The Duke Is But a Dream (Debutante Diaries, #2) by Anna Bennett

The Duke Is But a Dream (Debutante Diaries, #2)

Once upon a time three young ladies vowed to record their first London seasons…and to fill in the gaps of their finishing school educations. Thus began The Debutante Diaries—and London will never be the same…HE’S COME TO HER RESCUEMiss Lily Hartley is the anonymous mastermind behind the ton’s latest obsession: The Debutante’s Revenge, a titillating advice column for ladies on the marriage mart. To keep her identity secret, Lily delive...

Details The Duke Is But a Dream (Debutante Diaries, #2)

TitleThe Duke Is But a Dream (Debutante Diaries, #2)
Release DateJul 30th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Regency, Fiction, Adult, Regency Romance, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews The Duke Is But a Dream (Debutante Diaries, #2)

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2 Yea didn't feel the dream stars **********************SPOILERS******************************** I will be giving some spoilers to explain why I don't like the book. Please don't read if you don't want spoilers. I'm sorry, I tried. I really did, but I didn't like this book at all. I don't want to go into to much details. Especially with the plot, and drop any major spoilers, but I will try to give the reasons why this wasn't my jam. First off I h...
  • Debby
    I started reading this book on a business trip and was unsure of how the story was going to progress as Anna Bennett is a new author and I've had some new author's novels go awry. I was surprising wrong with this one and thought the story was very quite nice and good in parts.Caroline is hit in the head and has amnesia. She eventually has an affair with the Duke of Nash, who appears to be a very nice person and a very protective person. The story...
  • Christa
    Cheesy. Lily is a young heiress who writes a scandalous column for the paper - The Debutante’s Revenge . When her parents go out of town and think she’s staying with her sister, and her sister goes out of town and thinks she’s at home with her parents, Lily gets free reign of town. So she dresses up like a boy and goes to a tavern to see how the other half lives. When she gets robbed, Nash the duke who was broodily having a pint in the tav...
  • Barbara Rogers
    Series: Debutante Diaries #2Publication Date: 7/30/19Number of Pages: 3203.5 stars rounded upThis was an entertaining read and I enjoyed it. However, in order to enjoy it, I had to totally suspend my beliefs and any knowledge I might have about this period in history. It is a very modern feminist tale that happens to have carriages rather than automobiles. While it is part of a series, this book can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.Eric Nash, ...
  • Stacee
    I was pitched this book and was intrigued at the synopsis. I’ve only read a couple of amnesia stories and I’m never sure how to feel about them. I liked Lily and Delilah and the other women in this book. They’re all smart and headstrong and striving to make their own decisions. I wasn’t completely sold on Nash. He’s had some tragic things happen and means well, but comes across as an ass more than not. Plot wise, it was okay. The entire...
  • Susan (susayq ~)
    What a great story! I enjoyed this so much I had to check to see what else I have by Anna Bennett on my TBR and what I had already read by her. I've read a couple by her already and loved them as well. Her writing flows easily and her characters are so lovable.I loved watching Lily (Caroline) bring Nash out of his shell. I don't want to say too much, just know they are wonderful together :)
  • Becky
    I don’t have much experience with memory loss books, but the storyline didn’t really work for me in this one — though I found it charming for the most part, it gave me a sense of unease. I suppose this is good because the author has managed to transfer the feelings of the character onto me, but I really didn’t enjoy the particular feelings! I did enjoy the mystery and the intrigue that came with it though, and it definitely got me thinkin...
  • Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
    Anna Bennett's Debutante Diaries is a rollicking good time!Lily Hartley is one of London's debutantes, and while she may not be titled, her family is extremely wealthy. When Lily isn't attending soiree's, visiting with her sister and new husband, or dreaming about meeting mister right, she secretly pen's The Debutante Diaries, a column for young women looking for love in London's society. When she find's herself alone and unchaperoned for two wee...
  • Elodie
