My Last Duchess
Yes, within 15 pages, we have girls kissing, less than halfway through the book, an artist references what will become known in the 21st century as the progenitor of all uncomfortable anime-based bestiality fantasies (God, the things I learned as an art history minor), and...ok, well Constable Odo fr
It wasn't a Mills and Boon type of book, it was more filled out than that and was over 400 pages. However if you were to ask me how it was filled out more, I am at a slight loss how to answer. To be honest, a lot of stuff probably could have been cut out of this and if wanted, could have easily have been made into a M & B...without the sex and loving hero that is.
The Duke Ivo - well he was pretty much a useless male lead. Usually the lea ...more
And all this calling people just 'Duke' or 'Duchess' when addressing them is absolutely horrid!! I cannot believe that I actually read this through.
Spoilers follow (sort of):
I can't ruin the plot, there isn't one.
I can't ruin the ending, it just stops.
There was one character that I liked in that entire book... and that was Bertha & to be honest, we get next to nothing to show if she will ev ...more
The story centers around Cora Cash (love the name) who is rich beyond beli ...more
It was also refreshing to read a roman ...more
From its packaging--including blurbs and author 'endorsements'--to its very plot, this book shamelessly piggybacks off the Downton Abbey phenomenon. Even the young heiress's name, Cora, is shamelessly 'Downtonian'. I'd hoped for something that expanded on and maybe amplified the ...more
I thought she was very VERY selfish. Hideously so.
But by the end of the book I found that I had started to care for her. I don't know when this started, because the character of Cora in the opening chapters was quite vile. But it was good that I had started to care for her - it gave the story more strength and showed that Cora ha ...more
The aptly named Cash family is rich beyond imagining. They buy houses, castles, paintings by Rubens, jewels, and 'the world's largest motor yacht' the way you a ...more
As much as I enjoyed it, there are obvious flaws in the narrative with many strands started but never fully explored and I can't help but find the ending contrite while still leaving so many strands untied.
Oh, and the achnowledgements at the end parti ...more
Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to see ...more
Cora Cash is an American heiress whose controlling, manipulative mother will not rest until her d ...more
"The lace alone on the numerous nightgowns, peignoirs, wrappers, bed jackets, and petticoats was probably worth more than diamonds, as all of it was handmade, some of it worn by the French queen who had had her head cut off."
The American Heiress is Cora Cash, pampered daughter of the oh-so-filthy-rich Cashes. Cora secretly dreams of a romance with Teddy Van Der Leyden of the Van Der Leydens (old money you know), but that's not to be as her parents whisk her off to England and the hunt ...more
I wasn't terribly impressed by this book. I read it because I was on a historical romance kick, but ended up just being disappointed at having spent $10 on a book that was worth much less.
The story itself was pretty interesting and had a lot of potential. An American girl, Cora, falls off her horse while in Europe and is rescued by a Duke, Ivo, who she eventually marries, despite being in love with her best friend, giving her the title of Duchess of Wareham. She has to a ...more
This is a well written romance book, but that is really all it is. I enjoyed reading about the time period, the author seemed to have done her research and the nuances of the wealthy and privileged life of the early 20th Century US was a fascinating read. I enjoyed the book more until the ending which was too Rebeccaesque and then once I compared it to Rebecca, all was lost, because nobody does a Rebecca climax like Rebecca. Then I was left ...more
I had to post a Teaser earlier today because I was literally delighted by this story from the first handful of pages, and it hones ...more
My only nitpicking was that I'm not sure the African American maid worked. I might ...more
|¿Por qué no una traducción al Español?||2||6||Nov 05, 2014 09:09AM|
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