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Duchess in Love Mass Market Paperback – December 3, 2002

3.8 out of 5 stars 100 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Duchess Quartet Series

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Fresh and witty, this high-spirited Regency-era romance gives a tried-and-true formula a merry spin. Cam Serrard, the duke of Girton, leapt out of a window and ran off to Greece immediately after being forced into wedding 11-year-old Gina. Instead of resenting him, however, Gina spends the next 12 years sending him friendly letters. When Cam finally returns to England to grant Gina an annulment so she can marry a marquess who loves her, the warm easiness between the childhood friends doesn't surprise them, but the flare of desire does. Before long, Gina starts to wonder if being the wife of a nude-sculpting, frequently absent and socially careless duke might not be such a bad future. Chatter among Gina and her friends has the modern ring of a Sex and the City episode, and James's cheeky, sometimes sly humor makes for frequent laugh-out-loud moments. Avoiding easy stereotypes, James fleshes out all of her characters and gives them depths of emotion that romances seldom allocate to supporting characters. Though each chapter is headed by a droll description of the events to come, readers may find themselves too caught up in the snowballing action to take much notice.
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About the Author

Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Duchess in Love (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (December 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780060508104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060508104
  • ASIN: 0060508108
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Duchess in Love" seems, on the surface to be a lighthearted and witty historical 'romp,' with a rather novel focal point: the book deals with the lives and loves of three society hostesses, who, for some reason or the other, are all currently living apart from their husbands. However, do take note: there is also a slight dark underside to this fluffy confection.
Many years ago, in order to avert a scandal, a teenage Camden Serrard married his 11 year old cousin Gina, and then left the country in order to pursue his studies as a sculptor in Greece. And all through the years he remained in Greece, Cam and Gina have maintained a cordial and friendly relationship via letters. Now, however, the youthful and beautiful Duchess of Girton (Gina) has decided that she would like to marry a gentleman she's fallen in love with, Sebastian, Marquess Bonnington. But she can only to do this if Cam agrees to grant her an annulment. This, Cam is only too willing to do for Gina's sake. Imagine the couple's shock then when they meet for the first time after so many years, and discover that they are actually attracted to each other! Gina never expected to find that her husband would grow from a gangly teenager to become the charismatic and thrilling young man who actually excites her in a way that her handsome and stiff 'fiance' doesn't, nor does Cam anticipate that he'd find his wife to be a beautiful and enchanting young woman. Neither are really sure if they still want the annulment to go through. But it will take another threat to Gina's reputation and one of Lady Troubridge's scandalous house parties to make both Cam and Gina decide once and for all what it they really want...
On the whole I rather enjoyed the novel.
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I really did enjoy this book. James has been criticized more than once for having too much going on in her novels, but I find her refreshing and innovative. Duchess does have a lot of set up, and I admit that the following three books of the series are better, but this particular novel was the hook. And I couldn't help it; when I finished the book I was dying to know what happened to all my favorite characters. James succeeds in writing flawed characters who are also endearing and interesting. The best suggestion I can make to potential consumers is to go ahead and give the book a try. Tastes vary so much that you won't be able to tell whether or not you like the story unless you give it a try. You don't even have to purchase it; check it out of the library first. And I promise that the series does get better and better right through the last novel.
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This was the first book by Eloisa James I ever read. She writes a witty, believable story that is incredibly well thought out. Her characters are charming and well described. Her descriptions and dialogue reflect her knowledge of the era, and really feel as if you are a "fly on the wall" to these characters!

I strongly recommend anything by Eloisa James, if you are interested in an intelligent, well written and hot romance!
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I would have really enjoyed this book more if the author did not jam 4 stories into one book. I found myself skipping through entire chapters to stick with the storyline of the supposed "main" characters. It could have been great, but the other story lines were distracting.
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I got interested in this series after reading Enchanting Pleasures, after which I came back to the first book and went in order. There are enough continuing characters in the series that it's best to start at the beginning, even though I wouldn't put it as the most riveting in the series. Once you get beyond this one, you'll need to read all of them. At $1.99, it's a good investment for an above-average read that will just lead to better and better books. I appreciate the more "real" feel to the characters; these are not the innocents and ingenues of many historical romances (even if some do happen to be physically innocent). Some of the characters in the series make mistakes and misjudgments and actually seem influenced by the cynicism of the society they move in, yet they are trying the best they can to muddle through as they find, or lose, or rekindle love.
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Although I usually love stories by Eloise James, I have to say that this one was a bit of a sleeper in the early chapter. But it redeemed itself from the middle to the end. I do love how after the initial character construction how everything came together for the hero and heroine. As well as opening up new story lines for the other characters. Overall an enjoyable reading experience.
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Apologies, Miss James, but this is not your finest work. Don't understand why the secondary characters (Esme & Sebastian) were infinitely more interesting than the leads. I cannot recommend this book, fellow readers.
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I'm a relative newcomer to the works of Eloisa James. The books I've read up until now have been great. They have just the right balance of humor and romance. I had a hard time liking the main characters here except for the protagonists love interest, Cam, and the slighted husband of another, Miles. The women were snippy, snobby and not overly intelligent or likable. I finished it, but even the ending left stories unresolved.
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