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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481207474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481207478
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Courtney Milan lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat. Courtney wishes she could say she has lived in numerous fabulous places. But aside from her husband, there is a distinct lack of fabulousness in her life. Instead, she is happy when standards in the Milan household hover above mediocrity. Her husband attempts not to kill people for a living. In exchange, Courtney attempts not to do the dishes.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating... Having given up on being able to do any of those things, she's taken to heart the axiom that those who can't do, teach. When she's not reading (lots), writing (lots), or sleeping (not enough), she can be found in the vicinity of a classroom.

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Courtney Milan’s debut novel was published in 2010. Since then, her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She’s been a New York Times and a USA Today Bestseller, a RITA® finalist and an RT Reviewer’s Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance. Her second book was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010. Courtney lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat. Courtney has had several occupations--computer programmer, scientist, lawyer--but her favorite job is the one she is now doing full time: Writing romance novels.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ReadingMad100 on 6 Feb. 2015
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I thoroughly enjoyed this romance novel. Everything about it was satisfying.

It had a great and unique story-line, well thought out characters and it was beautifully written.

The awareness of each other in a romantic sense hit Robert and Minnie gradually. There was the right mix of romance and sexual tension build-up so that I could not wait for their first kiss. When they finally did, my heart thumped hard. Too many stories have insta-love/lust and sexual romps taking place too early for my liking. Not here. And a kiss was just the beginning of their journey. They had a difficult road on the way to finding love. But the pace was excellent and I enjoyed the ride.

When the relationship is first consummated, the act is realistic and I warmed to the couple more for it. Courtney Milan is courageous to tell it like it really is. I appreciated it.

I loved that the tensions in the book resulted from family loyalties, or secrets being protected for good reasons, rather than stupid misunderstandings. I found both Robert and Minnie intelligent and admirable as I got to know them. Both characters had phobias to overcome. These phobias are believable when you understand Robert and Minnie’s histories. Watching them working to overcome their phobias aroused my sympathy.

The historical context of the story was always in the forefront. The story-line was unique to me and pushed some boundaries, including the role of Dukes and their moral and social responsibilities as Robert saw them. The issue of a girl (5-12 y. o.), travelling abroad with her male parent was handled in an interesting way by Minnie’s father.

There is a prequel novella to this story but I have not read it yet. I did not feel that I had missed anything while reading the Duchess War.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By reader on 10 Dec. 2012
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I wish I could dream up never mind write a story like this. It was fabulous!!!!!

I was a bit concerned when I started reading the book as it appeared to be a bit odd.... no once upon a time fairytale here.....but the author draws you in to the gritty reality of victorian society (not unlike the young kids of today in factories making tee shirts which cost you a pound but cost them much more).

You see here the product of a less than loveless marriage Robert (Duke of Clermont) trying to overcome a less than happy upbringing but turning out to be a spectacular human being none the less with the help of his half brother and cousin and finally finding his chosen partner 'Minnie' with a little scandal of her own to overcome....

If you know Courtney Milan's other work, she has got it down to a fine art...an absolute treat
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Dec. 2012
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I've read a number of Courtney milan's romances and enjoyed them all immensely but this is the best so far. They just keep getting better. Less than half way through I was already squealing in delight and guffawing loudly at the witty repartee. The dialogue is even more sizzling than the love scenes, and these are hot but romantic love scenes, not just sex scenes, there is a big difference. These days I buy Ms Milan's books as soon as they are released and read them straight away, knowing that I'm about to experience something wonderful, and she never disappoints.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CJ VINE VOICE on 7 Jan. 2013
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Courtney Milan is a great new discovery for me. I started with the Governess Affair - a novella which prequels this one - I've also just read A Kiss for Midwinter which is another novella about one of the secondary characters in this first full length novel of a series of 3. All are set in Victorian England, feature totally original plotlines and are wonderfully written with lots of emotional intensity and great characters. All three stories kept me up late into the night turning the pages and were beautifully paced with some great tension moments and realistic conflicts. This one is about Robert, Duke of Clermont (son of the dastardly Duke in the Governess Affair) who is determined to grow up as unlike his father as he possibly can. He meets Minnie - Minerva - in a rather unorthodox way and becomes fascinated by her. She has reasons for being shy and retiring and has a phobia of crowds but she's smart and kind and reluctantly drawn to Robert who as far as she is concerned it totally beyond her reach. Just over half way through they marry but he's so damaged by his childhood that he finds it very hard to trust their new found happiness. A major issue comes along to challenge them to do with his half brother and they have to return quickly from their honeymoon. A very satisfying, moving and emotional read. Great to find a new(ish) and great author in this genre who is coming up with something different.
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"The Duchess War" is an absolutely wonderful story that contains just about everything you could want in a romance. There's a gorgeous beta-hero, whose sense of honour and desire to do the right thing just shines from him; a fiercely clever bluestocking heroine who is more than his match; lots of humour and tenderness, sensual love scenes and, as if all that wasn't enough, there's also a fabulously written sibling relationship between Robert and his half-brother, Oliver Marshall.

And on top of all that, Rosalyn Landor's performance was so good as to bring out every nuance in the story and in the characterisations. Her narration is as beautifully read and well-paced as I've come to expect and it seemed to me that she really got under the characters' skins and into their heads. Her interpretations of Minnie and Robert were outstanding - she caught the humour in their sparring and the pathos of their situations brilliantly. For instance, Minnie's railing against her aunts and her descent into "nothingness" was truly distressing to listen to, and there's one utterly endearing yet heartbreaking scene in which Robert talks about a particular incident in his childhood which brought tears to my eyes.

Ms. Landor always seems to lavish the same level of attention she pays to the principals on the supporting characters of all the audiobooks she narrates and this one is no exception. Knowing that Oliver is the hero of the next story, I was very keen to hear her interpretation of him and I thought she caught him perfectly, with an underlying cheekiness that I loved (which she seems to have achieved by giving his voice a slightly sharper edge than Robert's and by softening her consonants).
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