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Deceiving the Duke of Kerrington (Ladies of Deception Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ginny Hartman
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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***This is the second edition of Deceiving the Duke of Kerrington. The book was updated August 6th, 2013 after having been professionally edited***

Hope Hillburn was born to a life of servitude and never once questioned her role in society. As a lady's maid to Noelle Parrish, she had everything she wanted out of life; a secure and honorable post, a decent room to call her own, and ample time to write fantastical tales of winsome creatures while her mistress, Lady Noelle, attended the various society events offered by the ton.

Lady Noelle Parrish knew that her father was anxious to see her wed but she never imagined he'd go behind her back and arrange for her to marry against her will, to a duke with a questionable reputation no less. Disheartened by the prospect of marrying a man she's never met and the possibility of foregoing a lifetime of love, Noelle makes the impulsive decision to flee England with an American gentleman she's only just met.

There's only one problem...

Lady Noelle's father, the Earl of Brattondale, would never permit her to marry an untitled American, nor was he willing to go back on his word to the duke. In her desperation, Lady Noelle convinces Hope to take her place after noticing an uncanny resemblance between them both.

Against her own better judgment, Hope agrees to take Noelle's place when she realizes there's no other way for Noelle to flee to America without causing her family disgrace. Thrown into a life she has only ever viewed from the outside, Hope must convince everyone that she is a lady lest her farce be discovered. She is confident that she can handle society's strict rules of propriety but she soon learns that guarding her heart from falling in love with an incredibly handsome, self assured duke with a penchant for snarling isn't going to be quite as easy.


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About the Author

Ginny Hartman has always loved writing, and when her love for the regency era blossomed she decided to combine the two, resulting in her first published novel, Deceiving the Duke of Kerrington, which became an Amazon Historical Romance bestseller.

Ginny's favorite thing about writing is the escape it gives her and the people who read her stories. For a behind the scenes look at the creation of Deceiving the Duke of Kerrington
as well as a sneak peak at her upcoming projects, visit her website creatingromance.blogspot.com

Besides writing, Ginny enjoys reading and spending time with her favorite people; her husband and three beautiful children. She also enjoys traveling the world with her husband and gaining inspiration for her books. She currently resides in Northern Idaho.

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  • Print Length: 265 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DK2U7W6
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting regency romance June 22, 2013
Format:Paperback
This book is a wonderfully done regency novel. The author has obviously done her homework on the time period. I fell in love with Hartman's main characters and wanted the story to keep going after the last page was turned. The romance is heart pumping, yet clean. The story line is exciting with lots of twists and turns. All in all, a great book from a promising new author!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Grammar, please August 2, 2013
By Sue
Format:Kindle Edition
At the end of this disappointing book, there is a short biography of the author. It discloses that, after reading "How to Write a Fiction Novel in 30 days or less," the author "plunked out her first novel in less than a month." Indeed.
The plot is awful. The diction of the heroine is valley girl.
The grammar is terrible. The author does not even know how to form plurals in English. She also does not know the difference between disinterested and uninterested, as well as the appropriate word choice in many circumstances.
I am going to rethink my Bookbub.com subscription if the quality is this bad. Even free is too much.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an escape August 5, 2013
By JEA
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Best romance ever. Clean with some great kisses. No spelled out porn. Has a great story -the chase, the catch, and obviously, the falling in love part between the characters. If I were an author I'd write like Ginny Hartman. Keep doing what you do. There's not much out there for the Christian woman. I find most stuff so detailed it is written porn. Or the other extreme of just being a story with very little romance. You have the essence of it. AWESOME.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Romance September 15, 2013
By Pamuel
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It is so refreshing to read a romance without the graphic sex; one that focuses on the developing relationship and passion instead. The story line was entertaining, though a little predictable.

This book did what I like a book to do -- it kept my interest, made me smile several times, and I enjoyed the characters and their experiences.

Reading some of the negative reviews, I think I read an edited version. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love stories set in this time period. September 13, 2013
By Kim
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I enjoyed this love story, I was rooting for the characters and was frustrated when they had hurtles to get over and was happy for them as they solved their problems. It started a bit bumpy but very quickly flowed into an enjoyable and easy read. To make it even better it has a sequel that continued the story and the author really grows as she continued writing, I will be watching for her 3rd book.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly July 11, 2013
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I rarely give bad reviews because I think if you dislike a book it can be just a matter of taste. However, I think buyers deserve to hear another point of view since there are so many rave reviews for this particular book.

