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The Corset Diaries
The Corset Diaries
Author: Katie MacAlister
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'...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780451411129
ISBN-10: 0451411129
Publication Date: 5/4/2004
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 491 ratings
Publisher: Onyx
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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jai avatar reviewed The Corset Diaries on + 310 more book reviews
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.
MarciNYC avatar reviewed The Corset Diaries on
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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ra7 avatar reviewed The Corset Diaries on + 1006 more book reviews
Tessa is a plus sized American who goes on an English TV show. The show is designed to show how people (a Duke and his family and their servants) lives in the Victorian times. Tessa got the job because she was a distant relation to an American who married an English Duke. Max, who plays the Duke, is also a distant relation of the Duke who married the heiress.
Tessa's 1st person narration was laugh out loud funny. But (yeah you knew there was a but!), she was very self-conscious about the size of her body (she is 6ft and a size 18). When it came to Max, I liked the he was attracted to her just as she was. I also liked she was a little older than him (39 to 34). But, the 5 year gap mattered more to Tessa than it did to him. Which was very annoying considering Tessa's husband was 20 years older than her (who died from cancer 3 years prior).
This was a fun, escapist read.
zakoka avatar reviewed The Corset Diaries on + 18 more book reviews
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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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 light hearted romance. Sometimes I am in the mood for that and this lives up to it.
moondance120 avatar reviewed The Corset Diaries on + 422 more book reviews
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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A darling and funny modern day romance.