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The Day of the Duchess

(Scandal & Scoundrel #3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  9,395 ratings  ·  1,397 reviews
The one woman he will never forget…
Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

ebook, 400 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Avon
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Sarah MacLean Hi Roxanne,
Just saw your email, too,, but figured I'd reply in both formats so all readers see my answer. Sorry you hate the name Malcolm, but I'm ho…more
Hi Roxanne,
Just saw your email, too,, but figured I'd reply in both formats so all readers see my answer. Sorry you hate the name Malcolm, but I'm hoping you'll be won over eventually when you meet him. As for the change in publication, It was very important to me that Haven & Sera got the perfect happily ever after after all they've been through, and the book wasn't finished in time for the April release date -- some books take longer than others, and it's always been my policy that I prefer readers get the very best book I can write rather than the very fastest.
Hope you enjoy -- and thanks for your patience!
Sofia Lazaridou
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Sarah MacLean
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: romance, mine, historical
As always, I like this book, or I wouldn't have let you all read it.

BUT...that said, I will tell you that this book put me through the ringer. I don't think I've ever written two characters who better deserved a happily ever after...from each other. I don't want to spoil what's to come, but here are the answers to some of the questions people have been asking about The Day of the Duchess!

1) YES, you will see more of the Dangerous Daughters/Talbot Sisters/Soiled Ss. Lots more of them. You will
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Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hr, 2-stars, read-2017
Warning: spoilers ahead and (sorry!) wall of text inc.

Seraphina Bevingstoke, Duchess of Haven, makes a dramatic entrance in Parliament, petitioning for divorce. Two years and seven months after vanishing from her husband's country estate; after being told she's barren after a stillborn child; after witnessing her husband's infidelity; after being subjected to his disdain for trapping him into marriage; after actually trapping him into marriage; after falling in love with him almost instantly. Th
Geri Reads
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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“Tell me, Seraphina. If there were no one—no sisters or god or goddess to protect, no American, no aristocracy to watch and judge? What would you do if I pursued you?”

The Day of the Duchess is one of those books that makes me go, “This is the reason why I read romance!” Does it have a healthy dose of angst? Yes, it does. It also has one of the best grovels I’ve read in a while. The satisfying ending was worth every single heartache I, and the characters, went through. And every emotional
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I started this in May. 😬

All jokes aside, it's not entirely the book's fault. I've been in a serious reading slump for a good part of this year, life and other things got in the way and binging Turkish dramas also added to that distraction. But yeah, this wasn't bad or terrible. I didn't love it but I would say it was decent. I've had this on my shelf for ages and kept putting it off since I had a falling out with SM's writing. This wasn't as laborious as her usual offerings go but I definitely
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
✮✮✮4.5 STARS✮✮✮

Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

It's been a while since I read my last Historical Romance and I really missed it. The gallantry of men, the noble ladies, the unconventional heroines, the beautiful words and poetry in the story-telling, they all contribute to my love for this genre. Sarah Maclean has always been one of my favorites so it was a pleasure and an honor to receive an advanced reading copy for The Day of The Duchess.

Malcom Marcus Bevinstoke, Duke of Haven, feels the weig
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
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AAHHHHH I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK!!!!! This might honestly be my new all-time favorite book of Sarah MacLean’s (and if you know me, you know how much I loved One Good Earl Deserves a Lover). The angst had me in TEARS. I LOVED it. THIS is exactly the kind of book I want when I read a second chance romance (aka has a groveling hero who is unrelenting in his pursuit to win back the one and only love of his life). As soon as I finished The Day of the Duch
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Such a lovely, poignant, passionate, romantic, beautiful, second chance love story!
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
I usually don’t hear music when I read a book, but while reading this one...

You all remember this one? ;-)

I really love Ms. MacLean books… usually… not so much this series…

The premises for an excellent story are all here: we have the weird sisters (Soiled S’s, Dangerous Daughters, etc.) which names all start with S: Seraphina, Sophie, Secily…., we have the cheating husband, the scorned wife, the lost child, the matchmaking mamas…

Still I didn’t find the mix all that exiting. I liked better the s
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars.

Sarah MacLean concludes her Scandal and Scoundrels series with The Day of the Duchess, the book many of us have been eagerly anticipating since Sophie, youngest of the scandalous Talbot sisters, pushed Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, into an ornamental fish pond in book one, The Rogue Not Taken. Sophie’s actions were prompted when she caught her eldest sister’s husband in flagrante delicto with another woman in front of half the ton – including t
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
SPOILER FREE!! Also a mess but then again when are they not when I have too many feelings.


What's it about:  Seraphina, Duchess of Haven left her husband Malcom the Duke of Haven two years, seven months ago. She left without a trace and Malcom has spent this time searching for her, hating himself. Sera after losing the man she loved and then the only thing that connected him to her left her family and went to America. While Malcom spent the last years going over the
Roshani Chokshi
Tfw you spent the whole night crying but you're happy about it. . .

This was such a tortured premise. Every page hurt, but the story was addictively cathartic and raw and beautiful. I loved Malcolm and Seraphina's journey. One of my favorite things about MacLean's novels is how she always ties in a meta-myth. In A ROGUE BY ANY OTHER NAME it was pseudo Hades and Persephone, and in THE DAY OF THE DUCHESS, we get a clever Orion and Merope spin.

I have the worst book hangover.

Joanna Shupe
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING. I cried twice in the opening thirty pages. The HEA is so incredibly hard-fought and powerful. I don't think there's ever been a reunion romance better written than this. I started the book hating Haven so much, and by the end I adored him. I immediately started re-reading it, I loved TDOTD that much.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
I couldn't fathom how Sarah MacLean was going to redeem her most unredeemable hero. In fact, he may be the most unredeemable Regency hero I've ever read. I mean...the guy publicly cheated on his wife. He humiliated her and her family. He's the scum of the ton....right?

