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Love Letters From a Duke

(Bachelor Chronicles #3)

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,943 ratings  ·  170 reviews
Though she can’t afford the coal to heat her drafty Mayfair mansion, Felicity Langley still clings to her dream of marrying a duke--one she’s had since her very first curtsy. After all, she’s been all but promised to the very proper and very lofty Duke of Hollindrake for the last four years. Now all she has to do is meet him. But what Felicity doesn’t realize is that she h ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 353 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Avon (first published August 2007)
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Sara ♥
Apr 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, 2008
A solid 4.5 stars. I rounded up. I just loved the premise of the book. She's been corresponding to this Duke (of Hollindrake) for 4 years, and she's practically engaged to him. Except that he hasn't been writing to her--it was his grandfather writing the letters. So he gets back to London and finds out what his gramps has been doing, and goes over to her house to break the whole thing off, but she mistakes him for a footman that "the agency" was supposed to send over. (The real footman never sho ...more
Nadia
I am not a happy reader. While the beginning was pretty captivating and charming, the climax and ending was completely disappointing. (view spoiler) ...more
Jane Stewart
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
2 stars. Not recommended. It’s missing fulfilling feelings. Some will like it because it’s a formulaic regency romance.

STORY BRIEF:
Felicity’s parents are assumed dead. The solicitor who controls her inheritance won’t give her any money for a season (to find a husband). She, her sister, and her cousin come to London anyway. Felicity finds a house that will be vacant for a while. She breaks in and has the locks changed.

Four years ago Felicity sent a letter to the Duke’s heir (Thatcher) saying she
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Nisha
Enjoying this book was mildly surprising. Not that Ms. Boyle is a bad writer, but I haven't really clicked with her and read this book in desperation for a HR. From the previous book, I wasn't exactly all in for the Langley sister either, so understandably, I was hesitant to enjoy this book.

Felicity Langley, is determined to marry a Duke. Not sure why it HAS to be a duke, but only a duke would do. She has set her sights on the 10th Duke of Hollindrake, who she's corresponded with for a few years
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Miss Rail
Personal Review at hearts-of.mine.com

Thatcher, a rake turned into an hero during the war, finds himself a duke even if, originally, 3rd in line for the title.

He does not want to be the Duke of Hollindrake.
He'd rather be Captain Thatcher, a name he used to buy a commission and escape his grandfather’s control.

He learns that his grandfather wasn't the despot he thought he was and, in the end, he only wanted the best for him.

When a cheeky young girl sends him a letter asking for his rascal nephew's hand in marriage, he sees a possibi
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Sophie ♥
This was a cute little regency romance about a poor heroine who mistakes the Duke of Hollindrake for the new footman she is planning to hire. I found I liked this light, frivolous read - Elizabeth Boyle uses humour well and crafts a fairly original (albeit slightly comical) plot.

If you like Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Hoyt or Laura Lee Guhrke (I'm thinking And Then He Kissed Her) then it is quite likely you will enjoy this one. I wouldn't rush to read this though - maybe leave it for a slow reading
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Janyn
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book really made Felicity shine. She was simply an ambitious, conniving chit back in This Rake of Mine. But here, she was a female really worth looking up to. Behind masks, she's actually a practical but caring sister and cousin who tamps down dreams for propriety and for their sakes.

And Thatcher, devil take the man, despite his pig-headedness and deception, I was in love with him even before I was halfway through the book. Definitely understand how this can be frustrating to Felicity. Rea
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Keri
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
EB can be a hit or miss read for me, but this one was one sweet hit. I laughed several times at the zany antics of Felicity and the lengths she was willing to go to in order to hold her little family together. Very good read.
Elodie
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In fact I had the following book CONFESSIONS OF A LITTLE BLACK GOWN stored in my kindle but when I checked Goodreads reviews, I discovered it was a kind of two parts story, one for each twin sisters and the book I had was the second.
So I purchased this one.
Everything was rather utterly unbelievable but Mrs Boyle crafted it in such a way, that it become so wonderfully enjoyable that I had nothing to do if it was a bit far-fetched.
I laughed, smiled and swooned.
Felicity and Thatcher are heroes as I
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Shoshana G
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Felicity is determined to marry a Duke, and luckily has been corresponding with the heir to one since she was in finishing school, and they're now all but engaged. Except she finally made it to London with her sister and cousin and is scraping together a season, and she hasn't heard from him! Thatcher, the Duke in question, didn't realize his grandfather had been corresponding on his behalf with a prospective wife, and goes to find Felicity and beg off. But when she mistakes him for the new foot ...more
Netha
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
cerita yg sangat menyegarkan......

