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To Marry the Duke (American Heiresses #1)

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My dear sister Clara, "London society is so much more complicated than I could ever have known! Every night is a different ball or assembly, and a different swirl of glittering jewels and rustling gowns. Though I fear I am making social blunders left and right I am having some measure of success in my (or rather, Mother's) objective. Mother is beside herself with glee at t ...more
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Published December 26th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published May 27th 2003)
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Fani
3.5 stars

I would have liked this much more, had the writer not exalted the American spirit so much and presented the British peers as savages, who don't have an ounce of compassion for their servants, family or friends. Really, if they're so bad, I wonder why she bothered with an English hero at all. Americans on the other hand are interesting, unique, caring, loving, clever, kind and are here to save the British ton not only financially, but emotionally too. Excuse me, but not being an American
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Pınar
Dec 21, 2012 Pınar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Puanım 3.5'tan 4 :D

Amerikan varisleri serisinin ilk kitabı ‘Beni Aşka İnandır’ bitti.
Hem dönem olarak biraz daha yakın bir tarih olması hem de benzerlerinden farklı olarak Amerika-İngiliz harmanlaması çok güzeldi. Farklı bir tat bıraktı bitirince.
Kendine unvanlı bir koca bulmak için annesiyle İngiltere’ye gelen Sophia, çok geçmeden aristokrasinin şaşaalı balolarının aranan ismi olmuştur. Bu sırada James’in radarına girer ve istemeseler de birbirlerine çekilirler. Maddi olarak sıkıntı içinde ola
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ஐ Canan ஐ `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._
Amerikan varislerinin hikayesine yer verilen serinin ilk kitabı zevkle okundu ve bitti.
Uzun zamandır historical okumamıştım, bu kitap oldukça iyi geldi.Kitabın ismi, kapağı bence tam anlamıyla doğru tercih edîlmiş.Ben oldukça beğendim zira bi gúnde su gîbi aktı geçti.
Konuya değinecek olursak Sophia Amerikalı bir varis ve ingiltereye gelip soylu bir erkekle evlenme niyetinde.yokda bu ailesinin niyeti miydi :)
James ise evliliğe hiç sıcak bakmıyor, zira geçmişte yaşadıkları onun bu fikri benimsemes
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Ana T.
Feb 07, 2008 Ana T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book that has been on my TBR pile for quite a while. I heard good things about Julianne MacLean but when I received the books there were others I wanted to read and that’s how they were almost forgotten for a while.

My dear sister Clara,

London society is so much more complicated than I could ever have known! Every night is a different ball or assembly, and a different swirl of glittering jewels and rustling gowns. Though I fear I am making social blunders left and right I am having some m
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Nihawmi
Sep 01, 2012 Nihawmi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Begendim kitabı. Devam kitapları da sabırsızlıklabekliyorum ama kızın kardeşlerinden daha çok Dük'ün kardeşlerinde daha fazla action var gibime geliyor.

P.S: Kitap 1881de geciyor ama benim göz alışmış Regency'e, gözalışınca algımda seçici oldugundan 1818 sandım tarihi, sonra kitabın içinde fotograflar çekildi, gazetelere resimleri çıkdı, trenlere binildi inildi,kızın "Nirede benim merkezi ısıtmalı evimm" diye yana yakıldı. E bende error verdim hemde 404ün en dibinden. Neyse sonra tarihe bir kere
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HÜLYA
Sep 11, 2012 HÜLYA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ephesus Yayınlarının yeni yazarı Julianne Maclane 6 kitaplık serinin ilki Goodreads puanı 5/3,71

Benim puanım 5/4 Güzel bir romandı..Ama başlarda kurgu yönünden Daisy Goodwin'in Düşes kitabını andırsa da bu daha bir soft hikayedi..Daha güzel bir hikaye idi..Severek okudum..
Ama başlarda beni biraz sıkıldığımı söylemeliyim...Daha sonra kitap açıldı elimden bırakamadım...

Puanı başlarda sıkıldığım ve uygun olmayan kapak için kırdım...

Roman 19 yy sonlarında 1881 yılında geçmekte..O dönemde Amerikalı
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Senem
Sep 06, 2012 Senem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BENİ AŞKA İNANDIR-JULİANNE MACLEAN-YORUMUM-
Ephesus bizi çok iyi bir yazarla daha tanıştırdı.Gerçekten güzel bir historical romandı.Yazarın üslubu , olaylar ve karakterler gerçekten çekiciydi.Ve bence kusursuz bir çeviriyle daha Ephesus benim bütün güvenimi kazandı.
Kapak tasarımı ve kalitesi insanı çeken ilk şey oluyor aslında , kitabı açtığınızda ise devamı geliyor zaten.

