The Making of a Duchess

The Making of a Duchess➶ [Reading] ➸ The Making of a Duchess By Shana Galen ➫ – Bluevapours.co.uk Julien Harcourt, Duc de Val re, still searches for his brothers in France, raising suspicion of British Secret Service Duke Northrop orders governess Sarah Smith, surname for her orphan status, to pos Julien Harcourt, Duc of a Kindle Ð de Val re, still searches for his brothers in France, raising suspicion of British Secret Service Duke Northrop orders governess Sarah Smith, surname for her orphan status, to pose as Seraphina, the Duc s intended, and prove Julien a traitor working for Napoleon Sara disagrees and follows Julien from London ballrooms to Paris dungeons Plus preview.

Shana Galen is of a Kindle Ð three time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of fast paced, witty, and adventurous Regency romances Kirkus says of her books, The road to happily ever after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun, and RT Bookreviews calls her books lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years Most of those years were spent working The Making PDF or in Houston s inner city Now she writes full time She s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the makingWant to knowVisit Shana s website at and sign up to be notified when Shana has a new release.

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • The Making of a Duchess
  • Shana Galen
  • English
  • 19 January 2017
  • 1402238657

10 thoughts on “The Making of a Duchess

  1. Erika says:

    One thing that worth my 5 bright shining stars Julien Harcourt Because all of the following reasons Everything he has done and he would do for his mother, He is everything a father wants from a son, He never give up in finding his brothers, He makes his own fortune, He knows how to treat a woman, When he view spoiler makes love and speaks french hide spoiler Use your imagination This point is worth 6 stars, He s one of the best romance hero Period.Things that I really like The One thing that worth my 5 bright shining stars Julien Harcourt Because all of the following reasons Everything he has done and he would do for his mother, He is everything a father wants from a son, He never give up in finding his brothers, He makes his own fortune, He knows how to treat a woman, When he view spoiler makes love and speaks french hide spoiler Use your imagination This point is worth 6 stars, He s one of the best romance hero Period.Things that I really like The past about French revolution, The story, The adventure.Things that I like The writing, The humor,Things that I don t like Cliche plot, Predictable mysteries, One thing that worth my 1 lonely angry star Sarah Selfish Smith.Because of Julien, I will read this book again

  2. Jennifer says:

    Sara Smith is put into an impossible situation she must spy on Julien Harcourt or else This task is for King and country, but she is not accustomed to lying and spying It s not her thing Sara goes about her task the best she can, but the Duc is an imposing, irresistibly cute gentleman It is hard for the both of them to ignore the sparks that fly between them, whenever they spend any amount of time together.Julien has fought hard to take care of his mother and rebuild the family fortune that Sara Smith is put into an impossible situation she must spy on Julien Harcourt or else This task is for King and country, but she is not accustomed to lying and spying It s not her thing Sara goes about her task the best she can, but the Duc is an imposing, irresistibly cute gentleman It is hard for the both of them to ignore the sparks that fly between them, whenever they spend any amount of time together.Julien has fought hard to take care of his mother and rebuild the family fortune that was lost during the Revolution The most important things to Julien are his family and their safety, hence his search for his lost brothers If only Sara knew this, for they share the same wants, a family and sense of belonging Julien and Sara are ideal for each other They share the same beliefs of family and security, are strong determined people who stand up for what is right and fair, and both just want to be loved How sweet is that Julien and Sara are two characters that hadoomph to them than your average romance novel At least that was my take Both have issues to deal with,so than a usual romance novel, and both are very strong people Sara is scared and a wee bit skittish in the beginning, but she soon gets herself together and goes about her business Julien tries to do what duty and society expect him to do, but eveventually does what he thinks is right Julien and Sara make a good match because they are equally strong in the story That is what I liked so much about this book.The story has a spy theme, so there is a lot of intrigue, and there were a few places where I had to read quickly because I couldn t wait to find out what happened next There were adventures throughout the story and as a whole the novel had a fine pace Galen paints an excellent picture of her setting as well There were some grand society events, rides through London, and beautiful clothing described All in all it made for a wonderfully exciting read.There is one thing I should mention, although it is minor There is a reveal at the end of the book, that at first, I thought was cliche However, after consideration, the reveal goes with what I perceived as a fairy tale element of the story The spy story, a girl from a humble background, boy and girl meet, fall in love, have adventures together.catch my drift I don t want to give the story away, but the reveal totally makes sense Besides, it s a romance novel How could this detail not be included All in all I really fancied this story, and I look forward to reading the other two books in this trilogy I also plan on reading Galen s previously published works as well The woman writes a satisfyingly fun story

