Saturday, January 30, 2016

An American Duchess by Sharon Page

An American Duchess
by Sharon Page
Genre: Historical Romance

At the height of the Roaring Twenties, New York heiress Zoe Gifford longs for the freedoms promised by the Jazz Age. Headstrong and brazen, but bound by her father's will to marry before she can access his fortune, Zoe arranges for a brief marriage to Sebastian Hazelton, whose aristocratic British family sorely needs a benefactor. 
Once in England, her foolproof plan to wed, inherit and divorce proves more complicated than Zoe had anticipated. Nigel Hazelton, Duke of Langford and Sebastian's austere older brother, is disgraced by the arrangement and looks down upon the raucous young American who has taken up residence at crumbling Brideswell Abbey. Still reeling from the Great War, Nigel is now staging a one-man battle against a rapidly changing world—and the outspoken Zoe represents everything he's fighting against. When circumstances compel Zoe to marry Nigel rather than Sebastian, she does so for love, he for honor. But with Nigel unwilling to change with the times, Zoe may be forced to choose between her husband and her dreams.

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

A time of great change but the old ways are hard to let go of.

Zoe comes to England to marry to help her mother out of debt by gaining access to her inheritance.  The arrangement she makes with Sebastian will benefit his family as well.  The completely modern and fresh Zoe challenges Nigel, Sebastian's brother and the Duke, to his absolute limits.  He is comfortable with life remaining the same as it is safe after experiencing the horrors of war.  Zoe pushes him outside his comfort zone, with her strength of character to stand against convention.

The contrast between Zoe and Nigel is stark as old money meets new.  Can the effervescent Zoe bring Nigel out of the past to embrace the future?

I really enjoyed this book and the characters.  I felt completely immersed in the time period and could feel the frustrations of Zoe and Nigel come off the page at the time they were living in.  The writing was sharp and the dialogue witty and flowed smoothly, as well as capturing the attitudes of the time perfectly.  It was, however, the contrast between Zoe and Nigel that made this a highly enjoyable read.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Sharon Page sold her first book in 2004. Since then, she has published more than 20 novels and novellas, both traditionally through NY publishers and on her own through self-publishing. 

Sharon writes erotic historical romance, erotic paranormal romance, sensual historical romance, new adult contemporary erotic romance, and historical romantic women's fiction.

Sharon's books have won many awards including two RT Bookreviews Reviewers Choice Awards, two National Readers Choice Awards, the Colorado Award of Romance, and the Golden Quill. Sharon was nominated by RT Bookreviews in 2013 for Career Achievement in Erotic Romance.

Sharon graduated with a degree in Industrial Design (School of Engineering) and worked for years in the structural engineering field. Married, with two children, Sharon now writes almost full time.

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