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How To Marry A Marquis [Mass Market Paperback]

Julia Quinn
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April 1 1999 Avon Romantic Treasure

She's Trying to Follow the Rules ...

When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a copy of How to Marry a Marquis in her employer's library, she's convinced someone is playing a cruel joke. With three younger siblings to support, she knows she has to marry for money, but who might have guessed how desperate she's become? A guidebook to seduction might be just the thing she needs -- and what harm could there bein taking a little peek?

... But He's Making His Own

James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, has been summoned to rescue his aunt from a blackmailer, a task that requires him to pose as the new estate manager, and his primary suspect is his aunt's companion, Elizabeth. Intrigued by the alluring young woman with the curious little rulebook, he gallantly offers to help her find a husband ... by practicing her wiles on him. But when practice becomes all too perfect, James decides that there is only one rule worth following -- that Elizabeth marry her marquis.


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Elizabeth Hotchkiss needs to marry a wealthy man, and fast. The oldest child of four well-bred orphans, she has managed to keep the wolf from their door for years, but she's running out of options. The only marriage prospect in sight is her landlord, Squire Nevins, but his lecherous gaze makes Elizabeth's skin crawl. So when she discovers the book How to Marry A Marquis in her employer's library, she impulsively stuffs it into her reticule and takes it home. Encouraged by her insistent sister, Elizabeth reluctantly agrees to learn the book's rules well enough to catch a monied husband. But first, she must find a man to practice her wiles on. Enter James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale. Posing as the new estate manager per his beloved Aunt Danbury's instructions, he just happens to arrive at the Danbury estate on the very day that Elizabeth discovers the book. Is it too coincidental that James's Aunt Danbury needs his assistance in catching a blackmailer at the precise moment that Elizabeth needs a guinea pig? Perhaps, but neither Elizabeth nor James have reason to suspect that they are being lovingly manoeuvred.

James begins to search for a blackmailer, and Elizabeth is high on his list of suspects. While purposely spending time with her to explore her guilt or innocence, however, he's irresistibly drawn to her beauty and kindness as well as her practicality and sharp tongue. And when he learns that she's practising to entice a husband, he can't resist offering to tutor her in courtship. Before long, the two realise their growing feelings for each other. But the course of true love never did run smoothly, and the lovers encounter a few obstacles along the way. Will the evil Squire Nevins easily give up his designs on Elizabeth and her sisters? What about the nefarious blackmailer? And how will Elizabeth react if she discovers that James is not who he pretends to be?

How To Marry A Marquis is a delightful read with witty dialogue that sparkles, wonderful secondary characters--including the difficult Aunt Agatha and an impossibly arrogant cat named Malcolm--sensuous love scenes and a hero and heroine that readers will fall in love with. --Lois Faye Dyer

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'Quinn has a smart, funny touch ... that's reminiscent of Helen Fielding' Time Magazine 'reminiscent of Bridget Jones' Time Magazine 'smart, funny' Time Magazine 'Delightful' Nora Roberts 'Elizabeth Hotchkiss needs to marry a wealthy man, and fast. The oldest child of four well-bred orphans, she has managed to keep the wolf from their door for years, but she's running out of options. The only marriage prospect in sight is her landlord, Squire Nevins, but his lecherous gaze makes Elizabeth's skin crawl. So when she discovers the book How to Marry A Marquis in her employer's library, she impulsively stuffs it into her reticule and takes it home. Encouraged by her insistent sister, Elizabeth reluctantly agrees to learn the book's rules well enough to catch a monied husband. But first, she must find a man to practice her wiles on. Enter James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale. Posing as the new estate manager per his beloved Aunt Danbury's instructions, he just happens to arrive at the Danbury estate on the very day that Elizabeth discovers the book. Is it too coincidental that James's Aunt Danbury needs his assistance in catching a blackmailer at the precise moment that Elizabeth needs a guinea pig? Perhaps, but neither Elizabeth nor James have reason to suspect that they are being lovingly manoeuvred. James begins to search for a blackmailer, and Elizabeth is high on his list of suspects. While purposely spending time with her to explore her guilt or innocence, however, he's irresistibly drawn to her beauty and kindness as well as her practicality and sharp tongue. And when he learns that she's practising to entice a husband, he can't resist offering to tutor her in courtship. Before long, the two realise their growing feelings for each other. But the course of true love never did run smoothly, and the lovers encounter a few obstacles along the way. Will the evil Squire Nevins easily give up his designs on Elizabeth and her sisters? What about the nefarious blackmailer? And how will Elizabeth react if she discovers that James is not who he pretends to be? How To Marry A Marquis is a delightful read with witty dialogue that sparkles, wonderful secondary characters--including the difficult Aunt Agatha and an impossibly arrogant cat named Malcolm--sensuous love scenes and a hero and heroine that readers will fall in love with.' - Lois Faye Dyer, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Four plus six plus eight plus seven plus one plus one plus one, mark down eight, carry the two...Elizabeth Hotchkiss added up the column of numbers for the fourth time, came up with the same answer she'd come up with three times before, and groaned. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new favourite Quinn for me! Nov. 21 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book! It has one of my favourite plot lines. Man offers to help a lady find a husband.. but will he be able to let her go once he gets to know her??? .. I almost didn't read this book because the first in this series wasn't what I expect from Quinn and James in that book hadn't really grabbed my attention. I am so glad I did though. James was fantastic as the lead in his story and Elizabeth was a perfect match. This was exactly what I expect from Julia Quinn, funny, great banter and chemistry, great plot.. I would recommend this book even if you haven't read the first of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Likes it alot! July 29 2005
By Kelly
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book. Elizabeth is by far my favourite character in the story. She is a smart, witty young woman who isnt shy to say to James what she thinks, but yet at the same time she is a complete innocent when it comes to men. In this book we learn more about James then the first book, To Catch An Heiress. We learn about his childhood, his wonderful relationship with his aunt and basically how vulnerable he is at times, even though he tries not to show it.

