Bringing Down the Duke

Bringing Down the Duke

Book - 2019 | First edition
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England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women's suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain's politics at the Queen's command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can't deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for.
Publisher: New York : Jove, 2019
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: ROMANCE DUN PBK
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781984805683


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Not just a contemporary problem, this British historical is set during England's Women's Suffrage movement, when Annabelle falls for a politically powerful duke who opposes everything she believes in.

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Oct 01, 2020

Thoroughly researched, intelligently written and a joy to read. What a fun ride!

Sep 09, 2020

I love love love this book. Annabelle is a great character! Also the romance is cheesy but so fun to read.

Sep 03, 2020

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Aug 20, 2020

A witty, engaging story. Well written but with 3 or 4 dead-boring chapters in the middle. IOTB

JCLHebahA Apr 07, 2020

I don't know about other people, but everything being topsy-turvy right now has dented my reading mojo. This finally broke my reading drought with a great slow-burn romance between intellectual equals, with a great supporting cast of friends who have the heroine's back. Great debut; can't wait to see how this series unfurls.

Feb 18, 2020

This historical romance set in Victorian England features a heroine who studies at Oxford, participates in the woman's suffrage movement, and falls head over heels in love with a duke. Dunmore brings the era to life and also creates characters who are complex and slightly ill-at-ease with their place in Victorian society. The reader can't help but notice the vast gulf between Annabelle's perilous financial circumstances as a single woman and the luxurious lifestyle of her friends at Oxford. The author does a good job of portraying both sides of the social equation in this novel.

Jan 13, 2020

What a fantastic debut for Evie Dunmore! If you are a fan of Julia Quinn and Sherry Thomas then this is the book for you! I can't wait for the next book in the series! Highly recommend!

JessicaGma Jan 05, 2020

A fun sizzling historical romance between a duke and a suffragette - it felt more modern than historical, but cracked along at a fierce pace and ended well. I liked this more than I thought I would.

Oct 22, 2019

Lots of fun! Not often do I read a romance about a suffragist and a duke. Emotional, entertaining, and lusty. Just the way I like 'em! 4 stars.

Sep 21, 2019

5+ Stars!!

Bringing Down the Duke might just be my top read of 2019! At the very least, in my top 5.

Do not be fooled by the misleading book cover. While it does allude to a notable scene in the book, it is more of a caricature than an authentic representation of the story within. Although it contains some moments of lightness and witty repartee, it is not a rom-com nor is it a light and fluffy historical. Bringing Down the Duke is a romance with depth, historical accuracy, and some of the most authentic characters that I've read in HR. This author's attention to detail was exemplary and it gave me a true understanding of the era and the valid motivations of each individual.

While the world in which this story was written was enlightening, the romance was absolutely divine. Sebastian and Annabelle's chemistry was magnetic and palpable. Their romance, passionate and tender. And, oh, the angst! My heart broke as this couple were consistently pulled apart by societal dictates. When they finally reached their happily-ever-after, it was breathtaking and well-deserved.

Intelligent, deeply moving and achingly romantic, Evie Dunmore's debut was everything I could have asked for and the reward I hadn't realized I'd earned. Bravo!

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Jan 13, 2020

“Perhaps you can explain it to me, then,” she said, “how is it fair that my utterly inept cousin is in command of me, for no reason other than that he’s a man and I’m a woman? How is it fair that I master Latin and Greek as well as any man at Oxford, yet I am taught over a baker’s shop? How is it fair that a man can tell me my brain was wired wrong, when his main achievement in life seems to be his birth into a life of privilege? And why do I have to beg a man to please make it his interest that I, too, may vote on the laws that govern my life every day?”


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