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Bringing Down the Duke

(A League of Extraordinary Women #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  4,544 ratings  ·  885 reviews
One of Publishers Weekly's Most Anticipated Fall Releases

A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford suffragists in which a fiercely independent vicar's daughter takes on a powerful duke in a fiery love story that threatens to upend the British social order.

England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, ha
Hardcover, Book of the Month, 356 pages
Published September 2019 by Berkley
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Evie Dunmore writes a smart historical romance set in the Victorian era that takes place amidst the suffragette campaign for women's rights by getting parliament to amend the married women's property act. There is implacable opposition to this from all corners, not just from men alone but other women too, and including the Tory party and Queen Victoria. It is 1879, and the over educated, beautiful but destitute 25 year old Annabelle, inveigles her way to study amongst the first group of women at ...more
And another debut author smashes it out of the park in 2019!

"It is becoming clear to be me why a fair girl like you has been left on the shelf. You are not only bookish but a radical political activist. All highly impractical in a wife."

BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE was just.. pure fun? Deliciously swoony? Just the right amount of angst?

There came a time in a duke's life when he rarely encountered an honest opinion, where he could be on his way to hell in a handcart and everyone would po/>There/>"It
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Somehow this cover brought to mind a rom com, but that is not what unfolds within these pages. Instead, it’s a clever historical romance, one like nothing I’ve read before, though I admit I am not a frequent historical romance reader.

In late 19th century England, Annabelle Archer is the daughter of a country vicar, now penniless. Annabelle has joined the first class of female students at the University of Oxford. Her scholarship has a price, though, and a worthy one: she must advocat
Bringing Down the Duke is a debut novel with lots of potential. The book had some of my favorite aspects and it also played during a time, the late 1800s, which isn't often portrait in historical romance novels. Most stories are set during Regency England between 1811 and 1820. This novel plays during the time of suffragettes, when women were being allowed at college and during the time of winning voting rights for females. It was certainly an exciting time. With many strong and forward thinking ...more
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

AUTHOR: Evie Dunmore
SERIES: A League of Extraordinary Women #1
RELEASE DATE: September 3, 2019
GENRE: Historical Romance
THEMES & TROPES: Enemies to lovers, women's emancipation


Book of the Month
Why I love it
by Siobhan Jones

When I started at BOTM, I was a professed literary snob—and probably flaunted that term with pride (queue eye roll). I never read romance books because I assumed they were too cheesy and poorly written to be considered worthy of my time. Years later, dozens of romance books devoured, I’m so happy to report that, on that score, I was wrong.

Set in turn-of-the-century England, this is the story of Annabelle Archer, a plucky woman with the o
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Today I learnt: Find yo self a rich feminist with daddy issues.

But for real, I read this in one sitting and stayed up until 2:30 am to finish it. And now I'm in this place of hell where I have to wait a year for the next book. This is what happens when your pre-order comes early and you have no self control so you read it right away.

I just loved the characters and Annabelle having a background of not being like this pure virginal angel. I felt so bad for her near the end
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, romance
Set in England, 1879, Bringing Down the Duke is an unusual historical romance. The main character, Annabelle Archer is a daughter of an impoverished country clergyman, but she is also among the first group of female students at Oxford University and is a political activist of the suffragette movement. Her task is to recruit men of power and influence to their cause and this is how she meets Sebastian Devereaux, the Duke of Montgomery, her political opposite. There is a strong attraction between ...more
3.7 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In 1870s Victorian England, Annabelle didn't have a lot options when her father dies and is forced to live with her cousin who treats her like help he doesn't have to pay. When a former friend of her father and professor from Oxford who she has been corresponding with offers a scholarship to their women's college, she works out a

Title: Bringing Down The Duke
Series: A League of Extraordinary Women #1
Author: Evie Dunmore
Release date: September 3, 2019
Cliffhanger: No
Genre: historical romance

Perhaps, her father should have made her read “Sleeping Beauty” instead of The Iliad—her life might have turned out quite differently.

