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The Making of a Duchess (The Sons of the Revolution #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  886 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
A very dangerous attraction...

Julien Harcourt, Duc de Valère, is more than willing to marry the lovely young lady his mother has chosen. Little does he know, she's been sent to prove him a spy and a traitor.

And an even more dangerous secret...

Sarah Smith's mission is to find out whether the Duc's trips to the Continent are as innocent as he claims, but the way he looks at
Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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May 05, 2012 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance readers. Julien is worth it.
One thing that worth my 5 bright shining stars:
Julien Harcourt

Because all of the following reasons:
*Everything he has done and he would do for his mother,
*He is everything a father wants from a son,
*He never give up in finding his brothers,
*He makes his own fortune,
*He knows how to treat a woman,
*When he (view spoiler) (Use your imagination) This point is worth 6 stars,
*He's one of the best romance hero. Period.

Things that I really like:

- The pa
Aug 12, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sara Smith is put into an impossible situation: she must spy on Julien Harcourt or else. This task is for King and country, but she is not accustomed to lying and spying. It's not her thing. Sara goes about her task the best she can, but the Duc is an imposing, irresistibly cute gentleman. It is hard for the both of them to ignore the sparks that fly between them, whenever they spend any amount of time together.

Julien has fought hard to take care of his mother and rebuild the family fortune that
Allison (The Allure of Books)
The Making of a Duchess by Shana Galen is the first of the Sons of the Revolution trilogy, featuring three brothers who all suffered to varying degrees from the French Revolution (the book is set in England years later). This book had a lot of things going for it – interesting character descriptions and an intriguing premise. Unfortunately, the book’s execution left a lot to be desired.

One of the biggest disappointments was the plot twist at the very end – it was way too easy to figure out. I wo
Beanbag Love
I picked this up for the low price and I can't say I was disappointed. Galan isn't as good as Heath, Long, or Kleypas, but it was diverting nonetheless.

The story concerns a governess names Sarah who is yoked into working as a spy for the Foreign Office by her employer. It's a completely absurd premise, of course, and things fall apart quickly. Of course, the guy she's spying on -- Julian Harcourt, duc de Valere -- is hot. He's also fairly scarred from the French Revolution and has priorities tha
May 31, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, fiction
From My Blog...[return][return][return]A seemingly simple request leads to a delightfully fun, quirky, and fast-paced game of charades in The Making of a Duchess by Shana Galen, the first in her trilogy I am thrilled to announce. How does one describe a novel such as this without giving away the points that make the novel so delightful?[return][return]In 1789, Julien and his mother escape the peasant uprising, making 13-year-old Julien the duc de Valere. He and his mother escape France and head ...more
May 22, 2012 CS rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long ago, when I was a reader for big name Hollywood talent agency, we would talk about scripts that were "on the nose." I haven't really come across "on the nose" as a literary critique term, but if any book embodies the concept, it's this one.

In screenwriting, "on the nose" refers to dialogue that baldly expresses what the character is thinking or feeling, rather than leaving it up to the audience to interpret the emotion via cues and context. It's boring, it lacks subtext and subtlety, and i
The story opens with a young boy running for his life and leaving nearly everything and everyone he loves behind. It's a brutal look at what happens when the mob mentality strikes and both the guilty and the innocent are caught up in the violence. I was quickly swept up in the story of what happened after that young boy becomes a man. What happens when the same young boy who ran for his life is now a wealthy and powerful man.

Julien Harcourt is a man with a life mission. He desperately wants to
Sophie Jordan
Jul 03, 2010 Sophie Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've loved all Shana Galen's books, but THIS book is her best yet -- and much different fare from other historical romances. A breath of fresh air. Lush, sexy, smokin' chemistry between the h/h. Very layered, multi-dimensional characters -- I was riveted from the first page!
An Odd1
Feb 10, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, action, xrate
Just because spy "The Widow" "ample bosom .. beautiful .. catlike in her repose" p 23 fails to show for secret meeting with Sarah, could she not still be alive? "What happened to the Widow?" p 194. Safe from untrustworthy Northrop "accepted into the highest social circles" p 21? Easy killing is scary.

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Frances Shellings
Mar 26, 2016 Frances Shellings rated it it was amazing
So many twists!!!

