An Avon True Romance: Anna and the Duke Paperback – 1 Apr 2002
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Anna And The Duke
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The Duke- As the estranged Scottish son of an English Duke who has just died, Ewan McLaughlin is the reluctant heir to his father's title. Arriving in London, he must face is father's widow, half sister and half brother, Richard, who was fully expecting to become the Duke himself. While acquainting himself with his new found relations, Ewan finds himself more and more often in the company of Richard's fiancee, the beautiful Anna.
When it becomes clear that Richard is conspiring against Ewan, Anna is compelled that Richard is conspiring against Ewan, Anna is compelled to warn Ewan. But what beings in innocence soon becomes betrayal as Anna finds the answer to the question in her heart- in Ewan.
This historical teen,ya romance starts off when Ewan McLaughlin, who has lived with his Grandmother all his life in a small Scottish village where his family's Castle lies falling into dilapidation receives a letter to say that he must go to London at once because his father (who he has never had contact since baby and early toddler hood) has died and has left him the title of Duke. Angry and wondering why his father left the title to him, Ewan is reluctant to go to London but goes to meet his Father's new family who have been left behind. There are many challenges along the way such as the hostility of his half brother Richard towards him and the new ways of London society but when Ewan meets Anna Welsley and unsuspectingly falls in love with her, that just anger's his brother more as she is her fiancee. The story follows what happens to all the character's relationships between eachother and the obstacles that they have to overcome to follow their hearts.
I have heard from other people that this plot has been done several times before but this didn't spoil my enjoyment as I had never read a book like that before, but even if that is the case for the reader, I think the well developed and unique characters make up for this as I really cared about what happened to them.
I *loved* the romance between Anna and Ewan, it was so cute and just what I was looking for- a clean teen romance as many of the adult historicals are unsuitable. Anna's shy but bubbly occasionally, kind personality and the things that she did reminded me a bit of myself and Ewan was a great hero, tall and handsome but with flaws too so that he seemed human. You get to know both Ewan and Anna well by the end of the book as each chapter, although written in the third person, follows what happens to either Anna or Ewan. Right from the beginning I thought they would be great together, especially with their love of books and poetry.
However, this book doesn't just focus on love as there is an element of adventure and mystery to it that adds an extra dimension to the book and makes you desperate to find out what happens at the end as it is quite unpredictable.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a light hearted book with an adorable romance set in the past that keeps your heart fluttering and makes you sigh! If you have never tried reading a historical romance before but enjoy modern day romances, this would be a great innocent read to start with.
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So not the case with Anna and the Duke. Anna and Ewan actually have more dimensions to themselves than just their sex drive. Although they're not setting out to fall for one another, they follow their hearts to be together. There is also another underlying plot here, which is what makes the book succeed. It's really a good, suspensful novel that includes romance, it doesn't just center on that. I love that the characters have different facets to them that make them real, like abandonedment issues, being forced to do things by your parents. This book is definately a 110% book!
This isn't one of those steamy novels but what I call a true regency romance, the kind I most enjoy (btw, I'm in my 30's). Ewan is a young Scottish lord whose Scottish mother died while he was a child after his English father abandoned them and left them in near-poverty. For his whole life, Ewan has harbored resentment and anger towards the father he never knew and whom he has always imagined to be a selfish jerk. Yet while despising the man, Ewan admits to himself, though barely, that he wished he had had his father's approval. It is this kind of realistic ambivalence that really drew me to the author's characters.
Now in his 20's, Ewan learns his father has died and Ewan is now the new Duke. Ewan travels to England for the reading of the will and learns that his father was actually a good man. He meets his father's second family (his father had remarried soon after his mother died). His stepmother and stepsister are unexpected kind and genuinely happy to meet him. His stepbrother, Richard, however deeply resents him for usurping what he has always believed was to be his inheritance. As it turns out, Ewan's father never told his second family that he had an older son until he was on his deathbed. So Richard has spent his life expecting he would be heir and it is a huge blow to him that he will now be a mere second son.
In England, Ewan soon meets Anna. There is an immediate spark between the 2. As it turns out though, Anna is already engaged--to Richard, Ewan's stepbrother.
Ewan and Anna are both likable characters, honest, straight-forward, and intelligent. Their budding romance is sweet, but I think what I most appreciated about the book was the way the author presented dual sides of many of the characters. Richard and to a lesser extent, Anna's mother, are the villains of the story. But neither are just flat bad guys. You understand their motivation and sympathize even if you don't agree. Of course the wealth and prestige associated with the title are a draw for Richard, but also, becoming the next Duke was a way in which he could maintain a connection with the father he dearly loved. Anna's mother, while seemingly your typical greedy woman who is only out to sell her daughter to the highest bidder, is also sometimes displayed as being driven by a genuine desire to see her daughter better situated in life than she had been when she herself married.
As much as I liked the romance part (it's a romance after all!), I also enjoyed the familial relationships. Anna with her love/hate relationship with her mother. Her father who seemed oblivious to everything but who at one point showed that he was more aware than they thought. Ewan's relationship with his stepmother and stepsister. His stepmother's love for Richard which doesn't blind her to his faults. And of course Ewan's relationship with Richard himself. I found these varying relationships just as compelling as the romantic one between Ewan and Anna. Even if I didn't already know, it is clear that some of the characters are intended to pop up again in a sequel.
While the book did not leave me sighing, I didn't want to put it down.
It’s like Jane Austen with training wheels. You know those water wings that you strap to little kids who don’t know how to swim yet? Anna and the Duke, and by extension the entire Avon True Romance series, is like that. There are no sex scenes and very little sexual implications. The novel is a good length and does not lose steam. It gives its readers an elegant taste of the time period, with all the delicious tidbits like carriages and poetry by Byron. Think of Anna and the Duke as Jane Austen 101. Once you’ve had a taste of silk gowns, dance cards, and kisses on the hand…you’ll never go back.
The characters are interesting. Anna and the Duke is actually the first of two books that feature MacLaughlin men. Emily and the Scot is the sequel, and both books have a wonderful cast of lively, believable characters that you’ll wish are your real life friends. Ewan is the quintessential Prince Charming with a Scottish flair, and with her keen wit Anna proves herself to be more than just a damsel in matrimonial distress.
It’s through-and-through romantic. This would seem like a no-brainer for a romance novel, but Anna and Ewan’s story is so heartwarmingly lovely that you won’t be able to keep from smiling at the end!
Rating: 5 Benefits
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