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The Making of a Gentleman

(The Sons of the Revolution #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,095 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Twelve years in a French prison leave Armand Harcourt a hollow shell. Back in England, his noble family hire Felicity Bennett to teach him manners and speech. Desire shakes both, and heals their past scars in surprising dangerous ways.
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Published October 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Rose May
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: d-plus
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

Book 2 in the Sons of the Revolution Series

How unfortunate. I was so excited to read this book, and it turned out to be a flop. Miss Felicity Bennett, the poor daughter of a deceased vicar is to become Armand Harcourt’s, the Comte de Velére, tutor. She has been hired to teach him how to speak. Armand has been in prison for about half his life and his just recently been
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Felicity Bennett is engaged to marry a gambling swindler against her will, her only way out is to pay him. So she accepts a tutoring position for the impressive Duc and Duchesse de Valere. Felicity expects to be a governess to a small boy named Armand, but she finds out that Armand is a very handsome, if untamed, grown man. Armand had been imprisoned since childhood during the French Revolution. While in prison, he lost all human contact, even losing his ability/desire to speak and touch others. ...more
Sep 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c, w-az
I read this book because I was led to believe it had a character driven story similar to The Wild Child. I was wrong. Rather, it is similar superficially and only for the first half. Then it morphs into a wallpaper historical with a weak, last minute suspense/action plot.

The romance was bland. It had promise, especially with the pianoforte scenes, but derailed into standard telling. I wanted to see Armand and Felicity spending more time together connecting cerebrally or emotionally. It was cute
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Felicity Bennett has been hired to tutor Armand Harcourt, the comte de Valere. The former vicar's daughter thinks she’ll be teaching a young boy, and has no other choice but to accept this work, although she isn't too thrilled working for an aristocrat. Felicity is being blackmailed by her deceased father's former caretaker, Charles St. John, who is threatening her. She must find a way to give him twenty-five pounds or marry him. Why he needs that exact amount in some sort of mystery that I ...more
Lover of Romance
Armand, has recently been rescued from twelve years in prison by his brother that he barely recognizes. Armand, can't stand another's touch, and he doesn't understand most of what is going on around him. He can understand some of that which his family speaks of, but he has yet been able to communicate with them. After continually suffering from nightmares, his brother and sister in law decide to hire a tutor for him, to bring out his speech. Felicity, needs this job desperately. Her father has ...more
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Started out good, but -- about midway through -- devolved into a sloppy, boring mess. The characters are never well-developed, and the plot drags and drags and drags...

The story is this: Armand was a French aristocrat captured during the French Revolution, when he was 11. He was put in a prison cell and left to rot, growing up with only a pet rat for companionship. Somehow, 12 years later, Armand's brother rescues him and takes him to the family's new home in England (they can't very well go
Linda Banche
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shana Galen's The Making of a Gentleman, the second book in her Sons of the Revolution series, is the riveting tale of a brutalized man and his salvation through love.

This tale of three brothers separated by the atrocities of the French Revolution continues with the story of second brother, Armand. After rotting for twelve years in a French prison, Armand must relearn how to live a normal life. Although his body has healed, his demons so terrify him he can no longer speak--until he meets Miss
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-reads, romance
It's a bad sign when you finish reading a romance novel and your immediate impulse is to demand the author cite her sources. Unfortunately, that's exactly the response Galen's Making of a Gentleman elicited, as the entire plot hinges upon the psychological trauma of its male lead, whose symptoms are nonsensical to the point of silliness.

Armand, Comte de Valere, spent twelve hellish years in a French prison after seeing his father guillotined by the Revolution. Now, thanks to his brother, he's

Pretty good. The beginning was promising then at about 70% the story got a little far fetched.

I have two main complaints. Logic and antagonist.


How can a man who has been imprisoned for 12 years.. nearly forgotten in jail, "fed paste once a week" be so big and muscular so soon after his rescue?

Why would a man prey on a poor vicars daughter in order to obtain money?

How is it blackmail when the choice is ..marry him and not have a home, or refuse him and not have a home? If she
Jacqueline J
Interesting for the most part. Armand was an interesting character although his back story could have been explained a little bit more. Also since he had been in prison since he was 11 years old, I sort of thought that he recovered a bit too fast. Most of the scenes of him regaining his speech and such were told and off camera and not shown or seen by the reader. Maybe it wouldn't have seemed so quick if we'd seen more of it and frankly that was the most interesting part of the book. I did enjoy ...more
Sep 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Elizabeth Jules Mason
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In a word: WONDERFUL!

This is the ultimate in a wounded hero! I don't find many historical romance books with true walking wounded heroes in them, but this one is superb! The hero Armand, was imprisoned as a young boy for 12 long years. He was in isolation, no human touch, no human interaction and no human speech. When he is found and rescued from prison by his older brother Julien, Armand is nearly an animal. He can't tolerate human touch, can't speak and has lost most of his understanding of
The set-up had my name all over it: impoverished but feisty heroine who becomes a tutor to the hero, a French nobleman who hasn't spoken in 12 years and acts barely human.

