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The Accidental Duchess [Mass Market Paperback]

Jessica Benson
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Dec 30 2003 Pocket Books Romance
On her wedding night, Gwendolyn Armistead discovers that she has accidentally married Harry, the Earl of Cambourne and future duke, the twin brother of her betrothed, the easygoing Bertie Milburn, in a witty and sensual romance set against the backdrop of Regency England. Original.

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Julia QuinnAuthor of "To Sir Phillip, with Love"Regency romance at its best.

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Jessica Benson has won numerous awards for her previous novels, historical romances hailed for their fresh and humorous voice. Her novels include The Accidental Duchess, available from Pocket Books. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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4.0 out of 5 stars strange but entertaining Regency Dec 31 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
During the Napoleonic Wars, Gwen marries Lord Milburn the person she has been betrothed to since her birth. After the ceremony, she asks him what name she should use and he replies Harry. She is shocked to learn she married Lord Cambourne, Milburn's brother.
Gwen wants to know why Harry agreed to this ploy, but his response leaves her in further doubt as he tells her to talk to her bossy mother. When she learns that her parents blackmailed Harry into marriage since Milburn had not returned home, Gwen is despondent. However, as the scenario becomes even weirder with the return of Milburn and the brothers swapping identities, she realizes that Harry could not be made to do anything he would not want to. Could he love her as she loves him?
THE ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS is a strange but entertaining Regency romance that will remind readers of the Importance of Being Ernest or perhaps As You Like It, but obviously in a different setting. The story line can become confusing as to which brother is which, but fans will appreciate the errors as they will be as bewildered as the heroine is and enjoy every moment of it. Jessica Benson provides a fun historical though concentrate or you will root for the wrong brother to kiss Gwen.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars A deliberate hit! One-click this book today!!!! Dec 27 2003
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Jessica Benson has done it again! In the tradition of "Lord Stanhope's Proposal," Benson has written a delightful, laugh-out-loud regency with a hero and heroine you will adore! Ms. Benson has gone further this time, however - she has written what may possibly be the most romantic, sensual love scenes I have ever read (and I've read too many to be comfortable telling you). I pre-ordered this book in August based on her first book, and was thrilled to have it arrive yesterday. I won't bother telling you the plot - you don't have to know anything but the blurb to read the first few pages - and you don't have to read anything more than the first few pages to be hooked for the book. When her groom tells Gwen "You bring me to my knees, Gwen" I just about went to mine - and I was lying down! This book is fabulous! For Regency lovers, it is Georgette Heyer with seductive romance added. For romance lovers, it doesn't get any better than this. And if you've never read a romance, you may want to start elsewhere - this book will ruin you for any other romance! I'm trying not to go on and on, but I have to stress again that this book is funny, sensual, and, above all, truly a ROMANCE - unlike so many other books on the market today, you know why these two people fall in love! If you've never read Lord Stanhope's Proposal - get that one too. Ignore the silly title and cover - it, too, is funny, romantic, and has heroes you can really root for. I've purchased about 15 to 20 of this book for friends and family - and they all loved it. Two more things and then I'll let you order (I suggest RUSH DELIVERY): 1) Another strong point in Ms. Benson's favor is that her plots are tight and have wonderful twists, the characters stay true to themselves, and the secondary characters are beyond wonderful. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Accidental Duchess Jan. 20 2004
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THE ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS is a merry tangle of mistaken identity when Lady Gwen marries the wrong man. Since birth she had been betrothed to Bertie Milburn. Something is going on that Gwen is not privy to. Why is Harry pretending to be Bertie while he is around town and then trying to seduce her when in private. Harry can't tell Gwen the truth of the matter. What do her parents have to do with anything? You'd be surprised. Everything comes to a head when Bertie gets back in town.

Jessica Benson is a masterful storyteller who certainly has her characters at fever pitch trying their hands at seduction, changing their ways, and taking charge of their lives for better or worse in the game of marriage. You don't want to miss how this one turns out. I loved I! THE ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS is a novel you will want to savor and read more than once.

Suzanne Coleburn, Reader to Reader Reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, but lacked follow through March 9 2004
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The premise was great - the bride marries the wrong man! The rest of the book is attempts to untangle this mess. I was captivated in the first few chapters, but then became frustrated with the increasingly outlandish reasons/ways the heroine is prevented from finding out the truth behind her marriage to Harry. The actual blooming of Gwen and Harry's relationship gets sort of lost between the twists and turns necessary to keep Gwen in the dark. Gwen does seem very naive about all of it. The chemistry between the hero and heroine is good, but it takes too long for it to um, come to fruition. One can't help but feel that if Harry had taken 5 minutes to have a little chat with Gwen right after wedding, things could have resolved themselves happily much, much sooner. In essence, sort of a silly frustrating read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I adored this book! Dec 30 2003
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I haven't read all that many historical romances -- I actually thought it was a contemporary, but then I absolutely loved it! It reads very like a chic lit novel, but even sexier and funnier. If there were other historical romances like this, I would buy them!
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