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The Corset Diaries
The Corset Diaries
Author: Katie MacAlister
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780451411129
ISBN-10: 0451411129
Publication Date: 5/4/2004
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 488 ratings
Publisher: Onyx
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 13
Light reading. I am not sure I completely liked it, maybe it was that there were too many embarrassing situations the herioine got herself into, maybe too many references by the heroine about her weight (it got annoying). But it was humorous and overall I would recommend it to someone looking for a fun read. Sometimes I couldn't believe the things that came out of the heroine's mouth.
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Helpful Score: 11
This is the second book by Macalister I have read. There were parts that I laughed and then got the down right giggles. I do not normaly laugh at romance novels but this was funny. Parts of the book are a bit choppy and the story line sometimes gets lost in the relationship of the characters but still well worth the read. Murphy's law rules in the Corset Diaries.
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Helpful Score: 10
I was really looking forward to reading this book. Cute sounding twist on the norm. I tried, I really tried to like this book. I just could not seem to be able to like the main characters enough to care overly much.
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Helpful Score: 8
Intriguing premise but falls flat and becomes a typical/traditional romance. Some of the 'modern' versus Victorian clashes were amusing, but in the end it's what I call a dispoable book -- one I don't regret reading, but feel no need to read again.
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Helpful Score: 5
very cute & sassy. It was fun to have a heroine that was a not so perfect size with a more than perfect heart. The only thing I wish was thatshe hadn't wined so much about her not so perfect figure, but then again, thats what most of us normal chicks do no matter what our size.
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Helpful Score: 4
Loved this book! I can relate to an overweight, insecure-about-her-body heroine, & I chuckled through the whole book!
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Makes me laugh every time I read it.
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Helpful Score: 2
I liked this quirky love story.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was laugh-out-loud funny. I absolutely loved it!
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Funny read. Really hot guy.
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One of my favorite authors. Haven't read a book of hers that I haven't loved.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very fun book!
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This was the first Katie Mac I ever read, and is still one of my favorites. The plus-size heroine, hunky hero (with surly adolescent daughter) & supporting characters are all hilarious! I hated it when the book was over - if you get this one, be sure & read it somewhere that you won't be embarrassed to be caught howling out loud. I got lucky & read it at home, where the only person to see me snorting & wiping tears from my eyes was my son... :-)
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Sexy, funny and original.
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Helpful Score: 1
I am not a big romance novel reader, but I have to say I really enjoyed this book. At times, parts of it were laugh out loud funny!! I will definitely be reading more of Katie Mac Allister's books!! This would make a great vacation read. Perfect for a plane trip!
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Helpful Score: 1
A great read, Macalister is funny as always!
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Helpful Score: 1
Warning!! Don't not drink milk when reading this book!, ss it will more than likely come out your nose. I laughed so hard at parts of this book that I had to stop reading.
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If you haven't read a Katie MacAlister book you are in for a treat.
She mixes humor and romance in a Janet Evanovich way. Actually made me laugh out loud!
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A Victorian re-enactment in Cheshire, England with the Duke of Bridgewater and his unconventional, American duchess. Funny, lively, and endearing.
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Cute and funny, but a little too racy for me!
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I laughed my way through this entire book! Good not-so-clean fun! A terrific read all the way through! I have loved everything I have read by Katie MacAlister and will be searching out more!
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A fun, quick read. PBS's "Victorian House" with a dash of girl power and a hunky hunk, too.
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A fun, light read about a volumptuous Yank thrust into a month of wearing a corset while re-enacting a Victorian Manor House. Think PBS special rated a heavy "R" plus pratfalls & some witty dialogue. Fluffy, but engaging enough for me to consider reading more of MacAlister's work.
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Absolutely, could not put this book down! It was a great twist of real-life vs. the simulated world and I never got lost. This book was a show stopper!
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The main character was SOOOOOO anoying, but overall it was a cute book.

A 39 year old widow is chosen for a reality TV show where she will live as a duchess in 1800 england for 1 month. This is Chick-lit with a Harlequin romance twist to it.
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Cute, but a typical "chick lit" novel. Lots of repetition, not much plot.
