The Million Dollar Duchesses by Julie Ferry blogtour book review

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The Million Dollar Duchesses: How America’s Heiresses Seduced the Aristocracy written by Julie Ferry, publisher Aurum Press Ltd is available NOW in paperback format.  The book was previously titled The Transatlantic Marriage Bureau and is available in ebook, hardcover and audiobook with this title.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2rjqVdP

Product Details (as per amazon page)

On 6th November 1895, the beautiful and brilliant heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt was wedded to the near-insolvent Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough in a dazzling yet miserable match – it glittered above all others for high society’s marriage brokers who, in this single year, forged a series of spectacular, and lucrative, transatlantic unions.

The bankrupt and ailing British aristocracy was suddenly injected with all the wealth and glamour of America’s newest dynasties. Millions of dollars changed hands as fame, money, power and privilege were all at play.

Brimful of scandal, illicit affairs, spurned loves and unexpected tragedy, The Million Dollar Duchesses reveals the closed-door bargaining which led to these most influential matches and how America’s heiresses shook-up British high society for ever.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the paperback launch of Julie Ferry’s debut book: The Million Dollar Duchesses.

I don’t tend to read many factual books but I was fascinated by Julie Ferry’s The Million Dollar Duchesses.  In a way the book almost felt like a story from a Hollywood script with its glamour, scandal, tragedy and nouveau riches.  The book highlights a specific year, 1895, that started off the invasion of young American ladies; highly educated ladies with their own dowry seeking the employs of a ‘society matron’ to guide them into English society with the sole interest in wedding a member of the English aristocracy.  These ‘society matrons’ with which one of the major players was Minnie Paget, orchestrated a very strategic game of chess with people as pawns being moved into position to make the best possible first impression.  It was a business of strategic introductions, a secret transaction for an employ that was economically beneficial to all parties.

I loved the phrase “social godmother” that the author Julie Ferry used to describe these conductors of English social etiquette.  The “social godmothers” were quite manipulative and gained much from their machinations including the friendship of the Prince of Wales (Bertie) as he loved the grand gestures from the heiresses and was in attendance at many of their extravagant parties.  It almost sounded like a game of one-upmanship as heiresses tried to out-do each other in their tasks of entertaining the fun loving prince.

Sadly tragedy, scandal and gossip followed some of the young proteges.  Their new married lives started off with such great promise but life was to throw many hardships their way.

An interesting, quite fascinating read into a year that the business of people became a highly effective profession for many and has left a defined mark on the English aristocratic history we know of today.

About the Author

Julie Ferry is a freelance journalist who has written for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph and the Independent, among others. She writes on subjects ranging from protecting women’s rights to discovering Paris alone.

She graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in English Literature and then upped sticks and moved to a tiny island between Japan and South Korea to teach English, where she quickly got used to being followed around the supermarket by her students. It was in Japan that she got her first byline and was quickly hooked. Since then, she’s been fortunate to write for most of her favourite publications, but always harboured dreams of seeing her name on the front of a book.

Now, she’s managing to combine her love of writing and an obsession with interesting and largely unknown women from history, with the school run in Bristol, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Website:  http://www.julieferry.co.uk/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/JulieFerryBooks

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/julieferryauthor

 

#Blogblitz – A Warriner to Seduce Her by Virginia Heath book review

A Warriner to Seduce Her

A Warriner to Seduce Her written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available in ebook and paperback format on 3rd May 2018.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://goo.gl/Fkx1Cq

Product Details (as per amazon page)

A sensible schoolmistress…
Awakened by the notorious rake!
In this The Wild Warriners story, schoolmistress Felicity Blunt feels old beyond her years―and desperately dull. Meeting confirmed rake Jacob Warriner brings her gloriously alive, and yet no matter his allure she must remain immune to his obvious charms and unashamed flirtation. But is Jacob merely a mischievous scoundrel? Or is there much more to this Warriner than meets the eye…?

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I am so pleased to be involved in this one day blitz promoting the latest instalment in the Wild Warriners series by Virginia Heath.  A Warriner to Seduce Her is book four in the Wild Warriners series and I seriously recommend reading all the books in the series in order as the Warriner brothers are gloriously lovable and make very addictive reading.  The books in the series in order are:

  • A Warriner to Protect Her
  • A Warriner to Rescue Her
  • A Warriner to Tempt Her
  • A Warriner to Seduce Her

Once again Virginia Heath has created a wonderful hero and heroine in the fourth and final instalment of the Wild Warriners.  I’m sad to have reached the end of this gorgeous and addictive series which has taken me to the early 1800’s, to rural middle England and to four brothers who are trying to rebuild the family’s bad reputation.

As I’ve read and appreciated each brother and learned to love the family more and more with each story I think I’ve found my favourite brother but I think the baby of the family, Jacob Warriner, may have pipped all the other brother’s to the top spot!

I loved the back story behind this regency romance.  Felicity Blunt is attending her first society event, a few years later than most debutantes as she has been happily teaching at a school up north until her Uncle decided it was time she was seen out in London.  Felicity is a very strong-willed young lady and is determined to ignore the charms of all the suitors milling around the city and is counting the days till she can be back at her lovely teaching post.  When she meets Jacob Warriner, a gorgeous rogue of a rake, she thinks she can work out his intentions but Jacob is nothing but persistent when it comes to the ladies and Felicity Blunt is far more interesting than any of the other ladies he’s met in the past.

Jacob Warriner has a recognised reputation as one of the best rakes in town and ladies can be seen swooning over him but there is more to Jacob than meets the eye.  As we learn more about him there is a lot more depth to his character and Virginia Heath has treated us to some wonderful secrets in Jacob’s life.

This story had it all … a gorgeous rogue of a rake, lots of drama, danger, intrigue, family spirit and a romance that is very difficult to resist.  Long live the Warriner’s.

To learn more about the author Virginia Heath please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.virginiaheathromance.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/VirginiaHeath_

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/virginiaheathauthor/