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Marblestone Mansion, Book 1 (Scandalous Duchess Series) [Kindle Edition]

Marti Talbott
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Duke by inheritance, Hannish MacGreagor soon learned the title came with very little wealth, so he bought a silver mine in Idaho, left his wife of two weeks in Scotland, and sailed to America. Later, he sold the mine, became one of the wealthiest men in Colorado and built Marblestone Mansion on a bluff overlooking Colorado Springs. His hopes were high when he sent for his wife, but something was amiss - his wife was not what she pretended to be.

Coming soon - Watch for book 10 and see how this series ends. .

Marti Talbott's books are suitable for ages 14 and up.

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About the Author

Marti Talbott lives in Seattle and has written several full length novels, including The Billionaire's Will, Seattle Quake 9.2, The Promise, and Broken Pledge. She began writing the Highlander Series in August of 2009. The first five books are a collection of 20 short stories followed by: Betrothed, book 6, The Golden Sword, book 7, Abducted, book 8, A time of Madness, book 9, Triplets, book 10, Secrets, book 11, Choices, book 12, Ill-fated Love, book 13, and The Other Side of the River, book 14. Follow the MacGreagor Clan into Colorado's early 20th century in her new Marblestone Mansion series. To be notified when new books are available, visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 3305 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Publisher: M T Creations; 4 edition (February 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EZM98U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,891 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read! July 27, 2012
By Ann
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If you are looking for a historical romance with fully developed characters, and without graphic sex scenes, you will enjoy Marblestone Mansion. The author does a good job at describing the setting of the story, without overdoing it. Some authors get carried away with descriptive scenes, making you skim over paragraphs. It was a good balance and comfortable read.

I liked how she visualized the story in her mind, and was able to convey the scenes and setting with her words.

I really didn't intend to read the story when I did, as I only had my iPod. But I was bored one afternoon, and started reading it. I got immediately into the story. This is one book in a series, and I am looking forward to reading the next one.

I've read literally hundreds of romances over the years - and this book holds its own with all those traditionally published works. Good Job.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So much wrong... March 5, 2014
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I don't mind fluffy throw away books. They can be fun. I can overlook it if the author gets easy spelling and grammar wrong every few pages; retched for wretched or 'do embroider' instead of 'do embroidery'. I can overlook getting the date of an invention wrong if it's not too out of period but easy, daily trans-Atlantic telephone calls thirty years before they were even possible is stretching it. I can gloss over weird name spellings - Hannish? Hamish, Donnel? Donal, Leezil? Lisl or Eliza or Elizabeth maybe… McKenna? Wait! What? McKenna? Why would a Scottish girl in 1899 have an Irish surname for her Christian name? - if they don't constantly drag me out of the story. I like getting a lot of history in my reading but not when it means I have to read the book with an open browser window on a search engine because most of the book is striking me as, "that's not right!" and when I look it up I see the author did get it wrong. I can understand an author being confused by British peerages and title usage, but not when that's a main component of the plot. The frankly ignorant way people are addressed in this book was constant source of irritation. A Duke ought to have at least a passing acquaintance that DeBrett's Peerage *exists* and not think it would be a really good idea if someone came up with a list of legitimate English peers! Obviously stereotyped characters don't usually bother me in this kind of book. Calling the characters in this book 'stereotyped' would be giving them a depth of character they didn't deserve. They are flatter and far less nuanced than merely stereotyped. Simple plots are usually not a deal breaker but so little happened in this novel and what little did happen was telegraphed chapters before. Read more ›
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, Enjoyable, and senseable July 12, 2013
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I got this book yesterday, and finished it last night. It had a little of Colorado history, and vivid descriptions of the surroundings, so much so, that I thought I could help them decorate! It was a non-profane, non-smutty love story. I love those and they are hard to find. It seems too many authors think no one has ever had sex before, so they believe it to be their job to describe every single detail of the act. Which I find discusting. I have an imagination...let me use it...
I loved the characters. They were relateable. My heart broke for the Duke, and his horrible choice of a wife. I too, loved Sassy. All the characters just seemed to blend together effortlessly. It is a stress free comfortable read. I also had an overwhelming urge to slap the Duchess! I will continue to the next in this series. Completely enjoyable.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've fallen in love with this series! February 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
These days it seems everyone is trying to force too much smut (read:erotica) into romance type books as it's all the rage right now. Now, that's fine and dandy, I've nothing against erotica, but sometimes I just want a down-to-earth 'clean' book involving relationhips between different folks with some mystery, suspense, and romance. How refreshing to find just that with an author confident to stand on the merits of her writing and story telling rather than using sex in every other scene to try to keep readers interested.

