Duchess by Design

Duchess by Design

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 In the first novel of Maya Rodale's enthralling new series, an English duke vows to make an American seamstress h...

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Title:Duchess by Design
Author:Maya Rodale
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Genres:Romance
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Duchess by Design Reviews

  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    Oct 20, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    Oct 22, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

  • Suzanne
    Feb 01, 2019

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentiona...

    I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I en...

    2.5 stars. I skimmed the second half. The duke was super dense and his character growth arc was clumsily handled, and on top of that I didn't buy the romance--they're half in love after 30 seconds of insubstantial flirtation in an elevator. See The Duchess War by Courtney Milan for ...

    In a letter from the author, Rodale explains her research and the few changes that she made to incorporate the very real issues of the day pertaining to activism in terms of female empowerment and choices: from snippets of speeches to the very real ?Dollar Duchess? phenomenon, to a...

    4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-OE It?s 1895, and New York City is abuzz with talk about the young and handsome Duke of Kingston visiting from England, rumored to be looking for a wealthy bride. When the duke, Brandon, discovered just what a financial...

    Duchess by Design is the first book in The Gilded Age Girls Club by Maya Rodale. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book so much that I am determined to read all the future books in the series. Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston always thought he would marry for love. But w...

    I do not think I have ever read a historical romance that takes place in the Gilded Age. Plus it is staged in New York City versus the typical city of London. Double ding! I was drawn in by the whole scene Maya Rodale paints! This book starts out like so many do-a rogue Duke is in need...

    It is my first historical read with the Gilded Age as background. So I discovered a lot, I was a little like the Duke, learning a whole different world. Adeline Black, the seamstress with a dream of becoming a dressmaker is really a very intriguing young woman, she does not give up, s...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale book one in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston. Brandon is a Duke that has inherited a dukedom that needs to replenish the coffers, estates that need major renovations an...

    Duchess by Design takes place during the Gilded Age in New York City, a time when women were making their way in the world in new professions and impoverished English nobility were coming to snag an American heiress. Brandon Fiennes, Duke of Kingston, is determined to do the honorable ...

    Duchess by Design is pretty much what it says on the tin - an impoverished young Duke mistakes a young New York City dressmaker for her wealthy client and is immediately "enchanted" by her. What follows is a Gilded Age romance heavy on the feminism and lighter on the romance. If you en...

  • nick
    Sep 10, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

  • Connie Fischer
    Oct 23, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

  • Elena
    Oct 20, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentiona...

    I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I en...

    2.5 stars. I skimmed the second half. The duke was super dense and his character growth arc was clumsily handled, and on top of that I didn't buy the romance--they're half in love after 30 seconds of insubstantial flirtation in an elevator. See The Duchess War by Courtney Milan for ...

  • Miranda Kenneally
    Nov 07, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

  • GONZA
    Oct 15, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

  • Erica Chilson
    Oct 06, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

  • Caz
    Nov 02, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

  • Jen Davis
    Oct 11, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

  • Tracett
    Sep 14, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentiona...

  • Sharon
    Nov 26, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentiona...

    I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I en...

    2.5 stars. I skimmed the second half. The duke was super dense and his character growth arc was clumsily handled, and on top of that I didn't buy the romance--they're half in love after 30 seconds of insubstantial flirtation in an elevator. See The Duchess War by Courtney Milan for ...

    In a letter from the author, Rodale explains her research and the few changes that she made to incorporate the very real issues of the day pertaining to activism in terms of female empowerment and choices: from snippets of speeches to the very real ?Dollar Duchess? phenomenon, to a...

    4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-OE It?s 1895, and New York City is abuzz with talk about the young and handsome Duke of Kingston visiting from England, rumored to be looking for a wealthy bride. When the duke, Brandon, discovered just what a financial...

    Duchess by Design is the first book in The Gilded Age Girls Club by Maya Rodale. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book so much that I am determined to read all the future books in the series. Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston always thought he would marry for love. But w...

    I do not think I have ever read a historical romance that takes place in the Gilded Age. Plus it is staged in New York City versus the typical city of London. Double ding! I was drawn in by the whole scene Maya Rodale paints! This book starts out like so many do-a rogue Duke is in need...

