Duchess by Design

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Duchess by Design

The Gilded Age Girls Club

Miss Adeline Black has a big dream of owning a dress shop one day and no man will stop her. Not even the newest duke in New York City looking for an heiress to save his estate, Brandon Fiennes.

Part of me wondered if the first chapter showing Brandon in London contemplating marrying an heiress was truly necessary or not. The meet cute in this book was great and had me looking forward to Adeline and Brandon getting to know each other. The book moved along at a decent pace with very few slow spots.

Adeline was a fun, spunky heroine. Brandon was a...stuffy duke. I felt like Adeline was given all the personality and Brandon was mostly there so this would be a romance. Both had epiphanies about the way they lived their lives, but Adeline’s was a bigger part of the story.

I enjoyed the main conflict of the story and bought it was handled well. I also enjoyed its resolution.

I love Maya Rodale’s work and while this wasn’t my favorite of hers, I will definitely be checking out the next title in this series.


Book Blurb for Duchess by Design

In the first novel of Maya Rodale’s enthralling new series, an English duke vows to make an American seamstress his duchess...

In Gilded Age Manhattan, anything can happen...

Seeking a wealthy American bride who can save his family’s estate, Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, is a rogue determined to do the right thing. But his search for an heiress goes deliciously awry when an enchanting seamstress tumbles into his arms instead.

...and true love is always in fashion

Miss Adeline Black aspires to be a fashionable dressmaker—not a duchess—and not even an impossibly seductive duke will distract her. But Kingston makes an offer she can’t refuse: join him at society events to display her gowns and advise him on which heiresses are duchess material. It’s the perfect plan—as long as they resist temptation, avoid a scandal, and above all do not lose their hearts.


Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2018 3.50