In the other Scandal and Scoundrel stories, I hated Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven. When I saw that this story was to be his and Seraphina's...well, I was skeptical. Romances had to end in a happily-ever-after, and how could it
The marriage in trouble trope is my catnip - I relish and salivate at the angst, the pain, the denial, the DRAMA, the grovel, the forgiveness and the hard-fought road to their HEA, then throw in some cheating and I'm all over it like a rash! Here the cheating was so lightly and briefly glossed over I blinked and missed it! I didn't get any of the angst, drama, gut wrenching knots in my stomach feels that I'd hoped for.

Edited 13/7/17 - I went and read the prologue of the first book and got the ho
Moras Paz
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Heart. I got this book because a friend recommended it. I read it without reading the first two books of the series so I was going into it without any knowledge whatsoever about Sera and Mal. And boy was I blindsided! This book made me cry so much that I had a headache, I’m probably a little dehydrated too.

I will definitely pick up the rest of the series, it made that big of an impression to me.

Shoutout to Alexis✨ for recommending this book, thanks doll!
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I admit, I did not want to like this one, let alone love it. But I did, I loved it!

Haven and Sera's story is heart-achingly complicated and only a master storyteller like Sarah MacLean could pull their redemption romance off. I laughed, I cried, I swooned. And then I cried some more because that Epilogue is perfection.
From what I gathered from the other reviews is that he ACTUALLY cheated on his pregnant wife and got caught redhanded! So I wouldn't count if he lived the rest of his life on his knees grovelling and kissing her feet as redemption.
Nothing short of him becoming a monk with vow of lifelong celibacy after giving the heroine the freedom to choose someone ELSE to marry would be redeeming.
Let alone a short celibate period AFTER having his fill of fooling around and getting caught.

Also note to self, b
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nobody can make me bawl though the last two chapters of a romance like Sarah MacLean. Which is what I proceeded to do because holy cats does it get heartfelt. Romances where one of the couple has to overcome cheating are always hard for me and, while I would have appreciated a cricket ball to the goolies for Haven, there are massive amounts of groveling, self-flagellation, and relationship rebuilding to make this one another fantastic entry in SM's body of work.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I h
2.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: I truly wish there was a way that I could turn off my expectations! As much as I try not to do it to myself, I have done it yet again. I admit that I had read some spoilers, so I was prepared for a total heartbreak. But, nope, didn't get there. I felt like the angst and drama was all due to our mcs and their inability to actually freakin' communicate with each other! It wasn't outside factors -- it was them making things hard for themselves, when a little bit of talking
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
5 "Doves mate for life' Stars

“She laughed then, hollow and so different from her earlier happiness that he felt the sound like a blow. “I am to believe that?”
“I don’t expect you to,” he said. “But it is the truth.”
“That is the problem with truth; so often you must rely on faith to embrace it.”
“And you’ve no faith in me.” He regretted the words the moment they were out, wishing immediately that he could take them back. He did not want her to answer. The silence that stretched out between them in
5 Stars

Sera and Malcom’s story is powerfully put into words, there is so much beauty in Sarah MacLean’s writing! It’s the kind of writing that transports you to another time and place and makes you feel all the feelings! This author captured my attention with clever, witty dialogue and amazing characterization. She engaged my emotions with her poignant and moving tale, the overload of feelings had me all misty-eyed several times through the book! And I loved it!

Malcom Bevingstoke, the Duke of Ha
Yesy (The Book Vagrant)
I was in the mood for an angsty, second-chance romance so I just had to reread this. ToT

I couldn’t sleep last night and I was desperate to know how Malcom could possibly ever redeem himself after the first book.

I was pleasantly surprised and a little annoyed at why these two let things escalate that much but the angst is part of the fun so *shrugs*
FV Angela

Review originally posted at

I’ve had my complaints and issues with the Scandal and Scoundrel series ever since the release of the first book, The Rogue Not Taken. But, honestly? Sarah MacLean landed on my auto-buy list with Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and I can’t imagine a time when I won’t get excited butterflies seeing that she has a new release. My anticipation over Seraphina and Haven’s story began when Sophie (Sera’s sister) w
Jacqueline's Reads
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 I popped my Sarah Maclean stars!

I always see Sarah MacLean’s books and I’m a fan of Avon books. I think Avon publishes really great historical reads, so I finally took the plunge and picked up this book.

I originally got the Audio version, which really enhanced my experience but I didn’t finish it in time before I had to give it back to the library so I ended up finishing it through reading it. I have to say, usually I like one over the other, but the audio and ebook version were equally good.
Sophie Barnes
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An achingly beautiful story of heartache and sorrow and a love strong enough to overcome both.

When Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London after years in exile, it is to demand a divorce from her philandering husband, Malcolm Bevingstoke. She wants her freedom from him and from their destructive relationship so she can build a new life for herself - a life that cannot be hers as long as she is married. But conquering her emotions is harder than she imagined - most of all when she has to f
✨ Gramy ✨
This book addressed passions, desires, and unidentified hopes and dreams. In a society where rules are strict demands, the truth can be obscured beyond recognition. A duke who is too dang proud to open his eyes and see what is right in front of him and his duchess whose pain becomes an albatross she can no longer bear. After years of separation, their actions culminate into one of the largest scandals in history.

Maclean extracts captivation from her audience by providing perceptive characterist
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book, although it was my least favorite of the series. The epilogue made it all worth it. I can't wait for the Bareknuckle Bastards! Hurry up Sarah!
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