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The Convenient Marriage

The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn’t know quite what to expect with Georgette Heyer. I’d lumped her in with romance novels for years and left it at that (not my cup of tea). After reading a bit about her, though, I decided to give one of her novels a try. Heyer’s writing was described as Jane Austen with more detail and, while I don’t think that’s quite true, if you like Regency-era writing, Georgette Heyer may be for you.

When Horatia’s sister has been offered marriage by the Earl of Rule, Horatia steps in and offers to marry him so that her sister can marry the sweetheart. It is, as the title suggests, a marriage of convenience between a 17-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man. As becomes obvious early on, this marriage of convenience becomes a love match except, of course, that neither party will admit it. What follows is a set of misunderstandings, near rape (!), kidnapping, highway intrigue, a macaroni…plenty of action for the reader as we wait for the ending we know will eventually come.

So, yes, the story is predictable and I did compare it quite a bit to Pride & Prejuidice in spots, but overall, it was a captivating book and I suspect I’ll be reading more of Georgette Heyer.

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