Sophia , o benim gördüğüm en dişli en çekici ve en kararlı karakterlerden biriydi.Sanırım Amerikalı olması bunun temel ned
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ѕєяєηιтι
3,5

Beğendim diyebilirim. Kapak çok hoşuma gitmedi orjinali bana daha çok hitap ediyor. Kitap ismi içeriğiyle gayet uymuş. Yazarın uslubunuda beğendim.

Amerikalı varis kızımız ailesinin isteğiyle -ittirmesiyle birazda- kendine ünvan sahibi bir eş aramak için İngiltereye geliyor ve sezona katılıyor Dükümüzde hem duygusal hemde maddi ailevi sorunları olan iyi bir şöhreti olmayan evlenmemeye kararlı, aşka inanmayan biri. Ama Sophie'yi gördüğünde ona duyduğu çekimi gözardı edemiyor birde kızın beşyüz
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I don't know what it is about Julianne MacLean's writing. It's not terribly good, but it's far from awful. Her plots keep me intrigued, mostly because her characters are frustrating and I want to figure them out. I enjoyed this one more than a few of MacLean's others. If you're not into stories where the conflict is internally driven, steer clear of this one. But if you enjoy a little character study with your romance, it should keep you at least mildly entertained for a while.
ChloeLeeNH
Aug 11, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Victorian Age fans
I probably would have done 3 1/2 but not an option! This was ok... I wasn't blown away... It was her first of this series. I am going to keep going... maybe she needed to warm up to her subject... Americans marrying English nobility. It is an interesting subject.
Yumru
Oct 01, 2012 Yumru rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ne çok iyi ne çok kötü,okunsa'da olur okunmasa'da.Orta karar bir hikaye ,açıkçası biraz heyecan ve gizem iyi olurdu.
İnci Puyan
Nov 06, 2012 İnci Puyan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeni bir tarihi aşk romanı yazarı ile tanıştık Ephesus sayesinde üstelik Amerikalı Varisler serisinin ilk kitabı. Dilerim diğerlerini de kısa zamanda okuyacağız.

Okuduğumuz tarihi aşk romanlarından biraz daha günümüze yakın bir zaman dilimiydi okuduğumuz. Bunu anlamama yarayan detay Sophia'nin merkezi ısı sisteminden bahsetmesinden anladım. İlk okuduğumda bu kısmı garipsediğimi belirtmem gerekir :))

Her neyse kitap çok güzeldi. Çok beğendim. Yazarın dili gerçekten çok iyiydi karakterler de öyle.
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Scott Jeremy Nino Roberts
Mar 09, 2015 Scott Jeremy Nino Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
The book cover looks very nice. I give this book 5 stars.
Maura
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Juliette Townsend
I really enjoyed this novel. I've always been a fan of historical romance and this one definitely did it for me. I guess part of it could be the way I could relate to Sophia, or wish I could anyway. I've always wanted to fall in love with an English man and the extravagance of Sophia being an heiress just made my falling in love with this book that much easier. I really liked the chemistry between the hero and heroine. I liked that at first they didn't want to have anything to do with each other ...more
RomReader
Jun 03, 2011 RomReader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This story is about a wealthy & cautious American heiress who agrees to go to London with her mother to look for a husband with a title but with the condition that she chooses who it is since she wants to marry for love. She is instantly struck by attractive but brooding duke Hero who returns her attraction but fears being ruled by his passions due to negative paternal history of violence & traumatic childhood experiences with emotions. Although Hero has resisted marriage all these years ...more
Sevimli Hırsız
Aug 22, 2012 Sevimli Hırsız rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beni Aşka İnandır / Julianne MacLean(19.08.12)
Öncelikle kitabın isminin cuk oturduğunu belirtmek isterim.Erkek karakterimiz James , geçmişinde yaşadıkları yüzünden aşka inanmıyor hatta aşka değil de sevgiye inanmıyor demek daha doğru olur.Tabi bu esnada da romantik hayaller peşinde koşan Sophia ile kendi çıkarları için evleniyor ama hesap etmediği şey Sophia’nın aşka inandığı ve ne pahasına olursa olsun onu da inandıracağı….
Kitabın başlarında –ilk kitap olmasından kaynaklanıyor diye düşünüyoru
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Diğdem
Amerikan varis konusunu Lisa Kleypas'ın Ben Böyleyim kitabından beri severim ama bu kitapta ne yazık ki bu konuyu iyi kullanamamışlar. Kızımız sözde çok cüretkar neden sevgili dükümüzle kendisi tanıştı ve kardeşi okup olmadığını sordu diye ama hakkını yememek lazım bir konuda cüretkar kadın erkek ilişkileri konusunda hemde gencecik ve herhangi bir tecrübesi olmamasına rağmen ki bu bana çok gerçekdışı geldi. Ilk yüz sayfasında okumakta zorlandım dükümüzle kızımız bir iki kere yalnız kalıyor düküm ...more
Erika Navarrete
May 19, 2015 Erika Navarrete rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Noble de corazon.

