The Ugly Duckling Debutante by Rachel Van Dyken


5 Stars|Amazon|Goodreads

Favorite Quote: He took a steady breath " I don't want regrets for selfishly trying to keep you when you weren't mine to take."

I am not a huge fan of HR books, but it was really great. It doesn't read like most historical romances. It reads more like a NA. But it isn't, just FYI. Leave it to Rachel Van Dyken to write the only HR in its existence that I fell head over heels for. Sara has not had the easiest life. With family that constantly reminds her how ugly she is, Her only solitude is her books and her time outdoors. She doesn't have much to look forward to in life from what she is told by her parents, until the day her aunt comes to whisk her away to become a debutante and find a husband. From that point on things got very interesting. I loved Nicholas. He was a great character with a fantastic personality. There were some points where I wanted to knock some sense into him, but he redeemed himself. UglyGuckling Nicholas and Sara's journey isn't a boring one to say the least. It has the ever-present Rachel Spice in it with characters that you want to know all about. Don't let the Genre dissuade you, this novel is great lighthearted romance that you don't want to miss.


Since childhood Sara has lived with the reality of being ugly. Something her awful family never ceased to remind her. After her sisters run off to Gretna Green, she's left with one choice-—go to London and take their place for a Season. It's up to her to marry well and save her family from financial ruin. A distant aunt decides it’s in her best interest to sponsor Sara for the season and help her snag a husband by any means possible. Nicholas Devons, Earl of Renwick, is a retired rake and consequently bored with life. He’s given up beautiful women and carnal pleasures. Desperation makes him decide to give his massive fortune away and marry the first country girl he sees. Lucky for Sara she's that girl. Unlucky for Nicholas, he's to be her new tutor in the ways of the ton. Two waltzes, one masquerade, a violent carriage ride, and two duckless ponds later... and all that's left is a fun twist on one of the oldest stories ever told.