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The Duchess

(Montgomery/Taggert (Publication order) #16)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  6,997 ratings  ·  190 reviews
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Claire Willoughby risked losing her millions in her inheritance if, as decreed by her grandfather, she did not wed an "acceptable" man. Harry Montgomery, the eleventh Duke of MacArran, seemed perfect. He owned a historical castle, he looked manly in a kilt, and he was as much a titled Scotsman as Bonnie Pr
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published 1991 by Pocket Books
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Zeek Well first off, her old books differ from her newer releases so hopefully you will like the them as much as me!

One book I highly rec you read if you…more
Well first off, her old books differ from her newer releases so hopefully you will like the them as much as me!

One book I highly rec you read if you haven't already is A Knight In Shining Armor. It's part of the Montgomery saga but sorta stands alone.

Otherwise this site is kinda helpful...

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The Duchess is one of my favorite of Jude D’s old books.

In it, we have a unique hero- and a heroine that at once touches your heart and makes you laugh at her frankness.

Claire Willoughby is in love- with a Scottish Duke no less. And good thing, because her mother desperately wants her to marry a Duke. Considering she’s a wealthy American Heiress and he's house and title rich but money poor, she’s about to catch him too.

But she’s an odd sort. She loves books and learning… and all things Scotti
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
So this book is on the list of romance novels that I unashamedly love. And it's Jude Deveraux! Very bizarre.

Anyway, I reread it every now and again and always enjoy it immensely. At least most of it. It gets a bit problematic. For the majority of the novel, I am happy to be charmed by Claire (who is delightful and intelligent) and Trevelyan (who is bitter and lovely and interesting). And then near the end, Claire, who has been open-minded about so many things, gets all weird about religion and t
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
Ugh. This is one of the worst books I've ever read. Ridiculous drivel that made no sense. I mean, the guy gets shot and then acts like nothing is wrong. Also, on top of getting shot, he has MALARIA, okay, MALARIA, and he is fine--not uncomfortable or anything. Also, the heroine spends 90% of the book thinking she's in love with the wrong man and telling the right man how awful he is and how much she hates him and wants him dead. Pleasant. Claire is THE most stupid character I think I've ever had ...more
Number two in the Montgomery series by Jude Deveraux. Claire Willoughby needs to marry an acceptable man if she wants to keep her inheritance. She gets engaged to Harry, the Duke of MacArran and travels to Scotland to meet his family. Once there she meets Trevelyan...

I thought I had read this one but I didn't remember it so I guess I missed it. It wasn't her best but I did enjoy it. No really big surprises except for one thing (sorry I don't do spoilers). I liked both the H/h characters but they
Bella Andre
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had planned to stick to one spot per favorite author on my Top 10 list, but there's no way I could possibly choose between A Knight in Shining Armor and The Duchess. Funny, moody and sexy, The Duchess is unlike any romance I've read before or since. There are secret passageways in a historic castle, an extremely intelligent heroine, a rather strange but incredibly alluring hero and a little sister nicknamed "Brat" who likes to play dress-up in jewels and priceless gowns. It's a book that defie ...more
Rachel C.
Dec 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance novel aficionados and neophytes - that means you, Elizabeth - alike
Shelves: pop-fic-romance
For my friends that have been curious about the romance "beach trash" that I so revel in reading, I'm listing a few books you might want to start with if you're interested in dipping a toe into the genre...

