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The Marriage Lesson (Wheeler Romance) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Nov 2001

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  • Hardcover: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Lrg edition (Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587241315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587241314
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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"An absolute treasure. . . . certain to bring joy and laughter to many a reader's heart".

-- Romantic Times --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Lady Marianne has found romance only between book covers. But the dashing marquess is about to give her a lesson in love she'll never forget...


Become a bride? Never! Lady Marianne Shelton has come to London to experience life, and marriage is not part of her plan. To finance her independent future, the pretty country miss pens a series of anonymous stories. Soon they are the talk of the ton -- and only she knows that her wicked hero is based on none other than bold, brash Thomas Effington, the future Duke of Roxborough.


Thomas has been thrust into the role of Marianne's protector. When she threatens to experience life with the first willing rogue to come along, he decides the best recourse is to tutor her himself. And when he accidentally compromises her honor, he's willing to accept their only recourse: a wedding. Marianne claims she wants no part of marriage, but her intoxicating allure and disarming willingness make her irresistible. And now Thomas is determined to teach her a lesson: that true love will last forever. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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I purchased this book after reading Victoria Alexander's "The Husband List". I have to say it is one of the most fantastic books I have read recently! Everything about this book is so well done it makes it into a work of art. The characterisation, of major and minor characters, is strong, real and consistent. I felt like they were all my friends and I fell in love with not only the hero and heroine but other characters throughout the exciting adventure. The pacing was fast, it never slowed or became boring. It kept my heart beating quickly with the adrenaline that the words invoked in me forcing me to keep on turning the pages and not put the book down. The story line was extremely well thought out and very well written. There were many twists and turns that popped up when I wasn't expecting them giving me a thrill and I now have a sense of awe at the wonderful imagination that Victoria must have. I felt drawn into the book, living alongside the characters in the scene I was reading. I smiled most of the way through the book and laughed my head off more than actually reading a humorous book.
This is a very witty, charming and exceptionally wonderful book. I can't wait to find out which characters will feature in future books by Victoria Alexander. The only problem with this book was that once I started reading it I couldn't put it down.
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By A Customer on 10 Dec. 2003
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This is the first book I have read by this author, and I enjoyed it immensly, will be trying out some of her books.
It is a very amusing little tale, with excellent interplay between the lead characters, finely supported by a cast of amusing extras.
The self-analysis of our heroine/hero's feeling for one another is kept to a minimum, not pages as in some I have read, allowing much more time for excellent interactions between all the characters.
Thomas Effington is a lovely, and Marianne is a witty, feisty young lady.
Well worth a read.
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Enjoyed this novel, pace was good & didn't go off track as some do with the story line. Well worth the read
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f80ab04) out of 5 stars A Lesson Worth Reading About 13 April 2002
By K. Morgan - Published on
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The Marriage Lesson is the humorous story of Thomas Effington, Lord Helmsley, who becomes the keeper of his sister's three young sisters-in-law. His hopes are to marry them off as quickly as he can so his life can get back to it's normal routine. But the sisters have a different idea. Marianne, the oldest of the three, has no desire to get married. The two younger sisters tell Thomas they themselves won't marry until their older sister does. Herein lies the challenge...he must find a husband for the adventure-seeking Marianne.
This story is romantic and funny at the same time. The character of Thomas is so typical male that it's hilarious to read about him. When it comes to love he seems to be rather dense. I think in the end his friends even feel sorry for him because of his lack of smarts where Marianne is concerned. Marianne is truly a heroine to fall in love with. She is smart and full of wit. She is not going to let any man stand in her way. She is very independent and imaginative. She keeps Thomas on his toes. And the romantic things Thomas does to win Marianne's heart are so funny.
The secondary characters are also very well developed and likable. I would like to see more written about Pennington and Berkley. Marianne's sisters were also very enjoyable characters. Especially when they teamed up to help Thomas with Marianne. And the whole idea of Marianne writing the "Absolutely True" stories definitely added some spice to the book.
This book is very enjoyable and is easy to read. I found myself reading faster and faster to get to the end to see what happened. It was definitely a great way to spend a few hours.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f80ac54) out of 5 stars Romance & humor - a delightful combination! 11 Mar. 2002
By Joyously Retired Teacher - Published on
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Marianne and Thomas are so obviously in love with each other, but neither will admit it. I loved the way Thomas persisted in trying to do romantic things to win her...even if his acts turned out more silly than heroic! How she could keep rejecting his marriage proposals in such circumstances is beyond my understanding!
The characters in this story are endearing; I look forward to seeing them again in future stories. The romantic and sexual tension kept me turning the pages well past my bedtime. Victoria Alexander will hereon in be ranked with Julia Quinn, Christina Dodd, and Jill Barnett as favorite authors of romantic humor.
