This is an interesting and thoughtful book,in which Heyer gets closer to the realities of a woman's life in Georgian England. Girls were frequently expected to marry for the sake of their family - both in Georgian England and later. (Consider Consueloe Vanderbilt and her disastrous marriage to the Duke of Marlborough in Edwardian times.)The book is not the usual Regency romp but an exploration of the adjustments people have to make in order for a marriage to be a success. Nell is very young, romantic and foolish at the start of the book. Her new husband is emotionally unintelligent. She has to learn to make decisions for herself and not for the sake of her mother or her profligate brother. Her husband has to grow up in a different way. They learn to understand each other during the course of the book and as each changes and matures the possibility for real love and mutual respect become more likely. So there isn't the usual 'happy ever after' ending but there is the possibility that these two may make a good and honest marriage after a disastrous start. This is an interesting and thoughtful book - and, in places, a very amusing and entertaining one.
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