    It is my first historical read with the Gilded Age as background. So I discovered a lot, I was a little like the Duke, learning a whole different world. Adeline Black, the seamstress with a dream of becoming a dressmaker is really a very intriguing young woman, she does not give up, s...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale book one in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston. Brandon is a Duke that has inherited a dukedom that needs to replenish the coffers, estates that need major renovations an...

    Duchess by Design takes place during the Gilded Age in New York City, a time when women were making their way in the world in new professions and impoverished English nobility were coming to snag an American heiress. Brandon Fiennes, Duke of Kingston, is determined to do the honorable ...

  • Celine
    Oct 15, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

  • Joanna Shupe
    Oct 09, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

  • Leigh Kramer
    Jan 29, 2019

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

  • Gaele
    Oct 26, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentiona...

    I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I en...

    2.5 stars. I skimmed the second half. The duke was super dense and his character growth arc was clumsily handled, and on top of that I didn't buy the romance--they're half in love after 30 seconds of insubstantial flirtation in an elevator. See The Duchess War by Courtney Milan for ...

    In a letter from the author, Rodale explains her research and the few changes that she made to incorporate the very real issues of the day pertaining to activism in terms of female empowerment and choices: from snippets of speeches to the very real ?Dollar Duchess? phenomenon, to a...

  • AnnMarie
    Oct 27, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentiona...

    I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I en...

    2.5 stars. I skimmed the second half. The duke was super dense and his character growth arc was clumsily handled, and on top of that I didn't buy the romance--they're half in love after 30 seconds of insubstantial flirtation in an elevator. See The Duchess War by Courtney Milan for ...

    In a letter from the author, Rodale explains her research and the few changes that she made to incorporate the very real issues of the day pertaining to activism in terms of female empowerment and choices: from snippets of speeches to the very real ?Dollar Duchess? phenomenon, to a...

    4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-OE It?s 1895, and New York City is abuzz with talk about the young and handsome Duke of Kingston visiting from England, rumored to be looking for a wealthy bride. When the duke, Brandon, discovered just what a financial...

    Duchess by Design is the first book in The Gilded Age Girls Club by Maya Rodale. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book so much that I am determined to read all the future books in the series. Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston always thought he would marry for love. But w...

  • Deborah
    Sep 19, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentiona...

    I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I en...

    2.5 stars. I skimmed the second half. The duke was super dense and his character growth arc was clumsily handled, and on top of that I didn't buy the romance--they're half in love after 30 seconds of insubstantial flirtation in an elevator. See The Duchess War by Courtney Milan for ...

    In a letter from the author, Rodale explains her research and the few changes that she made to incorporate the very real issues of the day pertaining to activism in terms of female empowerment and choices: from snippets of speeches to the very real ?Dollar Duchess? phenomenon, to a...

    4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-OE It?s 1895, and New York City is abuzz with talk about the young and handsome Duke of Kingston visiting from England, rumored to be looking for a wealthy bride. When the duke, Brandon, discovered just what a financial...

    Duchess by Design is the first book in The Gilded Age Girls Club by Maya Rodale. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book so much that I am determined to read all the future books in the series. Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston always thought he would marry for love. But w...

    I do not think I have ever read a historical romance that takes place in the Gilded Age. Plus it is staged in New York City versus the typical city of London. Double ding! I was drawn in by the whole scene Maya Rodale paints! This book starts out like so many do-a rogue Duke is in need...

  • Tracy Emro
    Oct 15, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

  • Tony Haile
    Oct 24, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentiona...

    I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I en...

    2.5 stars. I skimmed the second half. The duke was super dense and his character growth arc was clumsily handled, and on top of that I didn't buy the romance--they're half in love after 30 seconds of insubstantial flirtation in an elevator. See The Duchess War by Courtney Milan for ...

    In a letter from the author, Rodale explains her research and the few changes that she made to incorporate the very real issues of the day pertaining to activism in terms of female empowerment and choices: from snippets of speeches to the very real ?Dollar Duchess? phenomenon, to a...