And it was enjoyable enough, until our hero got cured and set out on some royal treasure-related adventure with the heroine. Whaaat? First of all, changing set-ups in the middle of the book is a little odd, but whatever. But also, the book became pretty dull because a strong adventure plot is clearly not this author's selling
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sooooo. Let me just begin by saying that I liked this book. We'll get that out of the way right now. I think book 1 was probably my favorite, and that's likely because of some... aspects that were relatively unbelievable in THIS book.

The picture we get of Armand in The Making of a Duchess is one of an extremely... stunted(?) man. He can't talk, doesn't appear to understand what's going on, and is pained by touching. That's how The Making of a Gentleman starts off, so suffice to say, Armand went
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
THE MAKING OF A GENTLEMAN by Shana Galen is a fantastic and unique historical romance. Armand is such an interesting character. After spending 12 years in a French prison he can’t stand to be touched and doesn’t speak. This sets a very interesting challenge for Felicity, his tutor. I liked how unique this story was, but at times wasn’t sure I could completely buy the change in Armand. He goes from not remembering how to speak to speaking in full sentences seemingly overnight. Also, his ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paperback-porn
Ok, these books were bought for me in a series, and I have the same complaints about the plot and the writing as I did the last time.

The plot was rushed and while it lacked the spy element that the last book had, it held a Jane Eyre quality that I appreciated. The characters were less creative and the timeframe in which the book was supposed to take place was highly inaccurate. The development of speech would honestly not make the leaps and strides that it did in the book. It was interesting
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The second lovely book in Shana Galen's romantic Sons of the Revolution series.

I love Shana Galen's writing. She has a way of creating a beautiful and tender love story filled with romance, humor, intrigue, adventure, and firmly sets it in an historic time period, here the tumultuous years after the French Revolution and the scarring aftereffects on a noble French family trying to piece their lives back together. For my full review:
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Honestly I gave it 5 stars because I read it once before a few years ago and I forgot the name and author so I have been looking through books this whole time trying to find it again and I finally came across it and almost died. So if a book was interesting enough to make me want to read it again even after a couple of years, its a good book!
PK Reeves
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Galen does another Harcourt tale of love. Review Aisle B
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-me
This a copy of my Amazon review

First, I borrowed this book from my one of my favorite places, the Mead Public Library(picture of book attached) in my hometown.

As an out of the closet male reader of Historical and Regency Romance, I found this book to be very enjoyable and very kind to my wounded heart.

Ms.Galen takes you into this story about Armand, Comte de Valère, a young man who is wounded both mentally and physically from his time in prison. He has lost much of his will to socialize even
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
There was something about this book that really got to me. Galen could have developed the book better in so many ways but nonetheless I enjoyed it very much. I loved the characters, they seemed a bit stereotypical at first but Galen developed the main ones in interesting ways. Armand and childish dislike of "The Rules" was very funny. His sudden leap into manhood was pretty damn sexy. Insta-lust is difficult to pull off and often one has to overlook it to enjoy an otherwise good book. I think ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis: "Twelve years in a French prison leave Armand Harcourt a hollow shell. Back in England, his noble family hire Felicity Bennett to teach him manners and speech. Desire shakes both, and heals their past scars in surprising dangerous ways."

My Review: I enjoyed the previous book in this series and am glad I decided to continue with it because I enjoyed this one even more. I loved Armand, he is a great character who has so much room to develop and grow through the story. Felicity is also a
Shilo Quetchenbach
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this because I enjoyed the Rogue Pirate's Bride (#3 in this series) but this one didn't bring the same level of enjoyment. Possibly because it's simply not a pirate story, haha. I like the idea of this, of the tutor for a man imprisoned for 12 years who refuses to speak. But... I don't know. There was some *serious* insta-lust going on. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but perhaps because it's hard at first to get inside the hero's head (he thinks in as few words as possible, as ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
He can’t talk because of what he’s endured; she is desperate for money to escape blackmail/arranges marriage.

I liked the characters—at least he was outside the norm (for the first half anyways) and I liked how she wasn’t a blushing debutante but instead had disdain for the aristocratcy (even if the author only shallowly developed that bit.) But I found myself not at all intrigued by the older brother’s story (driven to seek wealth and thinks those titled are better than those not.) And the
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Armand is held in solitary confinement in a French prison during the Revolution for 12 years. During that time, he does not speak, is beaten and only gets one or two meals a week. His brother, Julian, finds out where he is and manages to get him out of prison and take him to England. Due to the daily beatings, Armand cannot stand to be touched. The family hires Felicity to tutor him. She is able to reach him through music and he learns to talk again and slowly become a member of society. ...more
This was a fantastic book, especially because its premise is not a very common one. The heroine, Felicity, was frustrating at times with her prejudices and refusal to confide in the hero or his family, but this was not carried too far and I understood her reasoning. The villains may have been dealt with a bit simply, again due to the heroine's lack of trust in her hero, but this somehow also gave the story more plausibility. Having read the first book in this series, I felt that some of Julien ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Natalie Brooks
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I really liked the premise of this book but the execution wasn’t as good as it could’ve been. I thought the Charles storyline was unnecessary drama, but I guess the author needed some reason for conflict.

I stumbled across this book when looking at reviews for a book with a similar premise, Heart of Honor. I preferred that one.
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Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of fast-paced, witty, and adventurous Regency romances. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven ...more

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