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Fluff, but funny. I like the author's "dragon" stories better than this - the ending seemed rushed and somehow unsatisfying, but it was still a fun, funny read.
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This was a cute book, with some steamy love scenes, and some witty dialogue. Nothing overly interesting but a good book. Reccomended for those that like Katie Macalister's other novels, a quick read.
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Helpful Score: 1
I did find it annoying after a while the constant banter between the 2 main characters (esp during the sex parts) I found myself saying aloud "shut up already". didn't really explore any of the characters enuf so ended with not knowing (or caring about them)them really. guess it was too much going on with too many people. overall a nice quick/fluffy read for a saturday afternoon when you don't want to think too much.
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LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY!!!!!!
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Katie MacAlister is stretching it here, to me. The heroine is a larger woman forced to wear a corset for a while. I don't think the torture of the situation is fully explained. The love story here seems a little fast and forced to me as well. Not her best effort, and not as good as her vampire series.
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This book was hilarious! Definately a keeper.
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I laughed and laughed and laughed. It is silly and fun and quite crazy.
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Main character is a little too bossy, but thought the story was funny and interesting
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Really funny. Enjoyed the first 100 or so pages were it stays really clean and just funny then gets more into the sexual-nothing too bad but still thought it could have done without so much however still recommended as a fun light read!!
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Helpful Score: 1
This book has a few parts that are really funny. It was a good read.
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This was an enjoyable read, and like many of Katie MacAlisters's novels VERY Funny.
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This was good-very funny-I have all of her books.
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A darling and funny modern day romance.
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I loved this book.. I think it would be an awesome idea for a reality show!
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Good modern romance with a twist - the characters are the cast of a reality series about living during Victorian times. Very funny heroine and really sexy scenes. It's a bit predictable as most romances are but it's fun.
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Tessa was going to be on a reality show show about how people lived in 1879 on an English estate. She's skinny challenged. She meets the guy Max that is going to play her pretend duke husband. I thought it was laugh out loud funny. I highly recomend it.
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Funny, sexy, quick read! Main character is a size 18 woman with a great sense of humor & adventure.
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This book is quite unique in that modern people are trying to act like they are in the medival ages wearing the clothing and acting out parts....very badly I must say which makes this a funny book..
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OMG. Laugh out loud funny. Tessa has depth and feeling with a quick wit and great sense of humor. Thanx to Kate for creating such a real heroine. And then there is Max. MMMMM.
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Fun read.
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Pure fluff, but it did make me laugh out loud a couple of times.
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This book was hilarious. It had me laughing out loud. Also a very good romance. Would definitely recommend this book.
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A laugh out loud romp from MacAlister. Tessa agrees to spend a month in an English manor for a reality show set in the Victorian era. Her daily challenges with corsets, a hypochondriac butler, a ghost hunting housekeeper and a dishy duke do not disappoint. 3.75 stars
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was cute..moved super fast but would be a good beach or plane read
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A great book. Never will look at corsets quite the same again. Tessa and Max are really making the sparks fly in this book!
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It was ok. I like it, but I hard time finishing it. It was VERY easy for me to put down. Had some laugh out loud lines though!
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Nothing like I expected. I grew impossibly bored in spite of the interesting concept. The main character is pretty generic. And the romance in the book is unbelievable in every way imaginable.
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Very Funny, didn't want to put it down!
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This one if laugh-out-loud funny. I really enjoyed it.
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This was the first book I read by MacAlister and it hooked me onto her books. Its funny throughout the book and keeps you on your toes. Its not your average romance novel. But its more fun and enjoyable. Great book to read even if you don't like romances.
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Good light reading, especially for us larger lovely ladies.
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This is one of Katie Mac Alister's earlier books (a stand alone). I thought the premise was very funny, especially if you like 'reality' TV. I think that Katie became more confident in her writing as the years have gone by, but if you want to see where she started definitely check this book out.
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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! Laughed so hard I nearly peed my pants! I have found it's VERY hard to read with tears clouding my vision. Katie MacAlister has a unique writing skill of her own. She is down to earth and her dialogue is true to life. I wish her heroines were my neighbors!!
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One of the best books ever! I have read it three times and refuse to get rid of it. It is awesome!
