The Duchess: Book Review

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Hello again! I still can’t over the Endgame fever…

Never mind, let’s begin with today’s book review. I have to say one thing though, although I don’t know the team behind this splendid cover, but the make-up, jewelry and the close-up shot is on point. Kudos to the team for that!

This story by Danielle Steel revolves around an eighteen year old Angelique Latham, orphaned after her father the Duke of Westerfield ‘s death who finds herself employed as a nanny at an abusive and eccentric household. Grating circumstances force her to quit her job and shift bases to Paris. After helping a wounded, young woman from the streets, she decides to venture into a business unsuitable and unthinkable for a high born, timid, tranquil Duchess like her.

Let me know in the comments section, if you were able to guess the profession (honestly speaking, I could not!)

Alright then, let’s talk about the plot. It is undoubted a fast paced and well plotted novel, my only problem with it, is its short length. The author focuses on the protagonist’s life before the business venture a little too much, leading to a shorter time span dealt with her life during and after the business wraps up(attention, spoiler alert)! The plot flows swiftly from one phase of her life to another generating respect for the character for struggling to survive in the world, alone , instead of sympathy. The unexpected twists surely keep you at the edge of your seat as you read along the lines. The conclusion is both thrilling, intense and satisfying at the same time. Rest assured you will have a dazzling smile on your face as you put down this book, after finishing it!

Knowing it’s Danielle Steele, you will find that the characters never go astray from the plot. Each character has its own deep embedded character graph which evolves during the course of the novel.

The protagonist eighteen year old Angelique Latham is a head strong lady, who becomes an accomplished businesswoman, doting wife and responsible mother in a small fraction of time. Every role she dons, she performs it to the best of her abilities. Being the aristocratic businesswoman, her aim of earning great profits never overshadowed her concern for the well being of her workers. Her life comes a full circle after the birth of her son; what she could not ear for herself, she earned for him.

Andrew, an ambitious politician and Angelique’s husband is an open-minded, unorthodox and righteous man. He always supported and loved his wife, despite knowing the truth about her, which could have ruined his political reputation and their marriage. What I feel is that his character should have been highlighted a bit more, but I guess like Khal Drogo’s death, I will have to make my peace with his as well!

Angelique’s stone-hearted brothers play an important role in providing her a platform to prove her mettle to the world, and ultimately bringing her one step closer to her destiny.

All the other characters in the novel, including her former employers, her business partners, her business clients, her old servants and her friends all have something to teach her and help her in establishing herself as a mastermind in the business arena.

This novel bring fresh, ground -breaking ideas to light. It provides an appreciable combination of melancholy, satisfaction,thrill, new rules and ideas of running a business(I doubt whether anyone was inspired by this)and a heart felt struggle of surviving, failing and emerging as a victor among all odds . The only problem is the division of novel. Steel spends too much time in establishing a sturdy base for her character, which ultimately leads to less focus on areas and characters which should have been highlighted (Steels and I have a lot in common, when it comes to writing, I suppose, winks). If you read the novel, you will be able to understand my point in a better light.

Apart from this one literary glitch, this novel for me stand at 4.1/5. Let’s see if you rate this novel, the same as I did. Tell me in the comments section how you liked the novel.

Till then, let’s dream about the weekend and don’t forget to follow my blog.

Cheers!

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