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A Duchess in Name

(The Grantham Girls #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  809 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Victoria Carson never expected love. An American heiress and graduate of Lady Grantham's finishing school, she's been groomed since birth to marry an English title—the grander the better. So when the man chosen for her, the forbidding Earl of Dunnley, seems to hate her on sight, she understands that it can't matter. Love can have no place in this arrangement.

Andrew Hargrav
Kindle Edition, 237 pages
Published January 18th 2016 by Carina Press
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Tracy Emro
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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Norah Una Sumner
This is a fantastic historical romance with characters you will immediately fall in love with.


Loved this book so much! The characters are real and wonderful,the story is very interesting with many unexpected twists,the chemistry between two main characters is phenomenal and that ending. Wow,this book was an emotional roller coaster.I loved both Vic and Andrew and both of their POVs were written perfectly. The supporting characters are pretty amazing too- Andrew’s sisters,Vic’s two best friends a
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I wanted to hate the H but really couldn’t despite some of his actions that warrant it, but neither could I like him. I just wish he had worked harder for his redemption. The h is wonderful and certainly deserved better or didn’t deserve the way he treated her for all the presumed wrongs he laid at her feet. Still, the dynamics of their relationship are absorbing including the (usual) things keeping them apart - her cultured aloofness, his false grievances and then her deter
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read for the TBR Challenge, July 2018. Grade - B+, 4.5 stars.

Favourite trope month this year gave me the excuse to read a book I’ve been meaning to get to ever since it came out in 2016, Amanda Weaver’s début novel, A Duchess in Name, book one in her Grantham Girls trilogy.  I’ve read and reviewed both the other books in the series, but somehow missed the first, which happens to centre around an arranged marriage, making it the perfect choice for this month’s prompt.

Victoria Carson was born
Not going to talk about the mistakes in titles. Not going to do that. (But 'Sir Gibbons' - really? And the younger son of a duke is 'Mr'!)

I do have to like a hero though, and this one is a sulky, resentful, misogynistic flop. He behaves atrociously, and while I've a soft spot for handsome archaeologists (Harrison, Harrison), neither this MC's looks nor his profession give him a pass to act so badly. He jumps to conclusions, runs out on his wife (not once, but twice), keeps a mistress, professes
Victoria and Andrew. His parents suck, but her parents suck worse. They devised a way to swindle a Duke out of his fortune so they could force the Duke's heir to marry their daughter. Andrew being the Duke's heir is plenty mad. But he wasn't expecting his bride to be to be so beautiful and easy to talk to. This seems to make him even madder. He's spent the last several years in Italy living with his Mistress and running Archaeological digs. He has no desire to marry a stranger and run his dukedo ...more
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-2016-books
I asked on Twitter for recommendations for a historical romance with a stellar plot, hot sex, and smart banter. (I'm the publisher of All About Romance) Two of our readers raved about this book.

I bought it and read it and, man, were they right.

I loved this book. Andrew and Victoria were wonderful lovers and characters. Their slow dance toward their well-deserved Happy Ever After was great fun to read and done is a way I completely believed.

Ms. Weaver writes confidently and well--she's especiall
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I should probably start this review by saying that I have never really enjoyed historical romance in the past. No, not exactly that I haven't enjoyed it, but rather, I've not really read it much. Or at all, if I'm being honest. At least not prior to reading A Duchess in Name. If you follow me on here at all, you'll notice I've become a bit obsessed with the genre. And that's all due to the feelings this book gave me.

I bought this book because I wanted to support a friend. And while I knew Amanda
Don't remember too much about this one. I recall it being reasonably written. However, I never bought the plot. Having your H/h apart, indeed, the H spends a lot of the time shacked up with his mistress, and in conflict, before bringing them back together creates an uphill battle for a romance writer. And in this book, they never really liked one another or had an established relationship (compare, for example, the master [mistress] of this plot - Sherry Thomas, the characters there always have ...more
4.5/5 Andrew, the Earl of Dunnley, was forced into marriage with American heiress, Victoria Carson to save his ducal family and especially his sisters from financial ruin. Victoria had been brought up and trained to perfection for this exact fate, marriage to a titled nobleman in order to further her socially ambitious parents' rise in status. As such , she was pragmatic and determined to extract the most from such a relationship - independence from her interfering mother, contentment and childr ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Rating: 2.5

**I received a free eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

"Long ago, ago, she'd made herself content with the moon, and then he'd had the audacity to tempt her with the sun. She knew the truth, though. She'd always known it, even if she'd almost forgotten it this summer. She wasn't meant for the sun. And now that she'd reached for it, all she'd gotten was burned."

To me, this isn't a love story about Victoria and Andrew... To me, this is a story about
Tanya Sridhar
3/5 Stars. Bumped up 0.5 stars purely because the author's writing style is good. Enough so, that despite not being completely happy with this book I'll definitely be reading other books from her.

Overall, this is your run-of-the-mill forced marraige plot, except with an American Heroine. While I'm not opposed to this trope, I usually find that I only enjoy it when the reasoning for the hatred between our MC'S is justified and not ridiculous.