Set mostly in a draughty Scottish castle in the 1880s, "The Duchess" is the story of an American heiress who sails across the Atlantic to marry an impoverished duke. His family is strange, to say the least, and she and her family find much with which to amuse themselves in the nooks and cranni
Tracy Banghart
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A favorite comfort read.
Dawn ♥ romance
Perhaps I would have enjoyed this historical romance 25 years ago but today the heroine was ridiculous. Her 14-year-old sister, the only character I liked, had a good line when she said "You’re much too smart in a stupid sort of way." American Claire will get her inheritance if she marries the Duke who seems nice so she falls in love with him.
Brunette Librarian
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This book is one of my favorites for a multitude of reasons. The romance is overwhelming, you hate, you love, you hate and then are smiling by the end. Trevelayn is hard to understand, hard to truly know, yet at the end of the book you know his heart. Claire is so open, so giving and the journey they take together is simply wonderful.
My favorite point in the book...perhaps any romance really, is the moment Trevelayn realizes h
Chitra *CJ*
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
A beautiful way to end my 2016.
I really enjoyed this roller coaster of a book between Claire and Trevelyan (Vellie).
Claire wants to be a duchess to please her family. She finds herself engaged to Harry, and in his keep she meets the grumpy mysterious Vellie. Their sweet love story is the book.
The first half of the book is merely the placement of characters. The h and H do meet but the real story begins in the last half of the book.
I really liked their intellectual discussions- how both of them s
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had a love hate relationship with this book.
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aside from A Knight in Shining Armour, this is my absolute favorite Jude Deveraux novel. All of the characters in this book are interesting and intelligent. The villian of the book is definitely believably evil. The storyline keeps you drawn in throughout the whole book, and the ending is unorthodox. Truly an enjoyable book, and one I read every few years.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of women's fiction
Recommended to Sarah by: my friend
Unlike her later books , which are barely understandable, this book is from Deveraux's golden period. A romance, but NOT full of mushy,gushy, ridiculousness like most romances. Not only are the main characters interesting and believable,but so are all the minor ones,like the heroine's little sister. Like most of Deveraux's books, it's also full of humor :)
Jan 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
So far so good. BUT I DO NOT LIKE the name trewelyan. Is it me or my tounge? However, JD's is always a page turner.
FINALLY, finished the book. Have to drag myself thru it. Initially, it was ok but the plot starts to drag itself.
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Good, but needed more of an ending, it was just too abrupt and I was left with too many questions!
Rachel Hyland
Feb 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have never read any Jude Deveraux before, which is a weird thing for an avowed lover of romance novels to admit — and I am the Editor in Chief of Romantic Intentions Quarterly , after all — but there it is. I guess it’s just that I was always vaguely aware that her take on historical fiction was more along the Kathleen Woodiwiss lines than, say, Georgette Heyer, and so I have avoided what I have always believed to be her bodice-ripper-y, forced seduction-y tales entirely.

But when I saw The Du
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
When you know from the very beginning that Claire has fallen for the wrong man, it makes it difficult to enjoy her meeting with the right man. Since Claire takes forever to see that he's the right man doesn't help. Then she has the difficulty of knowing that she must marry the wrong man to protect her family because the right man can't. What a dilemma she faces all the way through the book. The characters are well-drawn. I particularly liked Brat, Claire's fourteen-year-old sister, and MacTarvit ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not quite sure how to review this one. There's so many elements to it. But the core is Claire and Trevelyan. She is an American heiress who's inheritance depends on marriage approved by her parents who are nothing but social climbers. So she is immediately claimed by a Duke, Harry, whose brother turns out to be Claire's idol, Captain Baker, the great explorer. It gets complicated. But, naturally, she meets Captain Baker, who turns out to be Trevelyan, the real Duke. He doesn't want the title ...more
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: open-lib
Lovely and colorful characters. The historical setting was so vivid that one can actually picture the era then. I loved the way the author injects subtle humor throughout the story making it a fun read with enough doses of passionate romance.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. And let me just say, I was picturing Luke Evans of the Hobbit movies as Trevelyan! Anyway, I was sucked into this from the start. I was afraid it would be slow starting, the kind of thing where its taking the heroine forever to travel to the Scottish castle..but not so. We have a few pages of set up and then we're off, she meets Trevelyan and I fell in love.

