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Cinderella and the Duke

(The Beauchamp Betrothals #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Falling for a duke in disguise!

Never welcomed into society circles, Rosalind Allen gave up her marriage prospects long ago--life has taught her she'll only get hurt. So she's shocked when an encounter with a mysterious stranger makes her long to reconsider...

Little does Rosalind know that her mystery man is Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton, traveling in disguise to evade t
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Harlequin Historical (first published June 19th 2017)
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I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up.

While I’m certainly not averse to the use of the Cinderella trope, I was actually quite pleased to discover that the title of Cinderella and the Duke is not all that representative of the story contained within the pages of this novel. The characters are slightly older than are normally found in historical romance (he’s just hit forty, she’s thirty), which I appreciated, and our nominal Cinders isn’t so much downtrodden by her horrible
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
I really like this, even though the title is “Cinderella and the Duke” the fairy-tale isn’t pushed into you face, it is very subtle. You get the Cinderella undertones with a young woman having to do all the chores while the step parent does what he wants, and yes she does meet her own prince charming, but there is just so much more to this.

Leo finds it very difficult to trust people, his marriage wasn’t a love match and it wasn’t a happy match either, it was a more of a duty ticked off this list
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Janice Preston writes with such flair to every sentence, making each chapter so enjoyable to read. I really enjoyed reading Cinderella and the Duke. I recommend all her books, specially to those who like reading historical/romance Regency/romance books, that author Janice Preston specialises in.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. This review has some mild spoilers so be warned.

I was a little disappointed with this book. Rosalind is hiding out in the country with her crippled brother Freddie and she is pretending to be a widow to keep her step sister safe (it's complicated). She meets a man while out walking and can tell right away that he is a slimeball who thinks women are good for one thing. Leo (The Duke in the story, and the slimeball's cousin) comes to her rescue. But Leo doesn't want those grasping singl
Amy Ella
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Our hero Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton, is a mature and deliciously moreish hero. I found it really refreshing to have a mature hero; seasoned in the ways of the world but, none the less, just as delicious as a twenty or thirty something hero. 

‘I’m not in my dotage yet,’ Leo growled. It was something of a sore point, as he had recently passed his fortieth birthday.'

Leo is powerful, strong and guarded. He is resolute in his decision that he neither wants or needs love, as women are untrustworth
Rosie Amber
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four point five stars.

Cinderella And The Duke is a Regency romance from Mills & Boon / Harlequin. The book is set in 1812, with dual locations of Buckinghamshire and London.

Thirty year old Rosalind Allen has complicated family relations. She has run away, with her crippled brother, to the safety of a house on the Foxbourne Manor estate, and sent her step-sister, Nell, to London to prepare for her first social season, hopefully in time to find a husband before Nell’s obnoxious guardian, Sir Peter
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I truly adored this story. Rosalind Allen has spent her 30 years serving and loving her family. She has given up on her own personal happiness to secure happiness for her brothers and sister. Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton is a widower with three children who keep his life busy. When he meets Rosalind, he finds himself unexpectedly attracted to her. I enjoyed the complexity of the story. This book is the first in the Beauchamp Betrothals and I believe they need to be read in order to grasp the ...more
Gwessie Tee
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Received arc in return for an honest review naughtiness 4*

This book I one of the first I have read by the lovely Janice Preston and most definitely will not be the last, I utterly adored every aspect of this wonderful story and was completely hooked on every page.

