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3.7 out of 5 stars
3.7 out of 5 stars

on 24 March 2017
It's pity I did not see Liesel Knightley review before I bought the book. There is nothing to distinguish it between many similar ones. I've read couple of better ones from that author so I'm not giving up on her yet.
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on 18 February 2008
Prudence is a seamstress whose illegitimacy has meant she lives rather on the margins of society. When she meets the Duke of St Cyres she thinks he is wonderful but of course a seamstress is nothing to an aristocrat. However when Prudence discovers she is due to inherit an amazing sum of money, is now an heiress, she begins to wonder if she could have him. Rhys de Winter, the duke, has discovered that Prudence is an heiress and yet he thinks the only way to get her to marry him is to woo her the traditional way; if she thinks him a fortune hunter she won't marry him so he pretends that he doesn't know. Of course building lies upon lies is always likely to cause a problem in the end...

This was an enjoyable and readable story set in the time of Queen Victoria. Prudence was a great character, a self-contained and yet also romantic girl whose motives are good and whose opportunities in life suddenly become so much greater. St Cyres is a typical rake who is hiding a terrible family secret but he sees in Prudence a chance for love and a woman that he can settle down with. Historicity was reasonable in this novel although the dialogue occasionally slipped into modern American words and phrases which was rather jarring. There was nothing particularly new in this story but it was a pleasant enough read.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008
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on 28 August 2014
Prudence Bosworth is a lowly seamstress. While working at a ball repairing the ladies gowns she comes into contact with Rhys de Winter Duke of St. Cyres, Prudence is captivated by this tall blond green eyed man. When going home later that evening she witnesses him saving a female servant from the attentions of another man, Rhys becomes her hero. What Prudence doesn't see is Rhys bedding the maidservant himself later that night.

Prudence is later shocked that day after returning to her lodgings to find a solicitor waiting for her. She then discovers her father, who abandoned her mother when she was pregnant and had fled to America, has died and left her a fortune. She's now an heiress worth a million pounds a year. Rhys the Duke of St.Cyres soon hears of prudence's changed circumstances and as he's stoney broke devises a plan to marry her. But he pretends that he has no idea that she has money, and Prudence who has already put him on a pedestal swallows every lie that falls from his lips.

I liked this story Rhys was a really wicked Duke, and despite the state of his finances he lives a hedonistic lifestyle, the lies he tells Prudence were not nice. As for Prudence she's so enamoured of him she can't see the wood for the trees, she's a true romantic, and very innocent where men are concerned. When it all comes to light he gets his comeuppance. Despite all that I really liked him, I liked Prudence as well. This is a nice read.
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on 3 May 2008
I'd heard good things about LLG, but hadn't previously read anything by her, and I'm afraid Wicked Ways of the a Duke wasn't the best place to start. The setting felt perfunctory, the characters were predictable and there's a standard woeful tale of parental abuse to 'explain' the hero's dark and brooding and dysfunctional personality which doesn't sit particularly well with the overall frothiness of the story.
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on 1 March 2014
Enjoyable tale of a Duke who needs money.loves a penniless seamstress who then becomes very rich from her dead unknown father.Cue abit of a romp with her pretending to be poor,him finding out she's the newest heiress ,and deciding to marry her ,pretending he didn't know.Then she finds out he knew!
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on 31 December 2007
In 1894 London impoverished seamstress Prudence Bosworth dreams of Prince Charming sweeping her off her aching feet. She has no hope of her fantasy turning into reality until she inherits a fortune from a father she never knew existed. However, the will contains a stipulation to obtain the money Prudence must be married or get nothing.------------- Having no prospects and though she would prefer to marry for love, Prudence believes that Duke Rhys De Winter is a kind person, who would treat her nice. However, she has only seen the Duke perform his one kindness of the century instead he is a rogue who needs money so he willingly agrees to wed the naive heiress. They marry and everything is great until she learns the truth about her scoundrel spouse, who must persuade his wife that he loves her.--------------- This is an engaging Victorian romance that sub-genre fans will enjoy due to the changing relationship between the lead couple. She loves and respects him while he likes and disrespects her that changes when he falls in love while she detests him. Fans will appreciate this late nineteenth century Guys and Dolls romance---I'd also recommend reading Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you missed it
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