What a Difference a Duke Makes: School for Dukes Mass Market Paperback – 27 March 2018
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- Publisher : Avon Books (27 March 2018)
- Language: : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062692488
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062692481
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.44 x 16.81 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 797,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"In the first entry in her new School for Dukes series, Bell (Blame It on the Duke, 2017, etc.) reimagines the story of Mary Poppins for the Regency era, with delightful results that go beyond the typical fairy tale [...] A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious start to a new Regency series."--Kirkus Reviews
"Sassy dialog, breathtaking chemistry, and a healthy dollop of hilarity result in a Mary Poppins-like success that takes the classic governess tale to a new level. Great fun!"--Library Journal
From the Back Cover
Wanted: Governess for duke's unruly children Edgar Rochester, Duke of Banksford, is one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in England, but when it comes to raising twins alone, he knows he needs help. The only problem is the children have terrorized half the governesses in London. Until the clever, bold, and far-too-enticing Miss Mari Perkins arrives.
Lost: One heart to an arrogant duke Mari knows how to wrap even the most rebellious children around her finger. But their demanding, wickedly handsome father? He won't be quite so easy to control. And there's something else she can't seem to command. Her heart. The foolish thing beats so wildly every time Edgar is near.
Found: A forbidden passion neither can deny As his employee, Mari is strictly off-limits. But what if she's the one breaking all his rules? In the game of governess versus duke, how can Edgar maintain his defenses when the only thing he wants to do is let the tempting beauty win . . . ?
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Finalllyyyyy a book that took me out of my crappy reading slump! Wow, this was REALLY REALLY good....My first read by Lenora Bell and she has impressed me with her writing style, her characters and her historical research! Highly highly recommended and an absolute keeper! If you are looking for a read that is all about the couple and their relationship...look no further!!! I am literally frothing at the bit for the next book and I even read the sneak peak because I couldn't wait! I never read sneak peaks btw! That's how desperate I was to have more of this series.....
Edgar Rochester, Duke of Banksford has a rambunctious pair of illegitimate twins on his hands who keep running away and chasing away all their governesses with their antics until the sudden arrival of Miss Mari Perkins. She's bold, daring and ready to get the twins in top behavioural shape but her flaming hair and stern manners not only captivate the twins but also their handsome and powerful father.
Miss Mari Perkins is hiding her true identity from the Duke and is desperate for this position in his household and has to do what she can to secure her place. But her heart and mind are not hers anymore whenever she is around Edgar.
As their relationship deepens, Edgar and Marie realise they are two lost souls who need each other and have finally come home to one another.....
The blurb is what really drew me to this book..nothing else...It just seemed right up my alley and wow it was!
The relationship between Mari and Edgar? LOVED!
The relationship between Mari and the twins? LOVED!
Mari and Edgar as individuals? LOVED!
Mari and Edgar as a couple? LOVED!
Mari, Edgar and the twins as a beautiful family? LOVED!
The development of the characters and the growth of their love for each other? BRILLIANTLY DONE and LOVED!
Hahaha do I sound insane?
A Mary Poppins style romance which was brilliantly achieved with clever words and wit! Yes our lovely, sweet Mari is a governess and yes this is a story of the age-old adage of a governess falling in love with a Duke and he with her but it's so beautifully and tenderly done that you really do believe their love story and don't think its formulaic...Edgar is an absolute sweetheart and it was a lovely change to have a sensitive and tender hero rather than an alpha male battling his emotions. Mari has a heart of gold and she is a beautiful soul and she is exactly what Edgar and the twins needed to bring light into their lives :) Edgar and Mari are beautifully matched for each other and I just adored the twins! They were seriously cute :D
This book managed to surprise me! I was expecting a few formulaic situations to happen (especially on that seaside holiday) but Lenora Bell managed to surprise me with the circumstances! Well done! I'm usually not easily surprised in books as I manage to guess or predict most things but this time I was surprised so I always take my hat off to the author when that happens :) The whole book felt very real if that makes sense...the situations of the characters and their predicaments all felt very realistic and the characters reacted exactly the way I would expect them too, which added to the realism of the story.