    I confess I was granted this ARC some days ago but more pressing reads stolen its place in my reading list.And worst, I even have the previous book in the series and it was forgotten somewhere on my shelves.Lily with her sister and friend decided to improve in their own way the life of the ton’s debutantes with their wicked column. I liked her boldness, and strength. She is clever and has a level head.«She wasn’t about to give up her spot am...
  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    The Duke is but a Dream is a charming read for the second story in the Debutante Diaries. Lily Hartley, dressed as a boy in order to deliver her advice column, decides to explore while she is out and goes to a pub. Unfortunately, she is caught in a bar brawl and injured. She awakens in her hero’s home only to realize that she has lost her memory. As a guest in the Duke of Stonebridge’s home, she befriends his younger sister Delilah, and they ...
  • Jenny
    This book contains several of my favorites—a heroine who is an author/journalist, a grumpy, redeemable hero, and lots of plot development through female friendships and sisterhood. It contains some genuine crazy-sauce elements, like a mysterious origin story, not one, but TWO trips to Gretna Greene, and amnesia! Unfortunately, it also contains one of my least favorite tropes. Nash “can’t possibly love anyone,” least of all Lily, because h...
  • Aly
    3.5When Miss Lily Hartley find herself alone while her sister and their parents are out of town, she decide to have a little fun and go explore outside, disguise as a boy... Because you see, Lily is not like every other ladies. She, with the help of her sister and their friend Sophie, is the anonymous authoress of a scandalous column who's first purpose is to educate young debutantes about life and love. So after dropping their last paper, Lily f...
  • Judi Easley
    The Duke is But a DreamDebutante Diaries #2Anna BennettSt. Martin’s Press, Jul 2019317 pages, KindleHistorical romanceNetGalleyThe cover is lovely! The cool grayed blue of the background makes it airy and open. The archway in the background is a nice touch as well. But the piece de resistance is the absolutely luscious ivory gown the lovely lady is wearing front and center. Its lace and flounces and train create an almost angel-like appearance....
  • eyes.2c
    A duke intervenes!A columnist for a young lady's guide to "how-to-survive" for Debutantes, a fight in a tavern, a lad discovered to be a lass, a brooding stranger, memory loss and safety.Lily Hartley writer of the gossip column The Debutantes Revenge for London Hearsay delivers her latest work, enjoys a moment of exploring life as a scrawny messenger boy, and then disaster strikes.Eric Nash, Duke of Stonebridge, has fled his house after a fight w...
  • Tracy Emro
    3.5 stars rounded upLily Hartley’s life is turned upside down by what she thought was an opportunity for adventure. Lily along with her sister, Fiona and their friend, Sophie are responsible for the popular column “The Debutante’s Revenge” in the London Hearsay paper – Lily has just settled into her sister’s house for a visit when Fiona’s new husband wants to whisk her away for a romantic trip, Lily insists that Fiona go and then re...
  • Melanie
    The Duke Is But a Dream features a delightful romance and is a fantastic continuation of the Debutante Diaries series.Miss Lily Hartley is the anonymous author behind The Debutante’s Revenge, an advice column for young ladies that the ton considers scandalous. One night while on her way home after delivering her next column Lily is forced to seek shelter in a tavern to avoid a storm. When a fight breaks out in the tavern Lily, disguised as a bo...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I'm learning that, unfortunately forThe Duke Is But a Dream, using amnesia as a plot device is a no-go for me.This book was fluffy. And I don't mean that in a bad way. I like fluffy romances, but I need a bit more substance even in a fluffy story and that's where this one was lacking. The heroine (Lily) does something...
  • Niki
    Miss Lily Hartley, along with her sister and her best friend, is the writer behind their anonymous and wildly popular advice column, The Debutante's Revenge. To maintain that anonymity Lily dresses as a boy to deliver the completed columns to the paper, which works fine until her bid to enjoy a little freedom lands her in the midst of a tavern brawl.When Eric Nash, the Duke of Stonebridge, sees a young boy facing three attackers, he steps in to h...
  • Robin Loves Reading