    4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-OE It?s 1895, and New York City is abuzz with talk about the young and handsome Duke of Kingston visiting from England, rumored to be looking for a wealthy bride. When the duke, Brandon, discovered just what a financial...

    Duchess by Design is the first book in The Gilded Age Girls Club by Maya Rodale. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book so much that I am determined to read all the future books in the series. Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston always thought he would marry for love. But w...

    I do not think I have ever read a historical romance that takes place in the Gilded Age. Plus it is staged in New York City versus the typical city of London. Double ding! I was drawn in by the whole scene Maya Rodale paints! This book starts out like so many do-a rogue Duke is in need...

    It is my first historical read with the Gilded Age as background. So I discovered a lot, I was a little like the Duke, learning a whole different world. Adeline Black, the seamstress with a dream of becoming a dressmaker is really a very intriguing young woman, she does not give up, s...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale book one in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston. Brandon is a Duke that has inherited a dukedom that needs to replenish the coffers, estates that need major renovations an...

    Duchess by Design takes place during the Gilded Age in New York City, a time when women were making their way in the world in new professions and impoverished English nobility were coming to snag an American heiress. Brandon Fiennes, Duke of Kingston, is determined to do the honorable ...

    Duchess by Design is pretty much what it says on the tin - an impoverished young Duke mistakes a young New York City dressmaker for her wealthy client and is immediately "enchanted" by her. What follows is a Gilded Age romance heavy on the feminism and lighter on the romance. If you en...

    Brandon Fiennes, Duke of Kingston, inherited poverty due to his father and needs a wealthy bride to help his sisters and estates. As many in England are in the same boat, he goes to New York to find a wealthy woman. In his hotel lobby he bumps into Adeline Black, who works for a dressm...

    The best romance novel I've read all year!!! This was my first Gilded Age romance novel after having read a ton of regency romances and I love the updated time period! The romance is still the center of the book, but the heroine Adeline doesn't wait around to be saved by the Duke or hi...

  • Elodie
    Oct 23, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentiona...

    I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I en...

    2.5 stars. I skimmed the second half. The duke was super dense and his character growth arc was clumsily handled, and on top of that I didn't buy the romance--they're half in love after 30 seconds of insubstantial flirtation in an elevator. See The Duchess War by Courtney Milan for ...

    In a letter from the author, Rodale explains her research and the few changes that she made to incorporate the very real issues of the day pertaining to activism in terms of female empowerment and choices: from snippets of speeches to the very real ?Dollar Duchess? phenomenon, to a...

    4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-OE It?s 1895, and New York City is abuzz with talk about the young and handsome Duke of Kingston visiting from England, rumored to be looking for a wealthy bride. When the duke, Brandon, discovered just what a financial...

    Duchess by Design is the first book in The Gilded Age Girls Club by Maya Rodale. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book so much that I am determined to read all the future books in the series. Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston always thought he would marry for love. But w...

    I do not think I have ever read a historical romance that takes place in the Gilded Age. Plus it is staged in New York City versus the typical city of London. Double ding! I was drawn in by the whole scene Maya Rodale paints! This book starts out like so many do-a rogue Duke is in need...

    It is my first historical read with the Gilded Age as background. So I discovered a lot, I was a little like the Duke, learning a whole different world. Adeline Black, the seamstress with a dream of becoming a dressmaker is really a very intriguing young woman, she does not give up, s...

  • Tracy T.
    Nov 27, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

  • Rose Blue
    Oct 24, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentiona...

    I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I en...

    2.5 stars. I skimmed the second half. The duke was super dense and his character growth arc was clumsily handled, and on top of that I didn't buy the romance--they're half in love after 30 seconds of insubstantial flirtation in an elevator. See The Duchess War by Courtney Milan for ...

    In a letter from the author, Rodale explains her research and the few changes that she made to incorporate the very real issues of the day pertaining to activism in terms of female empowerment and choices: from snippets of speeches to the very real ?Dollar Duchess? phenomenon, to a...

