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Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess #1)

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  591 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Against her will, Lady Deora Medwin was betrothed to a powerful but disgusting man. She did not doubt her father loved her dearly, but how could he do such a thing? Deora saw only one option -- RUN!

He was the Highlander, Laird Justin MacGreagor, and when he received ‘the word’ in a message, he was perplexed as well as alarmed. It was a secret word known only to the MacGrea
Kindle Edition, 177 pages
Published February 28th 2012
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Sep 06, 2013 Wealhtheow rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
Hannish MacGreagor inherited an impoverished Scottish dukedom. Instead of living an idle life in debt, he moved to America and made a fortune in Colorado silver mines. Now a wealthy man, he has asked his family to move to America as well. To his consternation, only his sister arrives--his wife stopped in New York to shop. Increasingly disturbing rumors reach him, from her cruelty to their servants to her adultery. At last, the infamous duchess comes to Colorado.

It was at this point that I was s
Jun 21, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
I really like this author's style of writing & would have given this book 5 stars if not for so many spelling & grammar errors. As I've said with her other books, she must self-publish & not thoroughly review her book before posting.
Jan 31, 2015 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: talbott-marti
I simply cannot say enough about Marti Talbott's Clan MacGreagor series of books. From "The Viking," which tells the story of how the MacGreagor Clan first started, through her eleven-book Highlander Series, which explores generation after generation of the MacGreagor Clan, to the present "Marblestone Mansion, Book 1," which brings the MacGreagor Clan to the American Colorado Rockies, these books are simply breathtaking in their ability to touch a part of your heart and keep a smile on your face ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Vicki rated it liked it
Shelves: regency
The story was about Hannish McGregor and his wife, the Dutchess, joining him in America. She is supposed to bring his sister and their household staff with her from Scotland to start over in the mansion he built for her. Things are not as they seem when she arrived.

First of all she left half the staff back in Scotland, then she traveled with another man to America. She is cruel and very unlikable. Many characters are introduced throughout the book yet there is something missing in their develop
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
Mar 01, 2012 Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥ rated it it was amazing
I throughly enjoyed this book. The characters are fun and just simply great reading. I could hardly put it down! I'm looking forward to getting the next books in the series.
Oct 28, 2013 Eva rated it did not like it
Another sanctimonious literary fast-food which promotes the idea that every girl, no matter her origin or social status or intellectual capacities, dreams exclusively about falling in love and marrying a handsome and rich man. Such a lousy way to describe women and their interactions with the opposite sex. The outcome is extremely disappointing: after a remarkably bad denouement, Hannish MacGreagor is finally a free man and he takes for wife his young and childish servant, which greatly resemble ...more
Anna McIntyre
Jan 14, 2013 Anna McIntyre rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a historical romance with fully developed characters, and without graphic sex scenes, you will enjoy Marblestone Mansion. The author does a good job at describing the setting of the story, without overdoing it. Some authors get carried away with descriptive scenes, making you skim over paragraphs. It was a good balance and comfortable read.

I liked how she visualized the story in her mind, and was able to convey the scenes and setting with her words.

I really didn’t intend
Jan 18, 2013 Toni rated it it was amazing
What a great read! This was a good book with great characters and such a strong moral cord running through it. Hannish is such a great hero with such a good heart. He shows so much character in his nonjudgemental concern for people and their problems, instead of using his position as a Scottish Duke to gain what he wants. I want to read more of these people. I want to see his sister McKenna find happiness too. As for Olivia, I can just imagine what other trouble she will cause. She makes a great ...more
May 20, 2015 Liv rated it did not like it
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Joan Johnson
Jul 21, 2014 Joan Johnson rated it liked it
Marblestone Mansion, #1

I gave this book 3-stars rather than 4-stars because of the number of proofreading mistakes. I'm thrown by these mistakes and it disrupts my immersion in the story. This book also seems to a weave of three or four short stories. Regardless I liked the book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance with a touch of mystery.
Mimi Herrmann
May 23, 2015 Mimi Herrmann rated it it was ok
Who knew the Scottish Highlands were flat?

Ms. Talbott starts out her book with this assertion, and it just gets worse from there. She also knows nothing about the mores of English and Scottish peerage, master/servant relations, Scottish history, American history, fashion history, seamstressing, cooking, or any other subject on which she holds forth, but she apparently has written volumes and volumes of this trash.

