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The Very Daring Duchess (Sonnet Books) [Mass Market Paperback]

Miranda Jarrett

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24 Sep 2001 Sonnet Books
Escaping the invasion of Napoleon's army, Francesca Robin seeks to flee Italy on an English ship. When Francesca -- an artist whose risque paintings are much desired by wealthy gentlemen buyers -- learns of Admiral Lord Nelson's decree that no lady may gain passage on an English ship without a husband, she dares to do the unthinkable: find an eligible English bachelor and marry him at once. Estranged from his noble family, Captain Lord Edward Ramsden has built a stellar naval career. Proper and upstanding, he shocks himself by impulsively exchanging vows with this forward and flirtatious lady in distress. But in London, their mock marriage is turned upside down when Edward is unexpectedly named a duke -- and Francesca his unlikely duchess -- stunning the genteel "ton. Their newfound social status invites danger and scandal -- and now the duke risks all to win the heart of the woman he loves madly -- his bold-spirited duchess.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (24 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743417925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743417921
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,878,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Miranda Jarrett continues to reign as a queen of historical romance!"-- Romantic Times

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The artist and the captain........love discovered at sea 10 Sep 2001
By Debbie K. Gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Setting: Naples 1798
Francesca Robin makes a living running her art gallery, she adds works of art by famous artists by reproducing their paintings. She also displays her father's scandalous paintings to visitors from around the world. She is a talented artist in her own right but her work doesn't make enough income to maintain her small home. Being the daughter of an English artist and his Italian model makes her neither truly English nor Italian in the eyes of either country. When the English navy is about to pull out of Naples as the French march in Francesca fears for her life. She begs the English Admiral Nelson to allow her to travel on one of his ships, but because she is Neapolitan he refuses until one of his captain steps forward to offer to marry her.
Captain Lord Edward is the fourth son of the Duke of Harborough. At ten years of age his father gaves him over to His Majesty's Navy. After years of hard work and loneliness, he has risen to the rank of captain to sail his own warship the Centaur. A battle at sea has forced Edward to dock his ship at Naples for much needed repairs. One of his men talks him into a visit to Signora Francesca's gallery to see her deceased father's lewd bordello paintings. He is both intrigued and disgusted by Francesca. She is extraordinarily beautiful and he is draw to her but he knows she preys upon the sailors and other visitors by selling them counterfeit art.
When it is time to leave Naples Edward finds he can't leave Francesca in the hands of the French so he proposes a marriage of convenience. Both Edward and Francesca must learn to live with each other when for most of their lives they have been alone. As members of the ton and the other naval officers disapprove of Edward's hasty marriage to a foreigner and Francesca learns she has made a blackmailing enemy, they must stand together or lose their new found love.
Miranda Jarrett takes readers on an exciting sea voyage in THE VERY DARING DUCHESS. The story is fast paced as she moves readers from one sea port to the next.
I was charmed by Edward and Francesca as they become friends before lovers during their heady sea adventure.
Debbie Gilbert
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 28 Aug 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1798 Naples, English sea Captain Edward Winterworth meets Naples Signora Francesca Robin at her art gallery. They are immediately attracted to one another, but Edward acts nasty and somewhat aloof towards her believing she is just another local con artist scamming His Majesty's sailors.
When Napoleon threatens Naples, the English fleet decides to evacuate the area. A half-English person like Francesca is in jeopardy if she remains behind when the French arrive. She knows she must leave Naples immediately, but Admiral Nelson refuses to take her with the Navy, ignoring even Lady Hamilton's plea. Edward volunteers to marry her so she can accompany him. Desperate, she accepts and once married they seem happy together until the Admiralty summons Edward back to London. There he learns that he now is a Duke and no longer part of the Navy because his aristocratic rank requires him kept safe. A frightened Francesca runs away feeling inadequate to be the wife on a noble, leaving it to Edward to prove he loves her and needs her by his side.
Miranda Jarrett is known for her historical romances especially those set in the Colonial, Georgian, and Regency periods. Her latest tale THE VERY DARING DUCHESS centers on a typical Regency theme starring two likable lead characters. However, the descriptions of Naples right before Napoleon provides a rare freshness and depth that turns this into a strong Regency romance that any fan of a historical tale will fully cherish.
Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent but not great 28 Sep 2001
By ShawnaLanne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a decent but not engrossing read. The charecters were just not that compelling and while the storyline was original in that it did not recycle the same naive miss for the zillionth time it lacked a certain spark. It's a bad bookjust not engrossing. Still it's a decent read with likeable if somewhat shallow charecters and a fresh story line.
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Characters 27 Dec 2001
By O. Blaylock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first of Miranda Jarrett books that I have read and will definitely read others. She with a wonderful flair. Her love scenes are stirring and the interaction of the characters is very nice. Franceseca and Edward are definitely meant for each other.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 16 Sep 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Though the author could have given the characters a little more depth and dimension this was an overall good read.
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