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Miss Amelia Lands a Duke

(The Caversham Chronicles #0.5)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,565 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Spinster Amelia accepts a position as a companion to her social-climbing aunt who is planning her next wedding before she is even out of mourning for her second husband. And the man her aunt is stalking is none other than the wealthy widower, the Duke of Caversham.

Horrified by her aunt’s behavior, Amelia decides to hide away in their host’s library and gardens for the dura
Paperback, 130 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Sandy Raven, LLC
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Gail Carriger
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another romance novella I really liked. This one reminded me heavily of those super romantic Regency romances I read back in the 90s. I liked the quirkiness of the relationship dynamics: the age difference, the wicked aunt, the house party setting. I gobbled it up quickly and I enjoyed it from start to finish.
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
This book (novella really) began promisingly enough but then it did not quite deliver - as I had hoped.
I am a complete sucker for May-Dec romances especially a silver fox H. Here, he's 52 and she's 28 - a good age gap, enough to make it a valid May-Dec and she's not ultra young as well.
And I was prepared to give it 5* when I began reading but...

*Major spoilers*(view spoiler)
Elizabeth Bennet
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I read two of the other books in this series and have to say I need to go back and refresh my memory. I really enjoyed this book for what it was. The story is about the Duke of Caversham or Marcus. Widowed for 10 years, he swears he will never marry again. This sounds like a typical historical romance but what makes it different is the age difference between Marcus and Amelia.

Amelia is soon to be 29 years old and following her fathers death becomes a companion for her horrible aunt. It is actual
Miss Amelia Lands a Duke by Sandy Raven is a 2014 publication.

This set up sounds great, but for some reason the story fell flat for me. Amelia is a strong woman who takes a position as a paid companion for her Aunt Katherine after her parents die and her brother goes missing. Yet, it would seem Katherine is in financial straights herself and has set her sites on snaring the Duke of Caversham. Forcing her way, with Amelia in tow, to a party where the duke is in attendance, her plans backfire in
Amelie and Cav/Marcus. Amelie was not your usual miss. For one, she is 28 and therefore totally on the shelf. For another, she does not simper or get starry eyed. She's practical with no false idea of her place yet she's also no push over. She's been treated like dirt by her aunt for the last time. Her aunt, well now there's a strange character. Still not sure what to make of her. If I were Marcus I would have made her life a misery just out of principal. Amelie is dragged to a house party by he ...more
When purchasing the box set Scandalous Summer Nights in which there are seven stories by seven different romance authors I did not know if I would find one or two stories I would like. I have to say I am not disappointed with my purchase, most of the stories in the box set are wonderful. Now having said that let me tell you my thoughts on Sandy Raven's novella, Miss Amelia Lands a Duke, which is a prequel to her series the Caversham Chronicles.

The heroine of our story is Ms. Amelia Manners-Sutto
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
So a prequel to the Caversham chronicles, which I have read, now may have to go back and read how this marriage turned out. Another free book which turned out well. Just a little misunderstanding, but did not dwell too long. A poor spinster of 29, companion to a terrible aunt, meets a man in the garden. They have a lovely time, but she later finds out he is the Duke her aunt is pursuing. Marcus is 52 and has been a widower for 10 years. He did not think he would remarry, but something about Amel ...more
Kat Desi
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well told, but never have been and never would be a fan of instant love. I do like the idea of the older gentleman getting smitten with a significantly younger spinster. Could have been better had it been a full length novel.
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-have
2.5 stars

It is difficult to build character relationships in a novella, and this one did not. It was melodramatic and unbelievable. I liked the concept, but the book did not work for me. It is a good thing the story was short, or I would probably have not made it all the way through it.
Lia Christo
Miss Amelia Conquest a Duke is the first publication of the author Sandy Raven in Brazilian lands. The author was invited by Babelcube Inc. to have her novels translated and published on Amazon in e-book. Sandy, who is a sympathy, accepted the challenge and here I am at her invitation, leaving my impressions on the prologue of the series The Chronicles of Caversham. The book is short and easy to read. It has a captivating story and at the same time different from what I am used to reading among ...more
Julie Bird
May 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
really unbelievable premise. Orphan with no way to take care of herself, meets a handsome Duke and after one conversation, he kisses her and wants to marry her. She says no, because they don't know each other. come on... she's 28 and a spinster, but he thinks she's luscious and must have her. then a lot of sex. I guess it doesn't take much to write a "romance". ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindlefire, regency
Lots of mixed reviews with this short story. I quite liked it for such a short book. I really enjoyed this.
Altogether, a nice story for a #0.5, to get series going. 3.5☆
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some book are just OK. I though plot and character a bit off. A little 'too', as well. So I finished it because it's short, otherwise I think not. ...more
Read this as part of the Scandalous Summer Nights boxed set. See review

Read in March 2018.
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic, regency
This is a steamy Regency. Poor Amelia if it wasn't for bad luck she'd have no luck at all. Her mother died when she was young, her father; the youngest son of an Earl worked as a bookbinder, her brother; a student at Oxford, was kidnapped by the press gangs, then her father died of a broken heart. Upon her father's death she learns he has borrowed heavily to pay for her now missing and presumed Navy bound brother's tuition. Destitute, she turns to her remaining relatives and is taken on as a com ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Elizabeth Mueller
Not on my watch!