She's an orphan raised in a school to be a governess. When her employer demands she takes on an incredible task.
He ran for his life with his mother at the age of thirteen when the peasants rioted on his families country home. He has never forgot the pain of leaving his brothers behind. And he vowed to find them. With France and England at war he has to sneak over when he gets a lead. If found he would be imprisoned or worse face the guillotine.
Can she do the job set to her with
Grace Elliot
Jan 19, 2014 Grace Elliot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah is a governess working for Lord Northcott, but when her employer summons him to her study she finds a new career unfolding - as a spy.
I bought this book as the blurb appealed to me, but I was a little wary because the plot had the potential to be weighted down with angst. Happily, this was not the case. The author skilfully handled the storyline without it being cliched. Sarah turned out to be a pretty hopeless spy and was found out early on. She was refreshingly honest with Julien, and i
Oct 31, 2011 Niki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback-porn
I am officially a romance novel snob. After talking books with my mom and her friends, I have come to the conclusion that ravishment novels only have joy for me if they have an awesome plot as well. Hence my love for Kathleen E Woodiwiss and Charlaine Harris.

That being said, this book was lacking in a lot of ways. I loved the concept of the plot, however I hated the length and the lack of detail to plot development that the book had. While the book itself wasn't written too poorly, it was modera
The Making of a Duchess grabbed me from the start. It opens in France during the time of the French Revolution. Julien is the eldest of the Duke's three sons and he wakes up to the sound of peasants attacking their home. He runs to help his brothers and his mother but is surrounded by angry peasants -- some of which he's known all his life. Although Julien is able to escape, the violence and hatred of that night marks him forever.

He and his mother are able to rebuild their lives in England, but
Dec 17, 2013 kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1. Pacing issues, ahoy! (Get it? It's a pirate pun because the missing brother is a PIRATE? I would say spoilers except there are 3 books in this series and the third clearly has a pirate on the cover. SO YEAH IT SPOILED ITSELF.)

The awkward spy-Sarah stuff managed to get dragged out for faaaaar longer than it should have been. Then, all 3948 plot-lines get wrapped up in the last 3 chapters? WHAT? Here's a quicky summary:
• Julien finds his missing brother in France...
• ...and rescues him from an
Feb 17, 2012 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet romance that was a fast read. This book didn't blow me away but I was charmed by the main characters. Sarah was sweet, unassuming and incapable of lying. When she is essentially blackmailed into spying on Julian, it was an obvious disaster. Julian, obsessed with finding the rest of his family in war torn France, was instantly attracted to Sarah. The obvious does occur.

In order to enjoy this story, I had to suspend a great deal of disbelief about this time period (well, knowledge based o
Jul 15, 2010 Alaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first historical romance that I recall reading set in the early 1800's but I really enjoyed it. Julien was a dashing and hunky hero and Sara/Serafina was an elegant and complex heroin. I really enjoyed the whole British upstairs/downstairs aspect of the story as I used to watch the television show years ago when I was a teenager. Yes I'm a sucker for the poor girl being rescued by the dashing knight in shining armour.

This is a beautifully told romantic story that will have you sighin
Jun 19, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Making of a Duchess is set during a fascinating period of history, the French Revolution, and the period shortly thereafter. I was captured by the start of this novel with thirteen-year old Julien Harcourt, duc de Valere, trying to escape with his life from a mob of peasants. The novel then flash forwards towards the future when an older Julien Harcourt is trying desperately to find his missing brothers in Napoleon ruled France.

Julien’s life is complicated when the lovely Serafina, another
May 17, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Shana Galen book, but it certainly won't be the last. I need to read about the rest of these boys.

I did find certain aspects of this book to be easily predictable, and certain scenes went faster than I'd expected (not the sexy ones, if that concerns you), but... that didn't stop this book from being good.

