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A Good Day to Marry a Duke

(Sin and Sensibility #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  97 reviews
From award-winning New York Times bestselling author Betina Krahn comes a beguiling new romance brimming with her signature wit, timeless sensuality, and thrilling romance—as desire proves to be a great equalizer...

Daisy Bumgarten isn't thrilled to be trying to catch a duke's attention while dressed like a flower pot caught in a swarm of butterflies. But, after all, when
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Zebra
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Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Good Day to Marry a Duke by Betina Krahn is a 2017 Kensington publication.

After being shunned by the old money society in the United States, nouveau riche debutante, Daisy Bumgarten is trying her luck in England. She is determined to make her mother proud, by marrying a duke, thus assuring her sisters will also make their way into the upper crust of society. However, Daisy’s motives are a little too obvious, a situation that is fortuitous to unabashed ladies' man, Lord Ashton Graham.
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I hit a wall at 45 %. I found the heroine one demential and also some of her situations unbelievable.

Writing was more "dry writing" (monotone) for me and boring. I couldn't go any further in the book.

Carol Storm
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a hard book for me to review because my expectations with Betina Krahn are always super high. A big reason I became a romance reader (and author) is because of her early books, especially CAUGHT IN THE ACT, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, THE LAST BACHELOR, and her wonderful Christmas story "Kidnapped for Christmas."

So this book isn't really that good, but what book could be? This is a late Victorian romance about an American heiress named Daisy Bumgartner who is desperate to marry a titled lord
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I ended up giving this a B- at AAR (3.5 stars rounded up) - the second half was much better than the first.

Betina Krahn is one of those authors I’ve been meaning to read for ages and haven’t got around to. Most of her books were published before I got into reading romance in a big way, and she’s one of several authors whose backlists I mean to explore … when I get the time. Happily for me, however, Ms. Krahn has embarked upon a new historical romance series entitled Sin and Sensibility ,
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Duchess-in-training, maybe!

An interesting basis to a new series. American heiresses 'who descended on England in the late Victorian era' engaging in the London season, hoping for a titled husband. The author's note at the end of the book is quite illuminating about the practice of sending dowered daughters 'across the pond' to bring back a blue blood husband. Some 'bemoaned it as 'the tidal wave of “dollar princesses” '. Although it seems many of these men were no prize, rather total
Lover of Romance
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

A Good Day To Marry A Duke is a victorian era romance that involves a sassy American heroine looking to marry a Titled Englishman to secure future for her sisters and a Duke's brother whose mission is to prevent any relationship forming....war lines are formed of seduction and true love....

A Good Day To Marry A Duke is a sensational read that I just couldn't get enough of and once I started reading this book I was hooked. Now I will admit I
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was so wonderful getting to read a Betina Krahn again. Her trademark humor was in full force with Daisy and Ashton, the banter between these two made the story. My only niggle, is I wish we would have had more time with Daisy and Ashton getting to be a couple and we would have got to see Daisy rub that old cow's face in it...just sayin'. Welcome back BK!! Can't wait for Frankie's story.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, yay. Betina Krahn hadn't released a historical romance since 2006 and I'm happy to see this beginning to her new series, "Sin and Sensibility," which takes place in the late 1880s. The plot here isn't all that original. New-rich American girl who isn't accepted into the snobby New York Astor/Vanderbilt Knickerbocker society goes across the Pond, hoping to snare an impoverished English peer willing to trade his name and title for her money.

So somewhat uninhibited firecracker Daisy Bumgarten
Caitlyn Lynch
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the late Victorian era, a new breed of debutante entered the London Marriage Mart. They were the 'dollar princesses', young women whose families had made incredible amounts of money in America from mining, railroads and the like, and whose ambitious mamas wanted them to marry exceedingly well.