There's been a lot of early hype for this book, and I'm here to say that every bit of it has been earned. I've read a lot of historical romances with strong heroines who overcome the obstacles and restrictions put on them. What I genuinely don't think I've read is a heroine who joins the women'sromance
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
4.5 Stars

Bringing Down the Duke
was sooo good! There was a delicious push and pull between Annabelle and Sebastian. They started out as enemies with opposing political views, and Sebastian was quite arrogant at first. It was a meeting of minds with intelligent conversation, and an undercurrent of intense attraction! For as much as they were at odds at times, Sebastian was quite the knight-in-shining-armor often coming to the rescue even when it put him at risk. I fell hard for him!
*The Angry Reader*
*ARC received for an honest review*

I think this is my best ARC this year. Best historical romance. Best new author. And I didn’t expect any of it.

First off, the cover is silly and the book is not. What the book is, however, is that rarest of jewels - emotional and passionate whilst remaining sweet and delicious.

You’ve read this story a thousand times - uptight dude meets unconventional chick. Strong personalities clash. Aggravation turns to want turns to love. But Dunmore does it with panache. She breathes new
Sam (AMNReader)
I ate this up. Looking forward to more from this author.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.

Evie Dunmore’s Bringing Down the Duke is the first book in the A League of Extraordinary Women series, and is a very strong début from someone who promises to add a much-needed fresh voice to historical romance.  The writing is sharp and clear, and displays a really good sense of time and place; the characters feel true for the time period, and I was particularly impressed by the heroine, who is forward-thinking and progressive without being one of th
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best debut historical romance I've read since Mia Vincy's A Wicked Kind of Husband in 2018. I can't think of any recent HRs better than these two, by debut or established authors. Dunmore's HR is not without flaws but it is very well written, has a nicely slow-burning romance, and intelligent, clever dialogue. Yes, getting these two main characters of very disparate social classes to an HEA does feel like a bit of a fairy tale, but I really didn't mind.

It's 1879 in Victorian Eng
Definitely a solid 4.5.

I read very few historical romances in general but this debut might just be one of my top favorites in the genre, and I’m so glad and delighted that I didn’t ignore it when it came onto my radar.

This book takes place in late 19th century Britain set against the backdrop of the suffragists movement and I absolutely loved it. The way the author was able to show us the struggles of all the women who wanted to fight for freedom of women (particularly the amendment
Amy Imogene Reads
What a fun, fast-paced, surprisingly modern take on a historical romance! It definitely maintained the best guilty pleasures of the old-school Harlequin tropes, but with a modern mindset that I appreciated. If you're not a historical fiction fan, don't let this novel's premise turn you off—this is one good story.

Romance: ★★★★★
Logic: ★★★
Enjoyment: all the stars

Set in England in the late 1800s, Bringing Down the Duke follows the two perspectives of Annabelle Archer, a 25-year-old Oxford student trying/>/>/>
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Such a lovely story, I adore it, this is my first book from Evie Dunmore and I'm already impressed!I loved everything about it, the romance has the perfect amount of push and pull and I find it romantic!


Annabelle and Sebastian started out as enemies with different opinions and this through the story developed in to something more intense and intimidate!

"He spun her round and she was pinned f
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook-owned
This is an incredibly strong debut in historical romance-- I'm excited to see a new author who reminds me so much of Courtney Milan, as I would love to see more historicals with that quality of writing, thematic depth, and 21st century attitudes/lens applied to a historical milieu. I want to describe this books as plucky and charming, as well as feminist AF and quite swoony. Beyond that... read the back cover copy. If this book sounds like a trope combo you could like, I highly recommend it! Esp ...more
Chanel Cleeton
Evie Dunmore’s debut is a marvel. Set against the backdrop of the British suffrage movement, Bringing Down the Duke is a witty, richly detailed, historically significant, and achingly romantic celebration of the power of love and the passionate fight for women’s rights. A stunning blend of history and romance that will enchant readers.
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
One of my new FAVORITES of the year. So deliciously slow burn, tension-filled and intense! I loved Montgomery and Annabelle so much.
I loved this Victorian historical romance set in the time of Suffragettes, Disraeli and Gladstone and the admittance of women to Oxford. Annabelle was an intelligent, independent woman and I found the resolution to their romance charming.
I loved the synopsis and the cover is bright and gorgeous. I was very excited to read it.

