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Product Details

  • Series: The Courtesan Series (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425224228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425224229
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,309,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Claudia Dain is an award-winning author and two-time RITA finalist. She lives in the southeastern U.S. and is at work on the second novel in the series. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Claudia Dain has been published in historical romance since 2000. She is a two-time Rita finalist, the award for excellence in romance fiction bestowed by the Romance Writers of America. She is a native Californian, lived for a decade in Connecticut, and now calls North Carolina home. She writes Women's Fiction as Claudia Welch.

Customer Reviews

I found Sophia and her counterparts utterly fascinating.
D. Bess
Any reader who enjoys wry humor will love this book written by a skilled writer who writes outside the lines.
NCwriterbabe
For lovers of traditional Regency, this book may be hard to understand.
Caren C. Helms

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Bess on October 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is a fun and bawdy ride! Be aware that it is also not a typical romance. Acerbic wit and sly machinations abound. The Courtesan's daughter is a typically waffling 17 year old, at once enjoying her role as a debutante and rebelling against it, but Sophia, the courtesan herself, is the true centerpiece of the book. I found Sophia and her counterparts utterly fascinating. They are smart and sneaky a la Dangerous Liasons. I was thrilled to find that the unique structure of the book promises much more of Sophia and her friends and family in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sonja Foust on March 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
I heard the author refer to this book as a "romp," and I couldn't agree more. The playful, fast-paced back and forth between the large cast of characters will keep you turning pages and laughing as you go. Enjoyable read, well done, and lots of fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth J Porter on May 22, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved this book! It was given to me by a friend who insisted I read Claudia Dain and that I start "in order" so she sent me The Courtesan's Daughter and I was hooked. It took me a few pages since I don't normally want to read about a courtesan but once I got to page ten....I couldn't put the book down. Claudia Dain is brilliant and clever and has greated an equally compelling world. Smart, smart writing. Witty dialogue. Fresh, strong, fascinating characters. I love how she's woven story threads together. I adore the plot lines. Love the way she can take a seemingly shallow, self-indulgent heroine and turn her inside out so that she becomes winning and lovely and heroic. If you love Jane Austen and cherish your Georgette Heyers, read Claudia Dain. She won't disappoint!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NCwriterbabe on December 31, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this first book of a series, Claudia Dain masterfully introduces a small village of characters while delineating their individual virtues and flaws with a fine brush.

Ex-courtesan, widow, and diligent mother, Sophia, countess Dalby, is doing what she does best--engaging in the art of chicanery to get what she wants from a man--in this case, a husband for her daughter.

Seventeen year old daughter, Caroline, worries she lacks her mother's ability to attract men, but Caroline has been an apt student of her mother's practiced wiles and engages in her own acts of chicanery to snare the man she wishes to marry.

Any reader who enjoys wry humor will love this book written by a skilled writer who writes outside the lines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Johnson on June 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The series starter is about a famous courtesan who uses her famous wiles and wit in playing matchmaker for her innocent and sheltered daughter Caroline. Oddly enough this was the first book I have actually gotten to read by Miss Dain, but I can assure you it will not be the last. This book was wonderful! It has such great dialogue and play between all of the main characters and even the several of the secondary characters were very interesting (I hope we see more of them in the next one). I absolutely loved it from start to finish and read it in no time; once I started it I just couldn't stop reading. I honestly haven't had this much fun with a romance in a VERY long time.

I really love Sophia the seasoned courtesan, she is so feisty and fun it's easy to see why she was the toast of London. And when Sophia snags the handsome and enigmatic Lord Ashdon for her daughter's soon to be husband the sparks really begin to fly. Ashdon is the son of a spurned ex-lover of Sophia's who is bent on using his son as a tool of revenge against Sophia for their troubled past. And Ashdon has been told in no uncertain terms to ruin the young Caroline and by thus doing to hurt the mother through the child.

However from the moment that they meet Ash and Caro cannot deny that they are pulled toward one another by not only shared desire but could it be the very real start of love crackling in the air between them? I simply cannot wait for the second book in this series! Don't miss this fresh and extremely fun romp through romantic London it is as Sophia would say "Simply to delicious to miss!"
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. L Roth on December 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
Lady Caroline is of an age where it is time for all good little Victorian era girls with a proper upbringing, an impressive lineage and a spotless reputation to be thinking of marriage. But that impressive lineage is exactly the problem. Her late father was the Earl of Dalby. Very respected, very admired and that should have made her very marriageable. But then there was her mother. The Countess Sophia Dalby was impressive, she was admired and she was even grudgingly respected. But she had also begun her life in London as a courtesan, and the most successful and exclusive of courtesans. In the end the Earl had been so swept away he married her despite the ton's disapproval and forced her down their throats.

Caroline despairs finding a suitable husband, but Sophia is more practical. She simply buys her one. Lord Ashdon has a rather impressive pile of gambling debts and Sophia pays them off as long as he agrees to marry her daughter. Seemingly caught, he agrees. Caroline does not. She rejects him declaring she'd rather be a courtesan but later discovers that may not have been a good idea. Maybe the life of a prostitute isn't as glamorous and as easy as she thought it would be. So with her mother's advice she sets out to make him want to win her, and willing to defy his family to do it.

The book has a fair voice. The storytelling is mildly engaging and the way the story is woven makes you want to continue reading, provided you don't have anything better to do. The characters however, are tiresom and at times down right annoying. Caroline especially is trying to the patience. She does not come off as naïve and innocent, but as rather stupid and whiney. It is she who should be smacked with the silver candlestick and not Lord Ashdon.
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