Read The Duchess Online Free - The incomparable Danielle Steel breaks new ground as she takes us to nineteenth-century England, where a high-born young woman is forced out into the world--and begins a journey of survival, sensuality, and long-sought justice.
Angelique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. At eighteen she is her father's closest, most trusted child, schooled in managing their grand estate. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence. Angelique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources--and one bold stroke of fortune.
Unable to secure employment without references or connections, Angelique desperately makes her way to Paris, where she rescues a young woman fleeing an abusive madam--and suddenly sees a possibility: Open an elegant house of pleasure that will protect its women and serve only the best clients. With her upper-class breeding, her impeccable style, and her father's bequest, Angelique creates Le Boudoir, soon a sensational establishment where powerful men, secret desires, and beautiful, sophisticated women come together. But living on the edge of scandal, can she ever make a life of her own--or regain her rightful place in the world?
From England to Paris to New York, Danielle Steel captures an age of upheaval and the struggles of women in a male-ruled society--and paints a captivating portrait of a woman of unquenchable spirit, who in houses great or humble is every ounce a duchess.
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July 07, 2017
Originally 3 Stars. A fairly quick read that I will say was Historical Fiction fluff. 18- year old Angelique Latham has just lost her father The Duke of Westerfield when her half brothers from the Duke's first marriage promptly throw her out since British Law does not entail women to inherit only...
July 13, 2017
In typical Danielle Steel fashion, we have lifestyles of the rich and famous, but around the times of the French Revolution. "The Duchess" basically goes from riches to rags . . . will she get back to riches? Read to see how this inspiring and entrepreneurial young woman makes lemonade out of lem...
July 05, 2017
Regular Danielle Steel. Heroine is battered by life. Makes it through tragedy after tragedy. Finally happy and husband dies. Gets back at everyone who's wronged her.
June 28, 2017
What a great story!
By the time I was finished with this I felt emotionally drained from reading about this one woman's life. So many ups and downs especially downs but when she triumphed boy did she ever. But going through her losses with her just wrung me out. I have read Steel all my life but I...
July 02, 2017
predictable, but a good read anyway.
July 11, 2017
For such an accomplished author, this book was awful. The plot was thin, predictable and the character development was poor at best. Why does the author feel she needs to tell us what the characters think. Why not reveal it through better dialogue.
Don't waste your money or your time....
July 04, 2017
Steel's The Duchess started off regally but had a pauper continuance. I felt the overabundance of misfortune that fell-upon Angelique Latham took away from the novel and at one point I even said "enough already!" The final chapters made up for the lackluster middle but I was disappointed in the r...
August 20, 2017
OMG...I am half embarrassed to even admit I read this book but here goes. The last time I read a Danielle Steel book has to be at least 25 years ago. However, I see this historical (almost always my first choice) highly rated (GR: 4.21 and Amazon over 4 stars) novel available to borrow as an e-bo...
July 16, 2017
Sadly, the story did not live up to expectations. The most interesting part of the story was Paris and that just felt rushed and was completely lacking the details and time it deserved. By the time she got to New York, I just didn't give af anymore what happened.
July 15, 2017
Angelique Latham, daughter of the Duke of Westerfield, is thrown out of the castle she'd grown up in. She nannies several children, then, unfortunately, looses her job. Angelique moves to Paris, but can't find any employment. Rescuing a young woman fleeing an abusive madam, gives her an idea. Ope...