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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Books (25 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440244226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440244226
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Peppered with brilliant banter, laced with laughter...and tingling with sexual tension, this story of two seemingly mismatched people struggling to make their marriage work tugs at a few heartstrings and skillfully paves the way for the stories to come." --"Library Journal"

Peppered with brilliant banter, laced with laughter and tingling with sexual tension, this story of two seemingly mismatched people struggling to make their marriage work tugs at a few heartstrings and skillfully paves the way for the stories to come. "Library Journal""

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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 Perfect Paperback edition.

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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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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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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 country family, to become an Earl and his sisters. This book follows the romance between middle sister Vanessa and Elliot, the previous Earls cousin and Stephan's Guardian.
I wont re-tell the plot again, but will say that I really enjoyed this book, I am a big fan of Historical Romance and so was really pleased to find Balogh who has the perfect mixture of love, passion, suspense/ mystery, humour and history in her books. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Huxtable series, and hope they will all be as good as this one was.
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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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This was a lovely story ,beautifully written with a very classical ring to it.The character of Vanessa was extremely well drawn-a plain Jane with such a great spirit and love of life that she draws others to her.Elliott the hero starts of very stuffy but Balogh makes,his transformation utterly believable. Highly recommend !
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Had I checked out the reviews (which I almost always do) before I purchased this book, I would probably never have bothered to buy it and read it. I did buy it and read it last evening and quite enjoyed it.

In fact, it was really a good read and kept my interest all the way through. The opening two chapters did leave me quite confused for a time - apparently, they were intended to intrigue - which they did. However, in my opinion, they also created a type of confusion so that one wondered whether or not they should go back and re-read the first chapter a couple of times to make sure they hadn't misunderstood something.

As one reviewer stated, we are reading about "Con" and then the book switches to what we soon realize will be the Main Guy of the book, however, his name is "Elliott." Ah, well - we realize eventually that "Con" will have his own book someday and we settle in to enjoy Elliott and the joy of the task set before him which is to take charge of the ward left to him when his father died - the young Earl of Merton. But, he never counted on having to take care of the earl's three sisters.

I love the Huxtable family and truly enjoyed some of the scenes with Elliott and Vanessa. She was a lovable gal and she never beat around the bush. If she was troubled by something, she brought the matter up - no long, lengthy misunderstandings with the people she cared about. I despise the never ending misunderstandings between the H/h that some authors feel are vital to romance novels - didn't happen in this book.

*Spoiler Alert* Yes, I prefer my Main Guys to be a little less melancholy but he did meet the right gal to help him learn to enjoy life.
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