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The Making of a Gentleman (The Sons of the Revolution #2)

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Twelve years in a French prison leave Armand Harcourt a hollow shell. Back in England, his noble family hire Felicity Bennett to teach him manners and speech. Desire shakes both, and heals their past scars in surprising dangerous ways.
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Published October 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Felicity Bennett is engaged to marry a gambling swindler against her will, her only way out is to pay him. So she accepts a tutoring position for the impressive Duc and Duchesse de Valere. Felicity expects to be a governess to a small boy named Armand, but she finds out that Armand is a very handsome, if untamed, grown man. Armand had been imprisoned since childhood during the French Revolution. While in prison, he lost all human contact, even losing his ability/desire to speak and touch others. ...more
I read this book because I was led to believe it had a character driven story similar to The Wild Child. I was wrong. Rather, it is similar superficially and only for the first half. Then it morphs into a wallpaper historical with a weak, last minute suspense/action plot.

The romance was bland. It had promise, especially with the pianoforte scenes, but derailed into standard telling. I wanted to see Armand and Felicity spending more time together connecting cerebrally or emotionally. It was cute
Felicity Bennett has been hired to tutor Armand Harcourt, the comte de Valere. The former vicar's daughter thinks she’ll be teaching a young boy, and has no other choice but to accept this work, although she isn't too thrilled working for an aristocrat. Felicity is being blackmailed by her deceased father's former caretaker, Charles St. John, who is threatening her. She must find a way to give him twenty-five pounds or marry him. Why he needs that exact amount in some sort of mystery that I foun ...more
Rose May
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

Book 2 in the Sons of the Revolution Series

How unfortunate. I was so excited to read this book, and it turned out to be a flop. Miss Felicity Bennett, the poor daughter of a deceased vicar is to become Armand Harcourt’s, the Comte de Velére, tutor. She has been hired to teach him how to speak. Armand has been in prison for about half his life and his just recently been re
Linda Banche
Shana Galen's The Making of a Gentleman, the second book in her Sons of the Revolution series, is the riveting tale of a brutalized man and his salvation through love.

This tale of three brothers separated by the atrocities of the French Revolution continues with the story of second brother, Armand. After rotting for twelve years in a French prison, Armand must relearn how to live a normal life. Although his body has healed, his demons so terrify him he can no longer speak--until he meets Miss Fe
Interesting for the most part. Armand was an interesting character although his back story could have been explained a little bit more. Also since he had been in prison since he was 11 years old, I sort of thought that he recovered a bit too fast. Most of the scenes of him regaining his speech and such were told and off camera and not shown or seen by the reader. Maybe it wouldn't have seemed so quick if we'd seen more of it and frankly that was the most interesting part of the book. I did enjoy ...more
Sooooo. Let me just begin by saying that I liked this book. We'll get that out of the way right now. I think book 1 was probably my favorite, and that's likely because of some... aspects that were relatively unbelievable in THIS book.

The picture we get of Armand in The Making of a Duchess is one of an extremely... stunted(?) man. He can't talk, doesn't appear to understand what's going on, and is pained by touching. That's how The Making of a Gentleman starts off, so suffice to say, Armand went
Elizabeth Jules Mason
In a word: WONDERFUL!