The plot of this particular gem is completely unbelievable, the dialog is childish
May 16, 2015 Krissy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I prefer my historical romances with at least a little bit of steam. But this had zilch. Nothing. In fact if you measured the steam factor in this book it would be in the negative. I wasn't even 100% positive exactly who was supposed to the the heroine/love interest in this until around 60% of the book! I would not recommend this.
Eunice Korczak
Sep 22, 2015 Eunice Korczak rated it it was amazing
Marblestone Mansion

Marblestone Mansion is the setting for a family story centering on an American who is wealthy due to silver mining investments. From Scotland, he is also a duke, an inherited title that came to him sans any real wealth. After making his fortune in America, he builds a mansion in Colorado, where he hires a few good, loyal people. Then he sends for his wife, a sister, and about twenty retainers. He thinks of them all as family and oversees the adjustments, the frictions between
Jan 18, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it
When I began reading this book, I wasn't sure it would hold my interest. But as I got more and more into the book, I found that the characters interested me enough that I really wanted to find out how their lives would progress. This author's style of writing is very simple and yet somewhat compelling. Absolutely no explicit sex which was fine with me. However, I would have appreciated more details in the romance between the H/h - not sexually explicit detail - more soft, cuddly, kissing etc. Th ...more
Preethi (The Lone Reader)
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**Actual Rating**: 2.5 stars
**Book Format**: kindle ebook

This is not at all what I expected to find when I read the synopsis of Marblestone Mansion, Book 1 on Goodreads. After reading the synopsis, I expected this book to be a romance between the husband and wife who had been separated for two years. I expected an angry but lovable wife, and an arrogant but handsome husband. Boy was I wrong. Not only that, but for some reason, I thought
Jan 17, 2016 Jamie rated it it was ok
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For all the references to scandal and disaster, Marblestone Mansion is a quiet book. It's best to come to it without preconceptions, for if you are expecting melodrama and scandal, you may be disappointed. Not that there aren't dramatic moments, but they are never the focus. No, this is a portrait of a household, albeit an unconventional one. In fact, it's probably best described as a family saga, for even servants and friends are very much welcomed into and considered a part of this warm, carin ...more
Yaritza Trevino
Apr 03, 2016 Yaritza Trevino rated it really liked it

This was an ok read, not the kind of love story I'm used to or the kind of book I would recommend. I would still try another book by this author.
Marie A. Davis
Aug 02, 2015 Marie A. Davis rated it it was amazing
A story with depth

Excellent story told in a compelling style. I enjoyed it. I would be interested in more work from this author.
Dec 09, 2014 Jenness rated it really liked it
More Scottish lore

I love almost anything Scottish. When this no electricity took place in Colorado I feared it would lose its charm. It did not.
Apr 17, 2015 Sjk0508 rated it did not like it
It was terrible. Only read because I had nothing else! So unbelievable!
Jan 25, 2014 Nahiomi rated it liked it
At first I want sure about the book, whether it was going to be good or not. It took a while for it to get going but then it started to become interesting. The characters are all likeable and the author does a good job with the words and how it changes up the perspective of the narrator. it's not just told from the point of view of one character, but it switches up between characters so we get to know them better. It is pretty good but it wouldn't be a book that I would think of in an instant to ...more
I really enjoyed this book.
L-J Johnson
Jul 08, 2015 L-J Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oops. I thought this was a real book.
Jean Cowden
May 26, 2015 Jean Cowden rated it really liked it
It had a lot characters in it, but the story was good.
Nov 02, 2014 Pam rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, and would have given it a higher rating had it not had such blatant grammatical errors in the ebook version. I really hope this was fixed in the print version because it really takes away from the enjoyment of the story when you have to stop and think about what the author wants to say. It becomes really distracting.
That being said: this was a nice read. I liked the variety of the characters, the intricacies and the dialogue.
May 25, 2015 Velvetink marked it as to-read
Feb 02, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Ms. Talbott certainly has a way with words!

She draws you in, cajoles you, makes you feel safe and comfortable in the world she creates then weaves the most wonderful stories!

She has a very descriptive style which is very evident in the first book of the Marblestone Mansion series.

Marblestone Mansion follows the MacGregors of the Highlander series into the 20th century and I must say they arrived with style and aplomb.
Angie Peoples
Nov 01, 2013 Angie Peoples rated it it was amazing
What a fast past highland action packed romance turned suspense! This book was well written and the characters in it were a delight to get to know. I loved the spunky tone used and the colorful way in which everything is described in this book. It makes you feel apart of the story. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
Mar 12, 2013 Chrissy rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
The beginning of this book was hard for me. The points of view change constantly and I was having a hard time keeping all the servants straight. But by the middle of the book, I was hooked. I loved the ending. There are lots of editing errors, which was a bit distracting but this was a good book. Glad I read it!
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Marti Talbott lives in Seattle and has written several full length novels, including The Billionaire's Will, Seattle Quake 9.2, The Promise, and Broken Pledge.

She began writing the 14 book Highlander Series in August of 2009. Now, readers can follow the MacGreagor Clan into Colorado's early 20th century in her new Marblestone Mansion series.

To be notified when new books are available, visit www.
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Scandalous Duchess (10 books)
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