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Anyone But a Duke

(Sin and Sensibility #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  55 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Betina Krahn delivers an irresistible romance shimmering with light-hearted wit and thrilling twists...

The youngest of four spirited American sisters, Sarah Bumgarten has studiously avoided her mother’s attempts to find her a titled husband among London’s aristocracy. Now, after an earl’s very public rejection, it seems her ideal mate
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Zebra
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Joanna Loves Reading
Having read and enjoyed the previous book in this series, I was happy to embark in another romance with a Bumgarten sister. I did not read the first story, which does have a closer related story to this one than the second. I followed along fine, but I do think it advisable to read the first before reading this one. This story is about the youngest Bumgarten sister, Sister, and the long, lost Duke of Meridian, Arthur.

At the start of the novel, Sarah suffers a heartbreak and public embarrassment
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a long-lost duke reappears, what will do the woman who have taken the mantle of managing his estate...

This is my first read by Mrs Betina Krahn, and despite this book being the last in a series, I never felt lost.
At first I wondered during which period the story was set, thermometers and stethoscope plus train, I knew we were probably during the Victorian area, then a note of the author by the end of the book, settles the action in 1890, which explains more easily the different advancements
Sarah is the youngest of four American sisters. The story opens with her having her heart stomped on and she vows to leave London and find somewhere to belong away from the aristocracy. She flees to the estate of her sister and brother-in-law, though they are in America. The country home of the missing Duke. The mysterious, missing Duke, no one knows what happened to him. He's been gone for 5 years. When a friendless, tanned, tattooed man shows up, everyone wonders who he is. Named “Art” he ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone But a Duke
Sin & Sensibility Series #3
Betina Krahn
Release date 11/26/2019
Publisher Kensington / Zebra

Blurb :

The youngest of four spirited American sisters, Sarah Bumgarten has studiously avoided her mother’s attempts to find her a titled husband among London’s aristocracy. Now, after an earl’s very public rejection, it seems her ideal mate will be anyone but a duke, a marquis, a baron, or a viscount . . .

Thankfully, there are no noblemen in sight at Betancourt,
Caitlyn Lynch
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian
I’ve absolutely loved this series about the Bumgarten ‘dollar princesses’, four American sisters making their way and meeting their matches in Victorian high society. This one is the story of Sarah, the youngest sister, an animal-loving girl just as strong-willed as her older sisters, and Arthur, Duke of Meridian, the man her eldest sister Daisy was supposed to marry in the first book of the series but ended up with his brother Ash instead. Arthur left to go travel the world and find himself, ...more
Very good conclusion to the trilogy. The youngest of the sisters, Sarah, is the last one unmarried. Her mother has tried hard to find a titled husband for Sarah, and just when it looks like she has succeeded, disaster strikes. The earl that Sarah had believed was her future mate returned to London after a trip with a fiancée. After such public humiliation, Sarah retreated to Betancourt, one of her brother-in-law's family properties. There she cheers herself up by setting the neglected property ...more
Lori D
When American Sarah Bumgarten is rejected by an earl, she decides she's had enough of the marraige mart for now. She decides to goes to an estate that is in her brother in law's family, with the current Duke of Meridian being absent for several years.
Relieved to be away from the Ton, she and her wonderful menagerie of animals, decide to make improvements to the country estate. But not everyone is happy about her being there and when a stranger shows up who gets injured, he ends up recooperating
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
My second advanced copy you guys!!! I'm so glad and thankful!! thank you so much Betina Krahn, Kensington Publishing and Goodreads! Adore the purple cover! ...more
Stephanie Panach
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the final story in a series about a group of spitfire Nevada-born sisters who came to England to join the upper reaches of the Ton after a failed bid for joining society in New York. At this point in the overall story arc, Sarah is the last and youngest unmarried sister. We meet Sarah as she is hoping to reconnect with a suitor who had recently inherited an earldom. The newly minted Earl promptly ditches Sarah for a family-approved Italian heiress in front of her mother and the Ton at a ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The youngest of four spirited American sisters, Sarah Bumgarten has studiously avoided her mother’s attempts to find her a titled husband among London’s aristocracy. Now, after an earl’s very public rejection, it seems her ideal mate will be anyone but a duke, a marquis, a baron, or a viscount .
Sarah takes refuge at Betancourt, the country estate of the Duke of Meridan. Its rightful owner, Arthur the Duke of Meridian, sibling to Sarah’s brother-in-law Ashton, has been absent for years.
Norah Gibbons
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Anyone But A Duke by Betina Krahn is the third and final book in her delightful Sin and Sensibility Series. I do think you should read the first two in order to understand and enjoy this book completely. Sarah the youngest of the Bumgarten sisters heartbroken when she discovered that man she thought she would marry had returned from a trip to Italy with a fiancé. Wanting to escape London society she has ...more
The Sin & Sensibility Series included:
A Good Day to Marry a Duke bk #1. I DNF.
The Girl w/ the Sweetest Secret bk #2, gave 4 stars
Anyone But a Duke bk #3, gave 2.5 stars.

