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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (6 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099474425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099474425
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is utterly delightful, all of it, and I am going to be sharing Heyer novels from now on with anyone I know who is in need of a pick-me up." (Guardian Book Blog)

"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)

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A wonderful novel of Regency romance by one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists.

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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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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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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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I have just finished reading this for the umpteenth time, I won't say that I find something new every time but it is a very good 'teddy bear' for those fraught times in life. It's the usual Heyer recipe - handsome hero, beautiful heroine, nasty baddie, beautiful gowns and all misunderstandings sorted out by the last page. If you've never read Georgette Heyer before (why?), there is no sex, violence or bad language in these books
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As always a throughly delightful book to read. I am a fan of Georgette Heyer, and originally read her books about 40 years ago, I am re-read them again, this time on my kindle. I find the light humour and the conversations as enjoyable now as I did then. Ms Hayer, seems to manage to give a different twist to each of her books. This book brings the period to life and the description of the dresses and carriages makes you imagine you the scenes. Vividly. I do wonder why her books have never made it to the screen, [unless I have missed them] as I would have thought they would have been ideal. Wonderful read.
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The storyline is set in the Georgian period as opposed to the Regency period, where people were still powdering their hair, attaching patches to their faces and men were prancing around in high heeled shoes with fancy buckles.

As the title so aptly states, this book is about a marriage of convenience. When the Winwood family decides that their eldest daughter, Lizzie, must needs sacrifice herself in marriage to the handsome, wealthy, rakeful Lord Rule, she cries and cries because her heart has already been given to another man. Since the next sister, Charlotte, will not under any circumstances marry, it falls upon little Horatia (Horry) to offer herself up to Rule. She surprises him at his home a few days later and asks if he would be willing to marry her instead of Lizzie, explaining why Lizzie doesn't want him. Horry is a small, cutesby with a stutter and Lord Rule is captivated by her with his only qualm being that she is 17 years of age to his 34 years. Horry assures him she will not interfere in his life in anyway.

Two people aren't happy about the upcoming marriage - one is Rule's fussbudget heir and the other is his current mistress. Then, there is another man - Lord Lethbridge, who has a grudge against Rule related to issues in their respective pasts. There is also Pelham, Horry's wastrel brother, who shows up to get his pay-off once he finds out his sister is marrying into money. All in all, we have an abundance to characters to make us laugh, cause difficulties for our H/h and so on.

I didn't particularly care for this story, although - again, I could have loved the characters. But... Horatia turned out to be such an airhead, gambling too much, spending too much money on clothes and so on.
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