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Product Details

  • Series: Signet Eclipse
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451229207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451229205
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

As children, James Hamilton, Lord Abercorn asked for the hand of Louisa, daughter of the duke of Bedford. Though she refused him, Abercorn never loses hope of marrying her, despite her later vow never to wed or bear children. As she grows more beautiful, Louisa earns the admiration of men and the envy of her insecure sister, Georgy. When Georgy's irresponsible behavior embroils the entire family in scandal, Louisa is forced to marry the handsome Abercorn, setting them up for a turbulent journey toward regaining trust and, inevitably, falling in love. Henley (The Decadent Duke) is a historical romance veteran, and her skill shows on every page, despite her dedication to formula; her heroine is typically willful, beautiful, talented and innocent, while the hero is a patient, faithful variation on the charming rogue. Henley's satisfying balance between romance and sexuality will help genre fans overlook the contrived plot.
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James Hamilton, Lord Abercorn of Ireland, has loved Lady Louisa Jane, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford since they were children, and Louisa loves him. But Louisa’s fear of childbirth causes her to spurn his advances. The emotional journey from Louisa’s childbirth phobia to her role as the mother of 13 is a fascinating one. The fact that Lady Louisa is Princess Diana’s ancestor makes this story even more interesting. Henley’s novelization of the woman who lived through five monarchs and became a grande dame of British nobility is rich with historical detail and romance. Once again, Henley has penned a tale that keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end. Fans of the romance genre will be interested to know that one of the real-life Louisa’s daughters became a romance writer. --Shelley Mosley

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
As the Dowager matriarch of her family, in 1894, octogenarian widow Lady Louisa Jane Russell holds court as she always has while looking back over the decades of her life. In 1819 Lady Louisa loves her position in society, which allows her to enjoy life to the fullest. Irish nobleman James Hamilton went so far as to propose, but she ridiculed him for being Irish with a speech impediment; of course he was nine years old at the time and she was his age.

In spite of her putting him down, they become friends though he never has given up marrying his Lu. Other men want her too, but though she adores them, she prefers her independent gaiety more so. However, over a decade later, a family scandal leaves Lu with the choices of marrying her kindhearted Irish admirer, someone else, or face scornful disgraced exile.

Few if any writer can interweave historical information to enhance a story line as deftly as Virginia Henley can and does with the enjoyable The Irish Duke. The story line is driven by the heroine who tells her great-granddaughters about her life with her late beloved Irish Duke who to his death insisted B is pronounced as a V. Fans will relish Ms. Henley's fine nineteenth century historical romance as the exhilarating plot with its strong lead protagonists brings the era to life.

Harriet Klausner
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By SNB on March 24, 2010
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I ussually enjoy Henley's mix of rich history and romance. But in this story, the only history is the fact that the character's actually existed. There're no real political intrigues or big historical event. And, unfortunately, there is ZERO romance. I can't see why the characters loved each other, they never showed it and it was never explained--beyond the fact that the hero has a crush on and proposed to the heroine when he's 9 and she's 7. Who hangs on to a crush that long? There's no explanation of why they supposedly are in love. The only interesting part of this book was the side story involving the heroine's sister...there's literally nothing else of interest going on!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Love to read on August 14, 2011
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I was so disappointed! The book was "choppy"...almost like a rough draft that she meant to go back and enrich with additional thoughts and descriptions. Instead, it was hard to keep the characters straight (there were WAY too many of them) as they had similar or identical names and no distinguishing "features". The only character that you could remember was the oldest sister, and that was only because she was promiscuous. I never "liked" any of the characters enough to CARE what happened to them...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Q-ed on January 13, 2012
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This "story" was alluring, exciting and witty. However it was tediously too detailed resulting in a VERY slow pace and boring read at times. The author was TOO detailed in that the characters were OVER dialoged. I don't know if this book went through a good editing process, because many of the scenes could have been easily summarized in a narrative paragraph as opposed to writing it into the character dialog. Having said this and analyzing the characters, our protagonists were a good match for one another. I totally fell in love with our hero, but at times I found him to be overly crazed and too lovesick over our heroine, and she knew that all too well. I appreciated the fact that he was determined to win the love of his girl no matter what, but the whole issue that led to their very rushed wedding was a bit too farfetched in my opinion. Also, even though I enjoyed our heroine's innocence and virtuous behavior, at times when she needed to put on her backbone and stand up for herself, she simply wouldn't out of fear and love for others; she was too much of a sacrificial lamb that really came out as lacking a backbone. Luckily our hero was too smart and sought answers for himself in order to get to the truth to all the issues that kept threatening to tear them apart. Having said this, our heroine lacked a bit of maturity as well.

