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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.

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  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Holly Bush Books (March 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J44MRA4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,111 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By MLBF on April 5, 2014
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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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 30, 2014
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This book wasn't terrible really, however I had several issues with it:
1) a ballistic approach to punctuation just annoys me. I found the randomly placed commas and lack of spaces between words a little off-putting.
2) the book moves along sweetly until right at the end where there's a rather graphic sex scene which felt like it was transposed from another book for just a chapter. It felt like a jarring insertion (no pun intended) of gratuitous sex as an afterthought.

In all, yes I finished reading it, no I don't believe I will read it again (and I reread my shampoo bottles)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cat's Books: Romance Novel Theme Park on March 22, 2014
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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.

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Rocha/Book Obsessed Chicks on March 31, 2014
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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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Russell on May 8, 2014
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CAUTION MILD SPOILERS

I read and loved Ms. Bush's other book, Train Station Bride. I was excited to see another book had just come out. Sadly, I was disappointed with this one.

The "world" was not very established and things that happened weren't really believable. Towards the end we're supposed to worry about a scandal involving one sister that can affect the whole family which was a lie made up by the villain. But Matilda had already caused a scandal of her own by being compromised by Thornsby. The only way to save the family from further scandal would be to marry him, but she refuses. Yet that was not mentioned, a scandal did not happen and the family was not affected by having a compromised daughter who remains unmarried.

The characters were one-dimensional. They were either clever or stupid. Very few were clever and everyone else were complete idiots. The characters were pretty boring and I did not care for any of them. Matilda and Freddy (or is it Freddie? because the spelling changes throughout the book) had no chemistry together. I did not feel love or passion between them. Yet we are constantly told that they will have a good marriage because their "coupling" will be good because of the chemistry they had. Thornsby's sister, Athena, and Smithly had way more chemistry than they did (although that's not saying much) and they're not the main characters.

At the end we see Matilda leaving in a carriage from a Garden Party filled with drama, and Thornsby saying good-bye to her with a promise to call on her the next day where he will possibly propose. The next chapter happens 45 days later, they have already been married and we're treated to the one and only sex scene in the book. Which is short and still without any chemistry.
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