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  • Mass Market Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon; New edition edition (Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373834985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373834983
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,317,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first romance stories Stephanie Laurens read were set against the backdrop of Regency England, and these continue to exert a special attraction for her. As an escape from the dry world of professional science, Stephanie started writing Regency romances. Her hobby quickly became a career when her novels about the masterful Cynster cousins captivated readers, making her one of the romance world's most beloved and popular authors. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years and is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller.

Learn more about Stephanie's books from her website at www.stephanielaurens.com

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"Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvellous tributes to Georgette Heyer." - Cathy Kelly "All I need is her name on the cover to make me pick up the book." - New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stephanie Laurens has been writing historical romance novels for over 16 years and is a New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today bestselling author. She lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two daughters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Newman on 13 Feb. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Antonia Mannering knows what she wants. She wants to be a wife. At 24, she's had 8 years to think about it, while effectively cloistered away with her grief-stricken mother and much younger brother. Now, following her mothers death and their year of mourning, Antonia is ready to put her plan in action. Further, she wants to be the wife of her childhood friend, Lord Philip Ruthven, whom she ‘objectively’ considers to be in need of a wife. Antonia knows what is expected of a society wife, and has every intention of being a comfortable wife, one that fits well within the boundaries of their mutual station, one who knows what is expected of her and conforms to them nicely. That's the plan. Until at last Philip and Antonia meet again, and everything begins NOT to work to plan.
This is a glowing, feel good read. The feeling that these two have for each other is established early on, at least for the reader. Each is very honest with the other - they have been friends forever, after all. Yet somehow neither understands what the other thinks about marriage, specifically their own planned marriage. Philip has a well deserved reputation with women, but even Antonia, eight years removed from his circle, knows how he needs a wife. A fact that Philip himself has only recently discovered, following the example of his friends the Lester’s. Each is no young, green thing, their maturity in temperament, even as they are occasionally adrift in confusion, is obvious. Comic moments are sprinkled throughout the book with Laurens customary light yet deft touch. Sometimes it is the conversations the two have, sometimes a bit of physical comedy, sometimes that Antonia and Philip are talking at cross purposes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joy on 20 Mar. 2010
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This author is very much along the lines of the immortal georgette heyer and has based some of her hero's and heroine's on her characters. The difference here is she has lifted them from the kiss on the finger tips to people with real passions and needs. I am gripped by her books and intend to collect her complete collection. I have georgette heyers complete works and re read them over and over i am sure these will be the same.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Gormley on 1 Jun. 2002
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This book is a continuation of the Lester books, it is not a new Cynster. There are no villians to defeat, no mysteries to solve. In fact, there isn't a lot of plot at all. This is an old-fashioned Regency romance where "veiled eyes" or "sudden stillness" is as close as you will get to an emotional outburst. That said, it's a good example of the genre, and is an excellent way to pass a rainy day.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on 21 April 2004
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This is another of Laurens' earlier - and thus much better-written - novels. A Comfortable Wife pre-dates the Cynster series by some years, and thus carries much more in the way of an authentic 'feel' about it. It is also far less formulaic than her later work. In that case, it should be much, much better as a novel - and yet it is not.
Antonia Mannering has been shut away in the country taking care of her sick mother for many years; thus, she is in her mid-twenties and still not presented and has not been in Society much at all. Now orphaned, she is visiting her godmother, the Dowager Countess Ruthven - who is stepmother to Antonia's childhood friend Philip, Lord Ruthven (*not* Lord Philip Ruthven, as the cover claims). Years ago, Philip and Antonia used to play together, but will he still remember her when they meet again? Antonia has decided that she would like to marry her old friend, and that she would make him the sort of comfortable wife he needs. In his early 30s now, he is a rake, but he needs to settle down and have an heir for his estate.
Philip, on first seeing Antonia again, is struck by her beauty and remembers how much he enjoyed her company. Reluctantly - for he suspects a plot - he is drawn to spend more and more time with her, and realises that he wants to marry her. (He's fallen in love with her, but - as with many of her other books - Laurens fails to *show* him falling in love, realising he's in love and deciding what to do about it). The proposal comes less than halfway through the book. Result: romantic tension at an end.
Antonia agrees to marry Philip, but only if he will keep their engagement a secret until she's been to London for the Little Season. As she explains, she's been out of Society for so long that she has no idea how to behave.
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A well written story about the interaction between two people - good dialogue and no distractions by way of an unsolved mystery or whatever.
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Enjoyable book to round off the Lester series. All in all the series was very entertaining and was a pleasure to read.
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By June Allsop on 25 July 2013
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Realised I had read this when it was first published, but had forgotten enough to enjoy reading it for the second time.
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