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The Reasons for Marriage MP3 CD – 30 Aug 2011

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Product details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (30 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441884033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441884039
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,883,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 the Paperback edition.

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.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading all of Laurens' Cynster series, it was absolutely wonderful to read this story which I initially discovered in a book by Laurens called ' a season for marriage'. The story of Lenore is fascinating in that although she tries to efface herself when helping her rakehell brothers host their wild parties, and definitely not taking part in them herself, she finds herself the target of amorous pursuit by one of her brothers friends who percieves her beauty despite her disguise. This book is like her others in that there are wonderfully sensual scenes and well paced story. The books/stories of the Lester family were in fact written before her Cynster series but contain the elements of passion, intregue and masterful men that we have come to know and love in her current books. If you want to find out more about the Lester family, the story of Lenore's brother Jack can be found in 'a season for marriage' as well as this book which has been published as a single. enjoy the read. I did.
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This is the first Stephanie Laurens book I have read. I was enthralled by it from the beginning. Jason was very much in line with my favourite type of Regency hero. Lenore was also my kind of independent heroine. She had spent some years running a large household for her invalid father and older brothers. These two were confirmed rakes and often held country-house parties, which Lenore organised efficiently. To stop her becoming the object of her brothers' friends gallantry, she dressed very conservatively and unbecomingly. Jason required a wife to run his household and produce an heir - necessary now that his younger brother had died at Waterloo. He was a long established rake and did not look for - or wish - a love match.

As with all Regency romances, there was always going to be a happy ending, but the twists and turns of the relationship made compelling reading, and I found it hard to put down. Since this a good-sized book - excellent value - this caused quite a bit of disruption to my schedule. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes this genre of book.
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Spoiler alert - the outcome of the book is inevitable, but that didn't mar my enjoyment of it. It is pure escapism, but I loved it. Which woman doesn't long for a Jason Eversleigh to come into their lives and pursue them in a masterful way?! Especially when he's loaded and can buy you anything you want! Lenore, the heroine, is likeable although sometimes you want to shake her for her proud ways. I've only given the book four stars though as, three quarters through, I started to get very tired of the two of them skirting round each other, misinterpreting each other's actions/words as meaning a lack of affection, when it was obvious to everyone else they were madly in love with each other. I'm afraid I flicked through the last quarter to get to the inevitable conclusion (which was lovely). Oh, and is a pretty sensual book but not pornographic so you could (almost) lend it to your maiden aunt. I'd recommend this book.
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I enjoyed the plot line of this book with two strong characters. The heroine was cleverly drawn, dressed in her drab disguise having decided that marriage was not for her. I'm not sure that the way within a few days she was persuaded to change her long held opinion rang true but it did keep the plot moving along. It is a part of so many of this genre that the main characters are unwilling to express themselves and so are under misapprehensions which leads to a great deal of misery until the closing pages. Still a great read.
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I much prefer the early works of Stephanie Laurens to the later books which are all variations on the same plot. In this story the Duke of Eversleigh decides he must find a wife to ensure the succession now that his younger brother has been killed in action. Having enjoyed the company of many other men's wives he knows what attributes he does not want in his wife and cold bloodedly sets out to find someone who meets his criteria. Lenore Lester has been mistress of her fathers house from a young age and has taken pains to stay out of the way of any potential suitors. Aquainted with her brothers and knowing Lenore to potentially fulfil his criteria the Duke accepts an invitation to a weeks house party so he can investigate her suitability. It's not a wildly passionate love at first sight sort of book but an enjoyably written story of how the two learn to love each other for themselves. He's arrogant and cold , she's a bit misguided and prissy but I liked them both hugely as characters despite that.
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This is one of the first Stephanie Laurens books I read, and it is still my absolute favourite I have now read lots of books by her but nothing compares to this first encounter I am never to one to read a book more than once but having it on my Kindle I have now read this book five times, when I have run out of reading I pick it up and read it all over again.
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At the outset of her writing career, well before she created the Cynster family and their friends and relatives, Stephanie Laurens wrote a trilogy of Regency romance novels about three siblings from the Lester family, Lenore, Jack, and Harry.

This is the first book in that trilogy, which consists of

1) This book, "The Reasons for Marriage" (Lenore),
2) A Lady of Expectations (Jack), and
3) An Unwilling Conquest (Harry).

The whole trilogy has also been published in one volume, as "Rogues' Reform: The Reasons for Marriage, a Lady of Expectations, an Unwilling Conquest," and the first two as "A Season for Marriage (STP - Mills & Boon lead)."

There is a fourth book in the series. One of the supporting characters in these novels, particularly "An Unwilling Conquest," is Lord Philip Ruthven, and Miss Laurens subsequently wrote a romance for him, entitled A Comfortable Wife. In that story, Lord Philip runs into a young lady who is determined to prove that she would make him a comfortable wife in the belief that this is what he wants. Fortunately for them both, in this belief she is entirely mistaken ...
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