And really, let's be honest. When you read a historical romance for the romance, the predictability of the suspense/mystery plot isn't allllll that bad. And the romance was goo
Lisa Hutson
Mar 02, 2012 Lisa Hutson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read these books out of order. It was not a huge problem. But if you can, I would read them in order. It builds up the family, the personalities. What a love story. A total love story. Very sweet. Fate and destiny bring the right people at the right time. This couple is perfect. Love this story and now, having read the rest, I will add the whole series is wonderful. You will not be bored.
Aug 08, 2014 Cherie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, e-book
Poor Sarah, she's forced into pretending to be Serafina by her employer in order to spy on Julien who is suspected of being a French spy. The person forcing her has given her no quarter; if she does not comply he will turn her out on the streets with no reference which will bar her from ever working as a governess again. She's in a very tight space, too tight, and is given no options. She is very uncomfortable being deceptive. I am much like the heroine; I don't like to lie, don't like lies, and ...more
May 21, 2016 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, 2016-reviewed

This is a lovely story. It feeds into two additional tales, and as a threesome, they are extremely sound. Individually, this is the weakest, perhaps as a result of being the beginning. That being said, this is a strong book, with excellent character development and plot choreography. The evil villain was slowly, inexorably revealed, and punished, and more important, the additional characters for the subsequent novels were revealed. I loved it, but found m
***review originally posted at Romancing Rakes***

The first book in The Sons of the Revolution series and it's definitely a keeper. Ms. Galen has a way with throwing the reader into the midst of the action from the very first page. As Julien and his mother tried to get away from the burning barn, I could almost smell the smoke, hear the angry voices of the peasants and feel Julien's adrenaline and fear spike. Oh, the smoke might've just been from my candle but hey, it set the mood. While reading,
Haley Mathiot
Sarah Smith is just a governess… but then her employer sends her off to spy on the French Duc de Valère, Julien. Sarah takes on an identity of someone who died years ago. Insecure and out of her comfort zone, she does her best to figure out if Julien is a traitor… but gets nearly swept away by him. Being discovered as a spy doesn't help her situation any, either. But Julien isn't going to turn her out on the streets. He's going to use her to keep himself safe from the men trying to catch him… an ...more
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"The Making of a Duchess" By Shana Galen

Julian Harcourt's family is aristocratic and one faithful night, when he was younger, the local villagers targeted his family and lit their house on fire. Julian almost did not make it out of his family's burning house, and for that matter out of France during the French Revolution. He lost his father, and his brothers to the fire that faithful night. Now, Julian is all grown up. Many years have passed, but one day out of no where he receives a letter from
Jul 04, 2010 Booklover1335 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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Sandy M
Jul 21, 2011 Sandy M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This is my first book by Ms. Galen. I have plenty of her books in the TBR pile, but I just haven’t gotten to them yet. But I’m certainly glad I was able to read this first book in her new series. I enjoyed it from beginning to end, love the characters, and definitely look forward to other books in the series.

Sarah is happily doing her job as a governess when her employer requests to see her. Suddenly her life is thrown into chaos. She’s asked to become a spy with only a few days to memorize scad
Aug 17, 2014 Elsie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from a reading blog giveaway (although I'm not sure which one!). I felt kind of silly, but was more than a little excited to get a signed copy of the book by the author with my name in it. haha!

The book is set in Londan in 1801. Julian is a French duc that has been driven from his homeland with his mother during the revolution. Peasants burned their home, killed his father and drove them out of the country with hundreds of other aristocrats. Sarah is an orphan and gover
Oct 22, 2011 Danielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

After coming off of a high with the completion Lord and Lady Spy, I was eager to jump into another Shana Galen book. I've had this book sitting around and figured it would be a great time to dig into it. I wish I could sit here and say that I loved it and it was just as good if not better than Lord and Lady Spy, but I can't. For some reason I just could not get into this book. I felt a disconnect from the characters and I just never really war
Stephanie Burkhart
"The Making of a Duchess" is full of adventure, suspense, romance, and love. Set in London, 1801, the novel's hero is Julien Harcourt, the exiled French due de Valère. Julien is intent on going to France to look for his brother, Armand. Enter the comtesse Serafina Artois. Will the attractive comtesse prove a distraction for Julien and his plans?

Julien and his mother barely made it out of France with their lives when the revolution occurred. Julien has been looking for his brother and finally has
Lover of Romance
Julien, at age thirteen, was changed forever when french revolutionaries and peasants stormed his family's home, killed his brothers and father, and with his mother along his side, barely escaping with their very lives. Now in England, Julien has rebuilt his family's fortune and wealth, enough to make sure his mother is taken care of the rest of her life. But there is another reason, he believes that at least one of his brothers, Armand, is still alive and being held somewhere in France, and he ...more
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