Me encantó la historia tan romántica y apasionada que vivió sophi y su duque que me enamoré del romance de esa época que ahora en el siglo XXI se a perdido completa mente y es por eso que necesitamos estas novelas con las vivencias de esa época para disfrutar. Que bueno que tenemos la dicha de tener tan buenas novelistas como Julianne MacLean GRACIAS.
babyfishmouth
No one loves a tortured duke more than me. Add in a spunky " fish out of water" heroine from America and I was fully prepared to love this book. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. The duke, James, seemed pretty wishy- washy in his introspections. "I will marry her. I won't marry her. I can control my passion. I cannot control my passion.". On and on. Sophia, the American heiress, fell in love with the duke a little too quickly for someone who was very determined to take her time choosing a husba ...more
Caroline Wilson
An enjoyable read that is a few years old and apparently the author's debut. I really enjoyed the plot though it "jumped the shark" rather predictably towards the end. I appreciated the author's writing style, straight forward and descriptive without getting bogged down in ridiculous details. My only complaint was the last sex scene--it was absolutely ridiculous. It felt tacked on and unnecessary. The sex scenes in general were tasteful (well tasteful for a romance novel) but were numerous and t ...more
Bethany Anne
I'm going with 3 stars because the plot wasn't horrible and the characters weren't intolerable but...it was just so corny. At one point the heroine actually sees the hero and thinks of him as her prince. Gag.
J.W.
this one was a bit basic to me, but thats the thing with basics, with me they never diminish.

Not quite the girl that blends, Sophia is an american with a hefty dowry looking for love in England.

James, is a Duke with a murky past and a family legacy of darkness.

Though James tries to pretend he isnt falling for her, this is just a seduction for money, its very obvious she gets under his skin, almost immedietlly.

He pushes her away, his mother is cold and secretive.

But sophia trudges through, doing
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Neko
Apr 27, 2013 Neko rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-a-fan
This was interesting from a historical perspective, to see what the experience of American heiresses who married into the British aristocracy might be like. But Sophia and James never clicked for me. I did not find James' struggle with his emotions compelling. A lot of intimate scenes emphasized their strong sexual attraction with a total denial of any emotional connection on James' part and a strong emotional attachment on Sophia's part. I didn't like that at all, and found myself skimming past ...more
Cecilia Rodriguez
A happier and lighter version of Edith Wharton's "The Buccaneers." As a side note, PBS made a series out of the Buccaneers and has really great costuming.
Molly
Jun 21, 2015 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book on my kindle so i could reread it and i enjoyed it as much the second time as the first.
Carmen Cantres
No estuvo mal este libro, la lectura fue amena y entretenida. Un libro para pasar un buen tiempo.
Nora
Jan 18, 2016 Nora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
historical
Jennifer
Feb 20, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rakes-and-rogues
I liked this book, although somewhat predictable, it kept me entertained. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the relationship develop between the main characters, which is something I feel is missing from a lot of romance novels these days. There is a nice balance of angst, romance, and mystery in the relationship to keep it moving and interesting. Overall, this is a great, fast read for those in search of something between heavier or darker material.
Lucy *Mrs Khalid*

It's stupid, but the first book in this series that I read was 'Love According To Lily' and I absolutely loved it, so it was a huge surprise that the same didn't happen with the actual first.

But it just didn't work for me. I didn't connect that well with the characters, I didn't feel sympathy and I didn't really feel something more.

I'll definitely give the other books in the series a try, though, for Lily and Whitby's sakes.
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Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of over twenty historical romance novels, including The Highlander Trilogy with St. Martin's Press and her popular Pembroke Palace Series with Avon/Harper Collins. She also writes contemporary mainstream fiction, and her 2011 release THE COLOR OF HEAVEN was a digital bestseller. She is a three-time RITA finalist, and has won numerous awards, inclu ...more
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