  3. Allison (The Allure of Books) says:

    The Making of a Duchess by Shana Galen is the first of the Sons of the Revolution trilogy, featuring three brothers who all suffered to varying degrees from the French Revolution the book is set in England years later This book had a lot of things going for it interesting character descriptions and an intriguing premise Unfortunately, the book s execution left a lot to be desired.One of the biggest disappointments was the plot twist at the very end it was way too easy to figure out I wo The Making of a Duchess by Shana Galen is the first of the Sons of the Revolution trilogy, featuring three brothers who all suffered to varying degrees from the French Revolution the book is set in England years later This book had a lot of things going for it interesting character descriptions and an intriguing premise Unfortunately, the book s execution left a lot to be desired.One of the biggest disappointments was the plot twist at the very end it was way too easy to figure out I won t go any further into it to avoid spoilers although it won t take you long if you pick this up But the second I realized what would probably happen at the end I actually felt a little insulted like am I not supposed to be able to figure this out Maybe Shana Galen just didn t intend for it to be a surprise either way, it should have been made much harder to discern.And, while I found the synopsis intriguing, the way the overall plot ended up playing out was also a let down I wish aexperienced historical romance writer had written it I think it would have been carried off muchsuccessfully.Anyway Moving on Sarah Smith, an orphan turned governess, is forced by her employer to become a spy for British Intelligence Julien Harcourt, a French duc, has been making secret trips to France and is assumed to be a spy Sarah takes on an assumed identity to get close to the duc in order to find proof of his activities What she ends up discovering, however, has nothing to do with spying in fact, she ends up deciding to help him Their attraction quickly leads to complications that carry The Making of a Duchess on to its conclusion.Their mutual attraction does not work for me at all While Julien Harcourt is definitely the typical historical romance hero, Sarah Smith acts like an idiot To be fair it isn t her fault She is dropped quickly, without enough preparation, into a very difficult situation But still It makes absolutely no sense to me that Julien is so enad of her Then, once he discovers who she really is, he gets over it and falls in love with her way too quickly The entire romance was completely disappointing, the first word that comes to mind is actually idiotic because once again, I felt insulted that I was supposed to just fall in line and find them a legitimate couple.So, I basically found The Making of a Duchess to be a complete let down Despite the promising synopsis, I do not think it is worth picking up If you like the thought of spies playing out in historical romance pick up the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig instead

  4. Beanbag Love says:

    I picked this up for the low price and I can t say I was disappointed Galan isn t as good as Heath, Long, or Kleypas, but it was diverting nonetheless.The story concerns a governess names Sarah who is yoked into working as a spy for the Foreign Office by her employer It s a completely absurd premise, of course, and things fall apart quickly Of course, the guy she s spying on Julian Harcourt, duc de Valere is hot He s also fairly scarred from the French Revolution and has priorities tha I picked this up for the low price and I can t say I was disappointed Galan isn t as good as Heath, Long, or Kleypas, but it was diverting nonetheless.The story concerns a governess names Sarah who is yoked into working as a spy for the Foreign Office by her employer It s a completely absurd premise, of course, and things fall apart quickly Of course, the guy she s spying on Julian Harcourt, duc de Valere is hot He s also fairly scarred from the French Revolution and has priorities that appear on the surface to be treasonous to England.Blah, blah, blah I m not a big fan of historical romances dealing with spies Especially when one of the leads is spying on the other For the entire time that s going on their relationship is dishonest, so it s hard to become engaged.Anyway, I m going to read the next one because I m curious I don t see any listings for her, so I wonder if she s going to get to the third character who seems to be set up for a story

