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Book Title: Vévodkyně|
The author of the book: Jude Deveraux
Date of issue: 2010
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The Duchess is one of my favorite of Jude D’s old books.
In it, we have a very unique hero- and a heroine that at once touches your heart and makes you laugh at her frank matter of factness.
Claire Willoughby is in love- with a Scottish Duke no less. And good thing because her mother desperately wants her to marry a Duke. Considering she’s a wealthy American Heiress and he's house and title rich but money poor, she’s about to catch him too.
But she’s an odd sort. She loves books and learning… and all things Scottish. You would think her Scottish Duke would be just as interested in all the facts about his land and ancestors as she? But she's realizing that isn't the case.
Harry the Duke is going to marry his American Heiress despite her dreadfully uncomfortable straight forward American ways - he needs the money that comes along with her, but he will be content to never have to spend time with her after the nuptials.
Immediately upon their arrival at Bramley Castle, Harry’s ancestral home, Claire realizes something is amiss with her future husband and with his family.
But a peculiar man and the relationship they begin after she discovers him wondering around the grounds one morning helps to distract her. The man is helpless and feeble, poor dear, but he knows just as much about her one obsession as she- well, next to all things Scottish- that being world explorer Captain Frank Baker.
Soon Claire finds herself caught up in the mystery of the man and the goings on at the castle. She's also about to discover he is not who she first thought him to be... and on her way to truly falling in love with a man rather than myth.
I love Claire, I love her love for learning- and enthusiasm for the explorer Captain Frank Baker, I love that she doesn’t sit back and wait for things to happen, I love that she drinks whiskey and loves yogurt and curried eggs, isn't too missish to read about the sexual habits of indigenous peoples-in latin- , is kind to an old Scottish curmudgeon and the crofters on the estate, and that she doesn’t blink when she discovers a man secretly living in a castle with an Indian man servant. I think I love her best because to me she is Sara Crewe from A Little Princess all grown up. And I love the man she falls in love with in the end and the life they eventually have together.
I LOVE THIS BOOK.
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Read information about the authorJude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.
She began writing in 1976, and published her first book, The Enchanted Land (1977) under the name Jude Deveraux. Following the publication of her first novel, she resigned her teaching position. Now, she is the author of 31 New York Times bestsellers.
Jude won readers' hearts with the epic Velvet series, which revolves around the lives of the Montgomery family's irresistible men. Jude's early books are set largely in 15th- and 16th-century England; in them her fierce, impassioned protagonists find themselves in the midst of blood feuds and wars. Her heroines are equally scrappy -- medieval Scarlett O'Haras who often have a low regard for the men who eventually win them over. They're fighters, certainly, but they're also beauties who are preoccupied with survival and family preservation.
Jude has also stepped outside her milieu, with mixed results. Her James River trilogy (River Lady, Lost Lady, and Counterfeit Lady) is set mostly in post-Revolution America; the popular, softer-edged Twin of Fire/Twin of Ice moves to 19th-century Colorado and introduces another hunky-man clan, the Taggerts.
Deveraux manages to evoke a strong and convincing atmosphere for each of her books, but her dialogue and characters are as familiar as a modern-day soap opera's. "Historicals seem to be all I'm capable of," Jude once said in an interview, referring to a now out-of-print attempt at contemporary fiction, 1982's Casa Grande. "I don't want to write family sagas or occult books, and I have no intention of again trying to ruin the contemporary market." Still, Jude did later attempt modern-day romances, such as the lighthearted High Tide (her first murder caper), the contemporary female friendship story The Summerhouse, and the time-traveling Knight in Shining Armor. In fact, with 2002's The Mulberry Tree, Deveraux seems to be getting more comfortable setting stories in the present, which is a good thing, since the fans she won with her historical books are eager to follow her into the future.
Jude married Claude White, who she later divorced in 1993. Around the same time she met Mohammed Montassir with whom she had a son, Sam Alexander Montassir, in 1997. On Oct. 6th, 2005, Sam died at the age of eight in a motorcycle accident.
Jude has lived in several countries and all over the United States. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and has an additional home in the medieval city of Badolato, Italy.
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