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Monday, September 3, 2012

Book Blog Tour Stop and GIVEAWAY! - The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James

I'm so thrilled to be a stop on Eloisa James' book blog tour for her latest book, "The Ugly Duchess."

I'm doing this post a little different, because I wanted my readers to know what I thought of this amazing book right off the bat!

This is a fascinating story about a woman who may not be the prettiest girl in town, the man who sees her for the beautiful person that she really is and the love between the two that survives even the harshest of circumstances.

I adored the main characters - Theodora Saxby, a fiesty, intelligent, handsome woman who takes what life has handed her and turns it into something fabulous and satisfying.  She become confident and elegant over the course of the story, and I really enjoyed reading about the transformation she goes through. 

And James Ryburn is no slouch as a dashing leading man for this tale - a member of society who turns pirate, and returns to claim his dearest treasure - his wife! Who doesn't love a lusty pirate, especially one who knows how to love a woman properly?  Swoon!

This book also contains a bonus - a charming and fun short story, "Ever After," that provides just the right type of cherry-on-top that this book needs! 

I think this is one of Eloisa's best books to date! I so appreciate that she has presented a character that isn't "princess pretty," but a rather average woman that most of the world can relate to.  I also love her latest efforts at turning fairy tales into charming, lusty romances and I can't wait to see what she has planned next!

About The Book:

About The Ugly Duchess

• Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (August 28, 2012)

Since the death of her father, Theo and her mother have lived at the ducal estates of Ashbrook, wards of her father’s best friend. She grew up alongside James Ryburn, heir to the Duchy. The two were the closest of friends and confidants; when a terrible childhood sickness robbed James of his sight for one entire summer, it was Theo, or “Daisy” (as only he alone calls her) who sat by his side, reading and laughing and bringing sunshine into his life.

Little did Theo realize that the Dam’Fool duke, James’ father, had gambled away his fortune…and embezzled a goodly part of hers. And it’s beholden upon James to marry Daisy to spare his family — and hers — from the shame of discovery. But it really is fairy-tale perfect for James, who realizes that Daisy is his — has always been his — should always be his. And will be his, if only he can hide the true reason his father propelled him into such an early marriage.

But this is England, and fairy tales have a way of going fae… The truth will always out. After a shocking disclosure from her father-in-law, Theo has a pretty good idea of what she needs to do – -and it includes a scandal-plagued separation from the man she has always loved.

Years pass. The tide continues to roll…but distance brings clarity to James, who has forged a swashbuckling lifestyle, far from home — and far from the wife and life he was forced to leave behind. Daisy is, always has been, and always will be, his greatest treasure. But how can he commandeer her heart?

These beautiful, fairy-tale inspired romances that Eloisa James writes are inspired by her own father, poet Robert Bly, and his writing on Iron John and the archetypes of masculinity. The Ugly Duchess has received a starred review in both Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, capturing all the James magic: a heroine whose inner beauty and strength deliniates the work; gorgeous period costuming; witty dialog; and a plot that explores marital concerns, discord and passionate reconciliation.

About Eloisa James

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa’s very first book that she ‘found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar’; later People Magazine raved that ‘romance writing does not get much better than this.’ Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.

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 head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in new York City. Her most recent book, Paris In Love, received critical acclaim. Her ‘double life’ is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professional guise, she’s written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women’s magazines such as More to writers’ journals such as the Romance Writers’ Report.

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Eloisa’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, August 28th: Life In Review
Wednesday, August 29th: Stacy’s Books
Thursday, August 30th: In the Hammock Book Reviews
Monday, September 3rd: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Tuesday, September 4th: Alpha Heroes
Wednesday, September 5th: Let Them Read Books
Monday, September 10th: Debbie’s World of Books
Monday, September 10th: Love to Read for Fun
Tuesday, September 11th: Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books
Wednesday, September 12th: Mary’s Cup of Tea
Thursday, September 13th: Book Addict Katie
Monday, September 17th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, September 18th: The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Wednesday, September 19th: … the bookworm…
TBD: Broken Teepee

In conjunction with my 4th Blogaversary celebration, I am giving away a special Eloisa James gift pack! 

