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  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402217722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402217722
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,608,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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"Sparkling." (Independent)

"My favourite historical novelist -- stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours." (Margaret Drabble)

"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to." (Katie Fforde)

"A writer of great wit and style ... I've read her books to ragged shreds." (Kate Fenton Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'Georgette Heyer is unbeatable.' Sunday Telegraph. A beautifully repackaged edition of one of the best of the best. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
One of Georgette Heyer's more intriguing tales. While the hero has obvious attractions (wealth, title, charm), why should a 35-year old with a beautiful mistress change his way of life for a 17-year old with a stammer, who is, at best, 'sufficiently pretty'? While having an excellent cast of supporting characters and an excellent sub-plot of long-burning hatred and revenge, it's the slow and subtle development of the hero and heroine's characters and relationship that makes me pick this book up again and again.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jan. 2010
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Lizzie Winwood has caught the eye of the wealthy Earl of Rule but she is in love with the impoverished Edward Heron. Her youngest sister Horatia - usually known as Horry - arranges to take her place. One of the sisters must marry a wealthy man because of the family's impoverished state. Horry - though young - is very much a person in her own right and she captivates the ton as the fashionable Countess of Rule. But there are people who wish her ill - Lady Massey - Rule's cast off mistress, Robert, Lord Lethbridge - with a score to settle with Rule, and Crosby Drelincourt - the Earl's cousin who hopes to inherit his estate if the Earl does not have children.

The scrapes in which Horry finds herself are not wholly of her making and her brother - Pelham, Viscount Winwood and his friend Pomeroy are on her side in trying to untangle situations without Rule finding out what's going on. But friends and enemies alike contrive to underestimate the languid Earl. Can the Earl and his young Countess find happiness when there are so many people ranged against them? I loved the witty dialogue and the interesting characters. Horry is not the typical Romantic heroine - she has a stammer and is not particularly pretty but she has character. While the ending may be predictable, how the hero and heroine get there is a fascinating and fast-paced story.

Though not set in Heyer's usual Regency period - this 18th century novel still has her trademark lightness of touch and believable characters. Some of it is laugh out loud funny and the down to earth heroine and intriguing hero are always interesting. Even the villains - who are not all bad - are believable. This book is one of my personal favourites.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By HedgingLulz on 1 Aug. 2009
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This is so far the best Georgette Heyer I have read, it does indeed have something of PG Wodehouse and as most of her books, you will read it over and over and over again, enjoying the witty dialogue and the elegant prose.

Yes, you do have to suspend reality to understand why Rule marries Horry, but who cares?

By the the middle of the book I was already in love with the Earl of Rule, the most wonderful Heyeran hero I've come across (I've only read 10 or so of her books yet). I laughed outloud with some of the wonderful duel scenes. In terms of the plot it seems as though this is a much funnier, well thought and better written version of the "April Lady" plotline. Pelham is 20 times funnier and lovable than Dysart, and having a villain to spice things up much more engaging than Lady Letty's hysterics. You do not want to slap Horry (which I did Nell), except for the stammer... and Cardross mopping after Nell and pouting is not match to Rule's daring and wit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Ann on 10 Aug. 2010
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I had not read THE CONVENIENT MARRIAGE before this new Naxos Audiobooks recording happily landed on my doorstep. I will confess all up front. I did the unthinkable. I read the complete plot synopsis on Wikipedia before I delved into the first chapter. *horrors* Don't even think about following my example. It will spoil the most enjoyable aspect of this novel - surprise!

THE CONVENIENT MARRIAGE is one of Georgette Heyer's more popular Georgian-era rom-com's, and for good reason. It has all the requisite winning elements: a wealthy and eligible hero, a young naïve heroine, greedy relatives, a scheming mistress and a revengeful rake. Add in a duel, a sword fight, highway robbery, abduction, switched identities and scandalous behavior, and you are in for comedic high jinxes and uproarious plot twists. As I laughed out loud at the preposterous plot machinations in the synopsis, I thought to myself, "How does Heyer do it? How can she take us on such an outrageously wild ride and make it believable?" I was soon to find out.

Handsome and elegant Marcus Drelincourt, Earl of Rule, is comfortable in his bachelorhood. At thirty-five his sister Lady Louisa Quain urges him to marry, suggesting the beautiful Elizabeth Winwood. She is from an aristocratic family of good pedigree but little fortune. With two unmarried younger sisters, prim Charlotte and impulsive Horatia, and their self-indulgent elder brother Pelham (about as much help to his family as a rainstorm at a picnic), she must marry well. Lady Winwood is thrilled when the Earl agrees to marry Elizabeth and save the family from destitution. Seventeen-year old Horatia is not. Presenting herself at the Earl's doorstep she boldly offers herself to him in exchange for her elder sister who is in love with Lieutenant Edward Heron.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denise hale VINE VOICE on 8 Aug. 2010
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The Convenient Marriage was less predictable and far more fun than I expected. Listening in the car I tend to miss bits so have to listen through a couple of times, thus the points I pulled out as negatives on first listen, which were mainly centred on character definition, I realised were actually present. Understanding the characters early on is important in order to understand why they willingly take on this arrangement. Without visuals, or lengthy reading, the adaptor has to let one character, or sometimes the narrator, describe the characteristics of another character. Here it's Rule's secretary, Gisborne (where have I heard that name before?*) who outlines his employer's character. With Horatia it is through the narrator and the reader's own feelings of her actions. Whilst I liked the hero I sometimes found the heroine uncomfortably child-like, especially given the age difference. Maybe, this is part of her appeal for other readers and for the hero.
The story begins with the marriage of the hero and the heroine. In these days of "Sex and the city" I couldn't help but wonder if it is consummated but Heyer's novel is not concerned with sex and it is the development of love which is important. Only Horatio's sister provides any clue when she anxiously enquires whether Rule is "kind to her", Horatio's reply is positive.
I did enjoy the background historical details which the writer provided. I also enjoyed the duals, the gambling and the fashionable outings. I felt there was more action in this book than the previous Georgette Heyer audio book I had Iistened to (Venetia).
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