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I think this is Katie MacAlisters funniest book she has written. I would recommend this book highly because it is not only funny it is a great story!

*Back of the book*
"I HAVE TO WEAR WHAT???"
No woman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Especially a "skinny-challenged" woman like myself. But dreams of being debt-free danced in my head when I received the offer to appear on a reality TV show.

A month in the Life of a Victorian Duke is about real people-like me-pretending to live on an English estate, circa 1879. Sounds fun, no? Well, it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. We're talking no televisions, no cell phones, no PMS medication. And did I mention the corsets? No breathing for a full month. Luckily, when I met the real - life duke who was to be my pretend husband, he took my breath away....

In a manor in which everyone must strictly follow the Victorian lifestyle, things were bound to go wrong. Like when some harmless lust turned into that other thing...
Love was definitely not in the contract.
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I LOVE ANYTHING WRITTEN BY THIS AUTHOR AND THIS BOOK WAS NO EXCEPTION.
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Excellent book, it's lol funny.
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I really liked this one a lot. It was wild and crazy. My only complaint is that I'd like to hear more. Did the show go over well when it was aired? What happened to the other people on the show?
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I thought this was a funny book with a very interesting concept. I really did nto think it was at all reralistic, even in the worls of reality TV. This was a work of pure fiction and not enough real world. But, it was fun.
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I wasn't crazy about this book. In fact I didn't even finish it. I think it was just too much fluff for me.
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Very funny... I thoroughly enjoyed this... a great read!!
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American widow signs up for reality series based on Victorian England manor living and falls for her "co-star"
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This is a very fun read. Absolutely hilarious!!!
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I like Katies books. They are my fluff reading.
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This was a pretty good book. I have to say that I have never heard anyone say Gark, Eep, Gah, Gak and other odd things that got on my nerves after awhile. The story and other characters were interesting.
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I've read this authors historical books mostly. This is the first of her comtempory ones and I can guarantee it won't be the last. I've never laughed out loud so much!!
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Cute, fluffy, funny. Not a heavy read.
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A fun, quirky book.
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20th Century (Modern times) romance novel--Reality TV meets English Royalty.
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I really enjoyed this book. Light reading and often hilarious!
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hilarious
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I thought this story was quite cute and could easily happen in real life. It was a light-hearted, warm modern day romance.
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Funny funny book, very enjoyable!
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Not only is this a sizzling Victorian romance, it's laugh out loud funny, a peek at the other side of Upstairs, Downstairs.
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Very funny; I loved it
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An enjoyable book. Told through journal entries, but no annoyingly so. The character babbles. I didn't find it annoying but some might. I suspect this is a book one will either enjoy or not finish at all. I enjoyed it.
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Fun, amusing, and romantic with a cast of likeable characters! The heroine is a not-so-skinny young widow who accepts the challenge to participate in a reality show-- A Month in the Life of a Victorian Duke--where she plays the duke's wife. Problem is, she's starting to fall for the duke for real....
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A cute, comical modern romance novel.
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A cute, funny book!
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a nice quick read for summer!
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Excellent read. Sweet, but not saccharine. The characters are very real and easy to relate to, not to mention the chemistry Katie Macalister creates between them. Great for a light, entertaining read.
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This book was a hoot. If it was in movie form it would be a very erotic PBS Victorian era documentary.
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Great story line. great book, page turner, love it!
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This book, and most Katie Macalister books, are very funny. I love a good romance!
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This was a really funny book. I laughed so hard I cried in parts. I do agree with one of the other reviewers that her repeated descriptions of her overweight self was a bit annoying after awhile but if you can look past that, it was a good book.
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Excellent! Fast read, very humourous and entertaining.
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Really good story kind of a spoof on reality TV.
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very funny. Reality show with the characters trying to live as people did in the Victorian era. Very well written as far as believable, etc. Liked the main character a lot!
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Very light hearted romance. Sometimes I am in the mood for that and this lives up to it.
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i don't usually post reviews, but this book is FUNNY!!!!.i laughed so hard.its nice to see a main character who isn't a size 2 and prim and proper.lol
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This was a greatbook! I loved reading about a heroine who is "real" and keeps having things go wrong instead of a perfect storyline and still gets a happy ending!
