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How to Marry a Marquis (Avon Romantic Treasure) Mass Market Paperback – Import, 28 June 2005
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When James Sidwell, Marquis of Riverdale, offered to help Elizabeth Hotchkiss find herself a husband, he never dreamed that the only candidate he could propose would be himself..
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Elizabeth Hotchkiss needs to marry a wealthy man, and fast. The oldest child of four well-bred orphans, she's managed to keep the wolf from their door for years, but she's running out of options. The only marriage prospect in sight is her landlord, Squire Nevins, but his lecherous gaze makes Elizabeth's skin crawl. So when she discovers the book How to Marry A Marquis in her employer's library, she impulsively stuffs it into her reticule and takes it home. Encouraged by her insistent sister, Elizabeth reluctantly agrees to learn the book's rules well enough to catch a monied husband. But first, she must find a man to practice her wiles on. Enter James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale. Posing as the new estate manager per his beloved Aunt Danbury's instructions, he just happens to arrive at the Danbury estate on the very day that Elizabeth discovers the book. Is it too coincidental that James's Aunt Danbury needs his assistance in catching a blackmailer at the precise moment that Elizabeth needs a guinea pig? Perhaps, but neither Elizabeth nor James have reason to suspect that they're being lovingly maneuvered.
James begins to search for a blackmailer, and Elizabeth is high on his list of suspects. While purposely spending time with her to explore her guilt or innocence, however, he's irresistibly drawn to her beauty and kindness as well as her practicality and sharp tongue. And when he learns that she's practicing to entice a husband, he can't resist offering to tutor her in courtship. Before long, the two realize their growing feelings for each other. But the course of true love never did run smoothly, and the lovers encounter a few obstacles along the way. Will the evil Squire Nevins easily give up his designs on Elizabeth and her sisters? What about the nefarious blackmailer? And how will Elizabeth react if she discovers that James is not who he pretends to be?
How To Marry A Marquis is a delightful read with witty dialogue that sparkles, wonderful secondary characters--including the difficult Aunt Agatha and an impossibly arrogant cat named Malcolm--sensuous love scenes, and a hero and heroine that readers will fall in love with. --Lois Faye Dyer
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With tens of millions of copies in print, #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn has been called “Smart, funny,” by TIME Magazine. Her novels have been translated into 35 languages and are beloved the world over. A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
Look for Bridgerton, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family, on Netflix.
- Publisher : Avon; 2nd edition (28 June 2005)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0380800810
- ISBN-13 : 978-0380800810
- Item Weight : 194 g
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.44 x 17.15 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #877,194 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.
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.
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?