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Duke of a Gilded Age

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When American-born Wesley Parker inherits a dukedom in 1890, he must learn to be an aristocrat. Assigned to the task is his attorney’s daughter, prim Belle Oakhurst. As they travel to England together on a luxurious ocean liner, their tempestuous relationship encounters more than rough seas. Although Wesley is increasingly
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Published June 28th 2013 by Idunn Court Publishing (first published June 26th 2013)
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Candace
Apr 02, 2017 Candace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wesley Parker is the Duke of Mansbury. Belle Oakhurst is the daughter of Wesley's solicitor, Mr. Oakhurst. He asks Belle's help instructing Wesley, also known as the American Duke, in being a member of the English nobility. During their association, Belle and Wesley fall in love. There is one person standing in their way, Belle is engaged to Sir Errol. Can Belle follow her heart or will she be forced to marry Errol?

At first the internal dialogue of the main characters irritated me. I came to rea
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Juli
Sep 10, 2013 Juli rated it it was amazing
Our hero, Wesley, is something of a young scamp; he cares for his mother’s well-being and his friends, and that’s really about it. Then news comes from England that Wesley’s uncle—the Ninth Duke of Mansbury—died, leaving his father a fortune. Unfortunately, Wesley’s father too has passed leaving Wesley the only remaining candidate to become the next Duke of Mansbury. While he’d rather stay in New York with the friends and life he loves, when Miss Annabelle Oakhurst and her father show up announc ...more
Alisa
Jun 28, 2013 Alisa rated it it was amazing
Mr. Oakhurst, the solicitor to the 10th Duke of Mansbury, Septimus Parker, has taken his daughter with him across the Atlantic to let the 11th Duke of Mansbury, Frederic Parker, know that his brother has died and he has inherited everything. When he and his daughter, Annabelle, find the new duke's residence, they learn that he died several years ago and that the new duke is, in fact, his 20-year-old son Wesley. They are further surprised to find that 20-year-old Wesley has been raised in poverty ...more
AntKathy
Jul 29, 2013 AntKathy rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and impeccably researched, "Duke of a Gilded Age" by S.G. Rogers is an exciting story about a young American who finds out he is an unexpected heir to a title and estate in England, left to him by his estranged uncle.

Belle Oakhurst and her father, solicitor to the Duke of Mansbury, travel to New York City to give the news of his inheritance to the deceased duke's brother, Frederic. Unbeknownst to Mr. Oakhurst, Frederic has passed away, and his son Wesley will now shoulder res
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Gwynn White
3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are fun, the plot intriguing and the pace fast. There are enough misunderstandings to satisfy those who love wading through romantic angst. What I didn't like are the author's insistence on using internal voice to state the obvious - that had my eyes rolling a few times – and the long, unnecessary descriptive passages. I can very easily imagine what the furnishings of a lavish ship will look like, or the style and fabric of a dress. I found mys
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LadyCalico
Jul 19, 2013 LadyCalico rated it it was amazing
This adorable little romance about a grown-up Little Lord Fauntleroy falling in love with his priggish mentor proved to be more entertaining and engrossing than I expected it would be. The hero had more depth and character, the heroine was less perfect, the love story had more complexity, and there was also more more action and danger than I expected. A most pleasant surprise.
Cheryl L
Jun 28, 2013 Cheryl L rated it it was amazing
Rogers took a huge risk with this "poor street-wise American discovers he inherited an English dukedom and must find his way" story line. But she pulled it off beautifully! Set in the late 1800's, she captured the feeling of the era, crafted characters of originality and tossed out plot surprises without seemingly contrived effort. This is a fun, well written and well paced feel good story.
Kristen
Duke of a Gilded Age was a very entertaining read. It starts with a young man from Brooklyn, Wesley Parker, who learns that he has become the sole heir to a vast estate in England, the homeland of his parents. The plot moves through his discovery through his acclimation to his new role in English gentry and nobility society. The characters were all rather well developed, particularly Wesley. The action, while sometimes coming a little too quickly, was fun and exciting. It very quickly grabbed my ...more
Carol
Jul 20, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Not Your Grandparents’ Lord Fauntleroy

Like the 19th Century book, Little Lord Fauntleroy, SG Rogers’ book, Duke of a Gilded Age tells the story of an American boy of British heritage who suddenly finds himself with a British title -- and the fortune that goes with it. There, though, the stories diverge.

Wesley Parker is a twenty-year-old when he inherits his uncle’s title. Rather than being taught by an irascible uncle, he is tutored by a surprisingly accomplished butler and a lovely English youn
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booksthrubifocals
Sweet, enjoyable Victorian romance

His grace is dead, long live his grace. Septimus, the tenth duke of Mansbury dies before knowing that the search for his long estranged, younger brother has born fruit. His solicitor, Mr. Oakhurst and daughter, Belle, travel by ship to America to inform Frederic of his change in fortune. They arrive to discover an impoverished widow and her adult son, Wesley, who is all American and not impressed with the British society and class system. His mother however is h
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Meg Mims
Aug 07, 2013 Meg Mims rated it it was amazing
I believe this is author S.G. Rogers' best book so far. Her deft handling of the Victorian era details shines in every scene. The characters - poor boy Wesley who inherits a fortune, lawyer's daughter Belle who helps polish the diamond in the rough - are well-matched and Belle's status as affianced to another lends the right touch of conflict to their growing romance, especially in the tense midpoint scene of a boat rescue, which was incredible. I couldn't put the book down! Minor characters als ...more
Renee
Jul 05, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing
This book is a fun, clean romance full of action and plot twists. It is so much more than your typical historical romance. The wide variety of well-written characters (both heroes & villains) made this book very interesting and kept me turning the pages. The way the author described the various settings made it very easy for me to picture. One of the characters turned out to be more than I expected and I hope to be able to read more about his story. (I don't want to mention names, but it's o ...more
InD'tale Magazine
An adult retelling of Little Lord Fauntleroy with a romantic twist, lovers of Victorian romance will enjoy Roger’s newest work.

