The Duchess Deal

The Duchess Deal

Girl Meets Duke

Paperback - 2017
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The Duke of Ashbury needs a wife. Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, will do. They both have terms for the marriage, but will they be able to keep from falling in love?
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062349064
0062349066
Branch Call Number: Fiction Dare Pbk
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 17 cm
Alternative Title: Girl meets duke

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2017 RT Reviewers' Choice Winner for Historical Love & Laughter.

She wants payment for a dress his ex-fiancee never paid her for. He needs a wife. So, of course they get married.


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RosaReads2
Jul 11, 2018

To all the people who have recommended Tessa Dare, I will humble myself and now bow to you. It was every thing you said and more. I loved it! Poignant, romantic, and whip-smart. Oh, and funny. The banter was some of the best! I am a convert.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 04, 2018

I loved this book! Tessa Dare's historical romances are full of strong women, engaging and thoughtful men and a ton of witty banter and humor. I can't help but laugh out loud as I read her books. I totally loved the lightness of this particular story and found all the characters to be very likeable.

JCLRachelN Sep 14, 2017

The first in a new series by Dare introduces Emma, a seamstress, and her three new friends who have interests in animals, science, and astronomy. I enjoyed that Emma works before she is married and continues to express passion in creating garments after the nuptials. Dare does well creating strong female characters. Can't wait to see what she does with the rest of the "Girl Meets Duke" series.

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martha_w
Aug 07, 2017

A lot of romance novels have a Beauty and the Beast feel to them (since the redemption of the hero is often a key part of the plot), and that is very much the case here, with the hero having been horribly disfigured at Waterloo, and therefore convinced no one will ever love him, etc. Fortunately, since this is a Tessa Dare book, there was plenty of charm and humor to balance out some of the angst (for which I generally have little patience). This was often laugh-out-loud funny, as her books tend to be (there is a cat named Breeches in this book, which is reason enough to read it), and while I don't love the power dynamic of the relationship (the hero is a duke, and the heroine's a seamstress -- I generally prefer both halves of the couple to be on more even footing), I understand its necessity in this particular case (for plot reasons), and this was still thoroughly enjoyable. Not my absolute favorite Tessa Dare book, but a fun summer read that is sure to please her fans.

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