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Duchess by Night


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Exuberant, witty and sexy escapist fiction for fans of Jilly Cooper

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After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an associate professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department at Fordham University in New York City.


Harriet, the young widowed duchess of Berrow, longs to escape the elaborate wigs and skirts of Georgian society and have a true adventure. Opportunity arises when friend Isidore wants to lure her long-absent husband back from his Far East explorations with a grand scandal. Accompanied by the trusty duke of Villiers, the two women visit the home of the scandalous Lord Strange whose home is (gasp!) regularly filled with actors and actresses. Though it's Isidore's plan, it's Harriet who flirts with real danger: dressed in breeches, she poses as Harry, a mama-protected young relative of the duke's. With her characteristic wit, James details Harry's bravado as "he" rides without a sidesaddle for the first time, learns to fence with the formidable Lord Strange and fends off the amorous advances of an actress. Harriet revels in the freedom offered by her male identity, but her heart remains traitorously female, especially in the presence of Lord Strange, who finds himself uncomfortably attracted to the beautiful young lad. James delights with seduction, surprise and humor on every page. (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Praise for -- Eloisa James 'Entertaining and exciting throughout [with] enough seduction, laughter and surprises ... to satisfy even the most demanding fans of historical fiction." -- Publishers' Weekly, starred review on AN AFFAIR BEFORE CHRISTMAS 'So full of dashing cads in breeches that it's guaranteed to get me hot under the collar ... Bravo for Eloisa' -- Fiona Walker on Much Ado About You 'Romance writing does not get much better than this.' -- People Magazine on Eloisa James 'I found myself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar' -- USA Today on Eloisa James 'Great fun. I couldn't put it down!' -- Daisy Waugh on Much Ado About Nothing 'Hurrah! Romance is back in fashion. No grisly body count, no lurking serial killer. The only four-letter word is love. Choc-full of romantic heroes that would give Darcy a run for his money. Sheer joy from beginning to end.' -- Carole Matthews on Much Ado About You

Widowed and bored, dispensing her version of justice in the Shire Court and thinking she's missed out on life's adventurous side, Harriet, Duchess of Berrow, decides some changes are in order and sallies forth disguised as young Harry Cope to a rather disreputable house party. The problems arise when her host, the scandalous rake Lord Strange, is attracted to "Harry." With a nod to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and other classics, this insightful, bawdy Georgian escapade is filled with memorable characters (including a meddlesome yet precocious eight-year-old) doing outrageous things and is the third title in the author's "Desperate Duchesses" series. James (An Affair Before Christmas), a Shakespearean scholar in her other life, lives in the New York City area. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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