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The Heiress Gets a Duke (The Gilded Age Heiresses) (édition 2021)

par Harper St. George (Auteur)

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Titre:The Heiress Gets a Duke (The Gilded Age Heiresses)
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Info:Berkley (2021), 320 pages
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I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

This was an enjoyable read with a likeable hero and heroine pairing. August's hurt when she realizes she has only been allowed to participate in the family business until she marries was well portrayed, and I really liked the way Evan took her to one of his estates and showed her all the work that needed to be done so she could imagine a new role for herself. I was loving it all the way to nearly the end when there was a complete (and surely unlikely) failure of communication in a scene I was anticipating as the peak of the romance of the story, which ruined everything for me. Then the ending was very rushed and therefore disappointing. ( )
  pgchuis | Feb 20, 2021 |
August Crenshaw is heiress to the wildly successful Crenshaw Iron Works. She holds a position in the company and loves her work. She probably should be thinking about marrying, but she doesn't really want to as she would be expected to quit her job and manage her household. London society and social circles back home in America all gossip about her and think her "mannish."

Evan Sterling, Duke of Rothschild, inherited his father's estate and his massive debt. He desperately needs to come up with some cash so he can make much-needed repairs to his homes and buildings, upgrade his farm equipment, and provide adequate wardrobes for his mother and sisters. Evan has been bareknuckle boxing in secrecy, trying to earn some money to keep things afloat, but he learns that he must marry-and soon-or he stands to lose much of what his family owns.

August first encounters Evan when she sneaks into one of his boxing matches. Before long, their two families and the rest of the London social scene are expecting an engagement announcement.

I love everything about this "handsome Duke marries wealthy American heiress" story. I love reading about the high society and norms from this time. August's parents tell her that she will be betrothed to Evan, which will make her Duchess and increase her social standing (and the standing of her father's business!). Evan stands to gain a lot of money out of their marriage, which will mean he can be rid of the debt he inherited and begin to make improvements to the lives of the people that are employed by his estate. August's independence, smarts, and stubbornness provide a lot of tension up against Evan's feelings of admiration toward her. The very things that make her the subject of gossip are the things he likes most about her: her desire to be heard, her choice to keep working, her intellect and expertise in the way of finance and management. The growing attraction between them is exquisitely timed (swoon!), but August continues to maintain that she will not marry Evan. Initially it is because she can't imagine giving away her job and her money; eventually it's really simply because she doesn't want to be told who to marry.

There is so much good, delicious chemistry in this story. All of the restraints placed on romances during this time make time alone quite forbidden, so watching these two maneuver around family and house staff to steal a few minutes alone is so much fun to read. I LOVE the way the two have fruitful and meaningful conversations about their feelings and their futures. I LOVE the way Evan is determined that August will have some say in her life and make her own choices. But the very best thing about this story is the way Evan pursued August. Historical romances are so sexy when the man respects the woman he wants to marry and when allows her to make choices for herself. Evan is determined to turn August's heart to him, so that she will choose to marry him willingly, and he refuses to make any announcements until he has her heart. Watching her take her time with her decision is so, so good.

I loved this entire story. Once I started reading, I never wanted to stop and I found myself putting off chores and work so I could read just one more chapter. I SO wish I had the next book in my hands but until then I see that Harper St. George has a nice historical romance backlist that I want to check out.

Many thanks to Berkley Publishing for allowing me to read this absolute GEM of a historical romance. I was provided a digital advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't required to write a positive review, but I did because I liked it! ( )
  Asheley | Feb 5, 2021 |
Series: The Gilded Age Heiresses #1
Publication Date: 1/26/2021
Number of Pages: 320

This is my first book by this author, but it definitely won’t be my last. The writing is excellent, the plot and delivery are perfectly timed, and the main characters are both relatable and likable. Usually, we see some rake of a titled bachelor happily dodging matchmaking mamas and their daughters – or we see a lovely innocent young woman being sold off to the highest bidder in the marriage mart. In this story, we see the marriage mart from the male side as well as the female. Both are made to feel like bits of horseflesh up for sale at Tattersals.

American Griswold Crenshaw, owner of Crenshaw Iron Works, is rich as Croesus, and he has brought his wife and two daughters, Violet and August, to London to enjoy the season while he makes some business deals. Things are going along swimmingly until he and his wife learn of a pockets-to-let duke who could be persuaded to marry his daughter Violet. It would take a bit of collusion with the duke’s mother to get him to do it, but Violet wouldn’t have a choice. The green-eyed-monster has struck at the Crenshaw home, so why not buy themselves a duke.

Viewed by society as “mannish”, August Crenshaw is a bluestocking who loves working with her father. She loves seeing that contracts are correct, that the books are balanced, and well … just everything about business. She cannot believe that her father would sell off her younger sister just to gain an English title in the family. She is incensed and wastes no time in telling both of her parents and the duke exactly what she thinks about the whole transaction. She’ll do whatever she can to save her sister from that fate. However, her success comes at a cost when the duke ignores her sister and focuses on her. Uh Oh!

Evan Sterling, Duke of Rothschild, wasn’t meant to be the duke – nor did he want to be – yet, here he is. After the death of his much-loved brother, he became the heir – and then the duke. After his father’s death a year ago, it was a shock to learn that the estate was totally insolvent. Not a farthing to be had. Evan has done all he can to keep things afloat – he has even been bare-knuckle brawling to earn money. Things are critical with his twin sisters needing a come-out next year and his entailed estates falling down around his ears. He doesn’t want a bride at all right now, but he definitely doesn’t want one simply for her fortune. However, he is a man of his time, and agrees to marry the Crenshaw heiress. He has seen – and maybe admired – the older Crenshaw sister and assumes that is who his mother has chosen. Except – when he is introduced, he discovers that isn’t the case. Oh! My!

I loved Evan and Autumn and I loved that they both spoke openly and honestly with each other. There wasn’t any of the angsty holding back of what they really wanted to say while thinking he/she must have meant this or that. They said what they had to say frankly and openly. I loved that. But then, at a critical point, “The Great Misunderstanding” point, they both chose NOT say what they meant. That wasn’t my favorite part of the book. However, once they came to their senses they made up for lost time.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I hope you will give it a try and enjoy it as much as I did.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ( )
  BarbaraRogers | Jan 16, 2021 |
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