The Duchess: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2017-06-27
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Danielle Steel
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 worldâand begins a journey of survival, sensuality, and long-sought justice.
AngÃ©lique 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 fatherâs 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. AngÃ©lique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resourcesâand one bold stroke of fortune.
Unable to secure employment without references or connections, AngÃ©lique desperately makes her way to Paris, where she rescues a young woman fleeing an abusive madamâand 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 fatherâs bequest, AngÃ©lique 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 ownâor 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 societyâand paints a captivating portrait of a woman of unquenchable spirit, who in houses great or humble is every ounce a duchess.