Title: An Unlikely Duchess, Ranford Series, Book 1
Author: Nadine Millard
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Story Setting: Offaly, Ireland, London, England 1815
Published by: Blue Tulips Publishing, 1 edition
Published Date: March 26, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
Listening Length: 9 hours, 41 minutes
Published by: Tantor Audio
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Publisher’s Summary: Edward Crawdon, Duke of Hartridge, is being forced by his slightly overbearing but loving mother to spend time with her old friends at their estate in Ireland. He does not know it, but a contract exists between the two families stating that Edward must marry their eldest daughter.
On the day of his arrival, Edward meets Lady Rebecca, Caroline’s younger sister, under very unusual circumstances. Edward cannot stop thinking about Lady Rebecca, but she is completely unsuited to being a duchess. However, she becomes rather a toast of the Ton, and even though he cannot marry her, Edward realizes that he cannot stand idly by and watch Rebecca marry someone else.
Will Edward admit his true feelings for Rebecca? Will he defy his responsibilities and duties, his idea of a “proper” duchess, and follow his heart?
©2014 Nadine Millard ; (P)2014 Tantor
My Thoughts: This is one of those listens where you’re either smiling like a fool or chuckling. I usually do my listens as I work in the house. My hubby probably thought me strange indeed!
For a debut novel, I thought the book was extremely well written, both in plot and style with all the necessary earmarks of an exciting story, propelling me enthusiastically through the listen. It was well thought-out with plenty of action with no scenes lacking good pacing. I would certainly continue to look for reads from this author and hope to continue the series with book 2.
It must have been very hard to be a klutz during the Regency era where Polite Society picked apart any actions which didn’t follow the rules and norm of a proper lady or gentleman. Lady Rebecca very innocently got herself into a devil of a problem, not just occasionally, but all the time. If Lady Rebecca had been anything less than she was, the duke would not have noticed her. Their mix of tempers and her outspokenness, led to delightful scenes, rather like a sparring match and quite entertaining.
I enjoyed the narrators energy and playful tone in the humorous parts of the story. Even though she didn’t deepen her voice for male characters, it didn’t seem to bother me. I so enjoyed how the narrator depicted George Simons, an evil man who was slightly insane. She truly made him sound demonic and definitely Irish. I’d also like to remark Ms. Crick’s crying scenes were very authentic along with the sniffing and the audible gasp heard in dialog where appropriate. Since this story took place, partially in Ireland and the rest of the time in London, it was interesting to hear Lady Rebecca’s maid with her Irish lilt and speech common to servants of that time.
Lady Caroline, sister to Lady Rebecca was the epitome of grace, properness and beauty. This was not ‘her’ story, but her character was well-developed and I’m sure she will appear in book 2 of this series. Lady Caroline had been the one his late father had wanted him to marry. Certainly, she was the perfect one, but he felt nothing. That is to say, nothing for her, but her minx of a sister, being most unsuitable duchess material, had not only captivated His Grace, but amused him when life had become rather boring since becoming duke.
About the Author: Nadine Millard was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and now lives in Laois with her husband and three children. She has a degree in legal studies. Reading—with either coffee or wine—is her favorite thing to do. Visit her at nadinemillardauthor.com.
Words from the biography of author on Amazon.com
My debut novel, a Regency Romance called An Unlikely Duchess debuted in March 2014, with Book Two, Seeking Scandal, debuting July 2014. There is a final book in the series, Mysterious Miss Channing releasing in January 2015. I’m also part of a box set, Forbidden, Regency Romance which contains my novella, A Winter Wish.
My brain is constantly full of stories and characters so don’t be surprised if I come out with something completely different after that…though I have to say, my heart belongs to Regency! When I’m not writing I can be found scurrying around after my three children. Or perhaps my dog. I don’t scurry after my husband, that’s generally the other way around! 😉 I hate housework so only kind of pretend to do it! Love reading (or research as I like to call it). I have a brilliant family and wonderful friends who are ever patient and supportive of me. I’m sometimes asked where my inspiration comes from. I guess it’s from everywhere! I love my gorgeous husband to distraction so that helps! I think I also put a little bit of people I know into my characters…shhhh 😉 Have an ever so mild obsession with Jane Austen and have properly researched time machines in case there’s one who could take me back to 1800s. I know. I need help. My brain might be odd but it’s a pretty fun place to be at times! My writing really took off when my three-year old started preschool. So now, while my seven, five and three-year old children are being taken care of by teachers, my characters are being taken care of by me! To be fair though, I can quite regularly be found at 2 a.m. glued to the laptop when I get an idea!
About the Narrator: Beverley A. Crick is a British born, New York-based actress, voiceover artist and comedienne. She was raised in the island of Bermuda and is known for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015); He’s Way More Famous Than You (2013); Cusp (2000) and The Young And The Restless (1990).
She is the audio book narrator of The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier (Recorded Books); The Unexpected Consequences of Love, by Jill Mansell (Tantor Publications); Angel’s Devil, by Suzanne Enoch (Tantor Publications; An Unlikely Duchess, by Nadine Millard (Tantor Publications); The Game and The Governess, by Kate Noble (Tantor Publications); For Myself Alone, A Jane Austen Inspired Novel, by Shannon Winslow (Audible); The Grief and Loss Cure, by Chris Ranjit (Audible); The Queen’s Bastard, by C.E. Murphy (Tantor Publications); The Pretender’s Crown, by C.E. Murphy (Tantor Publications) and several other publications.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Beverley Crick