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The Mannequin

(The Mannequin #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,847 ratings  ·  265 reviews
Aubrey Whittingham lost everything when his family drowned in a ferryboat accident, including the will to live. His neighbor Rosamund tries desperately to bring him back from the brink of despair, but the beastly young duke fights her every step of the way. His feelings for her deepen, and when she departs for London, he vows to regain his health and woo her properly. Unfo ...more
Kindle Edition, 221 pages
Published September 3rd 2015 by Idunn Court Publishing
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⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆ I don't imagine models accurately dressed in 1880s clothes are particularly common stock photo assets, nor do I suppose an indie author has the means …moreI don't imagine models accurately dressed in 1880s clothes are particularly common stock photo assets, nor do I suppose an indie author has the means to stage their own photo shoot or hire an artist to create something from cobbled together stock assets, so I'm sure the author simply selected an attractive stock photo from what was available to her that vaguely resembles her heroine and has a connection to the story with the mask she's holding. (less)

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Yet another book for the "marshmallows are less fluffy" shelf.

It's Kindle freebie romance time again. This is a Victorian era novel with some cute echoes of both Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. Rosamund is the lovely, poor orphan living with her aunt and uncle and three young lady cousins and forced to serve them. One of her cousins is mostly kind but the other two are catty beyond belief, and her aunt and uncle are less than helpful. There's also an incredibly handsome servant, Joseph, th
Jacqueline's Reads
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ku, historical

I’m not sure why I picked this one up. I probably was looking through a list of Historical Romances and this one popped up.

This is a wholesome book. I didn’t realize it until I was 70% into the read and there was nothing, no steam, no sex, not even a kiss, but only mild flirtation. Which is kind of odd. The only books I read with no steam or YA book and this one is not a YA book. So with that said… even though the first 50% of the book was decent, the romance was very lacking.

Muse-ic ♬
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Danielle Williams
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For those that know me it is no secret that I LOVE historical romance books, and S.G. Rogers has written an amazing story with The Mannequin. This story pulls some of my favorite parts from fairy tales like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast and then Rogers puts her own spin on them. Rosamund is a poor relation to the Gribbles. Granddaughter of a Viscount, who shunned his daughter for marrying below her station, Rosamund is forced to be a servant in her aunt and uncles house. There she meets an ...more
Katie W
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of my big loves is a good interpretation of a beloved fairy tale, but when two are added? It's great! The Mannequin is a brilliant historical story that weaves a breath of Cinderella with a healthy dose of Beauty and the Beast, mixing in some historical facts that I'd never heard of before and leaves the reader feeling dazed and mostly satisfied. I say "mostly satisfied" because I would have loved an epilogue or one more chapter to wrap things up more firmly.

Rosamund doesn't realize her wort
Wow! Readers, this clean Victorian era romance was as magnifique a story on the page as that beautiful cover.

I always enjoy the borrowing from a fairytale or fable by an author and creating something fresh. I enjoyed both the “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast” like plot elements in this one. I have seen this done before in Georgian, Regency, and Victorian eras romances before, but S.G. Rogers does it better.

Her Victorian era Cinderella/Beauty and Prince (Duke)/Beast are more likeable, heroi
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
This book had elements of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, and took place in 1833 England. And there was a Duke. It felt like all my favorite things rolled up into one book!

After the death of her parents when she was 11 years old, Rosamund Ashfield went to live with her aunt and uncle and their wicked daughters who all treat her like a servant. Her friendship with the coachman's son Joe Fiddick sustains her through those hard years.

When her aunt and uncle take their daughters to London they
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing

A story of a woman who shines beauty inside and out. If we all could take what we are given and unselfishly give to others as this character does the world would be a much better place. I loved this story and all its twists and turns. Love founded of healing and forgiveness is probably the strongest of all. I wish to read more novels by this author, I was very impressed by the character development and loved the story line. Definatley worth the read
Ange H
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This was one of the most charming historical romances I’ve read in a long time. With elements of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, it was just fun and adorable with great characters, no Big Misunderstanding and no cringe-inducing sex scenes.

I liked this so much I just bought the second one in the series.
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Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"The Mannequin" by S.G. Rogers is a delightful Victorian romance novel for young adults, loosely based on several fairy tales. The story itself is unique.

Rosamund is an orphaned poor relation living with her maternal aunt's family. Although she is the granddaughter of a Viscount as well, she is treated as an extra member of the household staff, rather than as a family member. Rosamund is left behind on the family estate when the others leave for the London Season. Her uncle arranges with the loc
Kristina Applegate
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rosamund Ashfield lives in the country with her aunt’s family, the Gribbles, and she isn’t treated any better than the servants that run the household. She is reminded on a daily basis by her vindictive cousins how useless, ugly and simple she is. Rosamund never lets the spiteful words drag her down; she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. With the upcoming season in London coming up, she will be left on her own as the family will leave her behind to make their debut. However ...more
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
A story with elements of Cinderella as well as Beauty & the Beast & would be better read/labelled as fantasy rather than historical romance.

Rosamund Ashfield lives with her Aunt's family after being orphaned but is treated more as a servant than family. She serves her aunt's family and plays companion to her 3 cousins when needed. When the family leave for London for the Season & her cousin's coming out, she is left behind to fend for herself alone in the house. Her uncle makes a request to the
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! I hadn’t read anything by this author before, and now I’m ready to get every one of her books!

Rosamund Ashfield is a poor relation, living with her aunt and uncle ever since her parents died. The family has always mistreated her, and when they go to London for the season, Rosamund is left behind to care for herself.

The Duke of Swanhaven has fallen into a deep depression after losing his whole family in an accident. The Dowager Duchess, not wanting the ton to know of his condi
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This book was just full of all the elements that make up a great story. The characters were well defined and I really felt like I knew them. The places and events were so clear in my head and I could easily imagine everything playing out like a movie in my head.