Read full review in the 2013 September issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Cici
Sep 19, 2013 Cici rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-romance
This was a really sweet Regence romance. The characters were full of depth. The story line was good. And the romance with some depth.
Sarah
Jul 08, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Clean romance with some mystery and adventure :)
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Review Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Jennifer
Dec 11, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well Done

Very well written. Great H/h and villain. Wonderful supporting characters too. Friendship, adventure, a little romance and lots of fun. Not to mention HEA
Nancy
May 16, 2017 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
The tenth Duke of Mansbury has no idea he’s about to become aristocracy until his uncle’s attorney informs him of his inheritance. His uncle has died, and the title passed to him since his father is no longer living. Wesley and his mother are in dire circumstances, living in a tiny apartment in an American city. His changed circumstances come as a shock. While his mother is deliriously happy about returning to England, Wesley is more interested in the attorney’s lovely daughter. He seeks Annabel ...more
Jennifer
1.5 stars.

I adore clean reads so I really wanted to like this more. This story was either too simple, coincidental or just plain silly. The lack of character development was disappointing as was the H's apparent lack of conviction when it came to the h's character. Honestly, he would change his opinion of her within seconds of overhearing something or observing a scene that made him upset.

I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who's looking for an engaging or compelling read. Sorry. :(
Helen Sanchez
Oct 15, 2016 Helen Sanchez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining and a happily ever after love story.

This book was very interesting. It contained a rags to riches story of a young man from America who inherited a dukedom. (Is that a real word? ) He proves to be more of a gentleman than was at first suspected. He wins his ladies heart and fights for her. A wonderful happy ever after story! A must read.
susan martin
Oct 08, 2016 susan martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping

Lots of twists and turns, the storyline holds you in suspense. When you think it's sorted something else turns up.
Dionne
Mar 05, 2017 Dionne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!

I enjoyed reading this book. The main characters were well suited and I just fell in love with them. The girl has a wonderful imagination and I finished reading it quickly!
Denise Birdsong
Sep 21, 2016 Denise Birdsong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a truly wonderful book. I love the main characters the excitement on the boat. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone.
Anita
Jul 24, 2013 Anita rated it really liked it
The gauche and unsophisticated but charming and down to earth Westley Parker was warned not to become attached to the lovely Annabelle Oakhurst as the young lady is engaged to marry Sir Errol back in England - so of course I wanted to know how Wesley and Belle would end up together as it was inevitable from the start.

Although he has had a genteel upbringing and his manners are impeccable, he needs help with the protocol of the aristocracy, which Belle is happy to teach him. She takes him to all
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Joan
This was a delight to read; a refreshingly solid romance with lovely characters (Cavendish!!) and some really excellent tension- not the usual deadly dull miscommunication for once!
I romped through this book resenting the fact that I was forced to stop reading for such mundane things as eating.

I expect the author did a considerable amount of research for this story, but the best thing is that it doesn't show! You know what I mean - a writer looks at the hours they spent looking up some arcane
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Jill
Aug 22, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it
Shelves: clean-romance
Thoroughly enjoyable. Predictable, but then, most stories like this are. Doesn't mean I don't love the ride. My one gripe was the heroine. While a sweet, wonderful person - both leads are very young - she took the not-so-loved "I'm being blackmailed, but I can't go to the men in my life to help me because they've got enough to worry about and they've already done so much for me so I will sacrifice all my hopes and dreams for a happy life and marry the creepy villain who makes my skin crawl" rout ...more
Lori McD
3+ stars
Rating: PG

This is a charming, sweet, Victorian-era romance about an American 20-something who ends up being a new Duke. It's not really new, but it's a easy read with just the right touches of romance and true to its time period.

While I'm not sure the time period and class-consciousness of the ton in England would bless the resulting romance/relationship, it's possible that dukes can get away with anything especially one who's American-born.

My only real nit is that the book painstakingly
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Sandy Digger
Jul 25, 2016 Sandy Digger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!

This is the first book I've read by this author and I was rather impressed. It was very good, had some quite unexpected twists and was very hard to put down. It's the story of a young man who is living in very straitened conditions when he unexpectedly finds out he is now a Duke. It's kind of like winning the lottery when you didn't realize that you bought a ticket. Although it is an historical romance there's plenty of action and adventure. I hope there's more in this series but I'm not su
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Margo
Apr 25, 2016 Margo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew I was in for a treat after the first chapter. A quick read about an American duke. How fascinating and with a nice sweet ending to boot. The characters were a joy to learn about and the writing was spot on. I look forward to reading more by this author. Who knew so many adventures were to be had by inheriting a title. The writer was able to capture what it is like for someone to go from rags to riches and maintain humanity. Such a great book.
Catherine F Druitt
Plots and Subplots, Excitements and Joys

This is a gloriously improbable excess of excitement, with enough plots and turns for several books. The main characters are appealing, and the many lesser players are also well rounded and well realized. The love story is full of twists, and the adventures truly hair raising. No distracting explicit descriptions of sex or violence distract from the plot. I found this a thoroughly delightful romp.
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