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The Confessions of a Duchess (The Brides of Fortune #1)

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  455 ratings  ·  52 reviews

When an ancient tax law is invoked requiring all unmarried ladies to either wed or surrender half their wealth, it's not long before the quiet village of Fortune's Folly is overrun by a swarm of fortune-hunting bachelors.

Marry again? Never! Not after what Laura, the dowager duchess, was forced to endure. Even if the arrival of her onetim
Paperback, 369 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sophie Renwick
I had a hard time getting into this book. I don't know why, might just be. I had a hard time picking out what I wanted to read from burgeoning pile. This was on top, so I just grabbed it.

After the first third, I found myself enjoying it more. Emotionally satisfying, but I could have had a bit more steam betweent he hero and heroine.

I did go ahead, however and ordered the next two books. The series premise is unique and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in them.
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Confessions of a Duchess is the first book in Nicola Cornick's 'The Brides of Fortune' trilogy and it is quite different from other historical romance novels I have read. It's not particularly light reading as I felt there was a slight sombre tone to the book, however, there are a few fun elements and a certain amount of humour injected throughout.

Laura is a widow, a dowager Duchess, who has decided to live on her own with her young daughter in a small rundown cottage in the village of Fortune's
I had this down on my to-list read, so I got it from the library. Now, frankly, I'm wondering why I had it on the to-read list.

Plot nutshell: inside an English village, a medieval law is re-instated. The law says every single woman must marry or lose half of her fortune. Naturally, this leads to dramatic tension between the independent young widow and a one-night stand from the past.

Pros: It is what it is: a romance set in some fuzzy historical period. (It's supposedly regency, but since there'
3 1/2 stars

I started this series with the secind book first... I liked that book enough to want to go back and read the first and third books in this series.

I like this authors story lines, there is a lot going on to keep you entertained. However, I think she tends to be a bit long winded here and there and drag things on a bit longer than necessary. She's definitely got my attention with this series, and I plan on reading the third book as I really like the characters and I want to know what ha
Sıradışı bir Historical kalıplaşmış Marki Dük düşes yok bu kitapta.Zengin de değiller.Kadın erkekten sekiz yaş büyük ama bu birbirlerini sevmelerine kesinlikle engel değil.Kelle vergisi denen bir olayla başlıyor romanımız.Vallahi ben çok beğendim.Yazar da müthiş bir anlatım gücü var.Sanırım bu üç kitaplık bir seri.Ben bu seriyi kesinlikle takip edeceğim.Değişik bir historical okumak isteyenlare tavsiye ederim
I had this on my shelves for ages - one of a bundle of books passed on to me by a friend. I picked it up as comfort reading due to my never ending cold.

It's an interesting read. Some bits were unbelievable but I liked the relationship between the main characters. I also liked the rather unusual perspective - rather than a woman making a hugely advantageous marriage, this followed a man who was in the position of being a 'fortune hunter' and needing to marry money, and that this is an understand
I wavered between a three and four star rating for this novel. I enjoyed it thoroughly and read it in one sitting, yet some things grated on me, which ultimately dropped it to a three.