I loved Annabelle and Sebastian. She’s smart and loyal and ambitious. He’s stand-off-ish and stoic and easily smitten. Together they’re filled with chemistry and UST and the longing looks across the room were at an all time high.

Plot wise, it was good. I enjoyed the suffragette story line and the ladies who were a part of it. I would have liked more of the two of them together, but I think I’m just being g
Tracy  C
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing debut by Evie Dunmore! Annabelle and Sabastian will break your heart and then put it back together. There is an underlying Pride and Prejudice vibe that is relevant to the time and the storyline was such a unique subject. Can't wait for the other lady's books!!
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Entertaining, lovely debut. I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this, considering that I’m ridiculously picky re: historicals and find most new-to-me aut
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

“This is not a game to be won.”
“Well, it certainly seems like a tremendous defeat to let you go.”
‘Don’t let me go.’

What a wonderfully rich, swoony and interesting debut from Evie Dunmore. We’ve been on a bit of a historical renaissance lately and couldn’t wait to start Bringing Down the Duke. The era and the theme particularly sparked our interest, and the passion we experienced was palpable.

Set during the time of the National Society of Women Suffrage, the suffragette’s aspect was something that particularly garnered our interes
Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Blogger✦

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore was a hit! Just another reason to devour more historical romance books #yum

The setting is England, 1879. Annabelle Archer is the destitute daughter of a country vicar. She has been accepted to be among the first female students to attend the prestigious University of Oxford but first she needs to convince her cousin to give her permission. Her scholarship requires her to support the rising of the Women's Suffrage Movement. Annabelle is charged to recruit men of/>Bringing
Bookphenomena (Micky)
Hold me, because after reading this, I feel a book hangover coming on. This was a sweep-you-off-your-feet kind of historical romance read but with extra bonuses. What are these extra bonuses I speak of? This was one of the most feminist reads I’ve had in an age and injecting this level of feminism into HR is no easy feat. Second bonus, the battle for equality was on both sides.

Annabelle was low-born, intelligent but encumbered by the will of her cousin for what happened in her destin
Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction~on hiatus))
A charmingly written historical romantic debut although admittedly it's not quite my favorite romantic debut in a year filled with some amazing, smashingly written romantic debuts. Still, it was cute and Annabelle is a heroine worth looking up to; she's super smart and well-educated. I enjoyed reading this novel that balances history with passion and romance, with the ever still timely message that a woman must often still struggle to find their place in a "man's" world and struggle to speak the ...more


It's no secret that I love historical romances, but frankly, I can be quite picky about them. I've been eager to read Bringing Down the Duke ever since I heard that the book was centered around the British suffrage movement. I was undeniably hyped diving into this book and I'm pleased to conclude that Evie Dunmore delivered on a clever and swoon-worthy romantic debut that is sure to charm all readers of this genre.

The beating heart of Bringing Down the Duke was its h
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Book of The Month: Bringing Down the Duke 1 27 Aug 31, 2019 10:52AM  
Debut author Evie Dunmore wrote BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE inspired by the magical scenery of Oxford and her passion for romance, women pioneers, and all things Victorian.

In her civilian life, she is a strategy consultant with a M.Sc. in Diplomacy from Oxford. Scotland and the great outdoors have a special place in her heart, so she can frequently be found climbing the Highlands and hunting for wooll

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