Monday, 29 October 2018

Audio: Duchess by Design - Maya Rodale

Audio CD, 8 h
Narrator: Charlotte North
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by HarperAudio (first published October 23rd 2018)
Series: The Gilded Age Girls Club #1
Historical romance
For review

My Thoughts
Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it.

Characters
Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her own shops, and she has this crazy idea in her designs. Pockets! Yes I told you that she is insane. Pockets, like why would women need pockets? (oh this makes me so sad, we still do not get pockets. I need pockets.) Her boss is not a big fan of her crazy idea of pockets. Poor Adeline.

The Duke of Kingston is looking for a Dollar Princess to save his dukedom. And I get it. He has responsibilities. His tenants, his family, his legacy. He needs money. He does not want to sell land and makes his people work in mines. I could not dislike him for it, because the dollar princesses thought the same. They wanted a title. 

Story:
These two meet and sparks fly. But he needs a rich wife, and she needs her freedom. But he really likes her, and she is always the one fleeing away.

I think this would have been great as a historical fiction novel instead. She brought up so many interesting things. The Dollar Princesses, the 400 and their lives, the suffragettes, a woman's place in the world. I do think I would have liked it even more then. It would have been richer.

I did not know how this would end. I know there must be a HEA, but at times I just did not know how it would happen. He needs money. She has none. But do not fear, there will be a HEA.

Conclusion:
New York, Balls, and dresses with pockets. It is a new world. Interesting.

Narrator. Charlotte North
She had a good range

28 comments:

  1. An HEA is a must. I love the color of her dress.

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  2. That's pretty wild. Like, pockets sound a bit too much. Lol.

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  3. I don’t usually read these types of romances, but I am intrigued by all the historical events that you mentioned that this one touches upon. I will have to consider it.

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    1. It was different in that aspect, really different

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  4. This sound so cute. I think I'm going to grab this one.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  5. Oh I like the sound of it. Thank goodness for the HEA and yes every time to pockets!!

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  6. Hahaha, the pockets thing is kind of random, but I can see how it can be cute in context :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  7. Huh... I was going to say, her dress seemed to modern for "historical" but I forget that historical covers a HUGE period in time. To me it's all the same. haha

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    1. But you are right, for that time that is a LOT of shoulder

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  8. YES!! We so need pockets. And pockets that actually useful, not fake pockets or teeny pockets that won't hold your phone or anything else.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. Baby S had pockets on something when she was like 6 months. WTf, give me pockets! Not the baby

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  9. Pockets are so important! Most of my daughter's prom dresses have had pockets and that was one of the main selling points. This sounds well done!

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  10. It's a well written romance that has you wondering how in the world they'll make an HEA happen.

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    1. I honestly thought she would be a mistress

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