Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Desirable Duchess by Marion Chesney

Title: The Desirable Duchess
Author: Marion Chesney
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Publisher: Fawcett Crest
ISBN: 0449221563
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 172 pages
List Price: Out-of-print
Reviewed: December 2, 2008
Rating: 4 stars (4.1)
Warnings: None

Synopsis: Alice is in love with Sir Gerald. Her parents orchestrate a break-up and marry her off to the new peer in town, the Duke of Farrant. A talking bird starts off the controversy. Misunderstandings and general nuttiness ensue.

My opinion: Quite an amusing read...the first time. It's still funny, even six reads later, but if it is re-read too soon, it's just annoying. The talking bird isn't even the funny part. The silliness of the main characters and several supporting characters is what induces chuckling.

The heroine is 18 or so when the story starts and seems in keeping with her age, i.e., naive and trusting. The duke is around 30, a veteran of the Peninsular Campaign, and so a little hardened--something that is not really evidenced in the story except for a very few instances when the duke says/thinks something to that effect. Meanwhile, he has some serious problems with jealousy.

Overall: 4.1 stars because I do really like this very succinct story. I like Marion Chesney's ability to stuff an entertaining story into a very small book... :o)

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