A Good Day To Marry A Duke tells the fictional tale of one such 'dollar princess', Daisy Bumgarten, whose family found a fortune in silver in Nevada. Strong-willed, spirited, and seeing absolutely no
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
What a nice change to see that that the second son is dashing whilst the Duke is quiet and shy. ‘A good day to marry a duke’ by Betina Krahn follows American Daisy Bungarten who is sent to London in 1890, two years after her raucous behaviour at the Bellington Hunt in New York State. Daisy was scandalous: she rode astride and drank whisky, ending any chance for her sisters and her to be accepted into society. Her mother, Elizabeth believes Daisy’s marriage into London gentry is the only ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest, at the beginning of the book I didn't know if I would finish it. I wasn't impressed with either of the main characters.

We first meet Daisy at a hunt in New York. She's determined to be herself and believes that her ability to ride and drink with the boys will win them over, despite her mother's stern instructions about how a lady is supposed to behave at one of these events. She doesn't believe her until they overhear some of society's top matrons discussing her and declaring
Lori D
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
What happens when an American heiress comes to London to find a husband? All kind of delightful intrigues! Daisy Bumgarten has not fared well in American society due to her being uninhibited and impulsive by nature along with being "new money. Coming to England so that her sisters might have a better chance for good marriages with her out of the picture, has her sponsored by Lady Hargrave. Countess of Kew. Striving to get Daisy married off hopefully to a peer has its own challenges for the ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-at-all
Oh man! I was so excited to see Betina Krahn had some new HR books coming out and I couldn't wait to read this series.

Unfortunately, this series involves American silver-mining heiress sisters being pushed by their social climbing mother to journey to London and try to land themselves a duke or two. Which is fine, I've seen this plot idea before. But for me, it did NOT work here. This particular heroine Daisy was written so over-the-top American cowgirl, I was embarrassed for her. You can take
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
After her disastrous debut in New York, Daisy Bumgarten has arrived in England to find a titled husband. Under the tutelage of a friend and countess, Daisy is learning the ways and responsibilities of becoming a duchess. Lord Ashton Graham has been sent to spy on Daisy, and to find out if she’s worthy of marriage to a duke. When they set eyes on each other, they realize that her chances of happily ever after with the duke may not be in the cards.
This was a great historical romance with wonderful
Amary Chapman
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Good Day To Marry A Duke ticks many boxes for an engaging read. American 'Daisy' Bumgarten is in training in England to snare a duke after her disastrous debut.
Growing up in Nevada where being an unrepentant tomboy is a good thing...she had no idea that New York society was full of snobby witches.
After being talked about and shunned, she made up her mind to snare a lord to increase her sister's chance at marriage and engaged a countess with monetary issues to help her find and snare one.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
American heiress Daisy Bumgarten flees a scandal-ridden past to barge upon the aristocracy in England. She’s set her sights on marrying a duke and hopes to return to New York and show up the snobs there. But instead, she falls for the Duke’s brother, Lord Ashton Graham. His family won’t stand for her common ways and enlists Ashton in pursuing her downfall. However, they don’t count on him falling for the delightfully unpredictable American. An easy-to-read captivating romance.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a delight to read--everything you wanted from a fun, well-paced historical romance. Characters could be a little more original, and feminism definitely wasn't at 100%, but still pretty darn good for the genre.
Cynthia Thomason
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The relationship between the brothers was handled well. The heroine may have been a bit over the top with her horseback riding and Arizona ways, but she was delightful as well.
LInda L
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was adorable -- no deep thinking, just a lot of fun. Daisy wants a Duke to marry and give her rich family some class. Falls for the duke's brother instead. Lots of interesting characters, especially Daisy's uncle. I giggled a lot and kept reading -- Daisy was too smart for all of them.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Welcome back Betina – it’s been a while…