As always I will not give spoilers ever however I will Sa this wonderfully written story grabs hold of you in your mind and heart. It is impossible not to feel every emotion that is happening along with each twist and turn until we reac
Mrs Caroline Trevor
I found this a really good book. Rosalind is a great character. She has spent most of her life caring for her family. Leo is travelling incognito to avoid all the pushy mama's and grasping ladies who would try to entrap him into marriage. When he meets Rosalind he sees a conquest because of her fictional widow's title but what he instead finds is a unique woman who will not allow his overbearing attitude push her into accepting his hand in marriage.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I read Mrs Janice Preston last release, Daring To Love the Duke’s Heir, I was very eager to read about his siblings story but also his own father.
I ordered the prequel series to this book but was unable to find a moment to read any until today.
I’m in between two reads, an advance copy that left me shaken and a new release tomorrow I do not want to pass on.
So I have a few hours free to enjoy a book I know will cheer my mood.
Rosalind and Leo are very flawed characters, their stubbornness and
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
For those who enjoy “the fairy-tales come true”-(fiction) genre (and I do) this was such a fun and well-written story.

Janice Preston was a new to me author and I have enjoyed several of her stories over the past week.
The romance has a good speed and interesting conflicts.

Her characters are richly developed and her plot lines are fun. And the family gets under your skin in a good way- ensuring the selection of another one of her books as soon as one is done.

Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 3.5/5
Prose: 4/5
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rosalind Allen, along with her brother Freddie, is keeping a low profile in Buckinghamshire, where she is known as Mrs Pryce, a widow. The deception is in order for Rosalind’s beloved stepsister Nell, who along with her brother, is in London in hope of finding a suitable husband, and not have to marry the horrible man Nell’s guardian has in mind for her. Rosalind and Freddie have been in the countryside only a fortnight, when Rosalind comes across some riders, obviously well-heeled men, and Rosa ...more
Rose Blue
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Rosalind Allen is now thirty years old, and has spent the last fourteen years caring for her younger brother, Freddie, and her step siblings, Jack and Nell. Upon her stepfather’s death, Rosalind had to act quickly to remove Nell from her new guardian’s clutches, as he had plans to marry her off to one of his cronies to settle a debt. Now Rosalind and Freddie are staying at a friend’s cottage, with Rosalind using an assumed name, while they con
Laura J.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read despite the main characters

Leo is a Duke and meets Roz while incognito. He’s manipulative, arrogant and always gets what he wants. Roz is stubborn and impulsive. But they both also had good qualities and were a good match.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I won this book in a giveaway Janice did here in Goodreads and let me first say: I was so damn excited about that.
I even tweeted about it and, to my surprised, Janice answered me back. I got to connect to her on Twitter! YEY! She was very kind and sweet which made me even more thankful for receiving her book.

I did start and put down the book a couple of times this past few weeks. The main reason was because I know I would love the book and I know she hadn’t publish the next book yet, which meant
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet retelling of Cinderella featuring older protagonists.

Rosalind Allen is a thirty year old spinster who has spent her entire life caring for her younger siblings. Her mother was the granddaughter of a duke who eloped with a common soldier. As a result, she was disowned, and slowly grew more bitter. After her father's death, Rosalind's mother remarried an earl and was welcomed back by her family, but they never acknowledged Rosalind or her younger brother, Freddie. After her mother's death,
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A stellar historical romance imbued with colourful period detail, heartwarming drama and searing emotion, Cinderella and the Duke is the latest enchanting Regency tale from Janice Preston’s exceptional pen!

Miss Rosalind Allen had learned from a very early age that there is no place for her and her brother, Freddie, in Society. Having been rejected by her aristocratic mother’s family, Rosalind and her brother have instead opted to live a quiet life in the country, away from the hostile and unwelc
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

In a story of concealed identities on the road to happy ever after, Janice Preston writes a love story with well crafted, likeable characters who just need to overcome a few bumps in the road.
I have been a fan of Janice Preston’s books since her debut ‘Mary and The Marquis’, and what I really like about her subsequent books is that she mentions characters from her previous novels (in this case Richard Stanton, the hero of ‘From Wallflower to Countess’), which is a nice touch if you have read the
This is the first book in The Beauchamp Betrothals series and the second book I've had the pleasure of reading from author Janice Preston and definitely not the last! I've been looking forward to reading this book since I first met our hero Leo Beauchamp, the Duke of Cheriton in the book From Wallflower to Countess.

