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First Comes Marriage (Huxtable Quintent) [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Balogh
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25 Sep 2009 Huxtable Quintent
Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh introduces an extraordinary family—the fiery, sensual Huxtables. Vanessa is the second daughter, proud and daring, a young widow who has her own reason for pursuing the most eligible bachelor in London. One that has nothing to do with love. Or does it?

The arrival of Elliott Wallace, the irresistibly eligible Viscount Lyngate, has thrown the country village of Throckbridge into a tizzy. Desperate to rescue her eldest sister from a loveless union, Vanessa Huxtable Dew offers herself instead. In need of a wife, Elliott takes the audacious widow up on her unconventional proposal while he pursues an urgent mission of his own. But a strange thing happens on the way to the wedding night. Two strangers with absolutely nothing in common can’t keep their hands off each other. Now, as intrigue swirls around a past secret—one with a stunning connection to the Huxtables—Elliott and Vanessa are uncovering the glorious pleasures of the marriage bed…and discovering that when it comes to wedded bliss, love can’t be far behind.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Books (25 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440244226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440244226
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Balogh is a New York Times bestselling author. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada. Visit her website at

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Romance queen Balogh delivers a savoury and passionate Regency...fiery hot...satisfies thoroughly (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ) --source1 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Mary Balogh introduces an extraordinary family - the fiery, sensual Huxtables. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars First in new series 17 Jan 2009
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
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'First Comes Marriage' is the first in a new series by Mary Balogh following the fortunes and loves of three sisters and one brother. At the start of this book we meet the Huxtable family, eldest sister Margaret, youngest sister Katherine, young brother Stephen and the middle sister, Vanessa Dew. Vanessa is a widow, having married a neighbour who died a year and a half ago. Although Vanessa still lives with her in-laws, her three siblings live in a small cottage and make do with minimal money.

When a viscount comes to stay in the local inn the village is intrigued, especially when he attends the assembly dance. However the Huxtable family are astounded the next day when they discover that their lot is going to change significantly. As they find themselves moving to a new area and preparing to be introduced to polite society, it seems that Viscount Lyngate is planning to ask the eldest sister, Margaret, to marry him. But Vanessa knows Margaret still carries a torch for her young love, serving overseas in the army, and so she persuades Lyngate to marry her instead.

As Vanessa and Elliott settle down to married life, she has to come to terms with his rather sober and unsmiling demeanour and he with her feelings for her dead husband. Some of his past actions may come back to haunt him, along with a former good friend who may well be a rogue, and Vanessa has to cope with her own poor self-image. Can they find happiness and love in a marriage of convenience?

Mary Balogh is, in my opinion, one of the finest writers of Regency romances today. 'First Comes Marriage' has all her trademark skills, including deep characterisation, flawed and yet appealing characters and historical accuracy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First of a great new series 6 Mar 2009
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Although I'm not a fan of 'series' and prefer one-off stories I'll read anything by Mary Balogh and there is something comforting about going into a new world peopled with characters you know are going to be around for a while. And she does it so well. The Huxtable family are a charming lot and this book sets the scene for the ones to come so that by the end of this story featuring the widowed sister, Vanessa, and Elliott, Lord Lyngate, you really want to know what happens to them ALL.

That said the main thread, the story of Vanessa and Elliott is typical Balogh. He is divinely handsome but apparently morose, stern and driven by duty, she is not at all obviously 'his type'. In fact she is described as being the plainest amongst her beautiful siblings but she has the gift of joy and happiness. She challenges him at every turn and the conflict and passion between the two of them as they grow into their marriage of convenience is lovely to see and as always, very well done by Balogh. It wasn't fireworks for me but it was a great read. Recommend it highly and glad that the next two or three in the series will be out in relatively quick succession. Most looking forward to the story of Con who is going to be last cos I suspect that will be the darkest and most anguished tale and I love some good angst in a love story before the happy-ever-after!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MB does it again...! 6 April 2009
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I am so glad that MB is still writing and is able to bring so much pleasure to those that absolutely love her writing. I don't believe you'll be disappointed with this one. In fact, I have read as many of her books as I was able to get my hands on and while I was waiting for the new Huxtable series to come out, I read books by other authors who just don't measure up as well. It was great to get back to a new book by MB and I can't wait for the next book to come out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A slow and steady burn 23 Mar 2013
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Review taken from my Blog (post #42) in November 2010, after borrowing the book from the local library.

I seem to be getting a few of these read in the wrong order. This was actually the first in the Huxtable series. The very young Stephen Huxtable is informed by Elliott Wallace, Viscount Lyngate that he has by twists and turns of fate become the new Earl of Merton.

Viscount Lyngate takes Stephen and his three sisters Miss Huxtable (Margaret), Miss Katherine Huxtable and the widowed Miss Vanessa Dew to to their new home. Margaret and Katherine and undisputed beauties, but Vanessa is always considered plain.

Viscount Lyngate needs a wife and decides to offer for Margaret, but Vanessa steps in to save her sister and offers herself.

Will they find love, will it all turn out OK in the end?

I have to say, I did not like Elliott at all until very near the end of the book.

Actually, I found the whole book rather sad, and felt so sorry for Vanessa, not that she would probably want to see it that way.

Angry as well that people could have undermined her self-esteem so badly.

This is not an all consuming fire and fireworks kind of love though, but a steady burn to a glorious and cozy fire for the long nights.

I had though I would give it a 3 star rating, but thinking it over walking the dog, that really would not be fair. Is not the mark of a good author to make you feel for their characters, empathise or sympathise, and some how want to correct mistakes made by their fictional counterparts? Therefore a 4.5 rather than a 4.

Definitely read it, and let me know how you felt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vanessa
Goodness prevails and wins its own reward. A satisfying read with lovely characters.
Why do I have to write more than I wish?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I loved the characters and the storyline. Looking forward to reading the next in this series. Will definitely put it in my favourites and enjoy reading it over again.
Published 11 months ago by Jangler
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I can only repeat my review of other Mary Balogh books.
She has the ability to relate a gentle tales of romance. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MDG
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read
I always enjoy Mary Balogh's books and have read nearly all the other huxtable novels before this one, which is the first. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2012 by Lily
4.0 out of 5 stars The first Huxtable
This is the first book in Mary Balogh's Huxtable series, and also my first Mary Balogh book. It follow the Huxtable family, Meg, Vanessa, Kate and Stephan, as they go from poor... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2012 by Alice in Wonderland
4.0 out of 5 stars first in the huxtable series
and its a good start. lots of setting the scene of the world which all the characters live in and some back story but once the story gets going its all balls, riding in park and... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by Lindymck
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but found the female protagonist irritating
Mrs Vanessa Dew, nee Huxtable, is a widow after her husband died shortly into their marriage. She is the middle sister of the Huxtables, eldest Margaret, young Katherine and... Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2010 by britgirl
3.0 out of 5 stars First comes....a very long prologue to the Huxstable story
I have read every Mary Balogh I could lay my hands on, and this has been the only one that disappointed. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2009 by Mrs Jones
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