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The Hidden Duchess

(Revolution & Regency #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  32 reviews
When a haughty Duchess is forced to become a peasant farmer, she doesn’t expect to find redemption, or the love of her life.

Celeste, duchesse de Saint Tours is forced into hiding with her peasant cousins to avoid arrest. She doesn’t expect to be put to work as a peasant farmer. Neither does she expect to enjoy it.

And she certainly doesn’t expect to fall in love with he
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Published July 2nd 2018
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Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the story of Celeste, who is used to living the high life in Paris, hiding out at her cousin's rural property. It was great to see the chemistry between Marcus and Celeste build through the book. Louise is a truely lovely character and she proves herself to be a true friend to Celeste. Celeste comes to love the simple life of the village and the people who populate it. A lovely tale. ...more
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I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Bree Verity!

This is a sweet romantic story set in France during the revolution. It has everything a romance should have. Intrigue, context, and drama. What I found the author did well was represent the tension the French Revolution brought between the peasants and the nobles. It felt very real when reading it, and gave justification to Celeste's fears throughout the novel.

I believe that this book could hav
InD'tale Magazine

From the onset, the reader is drawn into the story even though Celeste is very spoiled and self- absorbed, which leaves little room for sympathy.

Read full review in the 2017 October issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Jul 26, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Lori D
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a of nobility during the French Revolution and accused of murdering her husband, Celeste, Duchesse de Saint Tours is on the run. She finds respite, although reluctantly, with her distant cousin Marcel Daunou. Celeste has to live as a peasant but feels she cannot wait to return to Paris and take her rightful place. Marcel feels the pressure of making sure she is not recognized because it would be terrible consequences for his family if she is found out. As they being working together feelin ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This isn't the type of book I would generally pick up to read, but I was gifted a print copy of the book by the author, with no obligation to review.

I enjoyed the historical setting of the novel, however while I know that the genre of the book is historical romance, I feel that the romance was heavier than the history. For a book set in the lead up to the French Revolution, I feel that perhaps a bit more history could have been included to make the book a bit "meatier". I realise the author is p
This certainly isn't the type of book I would typically choose to pick up but I really wanted to try something a bit different.

I enjoyed the historical setting of the novel thoroughly as it's one I haven't actually immersed myself in very much, but came to really enjoy and muster an interest in. I think the setting was portrayed predominately well overall throughout, particularly with the two main protagonists.
The characters were definitely all standouts in the novel as well. Each had their ow
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Celeste is about to be unjustly arrested for her husband’s murder. She needs a quiet place to hide out while her lawyers gets things sorted out. Marcel is her cousin. He has a little farm in the French countryside. It’s the perfect solution . . . If these two don’t kill each other first.

What a fun book! Like most romances, the question wasn’t whether these two would get toget
Alicia Huxtable
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I didn't go into this book with high hopes as I don't often like romance novels and the cover certainly screams romance..... but I was more than pleasantly surprised. It wasn't the Instalove I had predicted. Celeste and Marcel had their share of problems, and it was a real romance, well as real as it can get from the pages of a book. I really enjoyed this read. ...more
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Candy Briggs
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Celeste has been accused of killing her husband and has flown to her cousins. They decided to let her stay but she must look and act like one of them(peasants). Marcel is a kind man and willing to help, along with his sister.
This is just before the revolution, Bastille has been taken, fear is everywhere. The characters are thoughtful and kind. Of course, you get bad apples anywhere. The descriptions are enlightening and help you to picture the surroundings. This is the beginning of change for a
Ella Craig
THE HIDDEN DUCHESS is an historical romance set at the start of the French Revolution. Celeste is the duchess in question, and at the beginning, she is a stuck-up little madam full of her own self-importance. Mercifully, she changes into a human being over the course of the book: mainly due to her interactions with her cousin, Louise and the people in the village.

She also develops the hots for her other cousin, Marcel. He is an engaging alpha male, but a bit creepy with his sub-rape fantasies ab
Annette Drewett
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story set just at the start of the French Revolution. Celeste takes shelter with her cousin in the French countryside and must try not to let on who she really is. This of course is a culture shock for her and she struggles with what she is expected to do. Marcel wants to keep her safe, but is that the only reason he worries about her? This story shares a little history along with romance and the author has juggled them both beautifully. The characterization in this book is fantastic a ...more
Pat Webb
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it

If you like different you will love this book. The Duchess, Celeste, is a real honest to gosh pre-French Revolution duchess with a husband. But she has a problem. She is accused of killing him. Great start!
she is on the run from authorities and turns to cousins for help.
Now the story gets really good. She takes on a role at the small peasant farm of her cousins Marcel and Louise. I don't want to ruin the rest but it is fascinating to read about her adventures. I highly recommen
Lillian Cummings
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Love knows no boundaries

Celeste has no choice but to hide out in the country as she has been accused of her husband's murder. She did realize how much her life was about to change. Marcel has agreed that she can stay with him & his sister Louise little did he realize how much he would want her to stay. She can't stay no matter how she wants too she is a noble that will never be accepted in the village. Marcel knows that he has to change her mind but will he get the chance to? A good read.
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Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book so much. A good travel read but actually I'd read it anywhere. It's about a Duchess that is in hiding but eventually is able to come out. I don't want to give any of it away. You must read it for yourself. I know you'll enjoy it too. I gave it 5 stars. I'm waiting for more great reads from Bree Verity. ...more
Phylis Collins
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-regency
Fantastic adventure
The Hidden Duchess by Bree Verity is a fantastic adventure. It has twists and turns that kept me turning pages just to find out what happens next. I really enjoyed the banter between the two, both stubborn and hard headed. My free opinion. Thanks
Margaret Taylor
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

enjoyed this book. It had many twists and turns with a lovely happy ending. Have never read this author before and only tried it from the Free Kindle Book range to see what it was like. Can recommend.
Barbara Strickland
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy read

Set during the French Revolution, this was an easy read. There was a lack of tension between the characters that undermined the romance a little so if you’re looking for an emotional or sexy read you may be disappointed but overall enjoyable.
Mervin Barrett
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Successful Peasant

New author to me but it was well written and worth the read. It was adventurous and included hidden political views to the story. I thought there would be more adventure if Paris would have been explored.
C.K. Alber
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read by Bree Verity. Love, mystery, a story I couldn't put down.

Nov 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not badly written, but not easy to read. Frustrating story that never really gets off the ground. Unfortunately I couldn't finish it. ...more
carole lohrstorfer
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This was an interesting read and enjoyed the relationships that developed over time. The bits of history and social atmosphere support rd the story well
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, ebook, romance
An interesting story, set in the of the French Revolution. A Duchess, framed for her husband’s murder, hides away as a peasant on a cousin’s .farm
Debi Moss
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it

Short story, it put me to sleep a couple times before I completed this book.
Good luck staying awake when reading it
Patty Redman
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is a fun read. Characters are easy to relate to and feel a connection with. A book worth reading
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good story written from a different point of view and very nicely done. Thanks.
What to say? It's set in the French revolution which I love reading about. A French aristocratic widow is hiding during the reign of terror in order to keep her head as it were and avoid madame la guiotine. She is staying at a farm of distant cousins. How will she cope with the change of circumstances and doing farm work? And how will she get on with her poor cousins? A bit predictable but on the whole an enjoyable read. ...more
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Oct 06, 2017 marked it as rom-historical  ·  review of another edition
For a star rating and full review please visit InD'tale magazine online, Oct 2017 issue ...more
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