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By Arrangement

By Arrangement [Kindle Edition]

Madeline Hunter
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The lady and the commoner...

Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn was not opposed to marriage.  But she demanded to be married on her own terms, not as punishment for a romantic indiscretion, and especially not to a common merchant.  Yet she was in for a shock when she met David de Abyndon.  For she was confronted by no ordinary merchant but a man of extraordinary poise and virility.  He was unaffected by their difference in social status.  And even less affected by her well-thought-out arguments against their upcoming betrothal.  Instead, it was Christiana who felt uneasy in the presence of this naturally lordly man behind whose cool blue eyes she sensed the most uncompromising of passions.

David de Abyndon understood Christiana's dilemma, for he too harbored a secret pain.  How could he tell her that there was more to this arrangement than met the eye?  How could he tell her about his deal with the king--a deal that meant he had all but bought Christiana sight unseen?

What's more, now that he had seen this beautiful, spirited woman, how could he convince her that the love she sought was not in the callow knight she had romanticized but in the flesh-and-blood arms of the man who may have bought her body--but in the bargain lost both his heart and soul?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2749 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (10 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NJMB9A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars medieval magic 7 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The young heroine is obliged to wed a "commoner" - David de Abyndon who is a merchant, due to an indiscretion that nearly results in scandal. He has his own agenda - he is a really complex character - cool, intelligent,sometimes devious and the love that emerges between the two overcomes their differences and is as believable as the well-researched historical context. I totally fell for David as a hero - quite apart from being gorgeous he just seemed grown-up - a real man who played the hand he was dealt rather than using a previous bad experience as an excuse to be emotionally stunted like some heroes! I have just ordered this author's next book "By Possession" and am looking forward to getting "By Design" when it comes out in 2001. This book has a slightly harder edge to it then some historicals (the fall of Caen is realistically brutal) but it has strong plotting, good pace, well rounded characters who develop throughout the novel...some toe curling moments, historical realism - basically - its got the lot!!! I loved it and would totally recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Series - Superb Writing 26 April 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Based on rave reviews I bought my first Madeline Hunter novel BY ARRANGEMENT -- her debut and the first book of her medieval series. I was not disappointed in the least as the series as a whole was fabulous, totally stand-alone yet connected by the main characters. This first book was an invigorating story, extremely well researched, and packed with enough suspense to keep you turning the pages way into the wee hours of the morning.

Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn, a nobly born young woman and ward of the King had been betrothed but not to the handsome Knight of the Realm she believed herself to be in love with. No, horror of horrors, her guardian King Edward III betrothed her to a mere merchant. Though with time she would discover David de Abnydon to be a most unusual merchant!

Christiana was livid -- insulted that her status would be devastatingly lowered by a marriage so beneath her class. Her brother Morvan was also furious, but without wealth, powerless to stop such an unusual arrangement made by his king!

David de Abnydon was an intelligent and very wealthy self-made man. He hadn't planned to marry, but if negotiating a bride, sight unseen was the price to get what he was truly after - so be it! He never thought that with Christiana, he'd be so lucky to have found a treasure in what he initially thought would be a liability!

The author injected a nice bit of intrigue here while this reviewer tried to fathom why the very handsome, very wealthy David de Abnydon would have 'bought' a bride with apparently nothing to gain. Christiana had no dower and the phenomenally high bride price - sight unseen - certainly piqued my interest. Now for a medieval period this was certainly an intriguing and very unusual plot line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Realised Romance! 20 Mar 2010
By Loupop
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
By Arrangement has proved thus far to be one of my favourites of Madeline Hunter's excellent collection. It is a simply unforgettable romantic classic which quietly grows on one's consciousness and eventually insists upon return visits again and again.

The strength of this novel lies in Hunter's portrayal of the two leads, in particular the divine David De Abyndon with whom there have been many (all too brief) dealings in this story's predecessors (By Design, Stealing Heaven) and indeed it's successors (The Protector, Lord of a Thousand Nights). David really is delicious for want of a better description. He is synonymous with Hunter's typical depiction of the Alpha male but his quiet beauty and wisdom make him simply irresistible in this genre.

The interplay between him and the heroine of our story, Christiana is believable and consistent and Hunter patiently unfolds their story whilst the reader eagerly and impatiently awaits for their eventual love to grow.

Christiana's youth and immaturity at the beginning of the novel is beautifully realised, highlighting David's wisdom and patient understanding perfectly. The intrigue in the novel is perfectly paced to provide an exciting and fulfilling denouement and the love story in general is simply gorgeous with these two completely and convincingly fulfilling their destiny to be together.

The historical detail is everpresent as always and the tiny `humdrum' details which Hunter excels at for making a story believable are here in abundance creating a real `life' for these characters which engages the reader and stays in the mind long after the novel is finished.

Wonderfully fulfilling romance!
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By Sonia
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first novel that I have read by Madeline Hunter. I read a short story of hers in a book called Tapestry over a year ago and really enjoyed it but for some reason (mostly the huge pile of books that I have to get through) I never got around to reading another of her books until now. After finishing this book in two days I was left feeling very satisfied and anxious to get hold of more Madeline Hunter novels. In short, I was very impressed.

One of the things that really impressed me was the historical accuracy. I'm certainly not an expert on history and the 14th century is not a period that I have studied in any detail at all but I do have a fairly good general historical knowledge and there were very few things that seemed to not fit in with the historical period. This may not seem worth noting but romance novels are so often historically inaccurate that it made a really nice change. I did look on her website after reading the book where I read that Madeline Hunter has a PhD in art history so I guess it should be expected that she would pay attention to historical details. She does also justify the parts that she made historically inaccurate. For example, she made Christiana older than would have been realistic for an innocent, young bride (she's about 18 in the novel) and I thought that her justification for this was fine, I wouldn't want to read a romance novel about a fourteen year old.

I felt that the way that Hunter wrote really brought the century and the place to life for me. I am very interested in the history of London and spent a lot of last year visiting historical places in London and learning about the history. Reading this book was amazing because I could really picture the way things would have been back then.
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