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Schooling the Duke (The Heart of a Scandal Book 1) by [Caldwell, Christi]
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Book 1 in a brand-new Regency series by Christi Caldwell! There once was a gypsy’s pendant said to bring its wearer the heart of a duke. Some found love and others--heart ache. In this passionate series, clever, once-wounded, twice-wary women will find their chance at happily ever after…and maybe even, the heart of a duke!

Schooling the Duke
A lady betrayed:
Finishing school instructor, Mrs. Rowena Bryant is hated by her students, revered by the headmistress, and absolutely determined to maintain her financial security. Deceived years ago by the only man she'd ever given her heart to, Rowena relies on no one but herself—that is the best way to keep her most scandalous secret.

A soldier turned duke:
When Graham Linford returned from war on the cusp of death, he discovered he'd been betrayed by the woman he loved. From that moment, Graham shaped himself into an unfeeling nobleman, refusing to ever suffer the agony of betrayal again. Now a duke, Graham is determined no one will ever discover the touch of madness that has haunted him since battle.

Lovers reunited:
When Graham finds himself named guardian to a young lady, the woman sent as a companion to his ward is none other than Rowena Bryant. With every moment spent together, their passion reignites, and the walls they've built to keep one another out begin to crumble. But when their dark past tests them again will true love be enough to repair their damaged hearts?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1592 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XVK7LC2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #612 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Sandra R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 April 2017
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Loved this second chance romance - full of angst. Interesting story.
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Every time I read one of Christi Caldwell's books, I think she has outdone herself. This was no exception! I felt frustration, anger, heartbreak, hope and love reading this book. I'm off to go and read it again right now!
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 58 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Love Found 8 April 2017
By Diane D - Published on Amazon.com
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Every time I review a Chrisi Caldwell book I always thing this is her best book yet and then I read the next one. Well this is the best. Christi manages to take a story of young lovers separated by family and create an amazing story of older (~30) people finding each other and finding their was back to love. This book has every character type - an imperious Duke who only cares for his legacy, an illegitimate heroine who is forced to leave her home and family, a wounded soldier who thinks his love has abandoned him, a traitorous friend, and a feisty, independent ward who brings everyone together.
The narrative is smart and the characters well written. This book had places where I laughed but more where I cried. You can't help but feel for the two main characters Rowena and Graham and all they have lost because of the meddling of those closest to them. If this is the first book in the series, I can't wait to see what comes next.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Graham and Rowena (Great Couple) 8 April 2017
By Tracy DeNeal - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love second chance romances, this is the book for you.

I was transported by this story of young lovers thwarted by prejudice, jealousy, class distinctions and desperation.

As usual, Christi Caldwell takes a flawed H and h and brings them together after a long separation to recognize the strength of their love for one another.

The villains of this piece were despicable. The callous disregard for the feelings of others was heartbreaking. I kept wanting to say, "Why?"

It was pure schaudenfraude (pleasure derived from the misfortune of others).

My pleasure came, of course, from the liberal use of symbolism to drive home the point that our dear couple was meant to be. The cameo appearances and mentions of several denizens in the Caldwell HOAD universe made me smile and was refreshing.

All in all, this first installment of the Heart of a Scandal series was an excellent read and I anxiously await the next book in the series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful novel that is a joy to read, characters to cherish, and even an out-spoken ward to tell it like it is!! 14 April 2017
By Vanessasgram - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful "trip" through what hatred, bigotry, jealousy, and lack of hope can do to a person! We have a hero that is shattered on the battlefield, coming home to find his "only love" gone and the wounds plus the loss of his "bride" throw Graham into chaos!
Rowena is a strong in most ways but very weak as to her own worth hit from all sides to keep her from going to Graham. Even Graham's father and "best friend" plot against them!

These two lovers go through many trials and even with Graham trusting and loving Rowena, she can't believe in herself enough to go to Graham. The very bright spot in this book is the ward (age 17) foisted upon Graham by his war comrade who has died and a bright out-spoken very wonderful young lady comes into Graham's life! She lightens a very tragic book. (I DO SO HOPE that Ms.Calwell will give Ainsley her own book! She is so perfect for someone!

This wonderful book makes all the characters come alive with all their own fears and insecurities just as we all have. Graham is the perfect tortured hero and Rowena has a lifetime of being told she's "not good enough" to over come. Once you start this book you will never be able to put it far away without it being in your mind.

I would recommend this book to everyone. One trend I'm finding in this genre of books is sometimes many many pages with no dialog, just the long deep thinking that's going on in the character's mind. This is enlightening but sometimes in my own opinion a little too lengthy betwixt and between dialog or action. This book was a pure joy to read and even has an arch villain to hope "gets his"!! MY ONLY problem is it ends far too abruptly and leaves you trying to find the next page that isn't there!

I really think after living and aching through their sorrows and tribulations, we should be rewarded with a little more of their joy and happy start to their lives together!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True love is forever 8 April 2017
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Did you have that one true love, and it slipped away? Did the world and evil people interfere and cause you pain? Did the stars align and you had another chance? Once again, Christi Caldwell spins a Web of love, loss, pain, cruelty and redemption. Her characters are so well developed. She introduces us to the pain of having no control over your birth and of finding a way to rise above society's ignorance. A true winner.
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story of redemption and second chances 11 April 2017
By Shawna Wood - Published on Amazon.com
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Schooling The Duke is a heartbreakingly beautiful read. Graham and Rowena story will pull in for the prologue and you will weep, shout and cheer as they deal with their past in order to make a way for their future.

Rowena is a lady who I could identify with. When we are young, we are naïve and believe nothing is impossible. We think nothing can really touch us. Rowena soon learns that life can be hard, cruel and unfair. she, like most of us, are soon forced to find a way in new world. Rowena is a lady full of strength and even though she built walls to protect herself, she refused to lay down and give up. Though she was scared and hurt by the nastiness in life, she was still a women to be admired, for she refused to let her past completely control her.

Graham was a classic Caldwell hero, While Rowena did not let life beat her down, Graham allowed his broken heart to define his existence. He allowed it to frame everyone decision and choice he made for over a 10 years. He let it be a festering wound in his otherwise empty existence.

There is no easy reconciliation between these two lovers. To much hurt and pain have passed for them to fall into each other. They both have to face their demons and learn to forgive themselves for believing the lies of others so easily. Their journey is not only reconciling the folly of their youth, but to get to learn who they are as adults.

The story also includes one of the most wonderfully delicious villain Christi has ever created to date. This character will smile to your face, while they plunge a knife in your back. Such a deliciously evil and manipulative character that you will love to hate.

You won't be able to resist Graham and Rowena's journey to reclaim their past from the manipulation of others and the mistakes of their youth.

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