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A Duchess in Name: The Grantham Girls #1 by Amanda Weaver with Giveaway

A Duchess in Name: The Grantham Girls #1 by Amanda Weaver with Giveaway

Today I have a new Victorian Historical Romance from author Amanda Weaver. In this first book in The Grantham Girls Series, we meet American heiresses fresh out of a British Finishing School. Now available, you can read my review below, check out the tour stops to see what others thought of the title and be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a $30 Amazon Gift Card from Amanda Weaver.  But first ….

A Duchess In Name

The first in a new series, Amanda Weaver combines the “Golden Age” American heiresses in the marriage game in London. Back with the influx of wealth and power in the states, nothing said “I have arrived” then securing a titled groom for your daughter (or daughters).  Entitled homes are notoriously expensive to maintain, and the flagging British economy meant that while marrying for advantage (and dowry) was commonplace for the male aristos, real wealth in the UK was diminishing and they had to expand their search. From purely mercenary motivations to small moments of love and true connection all the way through to the later years when American debs were captivating the boys with beauty, wit and charm, the stories are never-ending.

Weaver introduces us to Victoria, a recent graduate of Lady Grantham’s Finishing school: destined to provide the polish and skills that any wife of a peer would need.  From a tumultuous relationship with her mother, and little to no say in her future, Vic is expected a proposal as the season ends.  But, an arrangement is agreed upon by her parents, and she is finding herself the unwilling betrothed of the unexpected newly titled Earl of Dunnley, Andrew.  A second son from the wrong side of the blanket, he’s freely followed his own interests and passions, and spent years abroad, only to be recalled and informed of the distasteful union.

These two instantly assumed the worst of one another, and leaving Vic to fend for herself at the country estate was a perfect set up to show her growth and give him time to cool down.  From a slow start providing background that does fuel all to come, Victoria is growing up and becoming a true peer’s wife and estate manager, much to Andrew’s surprise.  He doesn’t want to find her admirable or desirable, but her passion, honesty and determination win the day. Told in alternating POV, we see the gradual sullen acceptance turn to regard and later love as these two come to make a marriage out of seeming incompatibility.

Secondary characters, insets of daily struggles and a clear presentation of expectations versus desires for both Andrew and Victoria add layers of unexpected and wholly welcome depth to the story.  Laden with history, background and some truly clever moments that have you desperately seeking a happy ending for Victoria, this is a story to experience and savor, a truly wonderful start to a new series.

A Duchess in Name: The Grantham Girls #1 by Amanda Weaver with Giveaway

Title: A Duchess in Name
Author: Amanda Weaver
Series: The Grantham Girls #1
Also in this series: A Common Scanda
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Carina Press
ISBN: B014PIFZ6Q
Published on: 18 January, 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 234
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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About the Book:

Victoria Carson never expected love. An American heiress and graduate of Lady Grantham's finishing school, she's been groomed since birth to marry an English title—the grander the better. So when the man chosen for her, the forbidding Earl of Dunnley, seems to hate her on sight, she understands that it can't matter. Love can have no place in this arrangement.

Andrew Hargrave has little use for his title and even less for his cold, disinterested parents. Determined to make his own way, he's devoted to his life in Italy working as an archaeologist. Until the collapse of his family's fortune drags him back to England to a marriage he never wanted and a woman he doesn't care to know.

Wild attraction is an unwanted complication for them both, though it forms the most fragile of bonds. Their marriage of convenience isn't so intolerable after all—but it may not be enough when the deception that bound them is finally revealed.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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Victoria concentrated on her breathing as she watched the girls disappear into the garden. When she was sure they were out of earshot, she glanced back at her husband again. He smiled at her. Smiled! A warm, casual smile, as if his appearing at Briarwood out of the blue when she hadn’t seen or spoken to him in six months was nothing at all out of the ordinary.

“What are you doing here?” she demanded.

He blinked and took a step back. “I…I came to visit my sisters. My wife.”

She snorted and crossed her arms over her chest. “Indeed?”

“Indeed.”

“We weren’t expecting you.”

“I didn’t realize I’d need to wait on an invitation to be allowed to visit my own home.”

Victoria’s fury, already bubbling under the surface, burst into flame. “Well, you’ve spent quite a bit of time making it clear in no uncertain terms that this is no home of yours. Eventually I got used to the idea.”

He looked almost abashed. His every reaction was so far from what she’d come to  expect from him, she was left feeling caught out. But she wasn’t ready to relinquish her anger, even if he refused to meet it with his own.

“Yes, I’m sorry I’ve been so uninvolved with the house.”

“Uninvolved? You’ve been entirely absent! I’m sure the neighbors all think I’ve made you up.”

“I’m sorry,” he said simply.

She stopped and blinked at him. “What?”

“I’m sorry.” He raised his hands and let them drop. “I should have been here. I should have helped you.”

“Oh.” He’d taken the heat right out of her fury, damn him. She floundered helplessly for a biting comeback but came up empty-handed. Where was the cold, heartless man she’d come to expect? Surely any second he’d snap at her and mock her for slaving away in the countryside to rebuild this house. Or he’d attempt to lure her back into bed just so he could unravel her and abandon her again. She’d been such a naive little fool where he was concerned. Well, she was no fool now. She finally had the measure of him and she’d be damned if he’d make a fool of her one more time.

 

 

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About Amanda Weaver

Amanda Weaver has loved romance since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen. After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found her way back to romance, this time as a writer.

A native Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and nowhere near enough space.

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