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Publisher's Summary

Her Aunt Allegra said, "A young lady with a fortune is subject to all sorts of untoward attentions by the worst sort of vagrants."
It is a lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has never needed to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payable only upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth - a match that offers little chance of discovering exactly what her aunt means by "untoward attentions."
But the same can't be said when the Duke of Preston happens along Tabitha's path. He spies a rebellious streak in her that matches his own, and he makes it his mission to save her from such a passionless match, interfering in her life at every turn. All too soon, Preston - whose very name spells ruin - has Tabitha caught between the good fortune that guarantees her security, and his kiss, which promises an entirely different kind of happily-ever-after.
©2012 Elizabeth Boyle (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Charles on 06-16-12

Good Entertainment

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is amusing as well as a good story. There are some very funny dialogues and the story is absorbing enough to be quite diverting, which is the reason someone would choose a book of this sort.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The hero is well written: he is complex enough to be interesting and described enough to be sympathetic. The author allows the reader to understand the hero's motivations and reactions, not always the case with romance heroes. The hero develops a stronger sense of his identity during the course of the novel in a believable way. The heroine's development was also interesting to follow and unfolded at a creditable pace, complementing the hero's evolution. Neither seemed too stupid to live, a common failing in romances.

Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this was my first listen to her. She performs the voice of the hero superbly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were some truly delightful scenes between the hero, heroine and the antagonist.

Any additional comments?

This is an excellent pick if you are looking for 11+ hours of enjoyable diversion. It is not terribly memorable, but is a very entertaining way to pass the hours.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-20-12

Excellent Narration, Typical Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book if you continue to enjoy the usual formula: girl in trouble, rake finds girl, rake causes girl more trouble, rake breaks her heart, then he saves her and they live happily ever after. I do enjoy these stories a great deal!Susan Duerden never fails to give the right tone to an historical, English romance. Love her.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

There was good depth and build within each character, plus some surprises.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Diane Wynn on 09-09-16

Super Regency Romp

Lovable rouges, dastardly relatives and romantic but fiesty girls. Enjoyed every second.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Gail on 02-04-18

Nice story

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

Only with a warning regarding the narrator

What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

Susan has quite a good reading voice. Her young female characters are OK however her older females tend to be screechy. Her male characters are awful and are somewhat exaggerated, almost aggressive and overdone. I’m not sure if I grew used to her or if perhaps she softened somewhat as the story rolled on. I wonder if she would be better to not try so hard.
I hate to criticise as I appreciate how difficult it must be to do this. 😜

Did Along Came a Duke inspire you to do anything?

I’m reluctant to listen to the remaining books in the series because of the narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ros H. on 06-13-15

Another Great Regency Romance

Lots of twists and turns for the young heroine in this book.
Took me a while to get into this book as I wasn't thrilled with the narrator. She doesn't really have a great voice for doing the male characters.
But I did get used to her interpretation
Otherwise an excellent book.

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