One lucky winner will receive a copy of "The Ugly Duchess" plus a delightfully soft plush swan, as seen below!


Just leave me a comment here, with your email address!

Just for fun, and an extra entry - tell me who your perfect "Prince Charming" would be!

I'll draw for a winner on September 9th!

Good Luck!!

My Thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour.  I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Avon Books.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


Diane P. Diamond said...

I love your review, and really enjoyed reading the excerpt. It's nice to know that not everybody has to be beautiful to get their "happy ever after hero". Beauty is skin deep, and it will make a change to read about somebody who is not perfect.

And, a swashbuckling pirate to boot, adds to the excitement of the story.

dpd333 (at) aol dot com

Linda Kish said...

This story sounds terrific. count me in, please.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Mystica said...

I just read a book by this author and liked it so much. Please count me in for this giveaway.

Prince Charming - well Colin Firth is nice!


Nise' said...

I recently discovered Eloisa James and look forward to this book.

I am married to my PC, but my pretend PC would be Sean Connery.


Ems said...

This sounds like such a good book. I'm putting it on my TBR list - I need some more historical romance! Thanks for the chance to win it. :)

My Prince Charming would probably be a cross between Chris Evans, Ben Barnes, and Henry Cavill. Mm mm mmm... :D


Nancy Rodriguez said...

It sounds like a good book. I want to read it! Why does it reminds me of "The Ugly Duckling" story. My prince charming in my head is Tom Hardy.
nancysoffice at gmail dot com

Mon_Cherie said...
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Mon_Cherie said...

So happy to have found this blog...and giveaway! After years of waiting for my Prince to find me...I am keeping him!

traveler said...

Lovely review and book giveaway. Thanks for this delightful chance. Best wishes. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

This book sounds captivating. My perfect "Prince Charming" is my soulmate of many years. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Cynthia Rayne said...

This sounds like such a good book. I am a sucker for the whole ugly duckling motif. cynthiarayne1 (at) gmail (dot) com

skkorman said...

I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

skkorman said...

I think Barack Obama would be the perfect Prince Charming—he's brilliant, articulate, handsome, compassionate, someone who truly likes and respects women, and a dedicated family man!

Diane P. Diamond said...

Oops, I forgot to say who my Prince Charming would be. Well, I have a choice of two, and they would be either Henry Cavill or Rupert Penry-Jones. Both very dashing and handsome Englishmen.

cheryl c said...

I am looking forward to reading this book because I have really enjoyed Eloisa's other fairy tale stories.
Perfect Prince Charming- Colin Firth or Patrick Dempsey.
castings at mindspring dot com

Myra C said...
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Myra C said...

I loved your review and this sounds like a good read! Thanks for the giveaway.

myra0502 at yahoo dot com

trish said...

Wow! So glad you loved it! The Ever After really makes a story for me. I mean, that's the ending I create for characters in my head anyway. :)

Thanks for being on the tour!

Pa Ul said...

Your post is great to read. I was wondering if you want a giveaway?

Texas Book Lover said...

First! Congrats on 4 years!!!

This book sounds like such a great read! Thanks so much for the chance!

I am married to my PC and have been for the last 15 years. But if I had to pick say an actor out there who I thought was dreamy it would be Ryan Gosling. For no other reason than that!

Thanks so much!
mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

Marlene Breakfield said...

My prince charming would be like Mr. Darcy.

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Jamie Leigh Martin said...

This may seem weird, but my ideal prince charming would have to be David Tennant!

holdenj said...

I have been wanting to read one of her books that are based on fairy tales. Love the toy too!

Thanks for the chance to win.

holdenj said...

For an extra entry, Prince Charming in the form of George Clooney would be a welcome sight indeed!