This is the ultimate in a wounded hero! I don't find many historical romance books with true walking wounded heroes in them, but this one is superb! The hero Armand, was imprisoned as a young boy for 12 long years. He was in isolation, no human touch, no human interaction and no human speech. When he is found and rescued from prison by his older brother Julien, Armand is nearly an animal. He can't tolerate human touch, can't speak and has lost most of his understanding of la
THE MAKING OF A GENTLEMAN by Shana Galen is a fantastic and unique historical romance. Armand is such an interesting character. After spending 12 years in a French prison he can’t stand to be touched and doesn’t speak. This sets a very interesting challenge for Felicity, his tutor. I liked how unique this story was, but at times wasn’t sure I could completely buy the change in Armand. He goes from not remembering how to speak to speaking in full sentences seemingly overnight. Also, his misunders ...more
Lover of Romance
Armand, has recently been rescued from twelve years in prison by his brother that he barely recognizes. Armand, can't stand another's touch, and he doesn't understand most of what is going on around him. He can understand some of that which his family speaks of, but he has yet been able to communicate with them. After continually suffering from nightmares, his brother and sister in law decide to hire a tutor for him, to bring out his speech. Felicity, needs this job desperately. Her father has j ...more
Buku ini aku pinjam dari sahabatku Chiko, berharap isi cerita sesuai dengan sinopsis dan cover nya yang menarik hati.
Sayang nya aku kecewa.
Di awal2 sih bagus, penggambaran si anak yg trauma terhadap pembantaian saat revolusi Peraancis, di usia 11 tahun dia di tahan,di kucil kan di sel,dan hanya di temani dinding gelap dan tikus2...sampai dia jadi takut bicara dan selama 12 tahun di penjara dia takut bicara hingga jadi bisu dan selalu takut dengan sentuhan.

Namun sampai di tengah saat si hero ke
Niki Clinger
Ok, these books were bought for me in a series, and I have the same complaints about the plot and the writing as I did the last time.

The plot was rushed and while it lacked the spy element that the last book had, it held a Jane Eyre quality that I appreciated. The characters were less creative and the timeframe in which the book was supposed to take place was highly inaccurate. The development of speech would honestly not make the leaps and strides that it did in the book. It was interesting tha
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K.E. Hamilton
e Goodreads synopsis toted it as a story of a governess who is hired to help a man clean up and get ready to participate in high society. I thought it would be a cute and witty reverse My Fair Lady type thing.

Well, I was wrong

Let's back up a little. The set up of for Galen's The Sons of The Revolutions series is that 12 years ago during the French revolution (read: not American Revolution, which is what I thought ) three aristocrat brothers are separated when their home is torched during an upri
An Odd1
Felicity is a shy heroine who volunteers for more than she can do, but does step up to the plate. Only luck that she plays piano. Armand is an awkward hero at first, unable to speak, yells day and night, waking himself and others. Tricky to make believable. Scarier than Les Miserables musicale about same time in France.

London 1801. Newly orphaned Felicity Bennett does not expect her student for language and manners to be charismatic Comte Armand Harcourt 33. After a decade in a Paris prison, Du
Felicity Bennett is engaged to marry a gambling swindler against her will, her only way out is to pay him. So she accepts a tutoring position for the impressive Duc and Duchesse de Valere. Felicity expects to be a governess to a small boy named Armand, but she finds out that Armand is a very handsome, if untamed, grown man. Armand had been imprisoned since childhood during the French Revolution. While in prison, he lost all human contact, even losing his ability/desire to speak and touch others. ...more
PK Reeves
Galen does another Harcourt tale of love. Review Aisle B
Another great start of a story. It was absolutely riveting until it was ruined with over dramatization. What started out as simple blackmail by a blackguard, Charles St. John who wants 25 pounds to break a betrothal with Felicity that her dying father apparently made, has turned to blackmailing her to extort money from Armand’s family or he will accuse her of murdering his light skirt in a fit of jealousy. A light skirt he murdered. The better suspense is the father and son who are after Armand ...more
Kati (Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance)
Well, after winning 3 copies of this book, I finally gave in and read it. (I had forgotten about the giveaways and was surprised when the packages arrived.) Anywho, this is the second book in The Sons of Revolution series. It's in typical Shana Galen fashion: adrenaline pumping danger, a handsome hero, a headstrong heroine, an air of mystery, a touch of intrigue and toe curling smexing. A must read.

