What a Difference a Duke Makes
Edgar Rochester, Duke of Banksford, is one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in England, but when it comes to raising twins alone, he knows he needs help. The only problem is the children have chased away half the governesses in London. Until the clever, bold, and far-too-enticing Miss Mari Perkins arrives.
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I used to read a lot of Historical Romance but stopped because sometimes even a good thing can become too much. I'd gorged myself on HR and it started to bore me. A couple years later the books I read are so diverse that I savor each HR even if it's not a complete winner.
Mari is in a bit of a pickle - after all her belongings were stolen her delayed arrival to an appointment costs her a potential job as a governess. She relies on the agency owner's charity since Mari's...more
What A Difference A Duke Makes is a fun romance that really surprised me. I have been impressed with this author, her writing is superb and so easy to get into which isn't always the case with regency romances lately. Now I won't say she is the best regency author, some of her books are more moder ...more
What a Difference a Duke Makes was an easy read and the pacing was well done. I got sucked into the story because the characters were well written, and the writing was good.
Miss Mari Perkins needs to find a job fast! She arrives in London for an interview to be a governess for just about anyone. She just needs a job in order for her to do research to find out who she is since she’s an orphan.
She gets to her interview 15 mins late and doesn’t get the position that she originally applied ...more
This is not an overwhelmingly amazing book but it isn't bad either. It's a pick-me-up in a chaotic week and a little way to smile at the end of the day. It was comfortable to read and easy to finish.
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Finalllyyyyy a book that took me out of my crappy reading slump! Wow, this was REALLY REALLY good....My first read by Lenora Bell and she has impressed me with her writing style, her characters and her historical research! Highly highly recommended and an absolute keeper! If you are looking for a read that is all about the couple and their relationship...look no further!!! I am literally frot ...more
First Date: We meet Miss Mari Perkins at one of her lowest moments. She has been bamboozled and arrives late to the employment agency where she has been promised a governess position. Her tardiness makes her lose the position. Fearing homelessness, she overhears another governess who wants nothing more to do with the Duke of Banksford’s heathen children. Mari seizes that information and heads to the Duke’s home. While, she may not be qualified by ...more
A little bit unbelievable, but nice! And the figure of the duke's sister, Lady India, was fun too! I'm looking forward to her story in the next book!
I liked Mari and Edgar well enough. They’re both good people, smart, and they have excellent banter. The kids were pretty cute and I enjoyed their interactions with everyone. And Edgar’s sister India was probably the best part.
Plot wise, it was sort of meh. There are a lot of moving pieces and some of them didn’t feel necessary. The very small bit of conflict was more of an annoyance and w ...more
Mari's comparison to Mary Poppins is apt because she is capable and amazing with the twins Michel and Adele. I love that she's bold and de ...more
Adorable kids, portrayed as way above their author-claimed age, but hey, who cares.
Overall a bit of a ridiculous fun read.
Lines I Liked
“Maybe this guilt isn’t something you’re supposed to carry. Maybe you don’t need to wallow in it.”
“Wallow? Pigs wallow. Dukes never wallow.”
“I chose my ...more
The main characters, Edgar and Mari, were dynamic and interesting and richly developed ...more
Lenora Bell has easily become one of my favorite historical romance authors. Her stories are empowering, charming, and have the perfect balance of romance and real-life-issues. What a Difference a Duke Makes was another fantastic new novel from her – I was delighted through and through.
Lenora always writes headstrong and confident heroines. Mari was no different. She has grown up in very unpleasant conditions as she was abandoned as a very young child, but she was one of those women who was dete ...more
I am sorry I don't usually quite on a book especially one I paid $5.99 to read but I tried 3 times to read this too modern update of a previous classic such as J ...more
FINAL DECISION: I was disappointed in this one as the hero didn't seem heroic to me but rather a milquetoast who was dominated and dictated to by the heroine.
THE STORY: Mari Perkins is desperate when she arrives in London, has her baggage stolen and is late for an appointment with her agency. Rather than getting the governess position she was promised, she is turned away. Mari, however, is never going back to the orphanage wher ...more
Despite the fact that none of the books in Lenora Bell’s The Disgraceful Dukes trilogy had earned better than a D from the team at All About Romance, I nonetheless decided to give her new series a try. New year, fresh start and all that. Unfortunately, What a Difference a Duke Makes, is – if at all possible – worse than the previous three books. From its odd Mary-Poppins-meets-Jane-Eyre premise (that doesn’t even make any sense; and there’s ab ...more
To be honest, the book didn't offer something original, but the content was good. It has a lot of cliches. I mean, you have the duke who is closed off and the heroine who slowly warms her way into his and his children's hearts. I liked reading how Edgar learned how to show his love for h ...more
Unas cosillas que note fue las alusiones de los nombres con la novela Jane Eyre (Rochester, Blanche) y recordemos que es una historia de Señor-Institutriz, los niños franceses...
Sigo pensando que a la autora aun le falta estructurar mejor sus escritos, en esta por ejemplo sentí que todo el drama de secretos, confesiones lo metió ...more
I had a fun time reading this book. Edgar was well-written and I really appreciated the way he handled his position as Mari's employer. Mari was interesting and I wanted good things for her. I thought the children were adorable and realistic. I did find the pacing to be a little slow at times, but, overall, it was really good.
I received an eARC of this book from Avon via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
A governess, a duke, two cheeky children and a rabbit!
“The starry-eyed Miss Perkins was precisely what he did not require—a small, yet dangerous, bundle of crackling energy ready to burn through what little remained of his sanity.”
I'm a fan of Lenora Bell's books, I've read them all, but after checking the blurb I wasn't sure if I would be engaged. I honestly didn't expect to enjoy What a Difference a Duke Makes as much as I did.
Mari and Edgar first scene together was what hooked me to this boo ...more
This book was a delight from beginning to end. I found it to be an easy and fun read without a lot of angst.
I liked Mari (although her pronunciation of her name drove me insane) and Edgar. I did feel like she had a bit more personality than he did but since this is a spin on Mary Poppins that’s to be expected. I did enjoy that Edgar was very growly. I often find children in romances to be either obnoxious or too precocious to be believ ...more
So utterly charmed with this one! I love Edgar and being in his head, but I confess I adore Mari-rhymes-with-starry more. She's young but very wise, and I love her sass, wit, and her ability to put people in their place. Mari handled herself brilliantly despite the initial snafu with the governess agency, and she was wonderful with Edgar's kids. I also love the relationship building between her and Edgar. I love that she knew her own mind and didn't let Edgar take the lead just because ...more
What a Difference a Duke Makes is the first installment of a new series by Lenora Bell, School for Dukes. This was a beguiling story inspired by Mary Poppins and I had such a good time reading it.
Miss Mari Perkins is our heroine, and that's Mari-rhymes-with-starry, if you please. Mari was raised in an oppressive orphanage and has come to London to find work as a governess and find out more about her her parentage. When the proprietor of the employment agency refuses Mari a position, she takes it ...more
Mari was wonderful. She was one of my favorite things about this book. She had such a terrible childhood yet refused to lose ...more
What a Difference a Duke Makes is what I imagine a romance novel version of Mary Poppins would be. At the very least it was pretty obvious the author was inspired in part by the practically perfect nanny. The references were abundant and if you’ve seen the Julie Andrews movie as many times as I have, you’ll be able to pick them out right away and grin as you do.
The book ...more
Fortunately for the children, ...more