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Product Details

  • Series: Secrets of Hadley Green
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; a edition (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439175489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439175484
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daria Babcock is rapidly in danger of becoming the spinster of Hadley Green. Not only have all of Daria’s friends already found their Mr. Right; most of them are well on the path to motherhood. The only remotely suitable single man in Hadley Green is Lord Horncastle, but as far as Daria is concerned, his perpetual pouting and imbibing negate any husband potential the nobleman may possess. Clearly, if Daria wants a husband, she needs to get out of Hadley Green and back into proper society. So when the opportunity to deliver money to her grandmother in Scotland presents itself, Daria leaps at the chance. The trip to Scotland proves to be quite the adventure, but Daria finds out the excitement is just beginning when she arrives at her grandmother’s cottage in the Scottish Highlands and discovers a wounded Jamie Campbell sleeping in the spare bedroom. Spun off from London’s latest Hadley Green trilogy, The Last Debutante is another successful merger of witty writing and passionate romance that gracefully delivers everything romance readers could want. --John Charles

About the Author

Julia London is the NYT, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction with strong romantil elements novels, including the Secrets of Hadley Green bestselling series, and the upcoming series, Homecoming Ranch.  She is a four time finalist for the RITA Award of excellence in romantic fiction, and the recipient of RT Bookclub's Best Historical Novel.  She lives in Austin, Texas

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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including the popular Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series (including The Year of Living Scandalously), the Cedar Springs contemporary series (including One Season of Sunshine), and numerous other works. She is a four time finalist for the presitigous RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction, and RT Bookclub award recipient for Best Historical Romance for Dangerous Gentleman. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Customer Reviews

Good development of characters and a unique story line.
D. Strending
The cast of characters is interesting and dynamic, and the lush settings of the wilds of Scotland only enhances the reading experience.
Mary Chen
This was a fun book and an enjoyable read, I reccomend it!
Dusty Long

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
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I adored Julia London's latest novel The Last Debutante. Set in the Scottish Highlands, this novel has rich characters and a romantic charming story.

Laird Jamie Campbell rides onto his neighboring clan's land to confront the swindler who stole his uncle's money. He is greeted by an old woman brandishing a shot gun who later shoots him.

Daria Babcock is the last debutante in her English village and she wants to escape all the happy couples so when her grandmother writes that she needs funds delivered to her in Scotland, Daria jumps at the chance to visit her. Daria is surprised her grandmother is living in a simple crofter's hut and even more shocked to see an injured naked man in her grandmother's house.

When Jamie gains consciousness he takes Daria with him back to his castle demanding that her grandmother must pay back the money owed to his family before she can return to England. Daria is treated as a guest in the castle and even though she is angry and rightfully worried about her grandmother she also takes in the wonder of Highland life. To be sure, the Campbell's are not happy she resides on their land but they are loyal to Jamie and Daria tries winning them over.

I liked Daria. She is optimistic and sincere. She is good natured and to the core a kind generous soul. She is a little shy with her feelings but also bold when needed. She is adaptable and not on a constant rant about her circumstances. She does not pursue endless arguments with the hero.

Jamie is a good laird. He is turned upside down by Daria and part of the charm of this novel is seeing Jamie trying to categorize his feelings. He broods a little but only because he really is trying to think through his emotions.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mary Chen on February 26, 2013
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What a delightful addition to the Secrets of Hadley Green series!

Daria Bobcock is the last debutante of Hadley Green. Her day begins and ends like most English ladies, with teas and parties, but as she sees all of her friends enjoying their martial lives and babies, she grows restless and thirsts for a meaning to her life, a purpose that will fulfill and define her. Having no wanted martial prospects in the vicinity, and with her parents' refusal to grant her a Season in London, she is eager to go help her grandmother in Scotland when her grandmother's letter comes requesting financial assistance. Of course, she never expected to encounter a naked, unconscious man in her grandmother's cottage.

Jamie Campbell, Laird of the Dundavie Campbells, was unexpectedly shot by an old woman when he tried to make her admit her thievery to his clan, that she had duped his mentally ill uncle for a much-needed thousand pounds. He woke to find the old woman's beautiful granddaughter, Daria, and after some confusion, decided to take her ransom in his clan's castle until the thousand pounds is paid.

What I enjoy most about this book are the main characters and the gradual love that is built between them throughout the novel. Daria may be a young English miss, but she is nothing if not cheerful and determined, with a sincere heart to want to help others. She makes the best of her captivity and tries to befriend the Campbells, all the while falling in love with their intelligent and kind Laird. Jamie may not like the English, but he cannot resist Daria's sunny smiles and the warmth she infuses her surroundings. Their relationship develops from admiration of each other's character to a gentle camaraderie and love.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By NitWitty on February 26, 2013
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This was my favorite of all of the Hadley Green Series. I give this book 5 flippin' stars!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Edwards on April 8, 2013
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It's hard to find an original plot when you've read a few hundred historical romances but an original plot is what this book provided. I loved the combination of English and Scottish customs and really loved the hero. This was a fun, quick paced and unique book. I would have liked a tad more humor in the dialogue but overall a well written solid book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ace Reader on March 26, 2013
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"The Last Debutante" had me very worried at first. This is my very first time reading a Julia London book. I wasn't sure what to expect. This story had a very slow start. It was mildly interesting and somewhat boring for the first nine chapters. I was saying to myself...if this doesn't pick up soon I'm giving up. I never give up on a book. So I soldiered on and low and behold this story bloomed right before my very eyes into an English Rose. A fine thing of beauty. This story took off and never stopped entertaining after that. I was shocked! I ended up really liking this book. It turned out to be pretty clean too, with only a few sex scenes near the end. This story is a romantic and enjoyable read about a beautiful English DEBUTANTE (a young woman making her formal entrance into society) named Daria Babcock, who finds herself held as ransom (in his Scottish castle no less!) by a handsome Highland Scottish laird who looks at her with fire in his eyes. These two characters are alive in this story sparking off one another, and kept me reading as fast as I could turn the pages! This story has highs and lows just like the Highlands of Scotland. I have to say this story did surprise me in it's ability to entertain me after chapter nine. But, that's 96 pages of wondering if this story was ever going to start going somewhere interesting. Because of this stories inability to truly engage me right away, I must deduct one star. So be advised...don't give up on this story. Just keep reading and everything will be alright! Recommended and surprisingly a keeper! Enjoy!

Grade: B
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