bercerita ttg Miss Felicity Langley, putri sulung late Earl of Langley, yg sejak bbrp tahun yg lalu bersurat2an dengan Duke of Hollingsworth. masalahnya felicity mengira dia bersurat2an dengan Aubrey, cucu sang duke, tp ternyata malah si kakek sedang si cucu masih di medan perang.

bertahun2 berlalu si kakek sudah meninggal, aubrey sudah kembali untuk mengambil alih tugasnya sbg seorang duke & tau ttg scheme yg dibuat sang kakek.
duke muda tidak setuju dengan p
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kris
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Felicity Langley has been planning on marrying the Duke of Hollindrake for at least 4 years. She has letters and everything! The Duke of Holllindake AKA Thatcher, meanwhile, has just gotten back from some time on the Continent doing war and is uninterested in his alleged bride. But when he goes to break things off, Felicity mistakes him for a footman and because this is a ROMANCE DEMMIT, he plays along until his ~feelings get in the way.

1. There's something extraordinarily empty about the chara
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L8blmr
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've done it again - started a series with something other than its first book. Another sale book written by an author I'd heard of but never read, so...

At any rate, I loved that there was no "big misunderstanding"; however, there was a "big secret", which drove the plot but for some reason this one did not grate on my nerves. I found this to be a sweet, romantic story where the man falls first and pursues his lady strenuously. Upon winning her, the secret, of course, has to be revealed in a dra
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ies
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, historical, romance
Awalnya baca series ini karena gw pengen baca ini, tp karena mo urut baca nomor 1 nya dulu.. dan ceritanya bagus, tp pas buku 2 gw kaga mood buahahaha.. jd gw skip deh ke buku 3 nya.

Ini cerita Felicity Langley, Felicity-Thally sama Phipin ini yg jodo2in di buku 2, baru keluar dibuku 2, gw baca buku 2 awal dikit sih dan b3 ude keluar.. cumin gak lanjut, tp cukup ngerti si.. masalah Phipin sama Dash jg (buku 5 yg sepertinya akan gw skip jg ahahahahaa)

Sebenernya gw penasaran jg sama Temple, tp k
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Ivy H
This was so funny at times. The heroine was the best ! She can be annoying at times with her bossiness but she was so much fun to read. I just kept on reading and waiting to see what the hell she would come up with next. She was an original type of heroine. I loved how she knew what she wanted and set out to get it without being turned into a boring bluestocking type of caricature. She was perfect for the hero. The poor guy didn't know what hit him when he met the heroine. The hero's mistaken id ...more
nurmawati
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hr, buku-eng, romance

kali ini ripiu nya pendek ya hehehe...

inti cerita nya ttg felicity langley yang sering di panggil "duchess"...felicity dari kecil memang sering berlatih supaya kelak jadi duchess beneran...*hmphf*

felicity ini ngirim surat perkenalan ke duke of hollindrake..isinya ngasih tau kelebihan2 dia kalo dia sangat cocok menempati posisi sebagai duchess of hollindrake walau dia miskin dan gak punya dowry..
duke hollindrake tertarik baca surat felicity..dan bisa liat kalo felicity ini gadis yang cerdas...akh
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SidneyKay
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Annette
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Felicity is a young lady who feels responsible for the welfare of her twin sister, her cousin, a cook who drinks and a chaperone who is in reality a former purse snatcher/pickpocket. Because of 4 years worth of exchanged letters, she feels she is on the brink of becoming betrothed to a Duke. She truly believes that betrothal will happen and it will solve all the problems which need to be solved.

