Title: An American Duchess
Author: Sharon Page
About An American Duchess:
Set on a crumbling English manor estate during the height of the Roaring Twenties, an American duchess must decide how much she’s willing to risk for the life she truly desires…
It’s 1922, and 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 older brother, is as austere and imposing as the family’s ancestral estate. 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, their heated quarrelling begets passion of another sort. But with Nigel unwilling to change with the times, will Zoe be forced to choose between her husband and her dreams?
Literally after reading only a single page of An American Duchess I knew I was going to greatly enjoy it. Truly, how could a story that is part Downton Abbey, part Beauty and the Beast with a splash of Pride and Prejudice not appeal?
Zoe Gifford is a “modern woman”, sporting an Eton crop hairstyle she flies, drives, smokes and believes that a marriage of convenience is the answer to her mother’s dilemma. Marriage would allow Zoe access to her sizeable trust fund and Sebastian Hazelton is sorely in need of funds… and a “beard“. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement.
“Julia!” Her name came out in a roar of shock.
The creature in front of Nigel was nothing like the demure English lady who had climbed into Zoe Gifford’s motorcar that morning. Several feet of dark hair has been cut. Her face was made up like an actress on Drury Lane. As for her dress –
Nigel Hazelton, the Duke is a recluse, physically scarred and mentally traumatized by the Great War that marked him. All he has left is his title and impoverished estate and he is determined to do whatever it takes to protect them. When Nigel and Zoe meet to say they don’t get on would be a vast understatement, however underlying that antagonism is an electric connection between the two just waiting for the right spark to explode into a seething passion.
An American Duchess is the perfect read for fans of Downton Abbey like myself, who need a distraction from the interminable wait until its January 2015 première. Page has taken some classic tropes and combined them beautifully resulting in an exciting glimpse into the Roaring Twenties and the epic struggle between the old standard and the lure of the modern age.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Sharon Page sold her first book, an erotic romance novel A GENTLEMAN SEDUCED, in 2004. Since then, she has published more than 20 novels and novellas, both traditionally through NY publishers (Kensington, Random House, Harlequin), and on her own through self-publishing.
- Historical romantic women’s fiction (AN AMERICAN DUCHESS)
- Erotic historical romance (SIN, DEEPLY IN YOU)
- Erotic paranormal romance (BLOOD RED, BLOOD CURSE)
- Sensual historical romance (THE CLUB, ENGAGED IN SIN)
- New adult contemporary erotic romance (The Yardley College Chronicles series).
Sharon’s books have won many awards including two RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Awards, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Colorado Award of Romance, and the Golden Quill. Sharon was nominated by RT Book Reviews in 2013 for Career Achievement in Erotic Romance.
She 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.