How To Marry A Marquis: Number 2 in series Paperback – 4 September 2008
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- Publisher : Piatkus (4 September 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0749908807
- ISBN-13 : 978-0749908805
- Item Weight : 262 g
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #245,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elizabeth has just stumbled on a book in her employer's library called 'How to Marry a Marquis.' Since marriage to someone wealthy seems to be the only way she can support her younger siblings, she gets trapped into trying out the edicts in the book - trying them on the only available male, James.
Bits of this read like a French farce. There are inevitable misunderstandings, but the ending was never in doubt. It's fun and frothy.
A favourite character of mine, Lady Danbury, is one of the stars of this story. She has called in her nephew, James Sidwell, Marquess of Riverdale, to look into possible case of blackmail. But he is to come incognito as her new farm steward. One of the first of his suspects is Miss Lizzie Hotchkiss, Lady Danbury's companion, as she has plenty of opportunity and also the motive, since she is struggling to keep herself and her three younger siblings on her companion's pay.
I won't go into any further details - read it and find out! But I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the book will go into my growing 'library' of Ms Quinn's novels, which I browse back into from time to time.
On reading this again though, one thing occurred. Surely in the 5 years that Elizabeth worked for Lady Danbury, James would have visited his aunt. How did he avoid meeting her?
I fell in love with James Sidwell, Marquis of Riverdale, when he showed up in 'To Catch An Heiress', so to have him star in his own novel was never going to be anything less than wonderful. Lizzie is an endearingly clumsy heroine who will do anything for her family, and James is just suave, sophisticated and utterly charming - as always.
But what truly makes this tale is Lady Danbury, the dragon of the 'ton', who also happens to have a heart of (grumpy) gold. It's also nice to see the return of Caroline and Blake, being less than helpful - again, as always. But amusing. JQ never fails to make her stories that.
Before the 'Bridgertons' there was this, and I reckon it's every bit as good.