I did not care for so many additional characters our author kept throwing into this story; it was really difficult to keep up with all of them and many didn't add any value - one thing was for sure, our heroine's sister and secondary character to this plot was too shallow, cold, heartless, self-centered and plain trashy and why she didn't appeal to me not one bit.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Roman on July 1, 2012
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I enjoy Virginia Henley, I think her historical fiction is very realistic and she's a solid writer. But sometimes her writing choices really baffle me. Lady Louisa is one of the daughter's of Georgina and John Russell, featured in The Decadent Duke - which is me favorite book of Henley's. Within the 2nd chapter we have Louisa realize that her mother is cheating on her ailing father.

Perhaps this resolved sufficiently and we learn that Georgina is faithful. I don't know, I didn't bother reading further. To me going with a story line like this is hard for a reader who has read and rooted for a couple. I was so annoyed I put it down. No one wants to read a romance novel to have the romantic lead cheat after they're married. Badly done Henley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine Ray on April 19, 2012
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This was the worse book ever, it was so boring and slow. I was very disappointed in this book, virginia henley is one of my favorite authors but i don't know what happened with this book, it was so bad i had to skip a lot of pages just to finish the book,i got nothing out of this book except that it was a bad book, it was torture. I normaly keep my books for a while and sometime read them again and then pass them on but this book was so bad i will not pass it on to anyone and i surely will not read it again. I think i will send it to book heaven
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New York Times best-seller Virginia Henley is the author of 30 lush and lusty historical romances and 5 short stories. Her books are published in 16 languages around the world. She is the recipient of a dozen awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times, A Maggie Award for Excellence from the Georgia Romance Writers, and a Waldenbook Award for top-selling long historical for 1994.

The St. Petersburg Times calls Henley "The Queen of Steamy Romance."

Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews says: "Henley's gift for bringing remarkable women to life in colorful, turbulent times is what turns her romances into keepers. Henley heats up the pages with her love scenes, and her skill at portraying actual historical personages with humanity while maintaining historical accuracy wins our minds. Henley knows what historical romance is all about and always gives the readers what they want."

Henley says: "My hero is always dark, dominant and dangerous. Then I create a woman who is a match for him...or more than a match!
Men come up to me at conferences and thank me for writing my books. One man said, "I don't read them, but I always know when my wife is reading a Henley!"

My last book The Dark Earl is now available in a mass market edition and is the third in my Peers Of The Realm series following The Decadent Duke, and The Irish Duke. The fourth and last book Lord Rakehell will go on sale in November.

I have just turned two of my backlist books into Kindle ebooks. Wild Hearts and Bold Conquest are historical romances. My novella Hot As Fire, also available on Kindle, is my only contemporary. I have a short story up on Kindle called Letter of Love that is always FREE. I also have a historical novella ebook called Love And Joy.

I also have a new ebook that is a Southern family saga that has never been in print. MASTER OF PARADISE tells the story of Nicholas Peacock who is disinherited of his title and wealth in England. He sails to Charleston, South Carolina, and starts a cotton plantation just before the Civil War disrupts everyone's life.
As well I have an historical novella A Rough Wooing, set in the Scottish Borders that has never appeared in print.
I am presently writing a scandalous Regency novella.

I love to hear from my readers. email: Virhenley@aol.com or view my website: http://www.virginiahenley.com or leave a message on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/virginia.henley1

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