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Terrific book! I can't wait to read more of Katie Macalister's work! :)
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WHEN I RE-ORDERED THIS ONE, I HAD ALREADY READ IT. BUT IT BELONGED TO MY DAUGHTER. SO I JUST HAD TO HAVE A COPY FOR MYSELF TO RE-READ. WHICH I HAVE READ IT TWICE SINCE IT CAME IN. I DO NOT THINK THAT ANY ONE WILL EVER THINK ABOUT CORSETS THE SAME WAY EVER AGAIN.
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No woman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Especially a "skinny-challenged" woman like Tessa. But dreams of being debt-free dance in her head at the offer of appearing in a reality TV show. "A Month in the Life of a Victorian Duke" is about real people pretending to live on an English estate, circa 1879. And Tessa's leading man-a real-life Duke-is so handsome she can barely breathe, with or without the corset...
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Typical Katie over-the-top entertainment.
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Very Funny!!!!
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No women in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Especially a "skinny challanged" women. In a manor in which everyone must strictly follow the Victorian lifestyle, things were bound to go wrong. Like when some harmless lust turned into that other thing...
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Called at the last minute to act as the Duchess in an English reality documentary Tessa starts her adventure. After a long flight, exhaustion, and sickness she arrives at her temporary home. This is when she discovers that she will be wearing a corset daily for the next month! Acting the part of the upper class might not be as easy as she first though.
Then there's Max, the Duke. Yummy.
This is a fun tale of romance, comedy with some history thrown in for good measure.
This is written in diary form which give the feeling of being a fly on the wall. I recommend this one!
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Great book. Macalister makes you laugh throughout the whole book! Worth the read.
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Very funny read.
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I lol at this book.
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Excellent read, really funny. Characters you can definetly relate to.
"No wman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Expecially a 'skinny-challenged' woman like myself. But dreams of being debt-free danced in my head when I received the offer to appear on a reality TV show. A MONTH IN THE LIFE OF A VICTORIAN DUKE is about real people--like me--pretending to live on an English estate, circa 1879. Sounds fun, no? Well, it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. We're talking no television, no cell phones, no PMS medication. And did I mention the corsets? No breathing for a full month. Luckily, when I met the real life duke who was to be my pretend husband, he took my breath away...In a manor in which everyone must strictly follow the Victorian lifestyle, things were bound to go wrong. Like when some harmless lust turned inot the other thing...Love was definitely not in the contract."
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No woman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Especially a skinny challenged woman like myself. But dreams of being debt free danced in my head when i received the offer to appear on a reality TV show.
A month in the life of a Victorian Duke is about real peiple--like me--prentending to live on a English estate, circa 1879. Sounds fun, no? Well, it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. We're talking no televisions, no cell phones, no PMS medication. And did I mention the corsets? No breathing for a full month. Lluckily, when I met the reall-life duke who was to be my pretend husband. He took my breath away......
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Pretty good & funny! Max is one sexy guy!
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It was a slow start with the main character complaining alot about how she was not suited for the show because of being over weight. Once she got on the set for the show she agreed to be on things finally got interesting. The hunky male has no problems helping her get over her self esteem issues, and she helps him get over his past. Great read!
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I HAVE TO WEAR WHAT??? No woman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month.
He was so handsome she could barely breathe. Or maybe it was just the corset..........
In a Manor in which everyone must strictly follow the Victorian lifestyle, things were bound to go wrong. Like when some harmless lust turned into that other thing.........
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No woman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Especially a "skinny-challenged" woman like myself. But dreams of being debt-free danced in my head when I received the offer to appear on a reality TV show.
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No wman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Especially a "skinny-challenged" woman like myself. But dreams of being debt-free danced in my head when I received the offer to appear on a reality TV show.

"A Month in the Life of a Victorian Duke" is about real people--like me-- pretending to live on an English estate, circa 1879. Sounds fun, no? Well, it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. We're talking no televisions, no cell phones, no PMS medications. And did I mention the corsets? No breathing for a full month. Luckily, when I met the real-life duke who was to be my pretend husband, he took my breath away....

In a manor in which everyone must strictly follow the Victorian lifestyle, things were bound to go wrong. Like when some harmless lust trned into that other thing....