The whole book was really good from start to finish and I devoured it! The banter was witty, cute and laced full of chemistry between Edgar and Mari. I loved Edgar and Mari as individuals, I loved them as a couple and I loved all four of them as a family. This was such a beautiful romance, I really did enjoy it immensely :)
I can't wait for India and Rochester's story...omg one of my favourite tropes! Childhood crushes to pretend enemies to lovers! Can't waitttt! I could already feel the chemistry between these two in this book...can't wait for some combustion of pages in their story!
Well done Lenora Bell for keeping me up all night reading!
Top reviews from other countries
Don't waste your money on this.
I laughed out loud three times in the first two chapters and barely stopped smiling the entire book... which I started yesterday evening and finished a little after 1:00 this morning (never mind my 6 am wake-up call for work).
This book borrows liberally from Mary Poppins, complete with the parrot beak umbrella, a spoonful of sugary "medicine" to remedy homesickness in the children, precocious children, kite flying, a white gown with a red sash, and even the Duke's title BANKSford and Mari-rhymes-with-starry Perkins.
There are more idioms and proverbs than you could imagine and yet they don't get tiresome - they're one of Mari's quirks and also a lovely way she and Edgar banter.
There's also some very good chemistry between them and a wonderful cast of secondary characters.
The conflict is very easily resolved and it's certainly not the deepest story ever written, but it's otherwise "practically perfect in every way". It's like a hug in book form.
Second Date: I loved how unconventional both Edgar, the Duke of Banksford and Mari were. From the onset they had terrific chemistry even if they vexed each other. Bell did a wonderful job of sharing their histories and those of the bastard twins Edgar is raising. The story had everything from meddling staff and siblings, to forbidden moments. Secondary stories surrounding Banksford’s inventions and business to Mari’s quest for regarding her parentage I found myself fully invested in the outcome. The twins, a boy, and a girl added interest and brought the couple together.
Third Date: While Edgar struggled with the employer/staff relationship, the staff and his sister did not. I loved the character growth and inner turmoil. Outside forces provided the obstacles in this romance allowing me to delight in the developing romance. If you love your romances tied up in neat little bows, Bell delivers. While I felt some of it all click into place rather easily, I was more than happy to continue dancing.
Miss Perkins stands up to the duke on behalf of the children even though her heart races every time she sees the wildly handsome duke. He notices Mari’s quiet beauty behind her assertiveness; and that that his children are now behaving and are more pleasant to be around. As Mari draws the duke into the world where she and his children reside, can he resist the temptation she unwittingly provides? And how does Mr. Lumley, the venerable toy-maker, figure into the story?
An enticing romp through London with plenty of twists to keep the reader engrossed in this splendid bit of romance.
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I actually met Lenora Bell. I did! Scout’s honor and all that! Let me tell you that she would totally fit in the era she loves to write. SHE belongs on the cover of the books she writes as she is as pretty as any cover model, as kind as any of her heroines. She’s also an amazing historical writer.
I bought her series The Disgraceful Dukes when I saw her in the Kansas City Kisscon. Her next book in this School For Dukes series won’t be out until September 18, 2018, which will feature the sister of the hero Duke from this book. Now, that’s going to be a blast because India is someone I would LOVE to have as a friend in real life.
Ok, about this book. It was a great vacation to take on a beautiful spring/summer day sitting outside in my lawn chair. Mari is a strong, independent 20 year old that has to make her way in the world alone. She gets dumped on by the proprietor of the governess-for-hire service and gets her trunk stolen on the first day she’s in London. Her life kicks into overdrive after that. Chasing two youngsters who are feeling misplaced and unloved is quite a challenge, but Mari knows a thing or two about feeling misplaced and unloved.
Edgar, Duke of Banksford, has had enough crap happen in his life to rival Mari, which makes them a perfect match. He doesn’t know what to do with children. Hell, he doesn’t even know what to do with himself. He’s trying so hard that he’s spinning his wheels. Then comes Mari.
Everyone needs someone to share the bad things as well as the good things. Someone who knows the secrets and will keep them as well as defend them. These two are perfect matches, but sometimes it takes the boldness of the woman to take the first steps. Mari is the one that tugs the Duke along his path whether he wants to or not. She is his hero and mine too.