    4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-OE It?s 1895, and New York City is abuzz with talk about the young and handsome Duke of Kingston visiting from England, rumored to be looking for a wealthy bride. When the duke, Brandon, discovered just what a financial...

  • Katrina
    Jul 26, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentiona...

    I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I en...

  • Joanna Loves Reading
    Jan 12, 2019

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

  • Donna
    Jan 08, 2019

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentiona...

    I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I en...

    2.5 stars. I skimmed the second half. The duke was super dense and his character growth arc was clumsily handled, and on top of that I didn't buy the romance--they're half in love after 30 seconds of insubstantial flirtation in an elevator. See The Duchess War by Courtney Milan for ...

    In a letter from the author, Rodale explains her research and the few changes that she made to incorporate the very real issues of the day pertaining to activism in terms of female empowerment and choices: from snippets of speeches to the very real ?Dollar Duchess? phenomenon, to a...

    4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-OE It?s 1895, and New York City is abuzz with talk about the young and handsome Duke of Kingston visiting from England, rumored to be looking for a wealthy bride. When the duke, Brandon, discovered just what a financial...

    Duchess by Design is the first book in The Gilded Age Girls Club by Maya Rodale. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book so much that I am determined to read all the future books in the series. Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston always thought he would marry for love. But w...

    I do not think I have ever read a historical romance that takes place in the Gilded Age. Plus it is staged in New York City versus the typical city of London. Double ding! I was drawn in by the whole scene Maya Rodale paints! This book starts out like so many do-a rogue Duke is in need...

    It is my first historical read with the Gilded Age as background. So I discovered a lot, I was a little like the Duke, learning a whole different world. Adeline Black, the seamstress with a dream of becoming a dressmaker is really a very intriguing young woman, she does not give up, s...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale book one in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston. Brandon is a Duke that has inherited a dukedom that needs to replenish the coffers, estates that need major renovations an...

    Duchess by Design takes place during the Gilded Age in New York City, a time when women were making their way in the world in new professions and impoverished English nobility were coming to snag an American heiress. Brandon Fiennes, Duke of Kingston, is determined to do the honorable ...

    Duchess by Design is pretty much what it says on the tin - an impoverished young Duke mistakes a young New York City dressmaker for her wealthy client and is immediately "enchanted" by her. What follows is a Gilded Age romance heavy on the feminism and lighter on the romance. If you en...

    Brandon Fiennes, Duke of Kingston, inherited poverty due to his father and needs a wealthy bride to help his sisters and estates. As many in England are in the same boat, he goes to New York to find a wealthy woman. In his hotel lobby he bumps into Adeline Black, who works for a dressm...

  • Els
    Dec 02, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

  • Maria Dariotis
    Oct 23, 2018

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...

    This book is fantastic. Full of Rodale's wit and feminist spin, set in the glitz and glamour of New York's Gilded Age. I loved that the feisty American heroine designs dresses (with pockets!). The hero is a stodgy duke looking for an heiress to save his crumbling English estate. This w...

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I try to make a point of reviewing the books I win, but I'm so afraid that my myriad of thoughts about this book will never get organized into a coherent review that will do this book the justice it deserves. I'll give it try anyway. I adored...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale is the First book in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston. Brandon has inherited a Title with some rundown estates which are in need of money to repair them. Then he has a mothe...

    If you?re looking for a historical with a somewhat different flair, look no further. Duchess by Design features the requisite duke the title suggests, but it takes us out of Regency England to New York?s Gilded Age, while he searches for his bride. It?s fresh and fun, and it?s ...

    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 4 Stars. Duchess by Design is the debut in The Gilded Age Girls Club series, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment. Just a decade until the turn of the twentieth century, the world is ch...

    White?s Club, London - 1895 Brandon Alexander Fiennes has just become the fifth Duke of Kingston. The man is broke and needs to marry a wealthy woman. When his father died, Kingston was left with huge debts, estates needing monetary support, his large ancestral home, Lyon House, h...

    I am a Maya Rodale fan so of course I have to get all her books. Great narration by Charlotte North (audible review) I enjoyed this book. Maybe a little overboard with the word"pockets" LOL but still good. The story line was fun and different. From London to New York, I really li...

