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Christmas with the Duchess (Zebra Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 5 Oct 2010

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Books; 1 edition (5 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420108735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420108736
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 2.7 x 17.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,677,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Christmas with the mean people? 16 Oct. 2010
By Serene Night - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I was intrigued by the writer's prose, but I lost interest in the story after I read about a quarter of it. I just grew tired of reading about these mean rude snobby people. I can deal with some meanness, in small doses, but I do not like meanness in the heroine, and it just felt that too many of the characters were catty and conniving and rude. I did not care what happened to them or who they shagged. It seemed like the household was filled with mean arrogant rich people. Probably historically accurate but not that entertaining. The only guy I remotely liked was the hero, but watching him hook up with the duchess just didn't excite me. She irritated me, and while I sympathized with her issues with her children, seeing her use the hero and play unnecessary head games just made me dislike her.

I did think the author had an excellent grasp of characters, and I applaud her writing the older woman/younger man storyline. But I was hoping for a Chrismas novel that would put me in the mood for the holidays, and this one is not Christmassy, but perhaps the worst family reunion ever.

I might pick it up again, to see how it ended, but I ended up getting fed up with the duchess and her household.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
If you're looking for a heartwarming Christmas-themed romance, this isn't it. 26 Nov. 2010
By OLT - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
No Christmas cheer here. Try Mary Balogh's re-release A CHRISTMAS PROMISE for that. No, this one by Ms Lejeune is more of a Regency house party romantic farce, which takes place over three Christmases, in 1814, 1815 and 1816. As for the romantic leads, we have role reversal for the H and h. She's the experienced, slightly jaded and seemingly rakish older woman. He's about 10 years younger, somewhat naive and innocent not only sexually (he's a virgin) but also in the ways of the ton, that superficial, self-centered, vapid upper class, of which our heroine Emma is a member as the Duchess of Warwick, widow of the late duke and mother of the adolescent present duke.

Our hero Nicholas has just recently come into an earldom after a life at sea as a naval officer. He's brought to the first Christmas gathering by his newly-met aunt Anne and uncle Hugh and their four marriage-hungry daughters. Poor young innocent Nicholas doesn't fit in at all well with the manipulative, greedy, self-centered relatives and friends gathered there. Struck by Emma's beauty, he falls in love with her in spite of the fact that she is manipulative herself, but not necessarily greedy nor self-centered. More to the point, she's focused on her children and trying to regain guardianship of them from uncle Hugh.

It's pointless to summarize the plot. Suffice it to say that we have lots of bedhopping, conniving, deception, manipulation, scheming, etc. by most all those gathered together. I didn't find myself liking anyone but Nicholas. Not even the duchess' young sons had admirable qualities. They came across as spoiled and arrogant. Perhaps heroine Emma shows a bit of a softer side at the end but you have to look hard at her to find something very admirable in her either.

All that said, however, it was an entertaining plot, what with all the above-mentioned conniving, deception, scheming and bedhopping and the book is well written. The problem is that you may find yourself entertained yet very annoyed at the same time by how horrid and useless all these people are.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Unlikeable characters 22 Nov. 2010
By Avid Reader - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The heroine in this story is really unlikeable, and the hero is too naive. I can't say that I liked any of the supporting characters either. The duchess is 10 years older than Nicholas, and they have no chemistry. I'm not sure why Nicholas thought he was in love with her or why they ended up together. It was just a given that everyone fell in love with her. Nicholas has no hero qualities other than he's just become an earl. I almost stopped 1/4 of the way through, but I always finish a book so I kept going. I'll never read this author again.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
0 stars 12 Nov. 2010
By Emerson P. Huebinger - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
What a waste of my $ and trees for paper/ .I really disliked the characters and the plot. I have read and enjoyed this author's other books, but this 1 is going into my trash bin for waste recycling.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Christmas With The Duchess 7 Dec. 2010
By Melissa - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Emma Fitzroy, Duchess of Warwick, meets and begins an affair with Nicholas, Lord Camford. A widow with older children, she doesn't plan on falling in love with Nicholas, a man who is ten years younger than she is. But love doesn't always listen to reason.

Nicholas unexpectedly came into his title, and after years in the Navy he's not ready to deal with all his relatives. They have plans for him to marry one of their daughters and will do whatever it takes to make it happen, even trickery. Can Emma and Nicholas find a way past all the people working against them and the many reasons they shouldn't be together to find their way to each other?

I wanted to like Christmas with the Duchess, I really did. It was at turns humorous and spunky, but unfortunately there was so much going on with other unlikable characters that I found it hard to read. What seemed to begin as holiday romance between a younger hero and an older heroine gets lost in "white noise" of other characters who have no redeeming qualities. Christmas with the Duchess was definitely not what I was looking for in a holiday novel.

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