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Our rating: 4.5 stars
A book that dares to break past the conventionally-beautiful-heroine status quo, The Ugly Duchess is a modern woman’s fairytale.
No,” he said flatly. “You’re Daisy to me, and daisy suits you.”
“It doesn’t suit me,” she retorted. “Daisies are pretty and fresh, and I’m neither.”
Eloisa James takes us on a journey through the eyes of the spriteful Theodora Saxby, an upper class Englishwoman, as she buds from a young girl plagued by society’s beauty standards to a regal woman beautiful in her own right. Theo is a girl determined to be different. She wants silk instead of lace; no playful curls and a demure style will do for her. She wants to experiment, be herself. Society, and her mother, however, have other plans for her. She is to marry- she’s to find a man, if she can.
In a predictable show of mob cruelty, Theo is soon driven out of town by her new husband’s disloyalty and debasing tales of her appearance in the ton. Humiliated, she squares away from the world, her spirit shrunken by her freshly broken self image. It is only after her mother’s death does she begin to recover, now more self assured and in love with herself than before. Now ready to take society by storm.
The Ugly Duchess is a witty, heart breakingly frank and a surprising mix of urban in the Victorian Era. Despite not being a big fan of most historical romances (anymore) Eloisa James seems to have paved a new path for telling such stories, and I’m absolutely loving it.
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