DUCHESS OF FIFTH AVENUE
by Ruth Ryan Langan

March 2006
ISBN: 0-425-20889-3
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New York City-1890


Orphaned best friends Lana Dunleavy and Siobhan Riley O’Malley pursued their dreams of a better life when they left Ireland for America. The grim reality of living in the tenements of New York City was not much better then what they had left behind. The added burden of Siobhan’s wastrel husband, Billy, does not help matters much either when trying to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. However, the friends had always been there for each other and Lana’s solemn promise to Siobhan to look after her young son Colin, should anything happen to her gives Lana the course her life's direction must now take when tragedy strikes. Struggling to make a living as a maid to one of New York’s most prominent families will not gain Lana custody of her precious Colin. Lana will have to transform herself in to a lady, and for that, she needs the help of the rogue/con man she knows only as “Stone” from her days serving drinks at the Blue Goose saloon.


Gambler Jesse Jordan keeps a low profile when playing cards at the Blue Goose saloon. The regulars do not even know his true name, calling him Stone as in rolling! When luscious Lana Dunleavy returns to the Blue Goose demanding he help her become a lady, Jesse decides to go along with Lana’s scheme. Jesse brings Lana to the Fifth Avenue mansion where he “stays”, and begins to set about tutoring her in the ways of the upper class. Never in his wildest dreams did Jesse think he would fall for the beautiful Irish lass! Hiding secrets of his own, Jesse must not let his guard down; if he does, he will find himself trapped along with Lana in their own deceptions, and in so doing lose everything they have found together!


I laughed, cried and cheered in triumph right along with spunky immigrant Lana and her Prince Charming, lovable scoundrel Jesse. Author Ruth Ryan Langan vividly transports you back to the days when New York City was ruled by callous millionaires with opulent lifestyles in her latest Duchess of Fifth Avenue. The book grabs hold of your heartstrings and will not let go! If you are a devotee of the movies Pretty Woman, and My Fair Lady; or still choke up at Disney's Cinderella, then you must read Duchess of Fifth Avenue!


Reviewed in February 2006 by Bonnie.

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