He certainly wasn't perfect, but neither was she and I loved seeing how they grew as people together. I rather li
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
You know how you sometimes feel you know a lot about an author after reading their books? I'm starting to wonder if Deveraux is a romantic at heart who has been disappointed by her suitors? After reading this book I didn't know what bothered me about the ending. I kind of just sat there in a daze wondering why I couldn't make up my mind about what I thought about the book. Then it hit me the guys says he doesn't know if me can be monogamous but he'll give it a try in the middle of a dialogue. Wh ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: keeper
One of the few romance novels that I've kept over the years, and now I have a shiny new hardcover first edition to replace my old, tattered and curling mass market (thanks, Mom!)

The Duchess has always been my favorite of Jude Deveraux's historical novels, which I devoured as a middle-schooler, when my fondest hobby was toting home giant $2 bags of paperbacks from the library book sale. I always admired it for its non-conventional romance--(view spoiler)
Apr 13, 2009 rated it liked it
I am going to write the same thing for the Taggart and Montgomery series of Jude Deveraux. First, I can't believe that I read these books because they are so blatantly bodice rippers (not my style at all). And second, and more importantly, I devoured them all! Here is the scoop: We stopped at a friend's house in Tennessee on the last leg of one of our cross country trips about 11 years ago and I had run out of books. She gave me three of Deveraux's books in the Montgomery series and I kindly too ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing journey! Wonderful characters with flaws and virtues and deceptions grow and blossom and find their true selves,not perfect but to their limits and potential and I fully enjoyed their humanity. Since I found it on a ~Beauty and the beast~ list and there are some beauties and beastly people involved it`s not retelling of a theme but a web of events that follow development of love between one American heiress,well educated and more modern than Scots in the end of 18th century and a bit det ...more
This is one of my favorite Jude Deveraux books, and it continues to have magic after several readings.

Claire is a wealthy American who is supposed to marry a Scottish duke. She thinks they are marrying for love; he knows they are marrying so he can get her money. Claire and her family(parents and sister) travel to her future home to stay. While there, Claire discovers that Harry's family is very eccentric and they all follow the rule of Harry's mother, the Duchess. Her word is law and it soon be
Maria Sanigan
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary, surreal, breathtaking, miraculous, prodigious, just BREATHTAKING! Literally and in a very deep and meaningful way, it has taken my breath away!

I never thought that it was indeed possible to have not breathed after I read the book. I was perfectly swoon over by each and every scene portrayed by Miss Jude Deveraux's characters. I was swept off my feet! Also, her writing skills are one of a kind. At first, you'll be sure of yourself. You'll be sure of the outcome of the story base
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jude Deveraux is one amazing author!

Claire Willoughby will lose millions of her inheritance money left to her by her grandfather if she does not marry an acceptable man. Harry Montgomery, the eleventh Duke of MacArran is seeking a bride and Claire and her family go to stay with Harry and his family, wacky family.

He owns many properties and a castle in Scotland. Their engagement announced, Claire's future will be a Duchess, but when she arrives at Bramley Castel, she finds it cold, damp, filled
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good book with interesting characters and an actual story. The ending was a bit too abrupt for me and I know everyone's fallen for Vellie and all, but I really felt for Claire. He really put her through the ringer! All that creepy flirting with her little sister and then again with the pearl goddess and then trying to make her prove her love by having her choose him over her family. Yeah, yeah, troubled childhood, trouble expressing his love, w/e. I really vacillated between love and intense ann ...more
The Duchess kept me avidly turning pages. I am a big fan of books set in Scotland so that kept me interested and I loved the travels of Captain Baker and Claire and Vellie falling in love with one another. Claire and Harry were together for all the wrong reasons so their was no love lost between them. The friendship between Claire and Vellie was very natural and the story flowed perfectly along. A really good read.
Charity Parkerson
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was the very first romance novel that I ever bought and it began my life long love of reading romance. I have read this one book so many times that the poor cover is pitiful. It is a story that never gets old and I would reccomend this book to anyone who loves to read.
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

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