Thatcher, a veteran of the war, shows up on her doorstep. Felicity believes he is the footman she is t
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Mom
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-during-2010
Felicity Langley had set her sights on marrying a duke from almost the moment she perfected her curtsey at age five. She begins corresponding with Aubrey Walworth, the Marquess of Standon (the Duke of Hollindrake's heir) and by the time Felicity is ready for her Season, she is quite confident she'll be the next Duchess of Hollindrake. But unbeknownst to her, she's been corresponding with the current Duke, not his heir. So when the real heir, Captain Thatcher, returns home from the war, he finds ...more
İlkim
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İkinci kitabı okumadan üçüncüyü okumuş oldum malesef, bir ara ikinciyi hallederim artık. Feci derecede JQ'nin Bana Sevdiğini Söyle kitabına benziyordu. Adam marki değil düktür, ajan değil de askerdir. Tabi kadın karakter Felicity de gerçeği öğrendiğinde aynı Elizabeth gibi sinirli bir tepki verir. Barışmaları için işin içine aile felan girer... Bir hayli benzer kısaca. Yine de okuması zevkli bir kitaptı. Olayları anlatışı gayet akıcı ve sadece iki karakterin ağzından anlatılmıyor olay, yan karak ...more
Lynne Tull
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
I really like this third book of The Bachelor Chronicles. Both the hero and the heroine were engaging characters. The story line was clever and held my interest. As with all modern "Romance" novels, the right amount of lust (read "sex") had to be included. The last such scene seemed almost an after thought and really was not needed. I like the way the characters from previous books appear in the current one. It reads like one story instead of a group of small ones. Now I am on to the next in the ...more
Tamara Gill
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. I didn't think Felicity's story would beat Pippin's, but oh gosh, this is my favorite overall in the Bachelor Chronicles. Thank you Elizabeth Boyle, you are marvelous!
Josie
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotic-romance
I love Ms Boyle's romance and she never disappoints!
Great read.
Jessica Grogan
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall a fun read. A few slow spots, but not enough to take away from enjoying it.
Tiko
it was utter perfection... its been awhile since i fell inlove with the hero... it was simply perfect!!! this one totally goes to my fav shelf <3
Lisbette Tomas
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although this is the third book in the Bachelor Chronicles series, it's the first book by Elizabeth Boyle that I ever read. And as such, it should be the first one of hers that I review, because it completely stole my heart. Much like the characters did. Felicity has a spark about her that reminds me of the person I wish I could be like — her determination to get things done, her loyalty to people (even when she's aware of their flaws), and how she doesn't allow life's challenges to get her down ...more
Sara G
I was sadly rather disappointed with this one. I hate when authors use really bad communication and misunderstandings to set up conflict in romance, because it's hard for me to believe that grown adults can be so silly.

Felicity Langley (she's mentioned in some of the previous books in this series), AKA The Duchess, has been writing letters with someone she believes to be the heir of the Duke of Hollindrake for several years, and they have set up an informal engagement for when he returns from t
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Alex
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book. I think my biggest frustration was that the hero felt like Felicity's choice was between status and him -- even though he KNEW both options were him. The reason this was frustrating is that for Felicity, the 'status' was so much more than just status. It was security and something she had been building up for for her whole life. For a long time in the book I was thinking to the duke, "you're a privileged jerk, stop expecting her to give up everything for you when you're givi ...more
Inn Auni
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my 3rd read. Imagine that. And a heroin I truly like and really wanted the hero to see the good in her.

Felicity always have this dream of becoming a Duchess. So she set herself up to a Duke and they started sending letters back and forth. At first I kind of hated her. I think she was a manipulating girl but more reading led me to know she did what she have to do.

Thatcher arrived on her doorstep and she was a bit taken aback by his look but nevertheless he was still her footman. But, grad
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Sarah
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read for historical romance lovers!

One of the most interesting and funny HR novels I ever read. Felicity is kind of an entitled brat but a very relatable and lovable charactef. Her family is ablsolutely bonkers but the premise was so unsual it had me hooked from the beginning. The duke was also a well fleshed character with his own demons, desires ands and seemed more than the usal one-dimensional heroes we usually get
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Elizabeth Boyle was an antipiracy paralegal for Microsoft before settling down to write full-time. Her first novel, Brazen Angel, which won Dell's Diamond Debut Award in 1996, also won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best First Book, and was a finalist for Best Long Historical Romance. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Brazen Heiress.

Other books in the series

Bachelor Chronicles (9 books)
  • Something About Emmaline (Bachelor Chronicles, #1)
  • This Rake of Mine (Bachelor Chronicles, #2)
  • Confessions of a Little Black Gown (Bachelor Chronicles, #4)
  • Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress (Bachelor Chronicles, #5)
  • How I Met My Countess (Bachelor Chronicles, #6)
  • Mad about the Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #7)
  • Lord Langley Is Back in Town (Bachelor Chronicles, #8)
  • Mad About the Major
“Men make this great pretense of not wanting to be caught, but in the end they usually beg for a lady’s hand.” 10 likes
“Hollindrake once wrote to me that the men who fight for a cause, a noble one, have more honor than any mere gentleman. – Felicity Langley (heroine)” 5 likes
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