  5. CB says:

    Long ago, when I was a reader for big name Hollywood talent agency, we would talk about scripts that were on the nose I haven t really come across on the nose as a literary critique term, but if any book embodies the concept, it s this one In screenwriting, on the nose refers to dialogue that baldly expresses what the character is thinking or feeling, rather than leaving it up to the audience to interpret the emotion via cues and context It s boring, it lacks subtext and subtlety, and i Long ago, when I was a reader for big name Hollywood talent agency, we would talk about scripts that were on the nose I haven t really come across on the nose as a literary critique term, but if any book embodies the concept, it s this one In screenwriting, on the nose refers to dialogue that baldly expresses what the character is thinking or feeling, rather than leaving it up to the audience to interpret the emotion via cues and context It s boring, it lacks subtext and subtlety, and it treats the audience like an idiot.Meet The Making of the Duchess On the surface, there should be so much for me to like about this book French Revolution A Scarlet Pimpernel esque recue of an aristo from a French prison Rogues on the high seas okay, English Channel, but still A heroine who pretends to be someone she s not Spies Each and every one my romantic adventure sweet spot.And yet, it if weren t for the fact I read this on my Kindle and I happen to like my Kindle very much, this book would have hit the wall several times over Because it also hit my romance black buttons of death manytimes Heroine TSTL Oh, yes Sarah is one of the most obtuse heroines I ve met in a long time I don t think she could grab a clue if you coated her hands with SuperGlue And she s insipid to boot You know how Regency heroes are always bemoaning the latest crop of insipid debutantes, and you wonder where they are because Regency heroines tend to be rather 21st century in their s and manners They re hiding out in this book But not that Sarah feels particularly true to period, either Lizzie Bennet would eat her for tea and then wonder why she still felt peckish.Cardboard villian Check He even monologues and gives away the big plan twice Twice Sometimes I really miss the satisfying sound of a book hitting the wall Plot points that could be cleared up with one honest conversation Bien sur, mon ami.Insta love You betcha Why do these two crazy kids love each other Near as I can tell, it s because Sarah has Angelina Jolie or Meg Ryan on a bad plastic surgery day lips, and Julien, well, he s an alpha male duc so pheromones I guess Actually, Julien is a muchsuccessful character, probably because he has goals and motivations His only flaw is the insta love, and completely overlooking that Sarah lied to him, is spying on him, might be conspiring with his enemies, and could blow his most desired goal in life because she has big pouty lips So of course, dear reader, he marries her Thunk Head, book, whatever makes the most satisfying sound By the way, did you know the penalty for treason was to be drawn and quartered Because that is mentioned Many, many times although Sarah was wrong about women being burned at the stake for treason that was abolished in 1790, eleven years before the main story takes place And I guess that is my biggest problem with the book Nothing is subtle Subtext is non existent Even the big reveal at the end is very clunkily foreshadowed The book is just on the nose there s no better way for me to describe it Spoiler and why doesn t Sarah care what happens to her former charges She seemed to like them, and from what little we saw of them they were polite, sweet kids But never a thought is given to them

