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The Diamonds Of Welbourne Manor: Justine And The Noble Viscount\Annalise And The Scandalous Rake\Charlotte And The Wicked Lord Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037329543X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373295432
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,306,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Louisa Cornell on May 3, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor is an anthology set around the notorious Fitzmanning Miscellany - the various children of the current Duke and Duchess of Manning. To society they are a scandalous brood - his legitimate children with his previous wife, his illegitimate daughter with an unknown mistress, and their illegitimate children together - born before they were both free to wed. Add her legitimate son with her first husband and you have the stuff of a society gossip's dreams.

The reality is far more heart-warming, quarrelsome, loving and fun! With cheeky servants, a gorgeous home, squabbling siblings, entertaining guests and two dogs that steal the show and anything else that isn't nailed down it's a wonderful read for a Sunday afternoon.

The heart of this anthology is the Fitzmanning family. They are rowdy, independent and they adore each other. Not the done thing in 1818 English society. I loved every minute I spent with them.

While each novella is a separate love story, the thread that runs through each of them is the genuine affection these young people have for each other. A close knit family, when they have every reason not to be, they give the reader someone to root for at every turn, someone to conspire with, to laugh with, to cry with and to fall in love with.

In Justine and the Noble Viscount, the ever sensible Justine teaches the British lord with the stiffest upper lip I've ever seen how to smile and how to love and that love and understanding - not to mention patience! - is what makes a family.

In Annalise and the Scandalous Rake, the artistic Annalise learns to accept the woman she really is, she must be that woman outside of the four walls of her studio.
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Diamonds truly are a girl's best friend, especially when said diamonds are specially made for her wedding day! In The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor, we have stories about three sisters who are as different as night and day, and the legacies bequeathed to them by their mother in the form of three one-of-a-kind diamond necklaces, to be worn on their wedding days.

Justine, eldest daughter of the Duke of Manning, is the rock that holds her family together and keeps her younger siblings in line, relatively speaking anyhow. However, her world is upended the day Gerald Brenner shows up at their door with the devastating news that the Duke and Duchess died on their wedding trip to Italy. Now trying to get affairs in order after the death, Brenner and Justine find they are unable to resist each other's allure. But can there ever be marriage between Justine and the Noble Viscount?

Brenner is put in a very awkward position when he is expected to settle the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Manning, and break the news to their family of their deaths. Things are made even more uncomfortable for him when he meets Justine, his stepsister. She is the practical one in the family, which makes her the ideal candidate to help Brenner with his duties. These two are thrown together so much that is was a guarantee tender emotions would develop between them. They have their own struggles to overcome though, not the least of which that technically, they are related, if not by blood. This causes them to fight the relationship brewing as long as possible. I loved seeing them get past their differences and preconceived notions to find happiness and love together.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MaryGrace Meloche on April 26, 2009
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The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor is an anthology about three unconventional, illegitimate sisters. They share Welbourne Manor with their brothers. Welbourne is the grandest of homes, a home brimming with fun, laughter, and love.

Book 1 -
Diane Gaston: "Justine and the Noble Viscount."
Rating: 3 stars Grade: C+ Status: Pleasant read

Mini Synopsis:
Many in society were very critical of the Duke of Manning's boisterous, carefree household. And Gerald Brenner was a firm worshiper in that criticism. When he was ten, his mother had made a choice -- the waiting arms of the Duke of Manning or the loving arms of her frighten, little boy! His mother had become a duchess! And Gerald Brenner had learned to hate.

As he entered the Fitzmanning manor, a glorious house party was in full swing. However, soon all the festivities would come to an abrupt end; the deaths of one's parents could do that! Gerard Brenner was the Fitzmanning's guardian and trustee. It was his duty to help them; to show them what to do, and to tell them what to say. Responsibilities Gerald Brenner did not want! He did not want to have admirable feelings for this motley crew. And to make matters worse, the duke's eldest daughter, the lovely Miss Justine Savard, was suddenly stirring up Gerard's cold, neglected heart.

Reviewer's Comments:
AFTER I grasped the familial connections, I settled into JUSTINE AND THE NOBLE VISCOUNT. Overall, the story was enjoyable, although the childish, adolescent behavior of the Fitzmanning brood did spoil some sections.

". . . Brenner recognized the Duke's legitimate sons . . . whom he had glimpsed in society a time or two . . ."

From that statement the new Duke of Manning, Nicholas Fitzmanning, is a man!
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