Sunday, July 4
Title: The Making of a Duchess*
Author: Shana Galen
Series: The Sons of the Revolution book #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Casablanca Sourcebooks
Format: mass market paperback
Date/Year: June 2010
*This book was provided to me by the publisher for review
Summary from the publisher:
A very dangerous attraction...
And an even more dangerous secret...
Sarah Smith is an orphan who has finally earned a position as a governess with a respectable and wealthy family…or so she thought until her employer blackmails her into pretending to be Serafina, a young woman whose family supposedly also barely escaped France with their lives and have been living in Italy these many years, so that she can spy on Julien Harcourt and provide evidence that he is a traitor to England.
I enjoyed The Making of a Duchess, especially the aspect that Julien and his mother were French émigrés. So often stories set in the Regency period are from the English perspective and their fight against Napoleon. Julien is your typical to die for romantic hero. What I loved more though was the heroine Sarah. I found Sarah to be a delightful heroine and appreciated that she was not made instantly into a “super spy”, but more like the bumbling, frightened and unsure woman that she was. Never sure who to trust, or how she was supposed to go about with the tasks set before her, and can’t lie to save her life. The author does a wonderful job in creating scenes and situations that are suspenseful and fraught with tension without it overshadowing the love story. There was only one element of the story that disappointed me. I don’t want to say too much about it because it involves the ending and a revealing of a dark and long held secret, but I felt that it cheapened Sarah’s character as well as the story and made it seem somewhat cliché in an otherwise exceptional historical romance. To me Sarah was brilliant as Sarah and didn’t need to be more than she was in order to be worthy or acceptable to Julien. While the author’s reasons for the change in Sarah’s character are justified by the plot, I felt that this added twist to the story actually took away from my enjoyment and left me somewhat disappointed at the end instead of maintaining my feelings of delight when it was all said and done.
Overall: 4.0 stars
Sensuality level: 2.5