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Duchess in Disguise

3.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Book by Courtney, Caroline
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Published June 1st 1979 by Warner Books (Caroline Courtney Romance #1) (first published March 1979)
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Just how many books am I going to rate low this year, seriously?! What's happening?? And how many times am I going to say "This started out great, BUT THEN..."?!?! Gah.

This book was an odd mix of The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer and Heart's Desire by Barbara Cartland, with some random Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion references thrown in, and a character oddly reminiscent of the Duke of Avon in Heyer's These Old Shades. A very strange mix. I know that, had I picked this novel 3-5 ye
I have such happy memories of reading Caroline Courtney's books -- my sister Heather was a regency romance junkie and for some reason, I bypassed her Georgette Heyers and scooped up her Caroline Courtneys. She had 8. I read them behind closed doors, not because my parents would mind my reading them, but because I was supposed to be doing homework. It was my year of "failing" (meaning I was no longer getting all As) and my parents had taken away my phone, and then my television-watching privilege ...more
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Madhulika Liddle
May 16, 2015 Madhulika Liddle rated it it was ok
In Regency England, seventeen-year old red-head Clorinda de Villiers (I do wish this heroine had a nicer name!), her elder sister Emily and their useless gambler of a brother Jack receive a letter from the Duke of Westhampton, addressed to their now-dead mother. The Duke wishes to marry Miss de Villiers. No matter if he has never set eyes on her before. Driven by dire poverty and Jack’s reckless behaviour, they have little choice. But, since Emily is already in love with the local squire’s son, ...more
Sep 12, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok
What a cheese-fest! LOL You have the duchess, Clorinda (I kept thinking of her as "Chlorine", HA), who wears her mother's outdated clothes and bleaches her hair - and yet, somehow, she's able to "remove" the bleach to return to her natural hair color. She decides to go to London and wear fashionable clothing, because changing your name from Clorinda de Villiers to Cecilia de Vere and likewise changing your hair color and clothes renders you utterly unrecognizable. smh The duke, Julian, is a pomp ...more
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Lord. Bodice Rippers can be a ludicrous proposition to begin with, but when they are badly written and stupefyingly boring then they are a nightmare! Don't read this.
Yasmine Fahmy
Nov 16, 2014 Yasmine Fahmy rated it did not like it
the story is very shallow ..... the whole story is about the heroine we always read from her point of view so we never get to know what is the hero thinking......very boring and ridiculous
Jun 01, 2011 Marianne rated it it was ok
It was okay. I really like the time period. The romance part didn't have any depth at all. I didn't like that the main character kept being described at not being completely physically mature, and the fact the the Duke was so much older, didn't do anything for me. It did keep my attention, but I still found it lacking. I might give another one of her books a chance down the road. I hope that I like it better than I liked this one.
Nov 08, 2011 Helmisade rated it liked it
Clorinda. That's the name of the main character. Clorinda. I bet that was a popular name around the regency period...:D

The plot was actually pretty fun with the disguise and forced marriage and all. I just never got over the fact that Clorinda (seriously) is only 17 and described as still having the body of a child. That just makes the whole marriage and romance a little too creepy for my taste.
Entertaining but so very bad. She’s an irritating adolescent and he’s a shadow of a dunce. I’ve overgrown the virginal heroines and their innocence, even if they do deliciously stupid things as pretend to be other people to seduce their husbands.
Lesr Kew
Jun 29, 2015 Lesr Kew rated it really liked it
cute book. I really liked how she took it into her own hands to do something abt her situation. I also appreciated how fast paced it was. this did sacrifice details and depth of the story but if you are looking for a quick good read, this is it!
Sarah Duncan
Apr 19, 2010 Sarah Duncan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This is one of my all-time favorite romance books! I absolutely loved the will power of the heroine in this book and I loved the way she took her life in her own hands and decided to make her husband fall in love with her. What a woman!
Nov 06, 2015 Michelle rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1900s, romance
1.5 stars. I really wanted to like this book, but I can't. There were some great ideas buried in the book, but the author didn't develop them and instead described other unimportant things. This could be a good romance if only....
Feb 11, 2014 Jan rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, regency
Clorinda marries to save her sister who is in love with another. She plots to gain her husband's love.
Jan 08, 2012 shms rated it it was ok
1.5 stars really. The premise was a good one, the execution just plain daft.
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