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Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer (Book Review)

Title: The Convenient Marriage
Author: Georgette Heyer
Publisher/Publication Date: Sourcebooks, February 2009 (original publication date 1934)
Genre: Regency Romance

First sentence: Lady Winwood being denied, the morning caller inquired with some anxiety for Miss Winwood, or, in fact, for any of the young ladies.

About the book: Horatia Winwood is simply helping her family. When the Earl of Rule proposes marriage to her sister Lizzie, Horatia offers herself instead. Her sister is already in love with someone else, and Horatia is willing to sacrifice herself for her family's happiness. Everyone knows she's no beauty, but she'll do her best to keep out of the Earl's way and make him a good wife. And then the Earl's archenemy, Sir Robert, sets out to ruin her reputation. . .

The Earl of Rule has found just the wife he wants. Unbeknownst to Horatia, the Earl is enchanted by her. There's simply no way he's going to let her get into trouble. Overcoming some misguided help from Horatia's harebrained brother and a hired highwayman, the Earl routs his old enemy, and wins over his young wife, gifting her with a love that she never thought she could expect.

My review: Ok, I am officially a Georgette Heyer fan. I admit that I did not like the mystery that I read, Why Shoot a Butler? - but I am not really a big fan of that genre as a whole. This one, on the other hand, was delightful. The characters were charming and at times a little outrageous - especially for the time period. Like in the very beginning when Horatia takes it upon herself to visit Lord Rule and ask him to marry her in place of her sister Lizzie. And of course, she does all this behind her family's back. Horry proceeds to become the Earl's wife and quickly becomes the toast of the town. She is burdened with a stammer and I got the impression that as the youngest Winwood she was not always taken seriously. Once she becomes a wife, and a wealthy one at that, she lets nothing stand in her way to do whatever she feels she wants to - including catching the eye of Lord Lethbridge. I believe she pursues him only because everyone warns her to stay away from him - and he uses her as a pawn because of his dislike of the Earl. If you are a fan of Jane Austen type romances - and haven't yet tried Georgette Heyer - pick this one up soon. Sourcebooks is reissuing a slew of Georgette Heyer books - mysteries, romances and historical fiction. A whole new generation will be able to appreciate these works!

The Convenient Marriage
Publisher/Publication Date: Sourcebooks, February 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-1772-2
ISBN-10: 1-4022-1772-2
318 pages


BurtonReview said...

I love Heyer also... I am going to read her historical My Lord John soon. I've read her romance and mystery so this is next :)
Good Review!

Unknown said...

I'm heading over to add this one to my list. My way-too-big list :o)

ibeeeg said...

I have been reading a lot of good reviews regarding G. Heyer books. I tried reading The Convenient Marriage but just could not get into it. Maybe it was the writing or maybe it was the story. I know for sure that I did like Horry in the very beginning and then she turned to be a disappointment for me...once she married Rule. So, I think I will put off reading other Heyer books for now. I may pick one up in the future but for now...not for me.

I am glad you liked the book...many do.


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