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DUCHESS OF FIFTH AVENUE
by Ruth Ryan Langan

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: 1880 New York City

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Lana Dunleavey's promise to her dying friend leaves her with a young boy to care for. But as a penniless immigrant she has no way to get custody of Colin, so she begs the man she knows as Stone, Jesse Jordan, to teach her to be a lady. New York society believes that Jesse is a duke; Lana believes he is a con. When "Lady Alana" is introduced, she becomes known as the Duchess of Fifth Avenue.

Their relationship changes from that of teacher and student to lovers. Colin comes to live with Lana, but for permanent custody she and Jesse must marry. However, Jesse has sworn to never wed. How will Lana feel when Jesse tells her that he really is a duke and has been looking for a woman that would love him for himself and not his money?

This delightful, heartwarming My Fair Lady story proves that it doesn't matter where you come from when you find true love. But it isn't only about the love of a man and woman; it's also about the love of a woman for a child. Langan plays heartstrings like a virtuoso with this winning romance. SENSUAL (May, 302 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Jill Brager

Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Published: May 2006

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