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The Duchess

The Duchess

by Jude Deveraux
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"Claire Willoughby was a modern American girl of the late 1800s -- fresh, practical, energetic, and wide-eyed with curiosity. A clause in her grandfather's will said that she must wed an 'acceptable' man to keep her millions, and blood, handsome Harry Montgomery, the eleventh Duke of MacArran, was perfect. He owned a historic castle, he looked manly in a kilt, and he was as much a titled Scotsman as Bonnie Prince Charlie himself.

Their engagement was quickly announced, and Claire -- her future as a duchess assured -- set off with her entire family to meet the Montgomery clan in Scotland. Bramley Castle was a damp, chill place, overflowing with eccentric Montgomery relatives. But there was also Trevelyan, a curious, brooding man of great mystery who lived in secret in the most ancient part of Bramley. Whoever he was, he wasn't at all like Harry: Trevelyan was the most exasperating, arrogant, know-it-all of a man Claire had ever met. And the most fascinating..."

This is among my favorites. Claire thinks she's marrying someone from a long line of history, and she was well read and knew a lot about the family. Harry could care less about the history of his family. Harry didn't care about much of anything but hunting. Claire sets out to make things better, and meets Trevelyan. This opens her eyes to a whole array of new thoughts and love. I love hearing more about The Brat (Claire's little sis), Trevalyan's sister, and the exotic Nyssa. Such a great story.

posted August 25, 2003
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