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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446606936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446606936
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Wolf (The Arrangement, etc.) uses her polished storytelling skills to unravel a peculiar arranged marriage in her newest Regency. The only way that Anthony Selbourne, the new Duke of Cheviot, can save his centuries-old estate and redeem his father's debts is by marrying "golden girl" Sarah Patterson, granddaughter of a vulgar multimillionaire. Sarah doesn't want to marryAshe'd rather paint. Anthony seduces her with his extraordinary good looks and promises to encourage her artistic endeavors. But Anthony encourages more than her art, and the two are surprised by an unexpected and intense love. A foe is introduced in Max, Anthony's jealous secretary who perceives Sarah as a rival. When attempts are made on Sarah's life, the twisted finger of suspicion suddenly points to Anthony. Will love and trust conquer all? Suspenseful plotting and solid characterizations will keep readers riveted.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Wolf once again works Regency magic in this marriage-of-convenience tale involving the a wealthy merchant's granddaughter and a Duke in great need of money. Even though she knows she is being bartered for an aristocratic title, Sarah Patterson acquiesces to the marriage proposal from the duke of Cheviot because he has consented to allow her to paint, and promised her access to great art. As a talented woman artist, it is the only way she can pursue her passion. Falling in love against all expectations, the couple is threatened by a murderous plot perpetrated by someone who seems bent on killing or maiming Sarah and placing the blame on the duke. Prolific Wolf, author of The Deception (1996), among others, has created a cast of convincing and likable characters, and blended it with some suspense and a believable romance. Diana Tixier Herald

Customer Reviews

The epilogue tied things up a little better.
P. Boren
I don't know about other romance readers but I love heroines who neither slobber over the hero nor act the opposite by being rude & obnoxious.
It is my absolute favorite book by Joan Wolf and she has many great books so that's saying something!

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Ward on February 20, 2000
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I enjoyed this book. I found both the hero and heroine to be sympathetic and I enjoyed the twist on the "who is murdering the heroine" plot in that she doesn't become paranoid suspecting the hero. However, to be fair the story does seem like the melding of Wolf's previous Regencies "The American Duchess" and hmm... I can't quite remember the name--it was Double or Duel Deception or something like that. The original novels had more sponteneity but this one retained the likability and emotional stability of the characters. In the end it is an enjoyable (though perhaps uninspired) read.
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The story begins with the club members of St. James being entertained over dining tables not by the menu but by the fact that the old Duke of Cheviot, inveterate gambler and a bad egg from an otherwise ancient, powerful lineage, had made his last losing wager and shot himself to death.

The scene pans to an elegant Parisian drawing room where the bad egg's estranged son & heir, a veteran of the Napoleonic wars and part of the British diplomatic staff at the Congress of Vienna, is being told the unpleasant news. The messenger is none other than the bad egg's formidable sister who married an English Earl. The aunt gets straight to the point and tells the new heir he must marry money. In fact, this battleship of a Countess already has a candidate in mind- the rather plain but mannerly only grandchild of England's richest merchant who had been a classmate of Countess' daughter at the Ladies' Seminary.

The new Duke, who has the face of a god and impeccable manners of a diplomat, is discomposed. Against his stormy relationship with his profligate father, he has found contentment in his life as a soldier and diplomat by day and by night a discreet lover and serial monogamist to titled femmes du monde in the City of Lights. Did he really want to swap this satisfactory state of affairs for a greatly impoverished Dukedom? Still, duty calls, it is in his DNA to answer it.

Next scene, a beefy, shrewd, elderly merchant is inside a carriage that has ventured into the rarefied environs of Grosvenor Square- by invitation of an Earl. He scans this unfamiliar neighborhood with curiosity and just a touch of smugness. Merchants, however rich, rarely came this way. He came on the presumption that the Earl wanted financial advice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1999
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I've enjoyed Joan Wolf's regencies since I was a teenager. It's hard to describe, but her writing style has an aura of calm and rationality that makes the unfolding of the romance seem inevitable. In other words, they are real and more touching than more overwrought romances. Adrian's and Sarah's romance feels like a rain soaking into a bed of rosebuds. Adrian's the aristocrat who gives off an aura of noblesse oblige; Sarah, painter and merchant's granddaughter, is obviously meant to be a duchess despite her lowly birth. A beautiful romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Taylor on April 23, 2013
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GOLDEN GIRL began for me with great expectations. Sarah Patterson was an 18 year old lady who came from money. Her grandfather made good in the cotton trade but lacked 'a title'. No matter how well off he was he would never be accepted by the gentry of his time. Until something happened that changed everything.

The current Duke of Cheviot had left things a mess at the beginning of this romance. He impoverished his estate, went into steep debt and then left a note for his son, Anthony, to fix things. Then he killed himself.

Anthony had long ago left behind the social class in England to serve with Wellington on the Peninsula and, later, in Paris. He is 27 years old when the story opens and has just found out that he has to marry for money. Relatives of his have set up things between the two families and he dreads what will have to happen but understands his place.

Sarah and he meet and, surprised, Anthony finds out they have a lot in common. Sarah is unaware of their 'match' and has a pleasant visit with his family. Fast forward and Sarah succumbs to the new Duke's plan. He will take care of her and let her follow her passion- to have the freedom to paint. He will use her monies to fix up all of his holdings and connect her grandfather to his name.

Their marriage of convenience without a doubt has some bumpy moments. But lo and behold, they actually talk to each other! This part was what sucked me in and kept me reading. Sarah was unexpectedly intelligent, good-natured and had common sense. Anthony had his own demons but meant to make his marriage work.

Introduced early on was Anthony's closest friend and confidant, one Maxwell Scott. A soldier, he watched over Anthony and developed over time an obsession with the man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Airry on June 6, 2005
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I really enjoyed this book. Anthony was a wonderful hero; he was kind and thoughtful, which is somewhat at odds with the usual ‘beautiful’ men in a regency novel. They would generally come across pigheaded or arrogant. While in general he comes across quite delightful. I thought Sarah was a heroine to be proud of. She was independent yet loving, kind and intelligent to boot. I love it when the heroine has a passion as she does with her painting, and will not compromise it for anything. I thought their relationship was realistic and enthralling. It wasn’t all based on lust and passion, but they were friends and companions, not to say there wasn’t any excitement in their relationship!

This was my first Joan Wolf novel, and I will be definitely hunting out more of her books to read :-)
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Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.

Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York. A former English teacher, she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mercy College and Master in English and Comparative Literature at Hunter College. An avid rider and horse owner, Joan lives in Connecticut with her husband Joe and two grown children, Jay and Pam.

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