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  • File Size: 3073 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Cat Winchester was born in East Anglia. After her wanderlust finally abated, she settled in Edinburgh with her family, three dogs and a teacup dragon.

Despite suffering from undiagnosed dyslexia, Cat always had a desire to tell stories and indeed, credits her own and other people's tales for getting her through some of the toughest times in her life. Thanks to her dyslexia though, she never dreamed that she could become an author.

She insists that credit for her books also go to her editor and proofreader, whom she describes as 'the nicest grammar Nazi that you could ever hope to meet'.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on August 19, 2014
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My reason for giving this book one star has to do with some major character flaws that I just could not reconcile.

** possible spoilers**
H pursues h from beginning of the story meanwhile continuing an affair with his mistress (a married woman). When the h finds out about their relationship he claims that men have "urges" and that he was "stirred up" from encounters with the h and he was "wishing it were her" the whole time! HUH!?!?! How in the world is that acceptable? I was proud of the h for a while when she countered with the hypothetical of having turned to someone else after their encounters and how he would have felt. Not to mention h has a mother who is suffering from syphilis as a result of her husband being unfaithful in their relationship. Within a few pages she looses any respect she may have gained from me when she agrees to apologize to him for the things she said during that argument! Excuse me!?!?!
This ended up ruining the entire book for me. I ended up reading through the end and although there's a HEA I no longer had any respect for the characters so I really didn't care!
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By fictiongal on February 1, 2013
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THE RELUCTANT DUCHESS is a historical romance by Catherine Winchester. The story is a fairytale about an impoverished woman who readily forgets her title in favor of earning a living and is rewarded with her own prince in the form of a Duke who happens to be the grandson of George the III. The couple blithely move through one disaster after another to reach their HEA. Annabelle's mother has dementia and her half-brother is a psychopath but she has a coffee house to run and a Duke to love. If the reader suspends disbelief, the fairytale is acceptable (although an editor should have caught the typos).

The author used a great many historical facts but the story easily ignored societal practices of the era. Coffee houses never saw genteel women and ones who acted as Annabelle did were ostracized; not taken up in ready friendship by a daughter of a king. Putting all that aside, this reader just couldn't feel much for the hero and heroine. I felt the writer's tone was not in sync with the pathos of the story. Annabelle's life and the events of the novel called for soul wrenching angst. Only occasional bursts of it appeared and passed quickly. The prose should have been moving but the shallow spirit was too weak to make this reader have any empathy. I felt the plot called for more grit and less pastry. Maybe it was all the laudanum.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Edwards on February 16, 2013
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If you love historical romance this book isn't for you. The language is used incorrectly, the book is poorly edited and the main characters are dull. In addition the events that take place would never and could never have taken place at this time. From weaponry that didn't exist in the time period to a woman running a business and ending up a Duchess. Many of these unresearched authors believe that every man could be Duke, but there weren't that many. The names of towns were off and the author replaced every "while" with "whilst" in the entire book, oftentimes twice in a single sentence. Really, truly terrible writing. On top of that there are numerous grammatical errors, sentence structure errors and misspellings. It's hard to get past with only a mediocre story to begin with.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lnzy on October 1, 2013
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In spite of some poor reviews I downloaded this anyway. I slogged through about 50 pages and decided that my aggravation with the poor writing and the COMPLETE disregard for accurate historical references was just not worth it. References to mad King George? 1738-1820. The hero, Richard Armstrong, coming back from seven years in the army. Doing what? What war? When? Gigot sleeves? Didn't show up in fashion until the late 1820s. Talk in the coffee house about Lord Melbourne and Robert Peel as Prime Ministers? That was about the 1830's-40's under Queen Victoria. This author seemed to gleefully shake up historical facts which are easily researched and just sprinkle them throughout the story with little thought. I am not even going to address the boring characters with behaviors that were completely unrealistic and just "off." I downloaded this when it was free. If I had paid for this book I would have felt bad about wasting money!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Diane Brown on February 21, 2013
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In some ways this novel fell into the historical category, the author had many facts correct for the time period. However when it came to the actions and conversation of the characters I felt like I was reading a contempory. It just did not fit together. I am all for strong characters but they need to fit in the time period in which they are placed. I read historical novels to be transported to that time. I felt like the characters in this book came from 2013 and were dropped into the 1800's. It felt extremely disjointed and inauthentic, and frustrated me so much that I could not finish the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Davie on November 13, 2014
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I will confess that I only read 28% of the story — at one point, I found myself hoping I'd see that I was 50 or 60-some percent through… I was so down when I realized I was just over a quarter through it, and I couldn't make myself swallow anymore of it. It was simply too hard to believe Winchester is this ignorant of the time period and its manners and mores, when she understands what a courtesy title is but not how to apply titles, and it's this ignorance which completely destroys the story for me. Winchester would have done better to create her own country. Heck, she's created everything else, all she had to do was change the names of England, London, and the county, and it would have been more believable.

The duchess knows about Annabelle and confides in her; she bakes with her. She's the sister of one king and the daughter of a mad king as well as the only one who got married. Which doesn't jive with any English king I know of. I certainly can't see a king marrying only one daughter off — and to an English duke — when it was much more common to use them to cement alliances.

I can say one positive thing…I did like the twist Winchester put on this damsel-in-distress trope, and I do like a strong female character.

For a house party to which Lavinia has invited so many people, there isn't much party interaction, especially with Lavinia and Richard spending an awful lot of time with Annabelle at the dower house or in its kitchen.

I do wish Winchester would decide if Frank was the name of Annabelle's barman or Frederick.
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