This featured Arthur, a Duke thought dead &
Sarah a healer of animals and humans. She acted
as steward for her BIL Ash.

This story did not strike me as believable.
1) Art was captured/ imprisoned or forced to do
hard labor in one foreign country after another.
2) Art's loving family made little effort to find
Pelusa Rivera
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the third book in this series, I however started with the second which I loved! This is Sarah's story the youngest of the Baumgarten. Sarah who a little different and didn't really fit in with the ton and she was also American. She felt like she had a friend and love interest in one of the young men, but he was sent away was finally back and she knew that he was going to be hers she had a gift for him and all because she truly missed him, but when he came back he came with a wife and she ...more
Vanessa Perry
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This was disappointing. I don't think this story worked on a lot of levels, most of them having to do with common sense. There is a huge subplot where everyone is unsure whether Arthur is still the duke or if it's passed on to Ashton because of how long Arthur has been away. However, if a duke is declared dead, it's a big deal. It could not have happened without anyone noticing. I'm pretty sure it requires something from Parliament or the House of Lords - my point is that I, as an American ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Anyone But a Duke is the third and final book in Betina Krahn's Sin and Sensibility series. I haven't read the first two yet (though I most definitely plan to!), but this installment stands alone perfectly well. I especially want to read the book in which our hero of this one initially appeared. Warning: The song "Clementine" will be stuck in your head after reading, whether you like the song or not...and I don't.

Sarah Bumgarten is the youngest of four sisters who were brought to England to wed.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Betina Krahn is a really accomplished writer, who is great at what she does and I have enjoyed everything I have read so far I really did enjoy this book in many ways, but it did require a huge suspension of disbelief.

Sarah Bumgarten is the youngest of four sisters who have come to England to marry into British society, after being public ally humiliated by a suitor in London, Sarah has refused her mother’s matchmaking attempts and has retired to her sister’s husband’s family estate,
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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Although ANYONE BUT A DUKE is the third story in the Sin and Sensibility series I wasn’t in the least bit lost and completely enjoyed my time in this world – enough so that I’ll go back to the beginning to get the stories I originally missed. (Sometimes stepping into a series out of order works out well in the end)

After her expected romantic entanglement turned embarrassing due to nothing she did, Sarah has left London for the estate of her sister and brother-in-law
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sarah Bumgarten has traded society balls and such for the quiet country life. It all came about when she realized the man she thought she would marry became engaged to another. Heartbroken, Sarah just wants to forget everything for a bit. That is how she found herself managing her brother-in-law's estate, Betancourt.

Arthur "Art" Michael Randolph Graham, the 6th Duke of Meridian, has returned to claim what is his. He left home for adventure, and got a little more than he bargained on. Having
Debra Martin
Miss Sarah Bumgarten suffers a public humiliation in front of the ton when she finds out the man she loves and expects to propose to her introduces her to his Italian betrothed. She flees London to the ducal seat of the Duke of Meridian which has been neglected when her brother-in-law travels in New York with her sister and kids. She sets to work getting the manor and ducal estate in good running order. When a stranger who has been shot is brought to the manor, Sarah uses her considerable ...more
Amy Alvis
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah is excited to have finally settled on a titled husband, but when he arrives back home after traveling abroad, he brings along a fiancée with him. After his very public rejection, she definitely doesn't want to get married to a titled gentleman. She ends up settling in at Betancourt, the family home of her sister's husband. She is having fun restoring the place to it's former glory and enjoying living in the country.