First, I think it was written for a young audience. The plot was unbelievable. I can't explain, with out giving away the very predictable ending....but really, two girls who look so much alike, are together a LOT and NO one noticed before!!!

I did not like the silly heroine or hero, I was thinking...how stupid can two people be! Apparently pretty stupid.

The book would have benefited from a thorough editing.

All of that sounds harsh, but, I will say, if you are a young reader, and enjoy historical romance it may be just the ticket.

If you are a reader of historical romance and enjoy the stories of say...Madeline Hunter, Julia Quinn, Julie Anne Long, then give it a pass. Or perhaps don't, read it and let me know what you think. Am I way to harsh?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean Read !! November 18, 2013
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This is one of the best romance stories I have read in a while ! Ginny Hartman is awesome ! I just Love her books !
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars prose rhythm good, grammar and facts appalling July 24, 2013
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This book reads as if it has been compiled by two vastly different authors, one with a good ear for prose and a decent sense of plot-pacing, the other with little understanding of such fundamentals as the apostrophe-s (ideally used to show possession, as in "the duke's horses"--horses belonging to one duke--but here invariably and jarringly used to form a plural, as in "the horse's were plunging in the harnesses," a construction not requiring an apostrophe since the author is talking about more than one horse.) You readers, of course, know this. I wish the author did.

"Reign" refers to rule, as in "Queen Elizabeth's reign." In a phrase such as "She clutched the horses {sic} reigns," she should have been clutching the reins with which she should have been controlling the horse. "Drug" does not mean "dragged" if you are writing about Regency aristocrats. Huck Finn and his cohorts are allowed the term. This book is infiltrated by a number of words and usages that belong more in Huck's fictional world than in the Duke's.

The novel itself was sufficiently well-constructed to keep me reading, despite the many jarring usages. I am very tired of heroines whose authors think that repeatedly making a character's replies "pert" will advance our understanding of or sympathy with the character, but that is a minor issue here. I hope the author can quickly find friends or editors who can clean up her apostrophes, correct her solecisms, and even help her learn to avoid having an intelligent literate character say "Her and me went."

I would like to read a much-better edited piece by this author, one that could receive the four-star rating this story--cleaned up--could have had.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story couldn't put it down!
Published 1 month ago by Katie Blumenauer
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad grammar and no proof reading
This drives me crazy. Good story, good writing, intriguing characters and lousy, if any, proof reading and grammar. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Loree
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame plot, dialogue, characters
This is one I can't finish…or even get in to more that 20 pages. Predictable, stilted, poorly developed characters. Free!
Published 2 months ago by Carmelle D. Kuehn
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock Nail-biter!
First, thank you for keeping it clean yet steamy! Second, the suspense was riveting. Third, I will not spoil it for all future readers but one must read all the way to the Epilogue... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bibliophile
4.0 out of 5 stars Clean and entertaining romance!
Mistaken identity gone awry, but worth the trip! Really fun, entertaining, diverting, and I do want to read more books by this author because this one is clean. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. Bothwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beach read
familiar plot and predictable storyline but solid characters overall not a total waste of time and money if you have a bit of free time
Published 8 months ago by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars tea for two
Another unbelievable romance. Pretty good reading though. Sweet story of love.... would you take a chance for love and a new life
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance with a twist or two
Hope Hillburn, a lady's maid to Noelle Parrish, had everything she wanted out of life. Lady Noelle Parrish knew that her father was anxious to see her wed but she never imagined... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Valerie R. Macaluso
3.0 out of 5 stars This book has premise issues.
The good: I LOVED the two main characters, and their relationship. The author did a great job defining them and crafting their love story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Feehan5
3.0 out of 5 stars Proofread again...please :(
Sure, the set-up was contrived and the plot was predictable. But this is often par for the course in the historical romance genre - Dame Barbara Cartland built an empire on books... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Chocopie DX
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More About the Author

Ginny Hartman has always loved writing, and when her love for the regency era blossomed she decided to combine the two, resulting in her first published novel, Deceiving the Duke of Kerrington, which became an Amazon Historical Romance bestseller.

Ginny's favorite thing about writing is the escape it gives her and the people who read her stories. For a behind the scenes look at the creation of Deceiving the Duke of Kerrington as well as a sneak peak at her upcoming projects, visit her website www.creatingromance.blogspot.com

Besides writing, Ginny enjoys reading and spending time with her favorite people; her husband and three beautiful children. She also enjoys traveling the world with her husband and gaining inspiration for her books. She currently resides in Northern Idaho.

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