Rosamund is a sweet and gentle young lady. She has been treated poorly most of her life by her distant relatives whom she has lived with since her parents died. This part of the story has a very distinct Cinderella type feel to it with a
Lady Delacour
This is the kind
of Romantic Story
that my Inner Child
and Adult Self
thoroughly enjoy
journeying through.
3 HEA Stars.
Listened with TTS.
One Mild Foul Word.
Jessica Adams
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad. Not great. An interesting premise. Not sure I'd read anything else by this author. ...more
Claire Sayan
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This ebook was provided in exchange of an honest review.

Rosamund lives with her aunt, uncle and 3 cousins. Her parents died when she was young and was taken in by her family who are part of the upper circle socially. Rosamund is given chores to do in the family home and isn't really treated as 'one of them'. She takes her meals with the staff in is very friendly with the coachmans son, Joe. Two of her cousins it seams are based around Cinderella's Ugly Sisters and they make her life miserable. T
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
About four years ago, I managed to get this novel for free, and found myself quite enamored with it. I had gone into it expecting nothing great, but every time I read this story, I find it to be a very sweet and well told tale, which is saying a lot--I tend to want a lot of depth, length, and complexity, so a simple tale like this managing to be a nice read is quite the feat.

The writing is nice, evoking a certain atmosphere with its word choices to lend an air of history. I wouldn't bet that eve
Dawn Pearson
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review.

A possible heading for this review might be: Warning - this book may cause a loss of sleep! Once I began I read until my eyes forced me to stop. I was hooked.

The Mannequin has it all. Humor, tears, suspense, jealousy, redemption, friendship, and most importantly, love. It's a masterful blend of both fairy tales and great literature. I sensed a hint of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and The Secret Garden. I'd welcome other readers to
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
My rating probably lower than average reader

Several things made this book not work for me. The biggest one is that time and a character's recovery are ridiculously condensed timewise so it doesn't make sense. Rebuilding such significant weight loss would take longer than presented, especially when he's burning off so much energy. And it is unlikely he could eat and keep down the initial quantities.

The blurb in the about covers more than 50 percent of the book, which ruins too much of the story.

Melissa Nichols
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Historical Romance is not typically my favorite genre but this book was able to make my list of favorite books. The rules of society keep those in the upper class from marrying those in the lower class unless they want to risk having their title taken away. Aubrey has suffered after the drowning of his family and is wasting away to nothing. Rosamund is hired to try to help him. She definitely knows a thing or two about suffering and is able to work with him and challenge him. This book follows A ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book pleasantly surprised me! I have not read anything by this author before and was expecting a basic Regency-era story. And while it is certainly that setting, it dealt with some elements I had never even heard of before -- such as the position of a mannequin. Such an interesting concept! It also felt like there were elements of different fairy tales that came into play here and there throughout the story.
I loved Rosamund's character and how good-hearted she was. Her circumstances through
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The inspiration for Author S.G. Rogers’s book The Mannequin came from a trendsetting courtesan, Catherine Walters (1839-1920), also known as “Skittles.” This brilliant story is a regency historical fiction with a bit of a Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast combination entwined within. This is a story readers will not want to put down and will not soon forget. A story written in the enchanting regency era, with delightful characters, including Aubrey, a man who has lost everything, and Rosamund ...more
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
A take on Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, but different. I absolutely loved this story. It was an incredibly quick and easy read that had me laughing, tearing up, getting irritated with some characters and absolutely laughing and loving on other characters. One could say that part of this book was somewhat predictable. The girl was not socially equivalent to the boy, the boy did not care, the boy saves the girl..but then there is a wee bit of a twist! However, even though it was highly like ...more
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Given to me for an honest review. This book has so many twists and turns that it really should be 6 stars. Rosamund is the Cinderella in this story. She has been sneaking her uncle's books to Joe to read. He works as a groom to her uncle. Her family is going to London for the season. Her aunt is looking for husbands for her daughters. Rosamund will be in house by herself. The vicar has a job for Rosamund. When she arrives at the duke's home, she finds that she is to help heal the duke. His paren ...more
Diane creech
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A really nice love story

A young girl went to live with her Aunt and Uncle and three cousins. She was made to do work around the house and wear hand me down clothes. When the family goes to London she has to stay home. A Duchess living nearby hires the young lady to try to rehabilitate the Duke who had given up after a tragic accident had occurred to his family. The Duchess takes her to London but events take place that causes the young lady to flee and is eventually hired by a dress maker to be
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. I don’t know if I was just in the mood for this type of book when I picked it up, but I really grew to love the story and characters as it went on. The plot isn’t completely predictable in how things play out (but you can predict a happily ever after, which I’m more than okay with). The characters’ development and actions are fresh, not stereotypical, and at times quite surprising in a good way. I really liked how the two rivals’ relationship developed toward the end; it definitely ma ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Mannequin was a wonderful story. I loved the subtle use of the beauty and the beast theme amidst a beautiful Victorian romance. Both Rosamund and Aubrey’s characters were crafted well. Rosamund’s giving nature won me over (in fact her storyline could be lightly compared to Cinderella). Aubrey’s growth from a suffering individual to Rosamund’s hero was perfectly written. I’m huge fan of the time period, and found the introduction of a ‘mannequin’ as a bit of history delightful. After reading ...more
I have tried to write a review for this book four times. On each occasion GR has frozen and I have been forced to shut my browser down and start again. I would write a much much longer review but I have lost patience.

So, apologies to the author. Blame GR and their crappy new ‘homepage’

This is a lovely, lovely story. Just what I needed after reading about shallow self-centred women and macho men with more money than sense.

The only thing I disliked was the appalling cover which bore no resemblan
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