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VINE VOICETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 24 May 2009
The `Desperate Duchesses' series continues with the Duke and Duchess of Fletcher. They married young and were helplessly in love, but after four years things are less than perfect.

In Fletch James portrays a truly sympathetic hero, frustrated by his wife's lack of interest in him, despite the love and loyalty to her he maintains. The lengths he goes to while trying to gain her attention are really quite sweet. In contrast Poppy is naïve and feeble, which might have made her quite unlikeable if not for her mother: Lady Flora.

James outdoes herself with Lady Flora - a purely selfish woman who has belittled, manipulated and dominated her daughter her entire life. Whenever she appears it's all too easy to feel sorry for Poppy (not to mention Fletch and his poor staff) and understand how she became the woman she is.

But thanks to time on her own - and a little help from Jemma, Duchess of Beaumont - Poppy is given a chance to grow up and learn to appreciate things for herself. Including her husband.

But, as always with Eloisa James, this book is not just about Poppy and Fletch. Several characters from Desperate Duchesses return, not least the Beaumonts and Villiers. In fact the story thread with Villiers adds some of the funniest and sweetest moment in the book. His valet, Finchley, is a gem.

A sumptuously crafted tale about seizing control of your life, growing up and appreciating the things you've got, James adds plenty of wit and intelligence to the mis. With a touch of love, several sensual moments and the glorious Georgian decadence this is a tale to savour.

(Oh, and for those who want to know the conclusion to Charlotte Tatlock's tale, check out Eloisa James' website for the bonus chapters. I doubt you'll be disappointed.)
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on 16 November 2008
I have read most of Ms James books and generally believe her writing style is descriptive and rich in exploring human emotions. In this particular novel I loved the hero.He was uncomplicated and very sure of himself ,his identity ,sexy,down to earth and very human.I liked the fact that he was sure of his feelings and love for poppy and never wavered from them.It was the heroine who had to undergo self-exploration and change to overcome all the sexual complexes her horrible bitter mother had instilled in her and to finally free herself to demostrate her love to Fletcher. The supporting cast of relationships within this circle of Desperate duchesses and their men is very interesting filled with humor and impending intrigue.
The intensity of feeling between the heroine and hero and the cademerie between them was very well executed and realistic.
A truly enjoyable read-I finihed it in one sitting ,looking forward to what happens to the Duke Villiers.
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on 16 October 2014
I am re reading Desperate Duchesses after having read them all a number of years ago out of order . They are just wonderful. I cannot recommend them highly enough- the romance is delightful, the ensemble of characters are brilliant and the dialogue is so witty. Just brilliant
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on 18 August 2014
This isma good book that entertains, however the heroine is too weak to compete with the others Duchesses in the series , in my opinion. The male character is far more intresting and deep. It adds lots of information needed to the series so therefore should not be missed out.
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on 23 January 2018
This is one of my favorite authors.
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on 13 January 2016
I read widely and enjoy the occasional light-hearted romantic book.... but this was excruciatingly boring and formulaic and after 20 mins I stopped and removed it from my Kindle.
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on 29 July 2013
A fantastic story with lots of humour. The characters are well developed and the story moves at a brisk pace. Really want to know what happens to the other characters in the follow-up book
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on 14 October 2011
( from my wife)

Yet another good book in the series the author has produced. The story follows a timie honoured fashion and provides all the "old romantics" that you would wish for in a period novel. An excellent author with a consistently high standard.
Recommended
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on 5 December 2012
I am in the throes of reading all of Eloisa James' Desperate Duchesses series and have greatly enjoyed envy one so far.
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on 29 January 2017
package was gaping open ,had not stuckgood
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