  6. Leslie says:

    The story opens with a young boy running for his life and leaving nearly everything and everyone he loves behind It s a brutal look at what happens when the mob mentality strikes and both the guilty and the innocent are caught up in the violence I was quickly swept up in the story of what happened after that young boy becomes a man What happens when the same young boy who ran for his life is now a wealthy and powerful man Julien Harcourt is a man with a life mission He desperately wants to The story opens with a young boy running for his life and leaving nearly everything and everyone he loves behind It s a brutal look at what happens when the mob mentality strikes and both the guilty and the innocent are caught up in the violence I was quickly swept up in the story of what happened after that young boy becomes a man What happens when the same young boy who ran for his life is now a wealthy and powerful man Julien Harcourt is a man with a life mission He desperately wants to find his brothers He has to believe that they are still alive and that he has not worked so hard in vain He will do whatever it takes to find them even if that means placing his trust in a woman whose allegiance he finds questionable He needs her help and he s willing to use her to get what he wants I liked that Julien never gave up hope of finding his brothers alive It s been years since he fled from the Revolution in France and now that he has established himself in England he hasn t forgotten his brothers He uses his connections and wealth to continue looking for them and following any lead When Julien s mother tells him the daughter of an old family friend will be visiting he knows his mother hopes there will be a marriage between Julien and Serafina Julien accepts the fact that it is time for him to start thinking of marriage and heirs When he sees Serafina aka governess Sarah Smith, he is a bit surprised She isn t at all what he was expecting Their first meeting is certainly memorable with Sarah leaving a distinct impression on Julien Sarah is a nervous wreck and totally unfit for her role as spy.Governess Sarah Smith is in shock when told she must act as a French noblewoman to uncover a spy and traitor to the crown She may speak French but she is far from nobility She works for the nobility but acting the part puts her out of her element This is where I had problems with the story Sarah was so unbelievable in her role as Serafina Artois, noblewoman She was young, 20ish so she didn t even have any real maturity or much life experience to fall back on The reader had to really stretch reality to believe that this young woman was able to continue in her deception of Julien She kept making one bad decision after another Her inexperience when dealing with stressful situations and drama was obvious I think it would have worked better had she been a bit older andassure of herself It would have made her characterbelievable in her role as a would be spy and her deception of Julien Julien was a fascinating character whose past shaped him into the man he had become He could be ruthless when it came to getting what he wanted but he still held enough compassion for those in desperate situations like Sarah was I did like how Julien treated Sarah, trying to keep her safe while still searching for his brothers He was terribly attracted to her but didn t completely trust her which made for some interesting sexual tension And he found that he was not only attracted to her but he liked her Which took him by surprise Love when that happens I enjoyed his honesty and his honor even when he had no reason to trust.The plot of this French exile doing well in England while still maintaining ties to France was interesting I liked the way the politics of the time period were woven into the story but didn t overwhelm the characters or the romance The romance between these two seemingly opposites started out as a business transaction, much like many marriage proposals between aristocrats of that time In the end they of course, fall madly in love and will do just about anything for each other.Unfortunately, what started out well didn t hold together as well It all kept coming back to the character of Sarah and the fact that she just didn t fit I get that she wasn t suppose to fit the role of spy, since she didn t have any experience and only three days of training but it wasthan that It was the fact that she kept going with the role and began to believe in what she was doing, that she could play the spy when she kept screwing everything up It was out of character for her and made that aspect of the plot unbelievable The next book in the series, The Making of a Gentleman, is due out in October I will admit that I am curious about it and will probably read it due to who the hero is As long as the heroine isn t another Sarah, I m willing to give it a try

  7. Jennifer says:

    From My Blog return return return A seemingly simple request leads to a delightfully fun, quirky, and fast paced game of charades in The Making of a Duchess by Shana Galen, the first in her trilogy I am thrilled to announce How does one describe a novel such as this without giving away the points that make the novel so delightful return return In 1789, Julien and his mother escape the peasant uprising, making 13 year old Julien the duc de Valere He and his mother escape France and head From My Blog return return return A seemingly simple request leads to a delightfully fun, quirky, and fast paced game of charades in The Making of a Duchess by Shana Galen, the first in her trilogy I am thrilled to announce How does one describe a novel such as this without giving away the points that make the novel so delightful return return In 1789, Julien and his mother escape the peasant uprising, making 13 year old Julien the duc de Valere He and his mother escape France and head to England and begin a new life for themselves and all is fairly calm for twelve years when trouble finds Julien once again Sir Northrop, a former Naval Officer now part of the Foreign Affairs Office and head of overseeing and training operatives, has been watching Julien, believing him to be an informant and a traitor Northrop sets up an elaborate ruse to have a spy planted within Julien s household, an intimate with the hope of an engagement between Julien and Sarafina Artois which would allow for confidences to be shared The only problem for Northrop is he needs an operative with no family and no ties to the London ton His choice is his governess, Sarah Smith, who has approximately three days to learn about the elite before being sent to stay with Julien and his mother And oh yes, how is her Italian return return Galen weaves together a delightful and witty tale of cat and mouse with deception, intrigue, mystery and romance into her fast paced Regency novel The Making of a Duchess makes for exceptionally entertaining reading with a cast of brilliantly written characters both central and minor An example of Galen s wonderful command of description, wit, charm, and her delightful cast of characters is evident during Lord Aldon s ball One cannot help but adore Sarah as she goes from the happy and content governess to an unwilling spy, entering the Season and the ton, both entirely foreign to her And what of Julien and his mates Is he indeed a spy as the British government suspects or are his dealings on the continent legitimate and quite legal Galen s descriptive writing and wonderful dialogue makes her novel impossible to set down return return I am personally looking forward to the release of the other two novels in this trilogy, The Making of a Gentleman and The Making of a Rogue If it is not evident yet, let me point out that I highly recommend The Making of a Duchess to any reader who is looking for an intellectual, witty, and all around delightful read