    This was so good! I loved it. Especially the girl power. ...

    This book is quite new regarding to the plot as far as regency romances go, mostly because I think that I have never read about the marriage between a Duke (even if impoverished) and a seamstress, so I enjoyed it even if I thought that it was not particularly well written. Questo li...

    I loved the setting, and I'm always a sucker for a dressmaker story. This was a good beach read for me, handsome dukes, pretty dresses, and women's rights issues. However, and this is a big However, I really hated the anachronisms in speech. ("Inquiring minds want to know", "unmentiona...

    I enjoyed this story. The characters were well thought out and had a lot of dimension. However, I was not all that enthralled with the book. I found myself sort of skimming through some parts. It felt more like a love story to women's rights than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I en...

    2.5 stars. I skimmed the second half. The duke was super dense and his character growth arc was clumsily handled, and on top of that I didn't buy the romance--they're half in love after 30 seconds of insubstantial flirtation in an elevator. See The Duchess War by Courtney Milan for ...

    In a letter from the author, Rodale explains her research and the few changes that she made to incorporate the very real issues of the day pertaining to activism in terms of female empowerment and choices: from snippets of speeches to the very real ?Dollar Duchess? phenomenon, to a...

    4.5 Stars as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-OE It?s 1895, and New York City is abuzz with talk about the young and handsome Duke of Kingston visiting from England, rumored to be looking for a wealthy bride. When the duke, Brandon, discovered just what a financial...

    Duchess by Design is the first book in The Gilded Age Girls Club by Maya Rodale. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book so much that I am determined to read all the future books in the series. Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston always thought he would marry for love. But w...

    I do not think I have ever read a historical romance that takes place in the Gilded Age. Plus it is staged in New York City versus the typical city of London. Double ding! I was drawn in by the whole scene Maya Rodale paints! This book starts out like so many do-a rogue Duke is in need...

    It is my first historical read with the Gilded Age as background. So I discovered a lot, I was a little like the Duke, learning a whole different world. Adeline Black, the seamstress with a dream of becoming a dressmaker is really a very intriguing young woman, she does not give up, s...

    Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale book one in The Gilded Age Girls Club series. This is the story of Adeline Black and Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston. Brandon is a Duke that has inherited a dukedom that needs to replenish the coffers, estates that need major renovations an...

  • Maureen Carden
    Feb 09, 2019

    3.5 Stars ? it took me along time to read this, but that was primarily due to it being hard copy. Otherwise I enjoyed. In terms of romance, there was too much back and forth, will they? Won?t they? But I thought the h&h well suited, and there is cute and witty dialogue. It ...

    I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals Duchess by Design is the first entry in Maya Rodale?s new Gilded Age Girls Club series of historical romances, set ? not surprisingly ? in New York?s Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century. While...

    Lovely story. A very good begin of the new series. ...

    Have I ever read a romance set in the Gilded age? I honestly can't tell. I think not. I have read historical fiction set then, but no romance. Oh and where is that tv series they talked about that would be set at this time? I need it. Adeline is a seamstress with big dreams of her o...

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Brandon Fiennes, The Duke of Kingston needs to find a rich bride, he inherited a failing estate, two unmarried sisters and a mother with an expensive sense of style. He consults with his cousin Freddie and is told that if he wants a heiress, New York is the pl...

    I have read quite a few historical romance novels, but only one other that was set in the Gilded Age. When I found out about Duchess by Design being set in America as opposed to the usual setting of Britain, I was quite intrigued. Duchess by Design was a surprising read for me. I loved...

    This was such a fun, insightful historical romance! When it wasn't making me swoon, it was making me cheer on the inclusion of pockets in dresses and female empowerment in the Gilded Age. Adeline was a winner of a heroine. She was so determined to become a dressmaker and for her des...

    I'm not actually doing a real review, just a few comments. Duchess by Design actually had more depth than most historical romances that I read. Took on some historical truths of that period. Characters with some depth and inner lives, characters willing to make actual changes. ...