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The Duchess: A Novel af Danielle Steel
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The Duchess: A Novel (udgave 2017)

af Danielle Steel (Forfatter)

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Angelique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence. Angelique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources--and one bold stroke of fortune. Unable to secure employment without references or connections, Angelique desperately makes her way to Paris, where she rescues a young woman fleeing an abusive madam--and suddenly sees a possibility: Open an elegant house of pleasure that will protect its women and serve only the best clients. With her upper-class breeding, her impeccable style, and her father's bequest, Angelique creates Le Boudoir, soon a sensational establishment where powerful men, secret desires, and beautiful, sophisticated women come together. But living on the edge of scandal, can she ever make a life of her own--or regain her rightful place in the world?… (mere)
Medlem:AmandaO42
Titel:The Duchess: A Novel
Forfattere:Danielle Steel (Forfatter)
Info:Delacorte Press (2017), Edition: First Edition, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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This book was horrible!! I felt that the author needed to repeat herself over and over, like she forgot where she was in the story. I just couldn't/bother reading the rest of this book! ( )
  LenoreR | Mar 19, 2020 |
Borrow the start of Pride and Prejudice, but make everything as much worse than that as you can. Make sure you keep all the voices modern so that your readers won't find themselves in a strange culture. Decide to make your heroine fall in love, but forget to show any signs of it. (It should be enough to just repeat again and again that it happened.) Throw in lots of juicy but unimportant details about minor characters to paint them as black as you can. And have everyone run around in the final pages singing, "Happy end! Happy end!"

Even with this poor recipe, Danielle Steel can't write a totally awful book, but she comes very close. She also doesn't explain how, if there is an entail so that her father can't leave anything to her, (not anything?) her brother is then able to sell the property a few years later. Certainly it is still entailed. But let's not let little historical niggles bother us. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Jul 20, 2019 |
Interesting book about the unfairness of the treatment of women in the 1800's and how one privileged woman overcame it and sought redemption in the end. ( )
  soosthemoose | Dec 6, 2018 |
Will beauty and intelligence alone allow Angelique to survive after her father dies and her half-brothers cast her aside? Fleeing to Paris and starting a questionable business venture may be just the answer.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jul 29, 2017 |
Lets start this review by admitting that I've never been a huge fan of Ms. Steele, but I did read a few of her books which I liked. I'll not go so far as to say that this story wasn't written by the author, as some other reviewers have suggested, but for an accomplished author as Ms. Steele, this book is unacceptable.

Now, let me tell you what didn't work for me in this book.

I believe if the story was told only from the heroine's POV, it would have resonated better, but the thin plot made this story not just improbable, but totally unbelievable and most of the story, especially the ending, predictable. It annoyed me to no end that the story was told from everyone's POV. But what was most annoying was that the whole book read more as a movie script and not as a novel.

As for romance? Well, there wasn't much of it throughout the story and when finally our heroine falls in love, the story is rushed through and I felt absolutely no connection between the two. If I was the editor of this story, I would have made the author rewrite the ending. Huge disappointment there!

There are only two things that I thought were done well, and that's the heroine's character development and growth. I liked watching her grow into a woman of principle and strength, however improbable her journey was. The second thing was Gideon Emery's narration.

In the end, I do not recommend this read. I'm truly disappointment in it.

Melanie for b2b ( )
  bookworm2bookworm | Jul 14, 2017 |
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Angelique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence. Angelique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources--and one bold stroke of fortune. Unable to secure employment without references or connections, Angelique desperately makes her way to Paris, where she rescues a young woman fleeing an abusive madam--and suddenly sees a possibility: Open an elegant house of pleasure that will protect its women and serve only the best clients. With her upper-class breeding, her impeccable style, and her father's bequest, Angelique creates Le Boudoir, soon a sensational establishment where powerful men, secret desires, and beautiful, sophisticated women come together. But living on the edge of scandal, can she ever make a life of her own--or regain her rightful place in the world?

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