The Duchess - Danielle Steel

The Duchess

By Danielle Steel

  • Release Date: 2017-06-27
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 422 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The incomparable Danielle Steel breaks new ground as she takes us to nineteenth-century England, where a high-born young woman is forced out into the world—and begins a journey of survival, sensuality, and long-sought justice.

Angélique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. At eighteen she is her father’s closest, most trusted child, schooled in managing their grand estate. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence. Angélique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources—and one bold stroke of fortune.

Unable to secure employment without references or connections, Angélique desperately makes her way to Paris, where she rescues a young woman fleeing an abusive madam—and suddenly sees a possibility: Open an elegant house of pleasure that will protect its women and serve only the best clients. With her upper-class breeding, her impeccable style, and her father’s bequest, Angélique creates Le Boudoir, soon a sensational establishment where powerful men, secret desires, and beautiful, sophisticated women come together. But living on the edge of scandal, can she ever make a life of her own—or regain her rightful place in the world?

From England to Paris to New York, Danielle Steel captures an age of upheaval and the struggles of women in a male-ruled society—and paints a captivating portrait of a woman of unquenchable spirit, who in houses great or humble is every ounce a duchess.


  • Overrated

    By l.ex
    This is the first book by danielle steel i have read, and if any of her other books are like this, she is a highly overrated author. The story was poorly crafted, and she was unable to create characters with any real emotion that i could bring myself to care about. She constantly wrote of how mean one character was, but never had said character do anything to make the claim have substance. Entire chapters could have been cut and the story would have read the same. Sentences are not worded well or concise, and it was difficult to enjoy any of the story as the storyline was also predictable. Quite a disappointment.
  • La duquesa

    By orellana garcia
    El precio elevado para lo predecible de la novela es buena pero para una autora como ella ya hay muchos novelas asi
  • Best Book

    By Knw9585
    Best Book I’ve Read In A Long Time
  • Loved it

    By vickidm
    Loved this book couldn't stop reading it what a wonderful family history and how she survived it all and loved the ending too will read again soon and buy in hardback too
  • What a great good!

    By YoungTessie
    Would highly recommend as I couldn't put it down!
  • Awful

    By ElsieBarbour
    Waste of time and money. I dumped it a couple of hundred pages in. I could swear I have read the exact same story a few decades ago but then maybe it's just the utter predictability.
  • The Duchess

    By tbiomomaz
  • The Duchess

    By Painter mouse
    Fun reading,
  • So predictable.... so simple... very elementary

    By bettysmith
    So predictable.... so verbose.... too many insignificant details.... a good book for a reader who doesn't need a challenge.
  • The Duchess

    By RiverCityFolks
    Very well written historical romance, the author takes you back in time and you feel like you are part of the story.