However, the lady did protest a bit too much, in my opinion. Surely even a dimwit could have divined that Thomas was in love with Marianne, even if he didn't think to say the actual words. And the sexual encounters between the two were too numerous to be consistent with this period. One would have been enough to make any unmarried couple fearful of pregnancy, but as many times as these two go at it...well, it's an accident waiting to happen! And, from the start, I was doubtful that society of the period would cast an approving eye on a situation where three young girls came to live in a home with an eligible bachelor, even sporting a dragon of a chaperone.
Still, this is a captivating story that will have you in tears of joy and laughter clear to the end. Let's have more like this one, Ms. Alexander!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f80abc4) out of 5 stars Romantic, funny, sensual and witty. 5 Jun. 2003
By Thea - Published on
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This is the 5th book of this series I have read,(preceded by "The Wedding Bargain", "The Husband List", "The Prince's Bride",and "Her Highness my Wife", although not precisely in that order) and I can say without a doubt that it is my favorite of them all.
Thomas is charming, sensual, strong, masterful and an accomplished lover , as any romantic novel hero should be, but at the same time has flaws,and makes mistakes and even gets himself in ridiculous situations sometimes. Surprisingly, that doesn't take away from him, on the contrary, makes him even more endearing and believable. Marianne is bold, romantic, intelligent and a dreamer. I liked the fact that she wears glasses, its kind of different.
I enjoyed the sex scenes in this book, they were passionate, and well written and balance a story that otherwise would have been too "light". A nice surprise in a Victoria Alexander book, that sometimes tend to not include enough or not develop well this type of scenes.
The story is funny and romantic, althogh there are some things I had trouble believing, like the fact that Thomas needed a clue from Marianne sisters to figure out the stories were about them. Hello? It was pretty obvious.
One thing I have noticed about Alexander's novels is that the characters sometimes tend to act in a maner more appropiate to this century than the rigid English society of that time. The heroines are far too bold and the tolerant and even encouraging attitude of the older people (specially the Dowager Duchess)is a little unbelievable.
But in general is a good story, fast paced, passionate and charming. A real page turner (I could barely put it down) I strongly recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f80ae10) out of 5 stars Sequel is better than the original 13 Dec. 2001
By camille - Published on
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The Marriage Lesson is the sequel to the Husband List. In The Marriage Lesson, Marianne and Thomas, sister and brother to Richard and Gillian (the male and female protagonists of the original book), are thrown together. Thomas is left holding the debut bag for Marianne and her 2 younger sisters when his parents leave England to visit Richard and Gillian in America. Thomas originally wants to marry Marianne (he cannot even remember her name at the outset of the book and calls her "Merry something") and her sisters off asap. To that end he attempts to persuade a friend to "take" Marianne off his hands and subsequently sends notes to the same effect, complete with dowry information, to the dullest, most respectable bachelors in the ton. Of course between the time he does that and the sisters' come-out ball, he begins to fall in love with Marianne. Meanwhile Marianne longs for adventure, travel and to meet a swashbuckling hero and therefore has no interest in accepting the dull suitors more interested in her dowry than herself. In this book, the author does a far better job of developing the characters' personalities than in the original book. Each has their own believable quirks and irrationalities; Thomas' excruciatingly bad poetry sets him apart from the typical Regency rake characters. The use of Marianne's serialized newspaper story as a slightly fictionalized account of her own life is a nice prelude to each chapter and proves that she does in fact have talent. Even the love scenes are better written in this book, although again I will quibble with the casual attitude toward unmarried sex and its potential repercussions which would not have been typical for the time period. As a former bridal fitter I was slightly annoyed by the ease with which Thomas is able to pull down Marianne's low cut bodice on the balcony of her mansion during her come-out ball (no pun intended): if the garments of this period were properly fitted, it would have been nearly impossible to pull them down unless the neckline were cut almost to the nipple. And would he have really done this in a house literally swarming with guests and servants, any of whom could have walked onto the balcony at any time, thereby forcing them to marry immediately? There is no indication that this was his unspoken intent and the author does not do a sufficient job of convincing us that they were THAT swept away by passion. These are small quibbles, and I would recommend this book as a good read.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f80af60) out of 5 stars 5-Stars for Ms. Alexander 15 May 2001
By Wanda Scarpinato - Published on
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Lord Helmsley finds himself in a position no self-respecting rake should ever be placed in: acting guardian to three lovely sisters who are related to him through their brother's marriage to his sister. Helmsley must house these three ladies and launch their debut into society while his parents and sister are out of the country. At the same time, Helmsley has been charged with finding a wife for himself; he believes watching over the sisters will interfere with his own search for a quiet/biddable bride who will believe he hung the moon and stars. (These three are definitely not quiet and biddable!)
Finding husbands for the girls would get them out of his house and out of his hair. But, as a TV character used to say, "Surprise, surprise!" These ladies don't want to be married off! After living quietly in the country, they want excitement. In particular, the eldest wants to "experience life" and decides that Helmsley will be the one to instruct her.
Despite his being a rake, Helmsley has been raised correctly and knows that he can't seduce his brother-in-law's innocent sister. ("Why not? My brother seduced your sister.")
The verbal skirmishes begin and the reader is enchanted. The two verbally fence, dancing back and forth, each winning a skirmish here and there. Each believes they are winning the battle. Marianne wants more lessons from Helmsley who wants to continue as her instructor even while he knows that he shouldn't.
THE MARRIAGE LESSON is a genuine 5-star read and an enchanting follow-up to Ms. Alexander's other two novels: THE MARRIAGE BARGAIN and THE MARRIAGE LIST. Ms. Alexander has definitely joined my "must read" list of authors.
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