Though I like the characters and felt they were well developed, I felt like they didn't further develop throughout the book. Both were ultimately very stubborn and the constant repetition of the same old arguments - both internal moral dilemmas and verbal - drove me insane.
I did like the lighter, funnier elements
Marina Andreou
Μου αρεσε παρα πολυ και χαιρομε που θα εκδοθουν και τα υπολοιπα βιβλια τις σειρας.Εδω εχουμε την Λορα οπου πριν χρονια ,ενεδωσε σε μια νυχτα παθους με τον νεαρο Ντεξτερ αν και γοητευτηκε μαζι του και αυτος ηθελε να κλεφτουν,ηταν ειδη παντρεμενη με τον ασωτο συζυγο τις τον Τσαρλι.Και δεν ηθελε να καταστρεψει την ζωη του Ντεξτερ εκεινο τον καιρο.Μετα απο τεσσερα χρονια ο Ντεξτερ ερχεται στο μικρο αλλα ανεπτυχμενο χωριουδακι για μια υποθεση αλλα και να βρει μια πλουσια νυμφη για να βοηθησει την οικ ...more
I enjoyed The Confessions of a Duchess very much. The female lead in The Confessions of a Duchess is the Dowager Duchess of Cole, Laura Cole. Now living in the country on her grandparents estate in the village of Fortune's Folly, Laura will do anything to keep the scandals of yesteryear a secret. Then a medieval tax law is revived in order for the lord of the land to recoup some of his lost fortune. The tax law requires all single women--spinsters and widows to pay half their wealth to the lord ...more
Sandy M
We first met the hero and heroine of this book in Unmasked, where they shared a wonderful night of lovemaking, after which Laura, the Duchess of Cole, cold-heartedly told Dexter Anstruther they could never be together, he was only one of many to grace her bed. Dexter returned to London, continued to do his job and look after his family the best he could. Laura later became the Dowager Duchess and moved with her daughter to Fortune’s Folly to enjoy her independence after enduring a horrible husba ...more
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Gizella Tóth
Biztos vagyok benne, hogy a harlekin romantika kedvelői nem fognak csalódni.
Az uraság – hogy pénzhez jusson, és egyben bosszút is álljon az őt kikosarazó hölgyön – bevezeti a „hölgyadót”. A hölgyek azonban nem hagyják magukat, és ellenadókat keresnek ki ugyanazokból az ősrégi papírokból, ahonnan az uraság is szedte az ötletet. Nem sok, talán két vagy három ellentámadást indítanak, de remek, humoros jelenetek kerekednek ki belőle.
Amúgy nem sok minden történik, a körmét nem rágja le az olvasó iz
Feb 21, 2011 Liz rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
Recommended to Liz by: barnes and nobles
I didn't know what to expect with this novel. I never read a novel from this author. I felt this book was a little far fetched, but that is okay. It was a historical romance novel set in the early 1800's. A one night stand is rekindled after a few years of hiatus. Laura and Dexter try to fight their feelings, thinking that it is not right for them to be together. Laura is a widow, and Dexter is a bachelor. As they fight their love for each other. The women of fortune are taxed if they are not ma ...more
This book had potential. There was a good enough setting, the premise could have been really funny (law says every single woman must marry or lose half of her fortune), some of the characters had interesting personalities. But instead the premise was merely silly because even now there are very few single women who have a fortune to lose and, historically, it was probably near zero. Also, several times when Laura had a chance to do something that might have been smart or amusing, she decided ins ...more
Helene Harrison
Review - I didn't like this one as much as some of Nicola Cornick's other books I've read, like her Scandalous Women of the Ton books. Nevertheless I thought it had some very strong elements. There were a lot of strong female characters ready to stand up for themselves, and it will be interesting to see how these characters' stories end. I loved Dexter, but wished we'd seen more of the mystery which brought him to Fortune's Folly in the first place. I'm guessing it will be expanded on in the nex ...more
Ha! Imagine my surprise, after buying the second and third books in this series a few months ago, and taking a few months to get around to reading them, that I find this the very day after finishing them both! I walked in, scanned the now well known shelves of my local op shop, searching for anything new that might catch my interest. One the second such perusal, I spotted this one jammed in with the hardback books, and realized it was the very book I'd hoped to find!

