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As far as Sarah Smith is concerned, the whole idea is simply ridiculous: she is a governess, not a spy. But Sarah's employer, Sir Northrop, is a man used to getting his way, and he ultimately convinces Sarah that she is the British government's only hope of catching a French traitor. All Sarah has to do is pretend to be Mademoiselle Serafina Artois, an old family friend of émigré Julien Harcourt, duc de Valere, and find some evidence that Julien is selling British secrets to the French. It sounds relatively easy until Sarah realizes her few days of “training” have not adequately prepared her to take on the role of Julien's new fiancée, the next duchess de Valere. Galen strikes the perfect balance between dangerous intrigue and sexy romance in her latest deftly crafted Regency historical. --John Charles

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"Galen's trilogy, the stories of lost brothers, begins with a fast-paced, action-packed, cat-and-mouse spy thriller that will leave you breathless. Her engaging characters and strong plotline enhance the spirited dialogue and sense of adventure. 4 Star Review." - RT Book Reviews

"Intrigue, suspense, and romance wrapped neatly into a delicious story that will keep the reader going until the very last page." - Affaire de Coeur

"Galen has written a fun romance." - Historical Novel Review

"Galen did a fabulous job!" - History Undressed

"The dialogue, charming wit, the intrigues, and the steamy love scenes in The Making of a Duchess make the novel a page-turner. " - The Long and Short of It

"Galen strikes the perfect balance between dangerous intrigue and sexy romance in her latest deftly crafted Regency historical. " - Booklist

"[A] well-written, historical romance with lots of detail, interesting and engaging characters and plots with twists and turns. " - Thoughts From Lady Tess

"Exceptionally entertaining reading with a cast of brilliantly written characters." - Rundpinne

"Galen paints an excellent picture... a wonderfully exciting read." - Jenny Loves To Read

"The Making of a Duchess has everything I could ask for--romance... spies... mystery... and even some adventure. " - Linda Banche Romance Author
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Product Details

  • Series: Sons of the Revolution (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Uncorrected Advance Copy edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402238657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402238659
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books " lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

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When Julien Harcourt, duc de Valere was just a little boy, he and his mother barely escaped a mob. Of course this could have something to do with what Julien is being accused of today.

Julien is grown up. It is time for him to get married. His mother has the perfect woman for him in mind. Julien can't wait to meet his new bride.

Sarah Smith works for a secret agency. The agency wants Sarah to spy on Julien and find out if he is really a traitor to his country. She poses as Mademoiselle Serafina Artois, Julien's soon to be bride. The more time that Sarah spends with Julien, she can't help but start to have feelings for him. But first Sarah must figure out if Julien is really a spy or just guilty of stealing her heart.

Don't let the title of this book deceive you. The Making of a Duchess is a historical novel filled with intrigue, romance and adventure. I thought this was a pretty good book. It was fun to read. Though, it moved a bit slow in the beginning for me. It took me several tries to get through this book. Also, I didn't feel an instant connection between Sarah and Julien. I felt that Sarah was more animated then Julien's character. I did like the intrigue and suspense. Would try author Shana Galen again.
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Being told to be a spy and being a spy are two very different things. Sarah Smith, a self-effacing governess, repeats her motto of "chin up" often as she enters the home of Julian Harcourt, duc de Valere to find information her employer Sir Northrop wants concerning Julian's activities.

Sarah, an orphan and considered a bastard, has never felt loved or wanted; even as a governess she is an outsider. However, she has phantom dreams of happiness and love with a mother and father. She is a heartwarming heroine that proves to be intelligent, resourceful, and a force to be reckoned with when pushed too far. She does have one weakness that is embarrassing, but comes in handy in times of extreme stress.

Julian Harcourt, duc de Valere took on heavy responsibilities at an early age when he and his mother escaped the peasant revolt in France. After twelve years in England, he is a wealthy man of business, a very eligible bachelor; but he is still a displaced nobleman. His clandestine actions make him suspect, but his desire to find his brother in France overrides the danger he encounters. Stern and socializing only to further his own agenda, Julian does not play the games of matchmaking in London's High Society. However, when Sarah arrives as Serafina de Greyene, masquerading as another displaced person of French nobility, he decides to do what is expected of him. A new phase of Julian's life kicks in. My goodness, what a phase it is.

Shana Galen creates a captivating tale that has all the trappings of the Regency era as background. But the dialogue, charming wit, the intrigues, and the steamy love scenes in The Making of a Duchess make the novel a page-turner.
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What's a poor governess to do? Blackmailed into spying on an émigré French duke in order to prove him a traitor, untrained and unsure of herself Sarah must convince him she's the aristocratic French lady, Serafina, he's supposed to marry. Julien, forced to flee France for England to escape certain death in the Revolution, considers marriage to the so-called Lady Serafina a duty. As much of a duty as finding his long-lost brothers.

The plot twists and turns as Sarah's contact in the Foreign Office applies more and more pressure for her to prove Julien guilty. But as Sarah begins to know and love Julien, she finds it increasingly difficult to believe him a traitor.

Julien, attracted to Sarah, yet suspicious of the contradictions in her behavior, discovers her true identity. The only way to prove his innocence and give their budding feelings a chance is to find his brother. They join forces in a dangerous journey to France from which they might not return.

I like stories that contain elements in addition to the romance. THE MAKING OF A DUCHESS has everything I could ask for--romance (of course), spies (I LOVE spies), mystery (is Julien a traitor? and what about Sarah's contact in the Foreign Office? ), and even some adventure (a prison break-out).

The plot keeps you guessing until the last few pages where the story resolves with a tense, dramatic confrontation that ties up all the plot lines. For an enjoyable read, try THE MAKING OF A DUCHESS, which continues with THE MAKING OF A GENTLEMAN, which is on my TBR pile.

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i bought this because i enjoyed the first chapter and how the hero and his mother escape the french revolution and escape to england. the heroine however was just too stupid for words. i dont expect her to be polished per say since she is a governess turned reluctant spy but she is a governess who supposedly teaches children of the ton how to be members of the ton... but she is a total idiot. chosen for her supposedly flawless french which she fails to use from the start ...literally doesnt even try after making the mistake of using her perfect english while french is being spoken to her...she continues to make an ass of herself on her first day. at least spread the humiliation out. she pukes on sight of the hero into an expensive vase, breaks a crystal bowl, asks if her room is really for her ...twice... since its so lavish, gets caught snooping in the library and freaks out that the hero proposes since they are and i quote not in love... because everyone knows aristocrats marry for love. all in the first day mind you. but she is a governess ...somone who teaches ton children how to be and sound educated. my favorite was her "who? oh! me!" when the hero addresses her by her supposed name. i expected nerves and mistakes on her part but she was just too stupid. i couldnt read anymore after that but it was clear there was more idiocy to come and the fact that its clearly hinted at that she really is who she is pretending to be was too much cheese on my corn. ugh
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