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The Duke Is But a Dream

(Debutante Diaries #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  652 ratings  ·  310 reviews
Once upon a time three young ladies vowed to record their first London seasons…and to fill in the gaps of their finishing school educations. Thus began The Debutante Diaries—and London will never be the same…


Miss Lily Hartley is the anonymous mastermind behind the ton’s latest obsession: The Debutante’s Revenge, a titillating advice column for ladies
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Published July 30th 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
2 Yea didn't feel the dream stars


I will be giving some spoilers to explain why I don't like the book. Please don't read if you don't want spoilers.

I'm sorry, I tried. I really did, but I didn't like this book at all. I don't want to go into to much details. Especially with the plot, and drop any major spoilers, but I will try to give the reasons why this wasn't my jam. First off I have no clue what the time period is. There
I started reading this book on a business trip and was unsure of how the story was going to progress as Anna Bennett is a new author and I've had some new author's novels go awry. I was surprising wrong with this one and thought the story was very quite nice and good in parts.

Caroline is hit in the head and has amnesia. She eventually has an affair with the Duke of Nash, who appears to be a very nice person and a very protective person. The story has its emotional twists, turns and unexpect even
Barbara Rogers
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: Debutante Diaries #2
Publication Date: 7/30/19
Number of Pages: 320

3.5 stars rounded up

This was an entertaining read and I enjoyed it. However, in order to enjoy it, I had to totally suspend my beliefs and any knowledge I might have about this period in history. It is a very modern feminist tale that happens to have carriages rather than automobiles. While it is part of a series, this book can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

Eric Nash, Duke of Stonebridge inherited his title at the age

Lily is a young heiress who writes a scandalous column for the paper - The Debutante’s Revenge .

When her parents go out of town and think she’s staying with her sister, and her sister goes out of town and thinks she’s at home with her parents, Lily gets free reign of town. So she dresses up like a boy and goes to a tavern to see how the other half lives.

When she gets robbed, Nash the duke who was broodily having a pint in the tavern comes to her defense. She gets knocked out in the fi
Susan (susayq ~)
What a great story! I enjoyed this so much I had to check to see what else I have by Anna Bennett on my TBR and what I had already read by her. I've read a couple by her already and loved them as well. Her writing flows easily and her characters are so lovable.

I loved watching Lily (Caroline) bring Nash out of his shell. I don't want to say too much, just know they are wonderful together :)
I don’t have much experience with memory loss books, but the storyline didn’t really work for me in this one — though I found it charming for the most part, it gave me a sense of unease. I suppose this is good because the author has managed to transfer the feelings of the character onto me, but I really didn’t enjoy the particular feelings! I did enjoy the mystery and the intrigue that came with it though, and it definitely got me thinking!

I loved the article that she was the writer of and how i
 Crystal ➳ Reading Between the Wines Book Club
Anna Bennett's Debutante Diaries is a rollicking good time!

Lily Hartley is one of London's debutantes, and while she may not be titled, her family is extremely wealthy. When Lily isn't attending soiree's, visiting with her sister and new husband, or dreaming about meeting mister right, she secretly pen's The Debutante Diaries, a column for young women looking for love in London's society. When she find's herself alone and unchaperoned for two weeks, Lily decides to see how the other half (men) l
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I confess I was granted this ARC some days ago but more pressing reads stolen its place in my reading list.
And worst, I even have the previous book in the series and it was forgotten somewhere on my shelves.
Lily with her sister and friend decided to improve in their own way the life of the ton’s debutantes with their wicked column. I liked her boldness, and strength. She is clever and has a level head.

« She wasn’t about to give up her spot among the potted palms for a man who thought women were
I was pitched this book and was intrigued at the synopsis. I’ve only read a couple of amnesia stories and I’m never sure how to feel about them.

I liked Lily and Delilah and the other women in this book. They’re all smart and headstrong and striving to make their own decisions. I wasn’t completely sold on Nash. He’s had some tragic things happen and means well, but comes across as an ass more than not.