Ms Sandy Raven weaves a dreamworthy setting during the fabulous Regency times. The plot is promising until I ran across all those sexual scenarios. I felt my IQ drop with each related turn.

A gentleman would not dare proposition a lady as if a cast away mistress and bed her! I was disappointed. This book is smutworthy at best, not what real ladies and gentlemen would do in real life era.

This book should be labeled as Regency Fantasy Romance because it just ain't happening!

Would I
Rose Baker
Okay read

I found this book to be an okay read. The story was easy to follow and seemed pretty well planned out. My biggest complaint is that it lacked depth. There were so many things touch we d on but never expanded on. Also, the author needed a good Thesaurus, if I had read "his bride to be" or " her husband to be" one more time, I think I would have scrapped the whole thing. How about betrothed or fiance.
An insipid heroine and a high handed Duke (of course he's a Duke) fall in love after exchanging three sentences worth of dialog, then get married and have a baby. This felt written by a rule book; there's no personality, style, or point to it. ...more
Bigbear Woolliscroft
Jan 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
If what you are looking for is steamy regency Romance, then this is possibly the book for you.However, be warned, the sex (not the love making) pretty much drives the story and motivation of the protagonists. Otherwise, the secondary characters are a bit on the overdrawn side.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have this 2 stars but would give it 0 knowing what happens in the next book. Wasted reading about a couple doomed.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Persephone Zahariou
Feb 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-hea
And they lived happily ever after. FOR TWO YEARS. Then they died.

Is this the book you wanna read? If so go ahead! And I’d have appreciated a “This is a prequel for the series fans if you wanna know how the DEAD parents of our hero, who only had two short years together, met” note by the author. I have not been pissed with a book or author so much in a while. Write what you will, different tastes and all that. YOU DONT KILL OFF THE MAIN COUPLE TWO YEARS AFTER THEY GET TOGETHER IN ROMANCE! There i
Angelique Minnaar
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Being in the mood for a bit more passion than clean romance, I picked a book from my favourite genre, Regency Romances.
The story is typical innocent maiden, bored male, discovering a shared passion. Although a little slow starting out, it got naughty very quickly, & continued that way until the end.
Miss Amelia, already 28 years old, having lost her father recently, is staying as companion to her Aunt. Said Aunt has her sights set at the Duke of Caversham as her 3rd husband. He falls hard for Am
Lisa Graves
Nothing happens

I was aware this was a prequel and thought to read the first book of the series after, but now not interested. As for plot, nothing actually happens; as for style, it tells and does not show. It is mostly just characters' thoughts, then they talk about their feelings sometimes repeating the same topic. The prose discussing the intimate scenes are coarse and awkward. As for characterization, the heroine sounds like a stubborn child not an almost thirty year old would be spinster. T
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly Good

I found the storyline interesting and different because the age difference of the hero and heroine. And also they were mentioned in the book I read before this, Caversham’s Bride, which was the story of the son of the hero in this book.

The hero is a proper duke who was widowed. The heroine is a virgin 29 year old spinster acting as a companion to her aunt. The hero and heroine are likable and their story was, for me, realistic enough that I rooted for their happy ending. They e
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So engaging!

I think this is the best book I've read all year! I was completely engaged from word 1. The storyline was so believable and the characters so relatable. This book has more substance than most books set in this time period, and it was refreshing to not have to endure simpering, jealous debutantes and spoiled nobles trying to take advantage of them! (Although those have their places, too!) There were minor conflicts, and they were believable, relatable, and attention keeping. Overall t
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the prequel to the Caversham series and if read in publishing order would follow after several previous books. I read it before any of the other books. I love the older Duke of Caversham and found this age difference romance with "spinster" Amelia very entertaining. Amelia's story has elements of Cinderella, something I find appealing in a romance, but ultimately she is willing to forge her own destiny. The happily ever after is sweet and I look forward to catching up on this series ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You have been bless

This is your destiny it hard work and not all are bless to capture their readers attention. But as this is a hobbies and I read more books than you could never imagine in all eras I know I could never be a writer but I can give a honest review. Beautiful and I enjoy every page. I wish you continue success and I will be browsing your library. P.s. Read it short and sexy with no cliffhanger. DH from New York City
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Sandy Raven has a husband who spoils her rotten, and kids that are just a hair’s breadth away from perfect. She’s addicted to House Hunters International and has never missed an episode, though she acknowledges that she could never live in most of those countries because the houses are just too small. She is also addicted to Starbucks’ Chai Latte, and never passes up an opportunity to have one.


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