Duchess by Design: The Gilded Age Girls Club (Mass Market)

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So my rampant consumption of romance novels leaves little time for personal taste, as soon as one is done, I pick up another and move on, regardless of whether or not the plot is something I really care about. When I started Duchess by Design I eye-rolled (not a real word but Shakespeare did this all the time, so what’s once for me?) big time. Let's just say The Devil Wears Prada is not my favorite. Despite all of this I actually ended up really enjoying this book, even the fashiony bits!
When the Duke of Kingston, Brandon Fiennes, journeys to New York City he thinks that finding a wealthy heiress bride is going to be a cake walk and, using his new wife's dowry, he can finally do some much needed repairs on his estates and pay off his mother's exorbitant shopping bills. Romantic, right? As luck, or maybe karma, would have it the first woman he meets in New York, the beautiful, elegantly dressed woman of his dreams who runs headlong into him in his hotel lobby isn’t going to be the payday he expected.
Miss Adeline Black, dressed in one of her latest designs, is meeting a new client in an upscale hotel hoping to stock her wardrobe with beautiful new gowns for the season. A struggling seamstress, she has big dreams of taking the fashion world by storm with her unconventional designs featuring more comfortable corsets and, be still my practical heart, pockets. Yes, this woman wants to start a fashion revolution by giving women the ability to carry stuff around. She has no time for the handsome British nobleman who is now following her, but is charmed by it despite that. Think the 2002 Jennifer Lopez movie Maid in Manhattan.
This book was a lot of fun. The characters are flawed, there’s a secret suffragette society, and pockets! What’s not to love?

— From Chelsea


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.

About the Author

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence. She is now the bestselling and award-winning author of smart and sassy romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

Praise For…

Duchess by Design is a heartbreaking, soul-renewing, subversive tale of the limitations of gender and societal expectation and a reassertion of the world-changing power of love.”
Entertainment Weekly

“With an almost Wodehousian flair for words, perfectly placed wit, endlessly amusing characters, and a vividly evoked 1890s New York City setting, Rodale launches her new Gilded Age Girls Club series on a spectacularly high note.”
Booklist (starred review)

“An inspiring look into a time when being a female change agent came at significant personal sacrifice... highly recommended; readers will eagerly look forward to the continuation of the series.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“Rodale’s Gilded Age-set series launch is a smart, bright love story that perfectly balances messages of female empowerment and social potential with romantic tensions created by class and gender dichotomies ripe for revolution.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Rodale charms with this captivating historical... Sparkling characters, able plotting, and joie de vivre make the first in Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club an utterly enjoyable standout.”  
Publishers Weekly

“Duchess by Design stands out as unique and refreshing.  It’s more than worth your time.”
— All About Romance.com

“Adeline Black is a character any reader would be proud to know.”
— BookTrib

“DUCHESS BY DESIGN is a refreshingly different premise with a modern young woman and a duke who struggles with what is right, and what his heart wants. This tale is fun, realistic, and well written.”
— Romance Reviews Today

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062838803
ISBN-10: 0062838806
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2018
Pages: 384
Language: English
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