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4.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical and Unashamedly Romantic, 16 Sep 2012
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The Hasty sisters, Rufa, Nancy, Lydia and Selina, are all gorgeous, pre-Raphaelite beauties, especially the two eldest sisters, Rufa and Nancy, with their auburn locks and translucent skin. They live with their "bonkers as conkers" mother in their ancient, crumbling family home, coping as best they can with the fall-out from their father's suicide, which has left them heavily in debt and about to be ousted from their beloved home. Having been brought up by two eccentric, bohemian parents, who have never regarded an academic education necessary for their daughters, the Hasty sisters are ill-equipped to go out into the world and earn enough money to support themselves and to save the family home. So what can our girls do?

Rufa, who is the most sensible of the sisters, realizes that if their only inheritance is their incredible good looks, then these must be put to the best possible use by ensnaring very rich and compliant husbands. So, Rufa and Nancy pack their bags and travel to London to stay with Wendy, an old nanny of theirs, who has a large house with rooms to let. At Wendy's house, Rufa and Nancy meet Roshan, a young gay Indian man, who considers himself a bit of a style guru and who decides to take the two girls in hand and transform them from bucolic beauties to delectable debutantes. Using money raised from the sale of a valuable brooch given to Rufa by Edward Reculver, an old family friend, the two sisters set out to ensnare their victims in the marrying game - but things don't go quite the way they had planned....

Unashamedly romantic, this whimsical and witty comedy of manners (which I found a little reminiscent of Dodie Smith's I Capture The Castle) was a delight to read; full of eccentric and very likeable characters, who through their own mistakes and misunderstandings get themselves into some unusual, amusing and rather difficult situations. If I do have any criticism to make, it would only be very slight by perhaps mentioning that I would have liked to have learnt a little more about the other two sisters, Lydia and Selina, who didn't really come into the story until the second half of the book; however that certainly did not affect my enjoyment and I can honestly say that I was entertained and amused throughout the entire length of this novel. 'The Marrying Game' is by no means a work of great literary weight - and not meant to be one - but it is a captivating and hugely enjoyable read for those times when you want a romantic story that you can just sink into and lose yourself in.

4 Stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unputdownable, 26 Mar 2005
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I was intrigued because I had read columns by Kate Saunders during her career with the Daily Telegraph and wanted to see how she was at novels (I was not disappointed!) Sometimes a large book goes through a phase of being hard going but the story captures the reader in the first few pages and throughout the story brings all the characters entirely to life - I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by Kate Saunders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it., 20 Oct 2013
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Greta Dunning "Highlighter" (West Sussex) - See all my reviews
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this is a book for lovers of Victoria Clayton. Its a sophisticated romance with no sex or shopping, thank heaven.!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turner, 18 Sep 2013
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I read this by the pool at Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest, where it was too hot to do anything but read in the shade, so will always associate that sunny, relaxing holiday with a fun, funny page-turner of a novel about four very different sisters. Well up to Kate Saunders's usual high, very readable standard.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern Nancy Mitford, hilarious and touching romance, 3 May 2002
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A. Craig "Amanda Craig" (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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At last, Saunders has let rip with the comedy that admirers of her journalism love. The quartet of the madly eccentric and beautiful young Hasty sisters bounce off the page. WHen two of them decide to save their ancestral home by finding rich husbands they unleash all sorts of disasters, chiefly on themselves as they inevitably attract the wrong sort and fall in love with men they believe aren't right. A perfect modern fairytale, written with wit and style, it's her best yet.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable, 30 Jun 2002
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This is true romantic comedy, fast moving, fun, witty, not entirely credible but who cares? - with the added bonus of being well written (and so many books in this genre aren't). Good fun and reccomended.
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