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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; New title edition (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060784121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060784126
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, Gayle Callen found the life she’d always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written more than twenty historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion and the Laurel Wreath Award.

Gayle lives in Central New York with her three children, her dog, Apollo, and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero.


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USA Today Bestselling author Gayle Callen writes historical romances for Avon Books.

Gayle's novels have won the Holt Medallion, the Laurel Wreath Award, the Booksellers' Best Award, and finaled in the National Readers Choice Awards. Her books have been translated into over ten different languages. She also writes the Valentine Valley contemporary series as Emma Cane.

Gayle resides in central New York, with her husband and three children. Besides writing, she loves to read, sing, and delve too deeply into historical research. Visit her website at www.gaylecallen.com

Customer Reviews

It was just ugh from beginning to end.
D. LeMaster
Unfortunately, the novel lacked suspense and tension, and the book does possess a plot that rather hinges on these two key elements.
tregatt
If you enjoy Alexander, Laurens, Lindsey, and Woodiwiss you will enjoy this book.
L. College

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on July 5, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second installment in a trilogy (I think) dealing with three sisters who have to try and make their way in the world after their father's untimely death. I rather enjoyed the first installment in this trilogy, "The Lord Next Door;" and was rather hoping that the same could be said for "The Duke in Disguise." Unfortunately, "The Duke in Disguise" turned out to be a rather bland read, and I really couldn't quite figure out why. The hero and heroine was likable and the storyline held plenty of promise. Unfortunately, the novel lacked suspense and tension, and the book does possess a plot that rather hinges on these two key elements.

When her father's untimely death forced Meriel Shelby to seek gainful employment, she felt lucky to have been successful in securing the position as governess to the young Marquess of Ramsgate. Never mind that the young boy's father is the indolent and rakish Duke of Thanet, whose bad reputation would have put off most women, Meriel is determined to do her best for the young, intelligent six year old boy who has been shamefully neglected by his father. Which is why Meriel is thrown when the careless father suddenly turns up and begins to show unexpected interest in his son. Worse still, there is something different about the duke that catches Meriel interest and makes her consider him with new eyes. Has the duke changed for the better? Or is there something sinister about the duke's sudden change in behaviour? Meriel is determined not to give in to the allure of this new duke and to discover what is at the bottom of this sudden change in behaviour...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Kaiser VINE VOICE on June 28, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gayle Callen and Julia Quinn released books on the same day. I picked up both of them, and it's clear that this one is better than Quinn's. Unfortunately, it's just an average romance. The theme of one man replacing another's position in the aristocracy and fearing discovery by the heroine is a well-worn plotline. The hero and heroine are likeable and well-drawn, and Callen is a competent writer. However, she can't put a fresh spin on this tired premise. I'm willing to buy her next book, but here's hoping she finds a new direction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JJC on October 7, 2006
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What happened to this book. Mrs. Callen writes fairly decent novels, no she is not one of my favorites but her books are usually good light reads. But this book is just disapointing. The H/H I felt had no chemistry, no deeper feelings, no trust nothing but two boring characters thrown into a non-supsensfull plot. Meirel was uptight, pushy for a governess and hung up on not being smart enough to figure out that her parents had financial problems before there downfall. Richard semed a little better but not much. There was no background information, nothing to show about his true character besides him disguising himself as the duke. He portrayed the duke so much that I never got to know him as a person. And the problem with Meriel about her trust issue was just stupid. It was discussed for one paragraph and then instantly over. You would think if it was such a major concern throughout the whole book that it would have required more than just mentioning it to Richard for it to have closure. But in this book everything seems to go wrong. And lastly were is the suspense. There is none. You keep reading and hoping that the ending would make it worth it but again you are sadly mistaken. Save your money. Save your time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. College on September 3, 2006
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This was my first experience with this author. I found this to be an enjoyable read. I would definitely read this author again. If you enjoy Alexander, Laurens, Lindsey, and Woodiwiss you will enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Brennan on August 19, 2006
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For me this was just ok. I guess some of my favorite authors I expect a little more from. The plot was good but there just did not seem to be the depth to these characters that I like. They were just not as believable for me that they were falling in love. And there was just not the sizzle nor the intensity in their romance. For me it was just ok. I would tell people that they should read it but it is not the best of the new books recently released for sure!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 28, 2006
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In 1844, the Duke of Thanet hires Meriel Shelby as a governess to his six-year-old son, Stephen especially while he is away recuperating from an illness. When the Duke returns home after being away for quite some time, Meriel is confused by her reaction to him as she thinks he is a hunk, but knows he is a womanizer so she plans to ignore her attraction to him.

She also believes the Duke is behaving differently as he spends quality time with his offspring, something he seemed loathed to do before yet enjoys now especially when Stephen is with Meriel. Thus the Duke devastates her plan to avoid him. As she falls in love, Richard O'Neill ironically thinks back to the vow he made to his dying brother Cecil, the real Duke, to not reveal their masquerade pretense in order to keep Stephen safe from cousin Charles; finally in love he has to hide his true identity from his beloved.

THE DUKE IN DISGUISE, the second Sisters of Willow Pond novel, is a fabulous early Victorian romance starring two likable protagonists and a precocious (perhaps too much so) preadolescent. The story line centers on the attraction between the governess and the phony duke as she struggles with the enigma of the whys of now in love with him and his so different behavior while he internally wars with his desire to reveal to her the truth in spite of his pledge. Sub-genre readers will enjoy this fine historical and seek out the previous winner, THE LORD NEXT DOOR (the tale of Meriel's sister).

Harriet Klausner
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