Plot wise, it was okay. The entire story is mostly fluff and the serious conflict that was imp
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
The Duke is but a Dream is a charming read for the second story in the Debutante Diaries. Lily Hartley, dressed as a boy in order to deliver her advice column, decides to explore while she is out and goes to a pub. Unfortunately, she is caught in a bar brawl and injured. She awakens in her hero’s home only to realize that she has lost her memory. As a guest in the Duke of Stonebridge’s home, she befriends his younger sister Delilah, and they become close confidantes. Nash, the Duke himself, is h ...more
This book contains several of my favorites—a heroine who is an author/journalist, a grumpy, redeemable hero, and lots of plot development through female friendships and sisterhood. It contains some genuine crazy-sauce elements, like a mysterious origin story, not one, but TWO trips to Gretna Greene, and amnesia! Unfortunately, it also contains one of my least favorite tropes. Nash “can’t possibly love anyone,” least of all Lily, because he’s emotionally stunted (like every other English male in ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

When Miss Lily Hartley find herself alone while her sister and their parents are out of town, she decide to have a little fun and go explore outside, disguise as a boy... Because you see, Lily is not like every other ladies. She, with the help of her sister and their friend Sophie, is the anonymous authoress of a scandalous column who's first purpose is to educate young debutantes about life and love. So after dropping their last paper, Lily find trouble in a tavern. When she wake up again, a
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Miss Lily Hartley, along with her sister and her best friend, is the writer behind their anonymous and wildly popular advice column, The Debutante's Revenge. To maintain that anonymity Lily dresses as a boy to deliver the completed columns to the paper, which works fine until her bid to enjoy a little freedom lands her in the midst of a tavern brawl.

When Eric Nash, the Duke of Stonebridge, sees a young boy facing three attackers, he steps in to help and is shocked to find that the boy is in fact
Judi Easley
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: n/a
Recommended to Judi by: NetGalley
The Duke is But a Dream
Debutante Diaries #2
Anna Bennett
St. Martin’s Press, Jul 2019
317 pages, Kindle
Historical romance

The cover is lovely! The cool grayed blue of the background makes it airy and open. The archway in the background is a nice touch as well. But the piece de resistance is the absolutely luscious ivory gown the lovely lady is wearing front and center. Its lace and flounces and train create an almost angel-like appearance. More earthly would be a bridal look, I suppose.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A duke intervenes!

A columnist for a young lady's guide to "how-to-survive" for Debutantes, a fight in a tavern, a lad discovered to be a lass, a brooding stranger, memory loss and safety.
Lily Hartley writer of the gossip column The Debutantes Revenge for London Hearsay delivers her latest work, enjoys a moment of exploring life as a scrawny messenger boy, and then disaster strikes.
Eric Nash, Duke of Stonebridge, has fled his house after a fight with his sister, ends up having a drink in a seedy
Tracy Emro
3.5 stars rounded up

Lily Hartley’s life is turned upside down by what she thought was an opportunity for adventure. Lily along with her sister, Fiona and their friend, Sophie are responsible for the popular column “The Debutante’s Revenge” in the London Hearsay paper – Lily has just settled into her sister’s house for a visit when Fiona’s new husband wants to whisk her away for a romantic trip, Lily insists that Fiona go and then remembers that her parents are also away – she decides to use the
Jen Ryland
This was okay. Amnesia plots are tricky to pull off and there was more contrivance in this than was ideal for me as a reader. Plus there were a LOT of tropes crammed in there: the secret lady columnist, woman disguised as a boy, amnesia, mystery parentage...

I liked Lily and felt bad for her (okay, really bad for her because she was missing for weeks with amnesia and no one seemed to notice.) For me Eric was a little overbearing and hypocritical - he was obsessed with his sister behaving correct
Addie Yoder
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received the third book in this series as a reviewer and couldn't stop reading. I had to find out how Lily and Fiona's stories played out as soon as I was finished. Lily is such a spunky and fun character. She is brave and confident and I just love her. I deeply enjoyed this story of her memory loss and finding love and who she is through that process. Anna Bennett does such a good job of creating warm characters who have flaws and shows their growth so well. These books have great character d ...more
The Duke Is But a Dream features a delightful romance and is a fantastic continuation of the Debutante Diaries series.