That is where this book fails. Andrew is furious at h
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, arc
Disclosure: I received this ARC through Netgalley. Thank you to Carina Press and Amanda Weaver for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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The Duchess referred to in the title is Victoria Carson, an American heiress who has lived in London since she was a young girl. Her mother has grand ambitions of having Victoria marry a title, and Victoria has lived her whole life preparing to be a peer's wife. It is near the end of another season for Victoria, and with only one suitor, she is pr
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
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First half is slow, enjoyed the rest half more. Writing is great, looking forward to read this author further.
4,5 stars

At some point of this book I almost certain that there's no way I would love the hero for what he did to the heroine but I guess I have a forgiving heart.
If only there's an epilogue, this book would be a solid five stars.
Sep 17, 2015 rated it liked it
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

A marriage of convenience becomes something much more in A Duchess in Name . Amanda Weaver kicks off her Grantham Girls series with this compelling, emotional tale featuring a fantastic heroine and a hero who has to become the man she deserves.

I absolutely adored Victoria. She’s been raised to do her duty and allow her parents to use their wealth to capture her a husband with a title they covet. Victoria is accep
Kira Gold
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So good. The characters were so well crafted that my heart was bleeding for them the whole book. Gorgeous and sexy, angsty and delightful. One of my biggest critiques of period romance is that the clothing is described inaccurately, but I was safe in Weaver's hands. Her costuming background makes for perfectly drawn details--my absolute favorite scene takes place in a dressmaker's shop.
A fast read that tugs on the emotions the whole story, with the bedroom door left wide open for some delicious
3.5 to 4 Stars

This book was way more addicting than I thought it would be; once I started, I couldn't stop! I am new to this author, but I wasn't disappointed and I highly recommend this book.

The main reason why I rated it down is because I found the ending to be a little too convenient. There was definitely conflict, but you could clearly see the ending. It felt more like "Let's just get through this.." than "What's going to happen????" But it's not that big of a deal and I still enjoyed the st
I really enjoyed this, though I confess that it did make me furious in places. I tried to see things through Andrew's eyes, he definitely had good reason to loathe both his father *and mother* and Victoria's parents as well for the situation they were in. His terrible childhood also had bearing on his inability to see everything *namely Victoria* clearly, but the things he said and did in the beginning almost made me dislike him enough that I couldn't come back from it.

Thankfully, his conscienc
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

I have made no secret about my love for home renovation shows. It’s all part of the wish fufillment genre of a home I’ll never be able to afford to own and to fix it up in a way I’ll never be able to afford to do. (Unless I fall madly in love with a dude with a crumbling estate that needs someone to organize the renovation, in which case I AM READY FOR THAT TASK.)

(Just putting that out there, universe.)

Anyway, this book involves a massive renovation, a H
Lady Day
Readers review books differently. The book A Duchess in Name conjured up thoughts of did the author make a comparison of the Etruscan woman to a 1900th-century heiress?

This review is different. Therefore, if you are seeking details about a marriage of convenience trope then I suggest you read a different review.

Andrew, the hero, became interested in archeology (specifically Etruscan society) during his school years at Eton. A society that predated the Romans. Upon Adulthood, he left for Italy i
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Hmm...this book. I am not really getting all the high reviews.

In my opinion, it was really not very well written. Sometimes when you read a book, the story and plotlines flow so naturally. You can totally see how something might actually happen (however crazy), and become completely engrossed in the story. This was not one of those books. The plot devices and characterizations just felt so clumsy and forced. I could feel the author trying to force her way through this plot. I kept on wanting to
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
It was a little rough at times, with some poorly chosen words (like a glass "clutched loosely") and an insistence on capitalizing "My Lord" and "Your Lordship." And my personal pet peeve: the modern American birthday cake that is dressed up as and called wedding cake makes an appearance. Twice. Grr. Oh, and "mad" was used to denote "angry." So, it was not expertly written or edited.

And I found the characterization a little weak. The parents are caricatures of all things bad. The main protagonis
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, romance
I don't know why I like the marriage of convenience trope so much. Perhaps it's because I believe you can fall in love with anyone, given the right circumstances, or just enough exposure. Love doesn't have to be an instant, all consuming thing. It can grow out of something else-even between two people who have vowed to dislike one another.

What I enjoyed most about this story were the letters-particularly those Andrew started leaving for Victoria after his return from Italy. It was such a sweet
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Can we talk about how gorgeous the cover is? I mean, wow! So lovely and the book is just as great. Gahhh. I loved the story, the beautiful descriptions, it had the perfect amount of angst and the end warmed a bit of my cold cold heart. ;) First historical read for me and I don't just mean by this author, but if she writes it, I'm reading it.
Oh I totally fell in love in this book . It was sweet and tender. I liked both of Andrew and Victoria so much .
Definitely, A must read.
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy


*swoons hard* Oh what did I read??? I am in awe. I am intrigued. I have opened a new genre of historical romance for myself. From page one I was swept off my feet in Amanda Weaver's writing (perhaps it has something to do with her last name?!?  Hmmm...). You can always tell when an author is passionate about their writing and characters that come alive in the fact that from first sentence you feel like you have stepped into a time machine and suddenly became a fly in t
i liked the setup and the heroine, the bits with the house renovation and the sisters but the hero was SUCH AN ASSHOLE he was unbearable, not to mention the whole mistress thing which is an absolute no; vic deserved so much better imho
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Amanda has loved romance since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen. After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found her way back to romance, this time as a writer.

A native Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and nowhere near enough spa

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