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A fun story about a woman who finds herself in the distasteful position of needing to marry for money and of course finds love along the way. All the hallmarks of Julia Quinn: well drawn characters, especially the strong women, an entertaining plot and intelligent quips aplenty. As a bonus, Lady Danbury features prominently for fans of the Bridgerton series. Enjoy!
Elizabeth is the companion of Lady Danbury. While she make money it is not enough to support her and her three siblings. When she stumbles upon a book how to marry a marquis she bumps into the new estate manger .
When he finds out her secret book he decides to help her but he has a secret of his own . How will she react. Good book and I loved Lady Danbury was a main character in it. I love to read her back story . Highly recommend
Elizabeth Hotchkiss needs a husband and pretty soon; but she needs to marry a man with money. She has been sole provider for herself and her three younger siblings since her parent's deaths but she can barely make ends meet anymore. Elizabeth finds a book, "How to Marry a Marquis", in her employer's library; upon impulse, she takes the book home to read. Elizabeth's employer, Lady Danbury, is a crusty old woman who even men fear but she and Elizabeth do well together. Lady Danbury sends for her nephew, James Sidwell, Marquis of Riverdale, to come help find out who is blackmailing her. James comes in disguise as an estate manager, under last the name of Siddons. He and Elizabeth grow close, close enough for him to know about her financial problems, and her need for a husband, and to Elizabeth's chagrin, about the book she has been reading. James reads the book and informs Elizabeth that the advice given is not the way to find a husband, but that he will help her find a husband. Elizabeth believes she could love James but believes he doesn't have the money she needs, so she agrees to let him give her lessons on how to land a man. But it seems that James finds problems with all the men that become available.
The second Agents of the Crown book features James Sidwell, Marquis of Riverdale, whose spying has been curtailed because a French spy has exposed his identity. So while he has nothing much to do he's called down to his aunt's estate to help her identify a blackmailer. While in disguise as the new estate manager he meets Elizabeth Hotchkiss, companion to his aunt, well-bred but penniless.
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.
This is another well-written, light-hearted novel from Julia Quinn. It is an easy and amusing read, although the plot is not deep or complex. But, there again, that is not necessary in a Regency Romance.
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 read this book ages ago and before I began doing reviews. I've been going through the many books I've purchased by this author and rereading them. This one was in my favourites file but I've decided that although it's good, it's not that good. There were some funny moments along the way and the secondary character, Lady Danby, steals the show a little. The main characters were nice enough and the story idea is a good one but there was a little something missing. There are loads of summaries so I'll just say that it's worth reading and I might go back and buy the first book in the series now.