  8. Sophie Jordan says:

    I ve loved all Shana Galen s books, but THIS book is her best yet and much different fare from other historical romances A breath of fresh air Lush, sexy, smokin chemistry between the h h Very layered, multi dimensional characters I was riveted from the first page

  9. Gaby says:

    The Making of a Duchess grabbed me from the start It opens in France during the time of the French Revolution Julien is the eldest of the Duke s three sons and he wakes up to the sound of peasants attacking their home He runs to help his brothers and his mother but is surrounded by angry peasants some of which he s known all his life Although Julien is able to escape, the violence and hatred of that night marks him forever.He and his mother are able to rebuild their lives in England, but The Making of a Duchess grabbed me from the start It opens in France during the time of the French Revolution Julien is the eldest of the Duke s three sons and he wakes up to the sound of peasants attacking their home He runs to help his brothers and his mother but is surrounded by angry peasants some of which he s known all his life Although Julien is able to escape, the violence and hatred of that night marks him forever.He and his mother are able to rebuild their lives in England, but Julien cannot forget his brothers who might still be in France Despite the danger, Julien plans visits to France to search for his brothers and help them escape Julien is deeply committed to fighting the Revolutionaries who have taken so much from him and his family When a young French aristocrat whose family barely survived the Revolution writes his mother, he is willing to marry the young woman The mingling of noble French blood will be onevictory against the thousands of people that have tried to eradicate his family.The young woman, Sarah Smith, is actually a governess who has been manipulated by her employer into acting as an amateur spy Her mission is to pretend to be an escaped aristo and to find proof that Julien Harcourt is spying for France and against England Her handler is brutal and mean and clearly dangerous As Sarah tries to fulfill her mission, she can t find proof of Julien s disloyalty Instead, she is drawn to his sense of honor and kindness But if they work together, they must still find a way to overcome the hostility and accusations from the spymaster that is Sarah s employer and handler.The book is such a fun read Each part develops the characters of Julien and Sarah so that I found myself cheering for them and hoping that they d quickly find a way out of their dilemma The plot twists, drama, and suspense all come together and make the most of the drama of the French Revolution The Making of a Duchess is a thoroughly fun historical romance ISBN 10 1402238657 Mass Market Paperback Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca June 1, 2010 , 384 pages.Review copy provided by the publisher

  10. An Odd1 says:

    Just because spy The Widow ample bosom beautiful catlike in her repose p 23 fails to show for secret meeting with Sarah, could she not still be alive What happened to the Widow p 194 Safe from untrustworthy Northrop accepted into the highest social circles p 21 Easy killing is scary view spoiler Something was so familiar p 43 Easy to guess Sarah slip of paper misspelled at orphanage is really Sera You are Serafina p 352 Julien s mama does see family resemblances Just because spy The Widow ample bosom beautiful catlike in her repose p 23 fails to show for secret meeting with Sarah, could she not still be alive What happened to the Widow p 194 Safe from untrustworthy Northrop accepted into the highest social circles p 21 Easy killing is scary view spoiler Something was so familiar p 43 Easy to guess Sarah slip of paper misspelled at orphanage is really Sera You are Serafina p 352 Julien s mama does see family resemblances Mouth much too large is as fashionable today as thin lips were aristocratic then Her plain brown eyes and hair are redone with cosmetics, fancy dresses Voila, la Comtesse.Surprise that Northrop dispatched p 359 her parents, left her at orphanage, hired her as servant to humiliate, and deliberately placed her in position as herself Letter from family servant Gilbert is real, not fake lure Of course they retrieve Armand, mute They bring back Gilbert too, hope to question him about Bastien, other brother hide spoiler At first Sarah resists Northrop, not so hesitant as she thinks Her confidence growing p 63, she soon takes on her part as Lady Sera Julien first offers business arrangement p 88 marriage proposal Her eyes flashed p 88, and again The chit had some backbone p 88, refuses Dancing, she steps on his feet He puts discomfort aside and did his duty p 170 I suspected his pal Marcus Stover, so friendly to her, obligingly finding smuggler transport France p 125 Rigby knew bits and pieces, but Marcus knew the whole p 184 of his history Oh my breathless and wantingp 285 X rated I stay away from you Because I do want you p 221 Full, ripe p 184 Sarah too easily gets Captain Stalwart to take her aboard for finding Armand in prison The Attic In childhood game, brother Bastien had always been Captain Cutlass p 348, so who is pirate likely to be now

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