Miss Lily Hartley is the anonymous author behind The Debutante’s Revenge, an advice column for young ladies that the ton considers scandalous. One night while on her way home after delivering her next column Lily is forced to seek shelter in a tavern to avoid a storm. When a fight breaks out in the tavern Lily, disguised as a boy, is knocked unconscious and rescued by the Duke of
May 13, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The Duke is But a Dream is a charming Regency era story. Lily writes an advice column for young girls. She writes it secretly, of course, and delivers it dressed as a boy. One day, there is an incident, and a handsome Duke, Nash, discovers that Lily is not a boy. Unfortunately, Lily has amnesia at this point. She doesn't remember the advice column. This story has some humor, some romance, and it's a fun read. The characters have good interactions, and you'll want things to work out for them. Eve ...more
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Miss Lily Hartley is the secret columnist behind The Debutante's Revenge. The column offers advice for young women seeking to marry. One night, when delivering her column, Lily is injured in a barroom brawl. She is saved by a handsome stranger, who is the Duke of Stonebridge, Eric Nash. Nash thinks he is saving a boy from being beaten. He quickly realize that it is actually a woman, but not before she is hurt.

He takes her home to the protection of his family, but she begins to panic. She has no
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book.

Lily writes a column called The Debutante’s Revenge. She needs to keep her reputation a secret and delivers the column dressed as a boy. After delivering the column, she decides to go an an adventure and visits a tavern. While there gets accosted by thieves. Nash, the Duke of Stonebridge aids her but Lily gets caught in the altercation and suffers a blow to the head. The duke takes her to his home. When Lily awakens, they discover she has amnesi
Pelusa Rivera
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series and I enjoyed it almost as much as the first book. This is Lila's story and she is feeling a little bit lost or lonely since her sister Fiona (first book) found the love of her life..Lila and her sister and friend Sophie write an advice column but can not let it be known that they are the writers or they will be shunned, it was an era where woman really could not voice their opinions and especially if two of them were still not matched..We have disguises, am ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Duke Is But a Dream by Anna Bennett is book Two in the Debutante Diaries Series. This is the story of Eric Nash, Duke of Stonebridge and Lily Hartley. I have read the previous book but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Eric has taken over his title at a early age along with his family responsibilities. Lily is a well off debutante who in secret writes a weekly column called The Debutantes Revenge but she has help with it via her sister and friend. When she finds ...more
Annia Lennox (DaydreamingThroughBooks)
***I received this book via NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

This was a cute story. I feel like I say that a lot, but it's how I feel. The characters were nice and the romance was fairly well-paced. It's also an amnesia story line which I've only read once before.

Lily was a likable character and I really liked her writing. Nash was a little brooding, but not annoyingly so. I'm not a huge fan of overprotective big brothers, but he grew a little and you can tell it
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Lily writes an advice column for young ladies. She follows her standard procedure and dresses in male clothing to deliver her column to the publisher. Afterward, she decides to stop at a tavern for a meal instead of returning straight home. During a fracas, Lily hits her head. She is rescued by a duke and soon discovers she has amnesia. He takes her to his house, and they spend time trying to learn her true identity.

The amnesia plot was the main enticement for me choosing to read this book. Unfo
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ANNA BENNETT BRINGS MORE THAN JUST A TYPICAL ROMANCE WITH HER DEBUTANTE DIARIES #2. Lily Hartley is a young women with many things going for her. She has an amazing family and a talent for writing her Advice Column that are matched with her sister's fantastic art work. But.. her life alters when she sustains a head injury that results in amnesia. She does not even know her name! Mystery is complicated when her rescuer is the Duke of Stonebridge. Sparks ignite between the two but how can they com ...more
Vania Nunes
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vania by: Netgalley
From the first moment I read about the book - the cover and blurb - I was delighted with the plot.
A lady who behaves like a "naughty girl", first because she is responsible for The Debutante's Revenge (the name of the magazine already shows that it came to something no good). Then when she - Caroline "Lily" Hartley - manages to fool her parents and sister (either side thinks Lily is in the company of the other) and finds herself alone to do her "research."
But Lily's research eventually cost her
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Miss Lily Hartley is the anonymous mastermind behind the ton’s latest obsession: The Debutante’s Revenge, a tell-all advice column for young ladies. To keep her identity hidden, Lily delivers her columns disguised as a boy, until she decides to shelter from the rain in a tavern & lands in the middle of a brawl. As luck would have it, a devastatingly handsome duke sweeps in to rescue her.
Eric Nash, Duke of Stonebridge, discovers there’s a beautiful woman hiding beneath a lad’s cap, and, before lo
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