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Romancing the Dustman's Daughter

Romancing the Dustman's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Ruth J. Hartman , Kim Bowman , For the Muse Designs
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Augustus Sinclair has a broken heart. His betrothed has dropped him for his best friend. Former best friend. When he meets Anne Balfour, though, he questions whether he’d ever really been in love with his fiancé. Some of Anne’s reactions to what he considers everyday activities are puzzling, but that doesn’t stop him from falling head over heels for the first time in his life.

Anne Balfour is amazed to be a guest at the Shrewsbury’s, one of Mayfair’s most well-to-do families — even if the circumstances are less than ideal. Still, she can’t help but get caught up in the excitement of society life. Especially when in the company of Augustus Sinclair. He makes her believe in love and romance, even if she is just the dustman’s daughter.

About the Author

Bestselling author Ruth J. Hartman spends her days herding cats and her nights spinning sweet romantic tales that make you smile, giggle, or laugh out loud. She, her husband, and their three cats love to spend time curled up in their recliners watching old Cary Grant movies. Well, the cats, Maxwell, Roxy and Remmie, sit in the people's recliners. Not that the cats couldn't get their own furniture. They just choose to shed on someone else's. You know how selfish those little furry creatures can be. Ruth, a left-handed, cat-herding, Jeep driving, farmhouse-dwelling romance writer uses her goofy sense of humor as she writes tales of lovable, klutzy women and the men who adore them. Ruth's husband and best friend, Garry, reads her manuscripts, rolls his eyes at her weird story ideas, and loves her in spite of her penchant for insisting all of her books have at least one cat in them. Or twelve. But hey, who's counting?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2598 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Publisher: esKape Press (25 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G8Q6XWO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This novel is a Cinderella theme minus the ugly sisters. Nonetheless, a thoroughly unpleasant anti-heroine makes for a lively read. And Ruth Hartman's heroine is every bit an angel: in more ways than one.

While Anne Balfour's opportunistic-minded father has an eye to upping his status by cunning means, Anne is less than enthusiastic at being forced to do his bidding. But she loves her father most dear, and despite fears of ineptitude in the ways of society ladies, she steps over the fine line of blackmail alongside her forceful father.

Soon her fortunes change, but for the better or worse, is at first, impossible to tell. The transformation from dustman's daughter to assumed role as cousin to Constance Shrewsbury - a young lady of note - involves every stage of the process of presenting the correct image of a sophisticated young lady. But can a young girl from a humble background ever convince young men of the beau monde, that she is indeed a young lady worthy of marriage to one of their ilk?

From gowns, to dressed hair, the miracle begins to take shape. But, Anne is merely a fake cousin to Constance, and sweet Anne is mercilessly at the whim of the fair-haired and sophisticated Constance: who has no intention of being outshone by a dark sultry maiden. Hence, Anne despises the array of gowns she must wear for formal outings, and suffers the indignity of sniggering female socialites whom parade at balls and social gatherings. On the other hand, of the men Anne encounters by accident of time and place and or formal introduction, all prove quite taken by her natural and engaging demeanour. But one encounter with a gauche young man then sets her apart from the other ladies, and the hero, Augustus Sinclair, admires her charming response to his friend's dilemma.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 July 2014
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Sone of the best books I have read for a while
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, But Fun! 8 Dec 2013
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I actually enjoyed this sweet story more than I thought I would. Yes, it had an improbable plot, yes there were many historical innacuracies and it really wasn't at all believable. But it was fun. The heroine was loveable, as were the hero and the other two minor characters. The villianess was just enough over the top to elicit a chuckle or two. The whole story was frothy and above all CLEAN! It was an easy read but not at all painful. If you are a Regency stickler and can't get by some major mistakes in capturing the time period, then this might not be a book you'd enjoy. If however, you enjoy a flight of fantasy without throbbing male loins or melting female bellies on every page you might just have fun reading this. Oh, and the author threw in kittens and Christmas too! How could you miss, right?
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams do come true! 28 Oct 2013
By L. Ringsby - Published on
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Romancing the Dustman’s Daughter is a wonderful story that renews you faith in fairytales coming true. We all want to have a life with someone that loves us and takes care of us. Anne dreamt of this, but knew that it was probably not going to happen for her. She is the only daughter of a dustman and her mother has passed. Her father just wanted something better for her and for himself. He found something at the home of Lord Shrewsbury that he is convinced will achieve this for them. Anne’s father drags her to the Shrewsbury’s to blackmail them into helping to find a rich husband for Anne. Anne does not want to take part and is afraid of being treated poorly, but goes because her father demands it.

Anne is given dresses, not very attractive colors, and is not really helped, just taken along with the family. Enter Augustus. He likes Anne for her smile, her laughter, her kindness and her compassion for others. She helps him to reconnect with his laughter and joy of life. Augustus is what Anne has thought of as her knight.

They overcome spitefulness, condescension and just plain nastiness to find the love they want, need and deserve. This is a wonderful love story. Once again Ms Hartman gives me a warm read that I could not put down.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romancing the Dustman's Daughter 28 Oct 2013
By A. Neal - Published on
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What a wonderful story! There is a surprising amount of detail in this book and I found myself relating to the characters very quickly. Poor Anne finds herself in a bad situation and thankfully the stars are on her side. Her gracious and kind soul pull her through to help herself and some others find true love. I even love her maid:). The only thing I would have loved more would have been for Constance to have found herself in an embarrassing situation, maybe in another story... Ruth's stories get better with every book!

I received an advanced copy in return for my honest review
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romancing the 'Dustman s Daughter 30 April 2014
By SweetCaroline - Published on
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The Dustman, while cleaning out fireplaces found a photo of a gentleman and a woman not his wife. He uses it to blackmail the family to take in his daughter, to provide appropriate clothes, and introduce her into society to find a rich husband and thus have a means of getting money to live and not work. The girl was very sweet and most beautiful.

It went very well until the daughter of the family got jealous and chose colors that were terrible for ball gowns. She also seems to be winning a gentleman whom the debutante had rejected and threw over for his best friend. Augustus knows she is sweet and different but that seems good. Then the debutante reveals a secret. Find out how she is different, and learn how the ton treats others. What could she do? What might he do?

Read to find out more. An enjoyable read.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful fairytale romance for the holidays! 16 Nov 2013
By GenuineJenn - Published on
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a wonderful fairytale romance just in time for the holiday season. A budding romance comes together all because of a father's love for wanting to get rich. Anne's father came home one day with this elaborate scheme of blackmailing a client to take in his daughter and wed her to a rich man.

Anne didn't want to go along with her father but didn't want to let him down either. Anne meets Augustus and builds a budding relationship with and his friend Fritz.

I fell in love with both Anne and Augustus, they are very well rounded individuals that have a caring personality. I also loved the maid's character and how Anne had her to confide in when she really needed someone to be there for her through everything.

I had a hard time putting this book down when I had to pick the kids up from school. I was hooked from the beginning and loved the story line. I felt really connected with Anne, she is such a strong lady and took everything with her head up high. She didn't let people bring her down even when she didn't fit in with the wealthy individuals. This is a clean romance book that contains no swearing or sex but it doesn't mean there wasn't some thinking of sweet physical romance.

I give this a 5 star and can't wait to read the next book by Ruth J Hartman.
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