs, love, and of finding new character you wish were real because they'd be your best friends. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phyrehart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed this story, loaned it to a friend
Published 2 months ago by Masrha L. Masters
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good.
What a delightful book. Holly Bush always inputs the right amount of humor and romance. The men are honest and truly lovable. Keep writing Ms Bush you are one of my favorites.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming story! The protagonist are likable. The book ...
Charming story! The protagonist are likable. The book kept me entertained!
Published 2 months ago by Gretchen C
2.0 out of 5 stars I really got annoyed with continuity - Freddy vs Freddie
The plot was ok I guess. I really got annoyed with continuity - Freddy vs Freddie, what exactly was the Duke butler's name it changed and at some point he was Wilcox, the surname... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Aysha Patel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 4 months ago by Susan Honeycutt
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming is right.
I found this to be a wonderful story, and I am thrilled to have found a new author. Brava, Ms. Bush.
Published 4 months ago by RedHerrin
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More 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, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out. 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 five romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800's. Holly has also completed a women's fiction novel and is currently writing a second. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer's group.



Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, was a member of her local library board for years 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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