It was a great read and a terrific escape from 'my life' to be immersed in the goings-on of the clan in Colorado. I love the time period the author chose to place this story in and the historical details about life in those times were a fascinating bonus on top of a great story all around.

My only complaint is that I found this author now instead of a few years ago! This writer is a hidden gem and I look forward to reading other books by her. Far better book than much of the 'romance' junk out there these days.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where was the romance? December 29, 2013
By AML619
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This book was interesting though I wouldn't call it romance. There was no romance really. I did skip through a few chapters because the beginning was very slow. I would have liked it if the author actually took the time to develop a relationship between Hammish and Leesil. We didn't get to see their relationship progress from crush to love because of everything else that happens in the story. It felt like one page they were fond of one another and the next they were in love.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome McGregor in America April 19, 2012
By K. Caid
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"Marblestone Mansion, Book 1" is a great continuation of the McGregor series.

Now the family is in America and it's a new wolrd to them, but not surprisingly, it fits them very well.

I won't tell you what else the story is about but will say it's a very satisfying love story with intrigue, some ass-whipping, shooting and good all Scottish/American humph!

I really enjoyed the new direction M. Talbot took the family, though I wasn't sure at first, but looks like it's going to be not just romantic, but fun and exciting.

Let the Scottshish American McGregor Legacy begin!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Nyah nothing great
Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Again great
want to borrow #2. My God these series books are killing me. Again great book
Published 15 days ago by sister
4.0 out of 5 stars More Scottish lore
I love almost anything Scottish. When this no electricity took place in Colorado I feared it would lose its charm. It did not.
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book! I couldnt wait to read it every night
Published 19 days ago by Rosey
4.0 out of 5 stars Marblestone
Good story from start to finish. Characters were all ones that you could get to know very well. Sometime I will try to read the next part of the story but can not afford to buy any... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read
This is a fabulous story. I love the writing style and the story line. I can't wait to read more.
Published 1 month ago by Judy Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Dream
The story of a man who built a denisty in Colorado Springs. The many family members he loves and the dream of peace, security and love he hopes for.
Published 1 month ago by Sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 1 month ago by Alisia Grey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love reading these books their so damn cute
Published 1 month ago by Christy Moore
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More About the Author

After I retired in 2010, I had lots of time on my hands, so I started writing ANNA and just for fun, posted the story on my website for people to read free. ANNA, typos and all, was a huge success, so I wrote the story of Anna's little sister, Rachel, and a third story called Charlet. Charlet was the most fun to write, and after her story, came seventeen more stories of life, laughter and love in the MacGreagor Clan.

I then divided the twenty stories into five volumes and published them as Kindle books. Like my readers, I could not say goodbye to my characters, so after the first five, I wrote nine more novels, bringing the total to fourteen. The Viking is a prequel to the series. Now, and to my amazement, my Highlander Series is being read all over the world.

Before my grandparents passed, they wrote a journal about their courtship in the early 1900's. Thus, Marblestone Mansion was born. There are now nine books in that series with one more to come.

Seattle Quake 9.2 was written years ago and since then I have added two more books to the Jackie Harlan Mysteries. The Carson Series was already written before I retired.

Come meet me on Facebook at and visit my website at

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