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Golden Girl

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  392 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
The handsome but debt-ridden Anthony Selbourne, Duke of Cheviot, marries Sarah Patterson, granddaughter of a wealthy merchant. Although Sarah dislikes her fiance's snobbery and Anthony loathes a mercantile marriage, they take a chance on each other. When someone tries to kill Sarah, Anthony finds he will do anything to save the woman who was once foisted upon him.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Grand Central Publishing
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Exactly the kind of uber sweet romance I needed to escape some pretty bleak, dismal books lately. Joan Wolf, in her usual, spare, unadorned, story-telling style, sets up the perfect conflict in a marriage of convenience between an impoverished aristocrat and a rich merchant's daughter.

There was so much rich potential here for plausible conflict: not just the difference in their station,but the secondary characters like the uncouth, crass grandpa warbucks, the snobby relatives, the scheming, evi
Nicely done sweet and gentle MOC romance between a Duke, the top of the English social structure/just below royalty, and a very wealthy commoner with a vulgar, materialistic grandpa.

The Duke is pretty up front that he is marrying the h for her money, but makes her an offer she can't refuse. The Duke, unlike bottom-line gramps and a long-time equally bottom line swain, will honor and encourage his prospective wife's desire to paint.

There are intimations of trouble from the outside, a villain tha
GOLDEN GIRL began for me with great expectations. Sarah Patterson was an 18 year old lady who came from money. Her grandfather made good in the cotton trade but lacked 'a title'. No matter how well off he was he would never be accepted by the gentry of his time. Until something happened that changed everything.

The current Duke of Cheviot had left things a mess at the beginning of this romance. He impoverished his estate, went into steep debt and then left a note for his son, Anthony, to fix thin
A Joan Wolf marriage of convenience romance with engaging protagonists. The Duke hero is thoughtful, honorable, and devastatingly handsome, The heroine, the granddaughter of a Cit, is intelligent, empathic, and a talented painter. They quickly bond over a mutual love of poetry, Shakespeare, and art, despite a crassly negotiated 'business deal' marriage, and find a true emotional connection. However, the course of their romance is marred by a series of distracting subplots involving jealous frien ...more
More like 3.5.

I've fallen down a Joan Wolf reading vortex. My findings so far are that she is possibly a genius, but a genius with a strong tendency toward going off on tangents. Golden Girl is another book of the "good, but also all over the place" variety.

Premise: Anthony is the new duke of so-and-so. He himself is a solid, trustworthy person, but has inherited a dukedom on the edge of total financial collapse. He needs to marry for money. Lots and lots and lots of money - a fortune. His fam
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Apr 12, 2015 Roub rated it liked it
i like it very much but the ending was too abrupt for me. i wished der had been an awful confrontation between max and anthony. after all dat suspense building up, i was waiting for something major to happen, which did not. i loved however how anthony fell for his wife. sarah might be plain but she had a golden heart as well as wit and intelligence. she was interesting, unlike some boring angelic beauties. anthony had the world at his feet but he was in dire need of funds. so he proposed to sara ...more
Nov 27, 2009 Tina rated it really liked it
The Duke of Cheviot kills himself after losing 100 guineas at the gambling table. He has beggared his family and has created an incredible burden for his son, the new Duke, Anthony.

Anthony realizes that he must marry an heiress. And not just any heiress, one with liquid assets. Enter Sarah Patterson. She is the granddaughter of the wealthiest cit in London.

At first Anthony is dismayed. He has met her grandfather who, to polite society, is considered crude and boorish. But Sarah has been gently r
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this. The story is slight, and has echoes of Heyer's A Civil Contract and The Quiet Gentleman, but is none the worse for that. It's a dignified little story of a quiet progression towards deep mutual love after a marriage of convenience.

The latter part of the book involves a slightly melodramatic attempt on the heroine's life - it's a fairly obvious "bolt-on" in plot terms. I normally have little time for that sort of device, but this one, in fact, is driven by a rather sad v
Apr 24, 2013 Ghostwriter rated it it was amazing
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What a fanstasic book this was.So well written and with a couple that i really adored. There are times when i read a historic romance that it feels like in reality i'm reading a contemporary one.The plot,the situations and the writting really fail to travel me to the era that the writer tries to deal with. That was not the case at all with this book. The story and the characters were so well done that i really had the feeling that i was living in the era that the book was taking place.The only t ...more
Dec 07, 2012 Calli0pe rated it liked it
Enjoyable marriage-of-convenience story with some under-realised potential. The novel is a third person narrative, which is slightly unusual for Joan Wolf and not as engaging as her first-person narrative novels usually are. It seemingly had everything going for it - a beautiful, sensitive, battle-scarred hero; a talented and vulnerable heroine; a slow-building romance, with some external conflict pushing the story along. But the spark is lacking a bit in the second part of the book, there is no ...more
Aug 20, 2007 Jennifer rated it liked it
my favorite of Joan Wolf's novels that i've read... i've found that romance authors follow a certain formula, especially when they are Regency romances, or Elizabethan romances, or whatever the case may be... this one happens to be of the Regency era, so there's all kinds of notions of propriety and society's mores, and dealing with money vs. nobility... and the book of course has the requisite mini-mystery as a subplot... but overall, it's enjoyable.
Nov 01, 2011 Gayle rated it it was amazing
I loved both the hero and heroine in this story. The heroine is a dutiful daughter.She is not from the weathy mercantile class and is aware of the divide between the trade and the nobility. She is set up to met the Duke at the home of a friend. This is arranged to foster a marriage between them. Both characters are easy to like and you want them to find lasting happiness. I have this book on my keeper shelf.
Sandy Natale
May 20, 2015 Sandy Natale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not perfect. Good for a lite read

No one is that nice, or beautiful, or perfect. I really got tired of hearing that word throughout the book. Plus no one character held my attention, for being ugly in personality or kindness. The story lacked in so many ways to make look forward to the next book. I call this type of book a quick read until something better comes along. :(
May 05, 2015 Nabpaw rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kindle edition of this book is incomplete

I've read this book before and enjoyed it, but
the kindle edition has left out the epilogue. It's very annoying and I've deducted a star from the rating because of it.
Apr 25, 2016 tezuka8 rated it really liked it
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Wonderful book.
Ipshita ♥ Miss Romanceaholic
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Aug 02, 2010 Janet rated it liked it
I would rather give this 3 1/2 stars -- why, because I have re-read it a number of times. A MOC book but it's thoughtful -- what can a duke give a girl who has "everything" (and by that I mean $$$$).
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 21, 2015 02:22PM  
  • The Lord Next Door (Willow Pond, #1)
  • A Dangerous Man
  • Marrying The Royal Marine (Channel Fleet, #3)
  • The Portrait
  • Mutual Consent
  • The Temporary Wife
  • A Night of Secrets (Night #1)
  • The Book of the Seven Delights
  • The Sergeant's Lady (The Arringtons and Wright-Gordons, #2)
  • Isabella & The English Witch (Trevelyan Family, #1 & #2)
  • A Basket of Wishes
  • Lord Sidley's Last Season
  • Seize the Fire
  • The Border Lord
  • In For a Penny
  • The Weaver Takes a Wife (Weaver, #1)
  • Polly
  • The Dragon and the Pearl (Tang Dynasty, #2)
Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.

Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York. A former English teacher
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