Duchess by Night Paperback – 28 May 2009
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'More posh totty from the 18th century behaving disgracefully'. (Daily Mirror on AN AFFAIR BEFORE CHRISTMAS)
An evocative tale of love and life' (Inside soap on AN AFFAIR BEFORE CHRISTMAS)
A cheeky and evocative romp through the lives of the eighteenth century A-listers. Good characters and authentic settings...will have you laughing and cheering in equal measures (Bookbag.co.uk on AN AFFAIR BEFORE CHRISTMAS)
'Entertaining and exciting throughout [with] enough seduction, laughter and surprises . . . to satisfy even the most demanding fans of historical fiction.' (Publishers' Weekly on AN AFFAIR BEFORE CHRISTMAS)
It's charming, cheeky, funny and sexy and I know I'll re-read it in the future. And of course I'll definitely be reading more of Eloisa James's books. Highly recommended (even if you don't think it looks like your kind of thing!) (Trashionista.com on DESPERATE DUCHESSES)
It's guaranteed to get me hot under the collar . . . Bravo for Eloisa (Fiona Walker on Much Ado About You)
'Sheer joy from beginning to end.' (Carole Matthews on Much Ado About You)
Jane Austen meets Jilly Cooper in the third Regency romance in Eloisa James' sexy, witty, bestselling Desperate Duchesses series.See all Product Description
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Having said that, this tale of gender-swapping, scandal-brewing, game-playing fun is my favourite of the series so far. The brief glimpses of Harriet in the previous books did nothing to endear her to me, but here she is a pleasant surprise.
A quiet country widow who's tired of being pitied and blamed for her husband's suicide, Harriet is all too happy to assist her friend, Isidore - not-quite Duchess of Cosway - in creating a scandal to fetch her errant Duke home. But how can a virtuous duchess' reputation survive a visit to the licentious estate of Lord Strange?
With the help of the Duke of Villiers (becoming more and more likeable by the book), a new wardrobe and some creative tailoring Harry Cope is born, and Lord Strange is left battling a bewildering attraction to one of the prettiest men he's ever met.
Filled with James' glorious wit and keen eye for detail, Harriet and Jem's story is a delight, from the ridiculous - parrying Kitty's amorous advances, learning to ride astride, trying to assess her bottom in comparison to Strange's - to the delightful - anything with Eugenia, fencing lessons, Villiers - a wonderful romance is built between the two. And both characters learn to face up to the past, as well as regain hope for the future.
James' work just continues to get better and better, and this whole series is excellent.
Of course Harriet can't attend the house party as herself as her reputation will be ruined. Isidora and the Duke of Villiers together help her to dress as a young man and she is introduced as Mr Cope, a relation of Villiers'. As Harriet settles into her new role she begins to find the freedom that men have - not only in terms of less restrictive clothing and the ability to say what they mean without excessive politeness, but also in discovering enjoyment in galloping horses, learning to fence and more. But can she keep her identity secret, can her growing friendship with Lord Strange survive her eventual unmasking?
What was particularly good about this book was the focus on Harriet and Strange and the gradual way in which they get to know each other. Most of the book is narrated from Harriet's point of view but we get occasional insights into Jem's thoughts, which are rather perturbed at his apparent attraction to another man.Read more ›
Another in the Duchess series, this time about Harriet, Duchess of Berrow. Her husband, Benjamin had committed suicide after a chess game with the Duke of Villiers and she'd spent a long time in mourning.
At a party given by Jemma, Duchess of Beaumont she decides to be the forlorn widow no longer and persuades the Duke of Villiers to take her to a house party with Isidore, Duchess of Cosway. Only to avoid scandal is going disguised as a young male relative of Villiers (Harry Cope).. What could go wrong?
Lord Strange is well used to unusual happenings at his house parties, but he is used to not questioning his own sexual appetites, therefore when he starts to find the young Harry Cope more than attractive he begins to worry - especially as he has promised the Duke of Villiers to help make a man of young Harry, and therefore has to spend a lot of time with him.
Will his identify be found out?
A 4.5 star read all the way. I really loved it, and the doubt cast in Lord Strange's own mind was really well written and a different angle.
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I love Eloisa James' novels. Always well written and grounded in historical research. No glaring Americanisms or modern phrases unlike many books in this genre. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed this fabulous book. I loved the storyline the humorous interaction between the colourful characters and heady passion desire and innocence of the era had me... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2013 by Mnrigb
as with all EJ books, just fabulous! well rounded characters, good storyline. I have loved everthing so far EJ has written.Published on 9 Mar. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Probably the best one of the series as characters quite likeable. Still - her writing voice quite strange. Takes a bit of getting used to.Published on 3 Jan. 2013 by E. M. Dugdale
A purchase on behalf of my wife who advises me that the book is an excellent one with a good storyline and ending. If you are a fan of this period dramas you will enjoy it.Published on 17 Sept. 2011 by Thomas Page
I like Eloisa James's style. Quite easy to read and the story gets you hooked till the end.Published on 9 Mar. 2010 by Rosemay
This book was very entertaining, the characters were interesting and engaging and the descriptions of the world and objects within it were vivid. Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2009 by R. George