Penniless Julia Marsh and Sir Carey Fitzhugh met in Vienna, at the Congress, where Julia was governess to her sister’s children. When they met again, Julia was stranded without money or luggage, and had taken a job in a Bavarian inn. Sir Carey had been jilted, and needed a wife in order to claim his […]
False marriage / Marriage of convenience
I’ve mentioned before how much I love Mary Balogh’s writing style and it is definitely in full flower here.
From the book blurb:
Grace Howard has every reason to be devoted to Sir Peregrine Lampman. After all, the gallant gentleman rescued her from poverty by making her his bride. Even more nobly, he did not withdraw his affection after she confessed to a youthful folly that had compromised her virtue. But Grace did not tell the whole truth about the handsome lord who betrayed her—and now the one thing she’s kept from Perry threatens to destroy her last chance at true love.
“It being not quite the thing to advertise in the London papers for a wife, Anthony Earheart, Marquess of Staunton, eldest son and heir of the Duke of Withingsby, advertised instead for a governess.” What a great way to start a book about a marriage of convenience! And the book continues to deliver from there. […]
This is Joan Smith’s first book (Dec 1976) and you can see that she is just getting started in her trademark style – there’s the banter between the main characters; the slightly dim male friend; and finally the independent heroine. From the book blurb on Amazon: The Marquis of Claymore had been rejected by the […]
This is one of my favourite Regency books. The dialogue is witty, the romance believable and the heroine is sensible – which I suppose could be seen to be an insult but I definitely mean it as a compliment. The book blurb isn’t very forthcoming: While traveling to her first post as a governess, Helen Denville […]