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Summary

The one woman he will never forget

Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer's end. There is only one problem - he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive

After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal - to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal: Sera can have her freedom just as soon as she finds her replacement - which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny

The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day The Day of the Duchess.

©2017 Sarah Trabucchi (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Linda
  • 05-07-17

Narrator just ruined the book for me

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Perhaps in print but not in audio version.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Justine Eyre?

No, her over dramatization prevents me from actually getting into the story. The male voices are the worst. Usually I complete a book before moving on to another, but this book required breaks. Just couldn't listen for very long even though I've enjoyed Sarah MacLean's books in the past.

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  • Tracy T
  • 17-10-17

Loved it!

Loved this story! I though Seraphina was amazing and brutally honest. I loved her spunk and wit. She was strong and wanted a divorce. HAHA! in the 1800's. Too funny. I really liked Malcolm too. He knew he screwed up and was taking his punishment, sort of. LOL

The story line and plot was great. I really enjoyed it. Too funny when he made her come to a house party to select the candidate to replace her as his wife. OMG the sisters are hilarious. Love them all.

I am looking forward to "The American's" story. LOL

As for the narration, it's Justine Eyre so you know what your getting. She does the men's voices well, albeit they all sound the same mostly. She is not my favorite but I can definitely listen to her.

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  • Pachia
  • 31-07-17

I really wanted to LOVE the audio but I didn't.

What did you love best about The Day of the Duchess?

I love the story. I have the ebook and audiobook but the narration ruined it for me.

What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I honestly didn't enjoy Justine Eyre's voice. I think it just lacked the passion and age of characters. When I read the ebook, their voices and character had more passion and I cried reading it because the emotion was there. Justine Eyre just didn't deliver it for me.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried reading the book myself.

Any additional comments?

Sarah Maclean is my queen.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 29-06-17

Disappointing

Oh, it kills me to not enjoy a Sarah MacLean book. And I hate to write a less than stellar review. But this book was not enjoyable. The writing was fantastic, as usual, and the dialogue was typical SM, witty and fun especially when the sisters were involved. I just didn't like the entire premise of the story. And the whole regency version of The Bachelor was a little much. The plot is available elsewhere so I'm not going into it but there was too much angst and annoyance for me to enjoy. Sure, a good book will tug at all emotions and I like that. This book just made me uncomfortable and finishing it was, frankly, a chore - something no other of Sarah's books has ever done. She's a fabulous author but this is not her best.

Justine Eyre does her fabulous good work with the narration of the audiobook. At times it was difficult to determine right away which dialogue was spoken and which was only thought. Not the narrator's fault but something authors may want to keep in mind.

I'm so disappointed by this book. I assume Sarah MacLean will give us more great books in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-18

Good story, abysmal narration

I enjoyed reading this book very much and decided to get the audiobook despite reading the negative reviews on the narrator because I thought the story would hold its own despite the narration. The reviews were right; the narration was not good. The narrator has an irritating lilt at the end of every sentence. I can't describe it. Best to listen to the sample first before purchasing this book just to see if you can listen and stand that lilt. I made the mistake of not listening to the sample first. The voice difference between men and women wasn't all that clear but that wasn't an issue for me. It was that godawful lilt at the end of every. single. sentence that killed this book for me. I'm staying away from all books narrated by Justine Eyre from now on. :(

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  • Malexa
  • 02-08-17

Enjoyable, yet overly dramatic plot

What did you like best about The Day of the Duchess? What did you like least?

The story was original by the historical romance genre standards, the author’s style is an enjoyable blend of humor and snappy dialogue. The characters were fully fleshed and went through interesting and complicated emotions.

What did you like best about this story?

The premise of the book and the author's style.

Would you be willing to try another one of Justine Eyre’s performances?

Not particularly, I found her slightly irritating. However, I have to say that she read thru the overly dramatic scenes in a way that made them much more palatable and enjoyable.

Was The Day of the Duchess worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Too much drama

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  • Joy Mccormick
  • 17-08-17

So good!

I could hardly put it down, and I loved the humor. Some new plot twists really livened the story. It was nice to see earlier characters making an appearance.

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  • Phyv
  • 07-08-18

Slightly Over The Top... But Ultimately Amazing!

The beginning scene in which the heroine interrupts parliament is almost as outlandishly ridiculous as the scene towards the end where a vote for their divorce comes down to a single vote... But I think this book is worth 5 stars for its depiction of the sorrow and loss that miscarriages can inflict, a topic generally brushed over or never discussed in romance novels. Ultimately worth the listen!

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  • Lex
  • 07-05-18

Fantastic romance

The romance in this story is so deeply woven and complex, you really wonder how these two people will get it together by the end. Emotions and families are messy and complicated, and The Day of the Duchess explores both in a richly satisfying way.

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  • Ashley Wilson
  • 17-04-18

Another wonderful story by Sarah MacLean

The heroine of this story had been trampled upon a bit in a prior book of the Soiled S’s. In her own book we see Seraphina grow into a new woman, more free and resolute to undo her past with Malcolm.

I enjoyed the story, though it was a odd to me that in one of the prior books, Malcolm was actually caught in the act of cheating with another woman. Usually in Historical Romance we never come across that type of happening, to me that is against the untold “rules” of the genre; no cheating, no talk of certain sexual acts, no one goes to the bathroom ever. (Of course there are exceptions but generally I’ve noticed there is a certain formula)

The problem with Malcolm is, well... I’m not sure a reader can forgive him for cheating on our heroine. He finds out that Seraphina is carrying his baby and he immediately goes off behind a bush and angrily takes a random willing woman? I don’t know, sounds like a petulant Scott Disick move if you ask me.

In any case, Sarah MacLean is a fabulous story teller, it doesn’t matter that I personally didn’t like the choice that Malcolm made because that was ultimately a thread in the larger framework of the novel. Forgiveness, self-discovery, freedom, and undying love won the day.
I would recommend this to anyone who has a passion for Historical Romance!