I had wondered how Dexter and
I really liked the setting, the series concept was amusingand there's the occasional nifty little historical flourish, but... the characters were a little flat, and sometimes behaved in rather uncharacteristic ways to bludgeon the plot along (or explain a piece of it). And I *do* keep expecting characters in romances to occasionally use their brains as something other than a hatrest... sigh. Wanting to smack the bejeebers out of the two main characters for being idiots does not always endear me ...more
Frances Fuller
I did finish it. There are books so bad I cannot do more than 50 pages, which is as far as I will go in a really bad book, this one was really bad, stupid plot, lame underdeveoped characters, boring sex, blessedly short in duration, even the supporting cast was unlikable. How bad does a book have to be before someone edits it? Errors in names and gender, need I go on? And then to top it all, am I the only one who knows how much 10,000 pounds a year would have been for a dowagers expectations aft ...more
I got up to page 194 and I couldn't do it anymore. I don’t know why the premise of this sounded appealing to me. I thought maybe it would be humorous, but the book took itself a bit too seriously. The dialogue was pretty cliché. The characters were not likeable at all. They kept lusting after each other so much that I was screaming in my head to “f*ck already and get it over with!!” I don’t know if the author was trying to build sexual tension for the grand finale, but I just found it annoying. ...more
I enjoyed the mystery and genuinely was surprised on how it turned out. I enjoyed the antics of the ladies of Fortune’s Folly while they gave Sir Montague Fortune a run for his money (literally) and a taste of his own ridiculous medicine. I even enjoyed the interaction between Dexter and Laura, until the truth was out.

In the end, while I cannot read this novel again, I look forward to the next books in the series (The Brides of Fortune) and watching Laura’s rakehell cousin Miles get a runaround
Light regency book. I enjoyed this book,I thought it was very much like the Georgette Heyer books only frothier. Very easy to read.
Every Nicola Cornick book is a wonderful read. She is so talented and the characters jump off the page. Romantic.
Really love the idea of this series of books, and love reading books from the 1800 time period. However, the bickering between the two main characters was too much for me, and was about 75% of the book. The author could have cut out 5 or more of these bickering scenes and shortened the book, that might have made it better. Perhaps more detail into the characters themselves. If there weren't a million other books I want to read I might have continued with this series as I think the next book's ch ...more
Kay Bolton
Jun 30, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fan
Shelves: 2-star

Review taken from my blog post (#35) after picking up at the local library:

Right off the bat, it does have the most lovely cover .... beautiful jewels .... exactly as you would imagine a Duchess.

However, mmmmmmmm the quote on the cover says "Wonderfully original, sinfully amusing and sexy" ...... I missed it somewhere along the way. I would have said slowish going, where was the amusement and what sex?

Simply very little happened, it did not gallop along, merely plodded .... albeit in a sedate an
dunno what to write.. I liked it and also not...

I liked she was highway robber... some things were good...
Amanda Maria
When I first started this book it did not keep my interest. I almost gave up on it several times. However, I looked at some of the other reviews and decided to keep trying. Once I got past the halfway point I enjoyed it a lot more. I would give the first half a two star and the second half a four star. I will probably read the next in the series. Hopefully the beginning of the next one will not bore me like the beginning of this one did.
(urla di giubilo "alleluja alleluja finalmente l'ho finito!)
Umh .... per quel che mi riguarda il punto di forte del libro è che tocca al lui della storia fare la parte del vergine defraudato. E poi una lettura senza pretese.
Confesso un solo momento della storia mi ha fatto scendere qualche lacrima, sicuramente è colpa anche degli ormoni sensibili che c'ho in questo periodo. Ed il finale è di quelli che mi è PIACIUTO davvero leggere
This was a pretty good read thanks to the underlying plot lines. The back and forth between the two main characters was fairly normal for a romance, but the touch of mystery surrounding events in the area gave this novel an extra layer that really helped to engage with the story.
This was a really good book. The twists in the story were very good, however I found the love scenes rather long and not necessarily descriptive, but extremely wordy. This tends to get irritating after a while. Other than that I really liked the characters.
Well, it's nice book, well write with not pretentious to spend pleasant hours. Nicer than others, but does not add anything new to what is already written.
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Other Books in the Series

The Brides of Fortune (5 books)
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“When your lover visits to discuss the illegitimate child you kept a secret from him, offer him a glass of wine…"
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