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The Duke of Orleans

3.06  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Twenty year old Richard Giles is living on the streets of London in the year 1660, scrounging for food and shelter the best he is able after the closure of his place of employment and death of his mother.

After being given shelter for the night by a kindly old man Richard is back on the streets when an unfortunate incident brings him into contact with a man who may just cha
ebook, 96 pages
Published July 3rd 2010 by Silver Publishing (first published 2010)
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Serena Yates
Aug 18, 2010 Serena Yates rated it liked it
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This is a nice short historical "rags to riches" story about Richard, who is forced to live on the streets, trying to stay out of prison. All he has going for him are his looks, and he soon meets a benefactor who is willing to help him. Add a little bit of international intrigue and a presentation a court, and the picture is complete.
Lena Grey
Aug 10, 2016 Lena Grey rated it it was ok
Living in modern times, we often take for granted how much better off we are than people in the past. Richard Guiles of 'The Duke of Orleans' by John Simpson would most likely agree. Richard is homeless, unemployed, and undernourished. Even though life is a constant struggle for him, he still has hope. All he needs now is a fair chance to prove that he is worthy of a better life.

I admired Richard for not giving up, for doing what he had to to survive, even with the odds stacked against him. I do
Jan 21, 2015 Carrie rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, romance, historical
I was really looking forward to this book, and in the end I was very disappointed. The premise sounded good: poor guy meets rich guy, and is saved. Typical fairy tale. However the entire plot was very unrealistic, and it was such a short book everything happened too quickly. Might have been better with some more editing and as a longer novel so things could have been developed better.
Craig Sharp
Jul 02, 2012 Craig Sharp rated it really liked it
This was a great historical romance short story. Very quick and easy read. At only 96 pages the author had good character development and a fantastic story line. There were two very minor sex scenes that served as a backdrop to the developing relationship between the main characters. I would love to read a follow up to this story.
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John Simpson, a Vietnam-era Veteran, has been a uniformed Police Officer of the Year, a federal agent, a federal magistrate, and an armed bodyguard to royalty and a senior government executive. He earned awards from the Vice President of the United States and the Secretary of the Treasury. John has written articles for various gay and straight magazines. John lives with his partner of 35 years and ...more
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