A Comfortable Wife Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 2002
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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
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens originally began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career; she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she spends most of her days writing new stories in her signature 'Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen" style. Visit her online at www.stephanielaurens.com.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
With many of his friends now married, long time and convinced rake Ruthven is feeling his age (34). Returning to his country home, where he lives with his stepmother, he has brought a friend to keep him company - a lowering thought that his life has come to this. However, he finds they will not be alone as Miss Antonia Mannering, his stepmother's niece, is visiting. During her childhood, Antonia stayed each summer, but when her father died eight years previously the visits stopped. Now 24, her mother dead, too, and her year of mourning over, she has taken up her aunt's offer to visit and perhaps also to go to London. As a girl, she had always loved Ruthven. Now, she wondered if she would feel the same, and if his previous warmth and kindness towards her could be turned into an offer of marriage. She knew she was unsophisticated in the ways of the 'ton' and realised that a rake might not change his ways, but, still, a marriage to him was her best chance for happiness. The story recounts their developing relationship, their removal to London for the 'Little Season', and Antonia's realisation that a 'comfortable marriage', where husband and wife live almost separate lives, is not what she can accept.
Stephanie Laurens writes well, and I have enjoyed all four of her books in this series. They are all worth reading. I also wonder if Ms Laurens might consider enlightening us about what happened to Hugo Satterly. I have a soft spot for this gentleman!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. It is always nice to follow a family and find out what they are up as time passes. Will be reading further stories when they appear.Published 9 months ago by florence
This was NOTHING like her Cynster family series.
No romantic tension, no mystery, a distinct lack of sauce and overly long for such a straightforward plot.
A comfortable Wife written by Stephanie Lauren's, a very exciting read, I hope Stepanine writes more books on the Lester family.Published 15 months ago by Rita M. Cole