    Miss Lily Hartley is the secret columnist behind The Debutante's Revenge. The column offers advice for young women seeking to marry. One night, when delivering her column, Lily is injured in a barroom brawl. She is saved by a handsome stranger, who is the Duke of Stonebridge, Eric Nash. Nash thinks he is saving a boy from being beaten. He quickly realize that it is actually a woman, but not before she is hurt.He takes her home to the protection o...
  • Cynthia
    I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book. Lily writes a column called The Debutante’s Revenge. She needs to keep her reputation a secret and delivers the column dressed as a boy. After delivering the column, she decides to go an an adventure and visits a tavern. While there gets accosted by thieves. Nash, the Duke of Stonebridge aids her but Lily gets caught in the altercation and suffers a blow to the head. The duke takes her to his...
  • Pelusa Rivera
    This is the second book in the series and I enjoyed it almost as much as the first book. This is Lila's story and she is feeling a little bit lost or lonely since her sister Fiona (first book) found the love of her life..Lila and her sister and friend Sophie write an advice column but can not let it be known that they are the writers or they will be shunned, it was an era where woman really could not voice their opinions and especially if two of ...
  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    The Duke Is But a Dream by Anna Bennett is book Two in the Debutante Diaries Series. This is the story of Eric Nash, Duke of Stonebridge and Lily Hartley. I have read the previous book but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Eric has taken over his title at a early age along with his family responsibilities. Lily is a well off debutante who in secret writes a weekly column called The Debutantes Revenge but she has help ...
  • Annia Lennox (DaydreamingThroughBooks)
    ***I received this book via NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***This was a cute story. I feel like I say that a lot, but it's how I feel. The characters were nice and the romance was fairly well-paced. It's also an amnesia story line which I've only read once before. Lily was a likable character and I really liked her writing. Nash was a little brooding, but not annoyingly so. I'm not a huge fan of overprotective big b...
  • Shelley
    Lily writes an advice column for young ladies. She follows her standard procedure and dresses in male clothing to deliver her column to the publisher. Afterward, she decides to stop at a tavern for a meal instead of returning straight home. During a fracas, Lily hits her head. She is rescued by a duke and soon discovers she has amnesia. He takes her to his house, and they spend time trying to learn her true identity.The amnesia plot was the main ...
  • Maranda
    ANNA BENNETT BRINGS MORE THAN JUST A TYPICAL ROMANCE WITH HER DEBUTANTE DIARIES #2. Lily Hartley is a young women with many things going for her. She has an amazing family and a talent for writing her Advice Column that are matched with her sister's fantastic art work. But.. her life alters when she sustains a head injury that results in amnesia. She does not even know her name! Mystery is complicated when her rescuer is the Duke of Stonebridge. ...
  • Vania Nunes
    From the first moment I read about the book - the cover and blurb - I was delighted with the plot.A lady who behaves like a "naughty girl", first because she is responsible for The Debutante's Revenge (the name of the magazine already shows that it came to something no good). Then when she - Caroline "Lily" Hartley - manages to fool her parents and sister (either side thinks Lily is in the company of the other) and finds herself alone to do her "...
  • Janet
    Miss Lily Hartley is the anonymous mastermind behind the ton’s latest obsession: The Debutante’s Revenge, a tell-all advice column for young ladies. To keep her identity hidden, Lily delivers her columns disguised as a boy, until she decides to shelter from the rain in a tavern & lands in the middle of a brawl. As luck would have it, a devastatingly handsome duke sweeps in to rescue her.Eric Nash, Duke of Stonebridge, discovers there’s a be...
  • Connie Fischer
    Miss Lily Hartley and her sister, Fiona Gray, the Countess of Ravenport, write a column along with sketches drawn by Fiona, It is posted in the London Hearsay and is entitled “The Debutante’s Revenge.” As Fiona is a newlywed, her husband wants to take her on a trip. That would leave Lily at home with just the servants but that is fine with her. To maintain total anonymity, Lily dresses as a boy when she delivers the column to the newspaper....