Leo Beauchamp the Duke of Cheriton is a wealthy and powerful man, a widower with three older children and head of a large extended family. Leo's first marriage was not a happy one and
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosalind Allen gave up her marriage prospects long ago & has spent her life raising her brother & step siblings. Her stepfather recently died & guardianship of Nell & Jack have been left to a distant relative who wants to line his own pockets. Nell goes to London for a season & Rosalind & Freddie stay in a lodge of a close friend of their stepfather. So she’s shocked when an encounter with a mysterious stranger calling himself Leo Boyton makes her long to reconsider. Little does Rosalind know th ...more
Rachel (Rae)
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the connection that Leo and Rosalind share it managed to be both sizzling and romantic which was the perfect combination for me. I found myself smiling whenever they were together they were flirty, fun and feisty interactions. It really was so easy to fall for this charming story and all of the characters too. It was great to see a slightly older pairing than I am used to seeing in historical romance and I really enjoyed this difference. Rosalind is a strong character and once she sets h ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite tropes. A thirty year old spinster has taken care of her siblings with no life of her own, meets a charming gentleman in the country. Calling herself a widow to hide from her stepfather's wicked heir, she will do anything to protect her family. The gentleman has his secrets, too. Their passion for each other can't be denied, until everything starts to unravel. A strong lady not afraid to give her opinion goes toe to toe with an imperious Duke. Another one I stayed up all night ...more
Cecilia Rodriguez
Oct 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
The story is set in 1812 and begins in Buckinghamshire and moves to London for the Season.
Leo Beauchamp decides to conceal the fact that he is the Duke of Cheriton while visiting his cousin.
Rosalind Allen is 30 years old and has no aspirations of finding a husband.
In spite of the fact that both Leo and Rosalind are both mature, their behavior seem juvenile.
Other than the title, there is no relation to the trope of Cinderella.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trials and Errors to true Love

Wonderful book page turning and many twists and turns of the storyline . The characters were so intriguing you just fall in love with Leo and Rosalind, on how Rosalind fights her love for Leo and Leo fighting it to but also trying to help Rosalind admit she loves him.
Janice Preston is a wonderful author with characters that come to life with adventures that have you from the very beginning💕
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely delightful.

It is rare to find a Regency romance with older protagonists. Leo has adult children and Rosalind has devoted her adult life to looking after her younger siblings. How they meet, fall in love only to think that they have been misled and lied to and then eventually find happiness, makes for a very entertaining and utterly satisfying read.
Julie Stock
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another thoroughly enjoyable Regency romance from Janice Preston, with a feisty heroine in Rosalind, and a gorgeous hero in Leo. The author manages to weave so many strands around the main plot that the reader is always kept guessing right till the end but also assured of the happy ending they've been waiting for since the very first line.
Cordelia Linder
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is my first time reading anything from this author and I cannot wait until I read the next book in this series. I was mesmerized from the beginning of this story, because it started with a look between Rosalind & Leo. What a man. I really wish there had been more SEX, but I enjoyed the story. Thank you.
Two words - "shepherd's hut." Once they appeared I could see the rest of the plot laid out before me - and I didn't like what I saw. I actively hated the arrogant jerk hero by the end, and I didn't much like the contrarian heroine either.

And did dukes and earls and lords etc. during the Regency period really just see widows as women to have meaningless sex with?
3.5 stars
Written OK, story isn't bad or absurd but the book fails to engage me fully. I find myself skimming a lot. Can't really make myself fully like either of the protagonists although there's nothing really wrong with them.
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I grew up in Wembley, North London, with a love of reading, writing stories and animals. After leaving school at eighteen, I moved to Devon and any thoughts of writing became lost in the hectic rush of life as a farmer’s wife, with two children and many animals to care for. When my children left home for university, I discovered a love of history and of the Regency period in particular and began t ...more

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