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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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(view spoiler) As for the rest of it I loved everything else. One of the things was that he ...more
PK Reeves
Oct 01, 2010 PK Reeves rated it really liked it
Galen does another Harcourt tale of love. Review Aisle B
Jul 31, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was ok
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Stephanie Burkhart
Nov 02, 2010 Stephanie Burkhart rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 13, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
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
Oct 23, 2010 Katie(babs) rated it it was ok
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
Mar 15, 2015 Anja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Elizabeth Jules Mason
Sep 15, 2010 Elizabeth Jules Mason rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 29, 2010 Angelc rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 14, 2010 Carrie rated it really liked it
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
Linda Banche
Oct 19, 2010 Linda Banche rated it it was amazing
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
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Can't really say I 'read' the whole thing considering I skimmed 80% of it. The story and the characters just didn't grab me. It was dull for me. The plot was there I read the description on the back of the book and was interested I liked the set up for it but it just quickly lost me. Characters weren't fully developed and I felt the villian, Felicity's fiance was a bit contrived to me. The whole aspect of Armand being locked up for 12 years and struggling to adapt to the real world I felt wasn't ...more
Nov 16, 2010 Booklover1335 rated it liked it
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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
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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Rose May
Jun 19, 2011 Rose May rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
Nov 02, 2011 Niki rated it it was ok
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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
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
Feb 13, 2012 Lelyana rated it liked it
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
Feb 19, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
So my overall impression of this book was... meh.

Not fantastic, but not horrible. Just... meh.

There wasn't a lot of conflict and what little there was seemed forced. While I liked Felicity and Armand together, their relationship was kinda blah. They came, they saw, they fell in love. The End. Armand was suffering PTSD from years of abuse and torture. His family hired Felicity to "tutor" him and teach him to talk again and to learn the "rules" for reintegrating into society. While this could have
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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
The set-up had my name all over it: impoverished but feisty heroine who becomes a tutor to the hero, a French nobleman who hasn't spoken in 12 years and acts barely human.

And it was enjoyable enough, until our hero got cured and set out on some royal treasure-related adventure with the heroine. Whaaat? First of all, changing set-ups in the middle of the book is a little odd, but whatever. But also, the book became pretty dull because a strong adventure plot is clearly not this author's selling p
Nov 20, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing
The second lovely book in Shana Galen's romantic Sons of the Revolution series.

I love Shana Galen's writing. She has a way of creating a beautiful and tender love story filled with romance, humor, intrigue, adventure, and firmly sets it in an historic time period, here the tumultuous years after the French Revolution and the scarring aftereffects on a noble French family trying to piece their lives back together. For my full review:
Dec 22, 2013 kris rated it did not like it
This really missed all the marks necessary to make Armand's story resonate. I did not believe in his "restoration" at all and Felicity was undeveloped and a rather hazy character.
Jun 02, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
An Odd1
Mar 07, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it
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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
K.E. Hamilton
Apr 26, 2015 K.E. Hamilton rated it liked it
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
Sep 02, 2015 Gina rated it did not like it
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Oct 02, 2015 Robbin rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Honestly I gave it 5 stars because I read it once before a few years ago and I forgot the name and author so I have been looking through books this whole time trying to find it again and I finally came across it and almost died. So if a book was interesting enough to make me want to read it again even after a couple of years, its a good book!
Aug 28, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok
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It's a bad sign when you finish reading a romance novel and your immediate impulse is to demand the author cite her sources. Unfortunately, that's exactly the response Galen's Making of a Gentleman elicited, as the entire plot hinges upon the psychological trauma of its male lead, whose symptoms are nonsensical to the point of silliness.

Armand, Comte de Valere, spent twelve hellish years in a French prison after seeing his father guillotined by the Revolution. Now, thanks to his brother, he's fr
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Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven ye ...more
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