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The story begins with Armand, the hero of the story, acting as a savage...unable to express himself with words, he's angry, frustrated and has problems interacting with his family let alone the London society befitting his rank as a Duc's brother. His heroine, Felicity is hired to be his governess/tutor in hopes that she can make progress where others have failed. She's desperate for employment after her father's death leaves her in dire straits. With nowhere else to turn, and a fiancee who blac ...more
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Oh my goodness how I loved this book. If you haven't read this book stop what you are doing and run out and get a copy. It was so good and I am now officially obsessed with Armand! I was captivated with this story from the first page. I just couldn't put this book down. I just had to know what was going to happen with Armand and Felicity.

Armand is a scarred and damaged man. After being imprisoned for twelve years he doesn't know how to cope wi
Stephanie Burkhart
Galen crafts a tale full of rich emotion, adventure, and discovery with "The Making of a Gentleman." Armand Harcourt, comte de Valère, has escaped his French prison, but life in London isn't easy until he meets Felicity Bennett, a talented pianist who is also hired to be his tutor.

The novel opens with Armand struggling to fit into society. He's smart and educated, yet his time in prison has compromised his speech and he doesn't care to be touched. His brother shows patience, but the family hires
This is the second in Galen's trilogy about three French aristocratic brothers who escape their burning chateau in the middle of the night during the French Revolution, and manage to find each other 12 years later. The first book was about the oldest brother Julien and his obviously successful search for his younger brother Armand. Each book has a fairytale element and the one referenced here is obviously Beauty and the Beast. From years of torture and desperate living, Armand has lost his capac ...more
The Eleventh Hour
Started out good, but -- about midway through -- devolved into a sloppy, boring mess. The characters are never well-developed, and the plot drags and drags and drags...

The story is this: Armand was a French aristocrat captured during the French Revolution, when he was 11. He was put in a prison cell and left to rot, growing up with only a pet rat for companionship. Somehow, 12 years later, Armand's brother rescues him and takes him to the family's new home in England (they can't very well go bac
Jo (My House of Books)
I've held onto The Making of a Gentleman for a year, simply waiting for the third book of the trilogy to be released. On one hand, I'm glad I waited because now I can jump directly into the final book; on the other hand, I cannot believe I waited this long!

Armand, imprisoned for twelve years, does not talk to his family nor can he tolerate their touch. Felicity Bennett is determined to pay back the man she believes took advantage of her father in order to form a marriage contract with her and a
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The Making of a Gentleman by Shana Galen is the second book in her Sons of the Revolution trilogy. I do like my historical romances and this setting was perfect. England was a perfect setting and I enjoyed the descriptiveness of it.
I thought Felicity was a bit....confusing. She seemed like a strong character but then when it comes to her arranged marriage mate Charles it seemed to be lost somewhere. Time and time again it seemed like she
Vicar’s daughter thought she was hired to tutor a young Comte but instead meets an adult version who looks untamed, doesn’t speak, & howled when she stopped playing the piano. Hero was imprisoned in relative isolation for 12 years in a French prison & was only recently rescued by his older duke brother. His family hires after seeing his unusual responses to heroine. Hero shows his attraction to heroine right away & she tries to dissuade him due to society’s rules. But she’s equally d ...more
Christy B
Book #2 in The Sons of the Revolution trilogy by Shana Galen. I loved the first one and this was another gem.

In the previous installment, the Duc de Valere, had rescued his brother Armand from a Paris prison where he had been held for 12 years. Now, in The Making of a Gentleman, Armand must learn to be around people again and to speak.

The family hires a tutor, a Miss Felicity Bennett, to help Armand. Felicity, the daughter of a vicar is harboring a little secret, a secret that leaves her no choi
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Armand has been having horrible nightmares, ever since he was been released back into society. He was a prisoner for a long time. Armand’s family is really worried for Armand. It has been a long time since Armand has spoken a word to anyone. They inform Armand that they are going to hire a tutor for him. Maybe a tutor can help Armand to learn to speak again and act like a human.

Felicity Bennett has just been hired to be Armand’s tutor. The first time Felicity meets Armand, he scares her acciden
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