Let me see, the last time I read a new book by Ms. Krahn was Make Me Yours in 2009. You know, I’ve actually seen some authors in their human forms, so I know they are not robots or aliens or something not of this earth. And, because they are human I know they all have trials and tribulations just like everyone else. So, even though I periodically checked Ms. Krahn’s website I had arrived at the conclusion that she was going to join that list of authors who
Deborah Carter
I really liked this book. It does need some serious editing, it detracts from the story. There needs to be a formal table of contents. All that being said, this book kept me engaged. I liked the heroine's, Dasiy's, persistence and perseverance. She does not give up. She was told by her mother that her behavior has not only ruined her chances to marry well but, her sister's as well. She would much rather be living on the ranch in Nevada, than trying to land a husband with a title ( England) or a ...more
Heather andrews
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I fell in love with Ashton the man was sexy and he just oozed power, “there we disagree, sweet Daisy. My core is perfectly sound. If you’ll permit me to demonstrate—” He grabbed her hand and reeled her against him, never taking his gaze from hers..." Ashton is not afraid to step outside the box, “scoot over,” he said, lowering himself into the impossibly small area left unoccupied. “Make room, Daisy. Unless you’d prefer that I sit on your lap.” I liked this book, I seriously loved Ashton.
Bonnie Rzucidlo
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Daisy Bumgarten's family is newly wealthy, and leave their western ranch for New York high society. Daisy is young and accustomed to working on a ranch, so she continues to wear trousers, ride astride, and drink liquor with the men, thus disgracing herself and her family. After two years, Daisy has tamed her exuberance and travels to England, determined to marry a duke and elevate the social standing of her family. She doesn't want her younger sisters to suffer for the mistakes she's made, so ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Not fully the normal trope. Although it’s a romance and it is exactly what you would expect. It was nice that the heroine was not your normal. She came from the West and went to England trying to find a title, mainly to help her family (she has 3 sisters). She almost catches a duke, she spends most of the story wooing him and trying to win a proposal. But while she is trying to catch the duke she ends up inadvertently wooing his brother, the cynical womanizer. She makes him help her pull a calf ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This novel was a nice read. It brings together American and British societies, showing how American brides traveled to England to marry titled gentlemen, many who needed the money to save their estates.
Daisy Bumgarten travels to England to try and marry a duke. Due to her free spirit nature, New York society was cruel and damaging to her. She travels to England to fix her reputation, which will also help her sisters find good
Debbie Glenn Brown
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Daisy Bumgarten had a decidedly disastrous debut among New York's privileged set. Two years after her New York disaster she knows this is the last chance for the sassy Nevada spitfire's to "marry well" lies across the pond in England. She needs to marry a title so her three younger sisters have a chance to succeed. Daisy goes to London with her Uncle Red to be sponsored by Lady Hargrave, Countess of Kew. Daisy and Lady Hargrave have their sights on the Duke of Meridian, Arthur Graham who has ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I tried really hard to love this novel. The synopsis sounded good, the story started off strong, and I thought for sure this would be a four or five star read. Initially I loved Daisy. She was the kind of head strong, I-do-what-I-want kind of girls that I can't help but adore. Sure, she made some mistakes, but what young person doesn't?

And then Ashton appeared. And time and again, it was all about the carnal pleasures with these two. No, they didn't have sex, but they were constantly kissing,
Connie Fischer
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
New York - 1888

Marguerite (Daisy) Bumgarten is preparing to ride astride at the Bellington Hunt. She is determined to show the men that she is a tough and strong rider. After the hunt, she even indulges in a big gulp of bourbon just like the men do.

Daisy’s mother, Elizabeth, is angry with her for riding astride and for drinking the bourbon as people are now gossiping about her. With new wealth, Daisy’s mother wants Daisy and her sisters to be accepted into society.

London - 1890

Having worked hard
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
It has been a long time—eight years, I believe—since readers have had a historical romance from Betina Krahn. A Good Day to Marry a Duke introduces her Sin and Sensibility trilogy with wit and a light-hearted appeal that should prompt many readers to make this a must-read series. I suspect that response to this book will be significantly determined by how much readers like Daisy. I’m a fan of the nonconforming heroine and of the American in London trope, so I loved her. Her name made me think ...more
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Krahn, born Betina Maynard, is the second daughter of Dors Maynard and Regina Triplett. Krahn learned to read at the age of four, and began making up her own stories when she was only six. In fifth grade she won a silver "Noble Order of Bookworms" pin for her achievements in reading, and the following year she began writing down her stories.

Krane was graduated from high school in Newark, Ohio and

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