Arthur has been gone for years and when he finally arrives home, he is shot
Connie Fischer
Elizabeth Bumgarten and her daughter, Sarah, are at a ball where Sarah is expecting the Earl of Kelling to announce their engagement. Instead, he shocks her by introducing her to a woman whom he plans to make his countess. She then flees the ball for Betancourt, home of the Duke of Meridian, who is not in residence.

At Betancourt, Sarah enjoys caring for the animals and overseeing the estate. When a man calling himself Michael visiting the area gets shot, she takes him into her home and cares
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of "Anyone But A Duke" by Betina Krahn through the "Good Reads First Reads Giveaway."

Although I enjoyed reading this romantic, historic novel, there are a couple of difficulties within the story line. The first is an unlikely situation where a British Duke takes his family to American, so his children can be American citizens at birth. This is highly unlikely since to be a Duke in England meant something to most people.

The second problem I had was the giving of human
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-books
I received this book as a Goodreads First Read. I have not read the previous books, but did not have an issue following the plot or knowing the characters.

I really enjoyed Sarah as an independent heroine. Often, when authors want their heroine to be strong and independent, the reader is beaten over the head with declarative statements about said independence, or the character does stupid stuff just to prove a point. That did not happen here. She was a strong, not annoying character, and it was
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After she's humiliated in a London ballroom, Sarah retreats to her brother-in-law's country home to enjoy some solitude. She discovers a neglected estate in need of some repair, and takes on the project, soon earning the nickname "Duchess" with the locals. The duke has long been absent, possibly dead overseas. When a mysterious man arrives in town, calling himself "Art", Sarah doesn't suspect at first that he might be Arthur, the long-lost duke she met many years before. This man certainly looks ...more
Debbie Glenn Brown
After the earl’s very public rejection Sarah Bumgarten is set against marring especial a marquess or a duke. Sarah takes refuge at her brother-in-law’s brother place, after all his brother the Duke of Meridian has been absent for years. A stranger jumps in to help her, she wonder who the rugged, tanned and tattooed stranger who helps her. He sons finds himself shot and she nurses him back to health in the ducal chambers. He knows she’s not the Duke’s sister since the Duke does not have any ...more
Dianne Lowe
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story of two people who find their own way amid society’s foibles. Arthur left Betancourt in the hands of his brother and went on voyage of discovery. He goes through many adventures which shape him into a better,stronger person. He returns thinking he no longer the Duke. Sarah has fled to Betancourt to escape society’s gossip and rules. She has studied medicine and acts as doctor to people and animals. She refurbishes Betancourt so that it is thriving and prosperous. When outlaws begin to ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an engrossing tale of promises, rejections and the joy of finding exactly where, and with whom you belong.

Once upon a time there was a duke, Arthur, who was promised to an American heiress, Daisy. Daisy jilted Arthur for his brother, Ashton. After the wedding, Arthur left the country on a grand adventure. The happy couple move to America even though Ashton is supposed to assume the title if his brother doesn’t return after 5 years. Sarah, Daisy’s sister, had her hopes of marriage crushed
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Love this book. Glad I received a copy via Goodreads Giveaways because this one is a keeper. I have not read the first two in the series and I am sure if I had it would add to the story (love series in general) but I love this story on its own. The cover has purple, beautiful gown and puppies—perfection. The story had many animals and were in many of the best scenes. Due to the writing style and as an animal lover I wanted to be in these scenes. Sarah and Arthur were my kind of couples—strong, ...more
Denise Prewett
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 3rd in a series about 4 American sisters who try to avoid the London aristocrats that their mother tries to match them with. Sarah the youngest is done dealing with the ton after a public humiliation and a broken heart. She buries herself at her brother-in-laws estate and brings it back to life while he and her sister are living in New York. When an injured stranger is brought to her door to heal. There are some sparks that fly and mysteries to solve. Maybe the best of the series in my ...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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Sin and Sensibility (3 books)
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  • The Girl with the Sweetest Secret (Sin and Sensibility, #2)