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The Courtesan's Daughter

Claudia Dain













Berkley Trade

Release Date:
October 2, 2007

Historical Romance


Bookmark Rating:
4 1/2 Bookmarks!

Reviewed by
Jennifer Ray

Review Posted:
June 2008


Impetuous Lady Caroline has found herself in quite the dilemma.  Having reached the age where most young ladies of her station are being courted, and likely have been offered for already, her mother’s torrid past as a courtesan before marrying into nobility has greatly hindered the beautiful Caro’s matrimonial prospects.

It’s a good thing Caro’s notorious mother has a plan.  Lady Sophia has found the perfect husband for her precious daughter, and spared no expense in paying Lord Ashdon’s numerous debts in order to secure his participation in her matchmaking scheme.

But Caro doesn’t want a man who had to be bought for her.  She wants to marry for love or not at all.  When it seems to her that she’s out of options, she decides to follow in her mother’s scandalous footsteps.  It seems like the perfect course for her – until she meets the frustrating and tempting Lord Ashdon…

Lord Ashdon can’t believe the little spitfire would rather become a courtesan than his wife!  Insulted beyond measure, he is determined to have her – one way or the other.

I was completely captivated by the entire cast of characters in Claudia Dain’s newest release, THE COURTESAN’S DAUGHTER!  In addition to very compelling romantic leads, Dain rounds out the cast with a bevy of intriguing supporting characters that add to the story without detracting from Caro and Ashdon’s romance at all.  In fact, the author very deftly created a craving in this reviewer for sequels starring several of them.

Caro’s irrepressible nature is absolutely divine!  This heroine definitely knows how to keep her hero on his toes – aided by her mother’s expert tutelage, of course.  Watching the beautiful and charming Caro make Ashdon’s head spin time after time made for riveting romance.

Ashdon is an interesting hero – he has his fair share of issues, but when push comes to shove, he can be counted on to do what is right, proving he is a fitting husband for Caro.

Throughout the story, the Lady Sophia’s machinations are the spoon that stirs the pot.  As the tale progresses, it becomes apparent that every step of this unconventional courtship has been by Caro’s mother’s ingenious design.  I cannot help but believe this master plotter will figure greatly in any sequels published to THE COURTESAN’S DAUGHTER.

In fact, I heard straight from Dain herself that she is presently working on the sequel to THE COURTESAN’S DAUGHTER, which I am definitely looking forward to!  I’ve not read any of Claudia Dain’s work before this book, but I can guarantee this will not be the last time I read this author.  Lucky for me, she has a number of other books I can content myself with while awaiting the next in this series. 


NoteThis review was originally written by Jennifer Ray for another review site.  It is being reposted at Wild on Books.


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