Not only is it a wonderful love story but it's also very very funny! I laughed at the dialogues between James and Elizabeth and also James' aunt.
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2.0 out of 5 stars There are better Quinn novels! May 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth Hotchkiss is a young, pretty blonde companion for the elderly Lady Agatha Danbury. The Hotchkiss family is suffering immensely due so what option does the lady of the house have? Marry a nobleman! But Elizabeth Hotchkiss is confused as to how to do it so she sees the book 'How to marry a marquis'. However, James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, is residing at the Danbury residence posing as an estate manager to help Lady Danbury with a certain something that has been eating away at her. However, a friendship grows between the companion and the disguised marquis and he offers to help her find a husband - from the point onwards,the story unravels.
Thoughts: James Sidwell is a striking character. Worked in the War office, unbelieveably handsome, fights for his woman - which lady of the Regency could refuse him? However, I just can't feel the passion between him and Elizabeth. His mysterious attitude and intriguing confidence does not flow with her tiresome determination and irritating charm.I got the vibe of incompatibility from both characters. Furthermore, there were not enough moments between the two for a true sense of emotion to develop. In other Quinn novels such as 'Dancing at Midnight', the protagonists let their love grow whereas here it feels as if everything was rushed.
I wouldn't say this was a must-read -- it felt unfinished but don't let that put you off Julia Quinn. She is a great author - get 'Dancing at Midnight' instead!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! April 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this one. The characters were great, the story was great, and I loved all of the tension and sparring. I loved that there was no nefarious subplot about murder or intrigue. It was a simple, straight-forward love story with a matchmaking twist.
As with all J.Q. books, the love scenes were dull and NOT exciting at all. This is the reason I only gave it 4 stars. But that really didn't take away from the story too much. Overall, definitely one of my favorite J.Q. books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Average March 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a big fan of Julia Quinn's romance novels. Usually the characters just connect and its a wonderful romance. I did not enjoy this book. In fact, I thought the characters were a little annoying, especially the heroine. Elizabeth Hotchkiss works as a companion to an elderly woman so she can keep her and her brothers and sisters together. They are a very poor by happy family. James, the Marquis of Riverdale has been summoned by his aunt (who is also Elizabeth's employer) to help her hunt down a blackmailer. James desquises himself as his aunt's man of affairs and arrives. He and Elizabeth meet and are attracted to each other. Throw into this mix a book that Elizabeth just happens to discover in her employer's library entitled "how to marry a marquis." In it, are steps to take to marry a marquis probably written by a spinster. This novel is awful and contains all of the wrong information. Elizabeth though reads it and decides the only way to save her family is to follow the instructions and to entrap a husband. The story line is okay, it's just that the characters did not click, and they were so annoying I found myself grinding my teeth. This novel is just okay, Julia Quinn definitely has better work out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good read!!!!!!!!! Nov. 3 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love all JQ's novels but this one was really really good. Now I must go and get all of her books I have not had the chance to read yet. I love the plots,the characters,the loyalty and possesiveness of the characters, but most of all I love the humor!!! Even when my 2 sons look at me wierdly when I laugh out loud! I look for authors who put plenty of humor in the story. It only takes me 1 to 2 days to read JQ's books because I can't put them down. I started to love the historical romances after I read a Julia Garwood book, and then I found Jill Barnett. I almost gave up on finding any other author I liked so much until I came across a Julia Quinn novel. Now I've found a new favorite!! Bravo Julia Quinn, you've found yourself another fan!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Merely Okay
It's a common story line, done better before. A little disappointing when I considered the reviews that encouraged me to read this. Tried to hard to be meaningful. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by m-lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Romp
How To Marry A Marquis is my favorite Julia Quinn novel so far. It showcases her talent with delightful, witty dialogue with fewer of the plot and character problems evident in... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2003 by Trisha A. Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read....
Delightfully sexy and wonderfully touching. Julia Quinn at her best.
Published on July 10 2003 by phyncke
2.0 out of 5 stars Absurd plot, ridiculous situations and artificial dialogue.
This book was a big disapointment, usually when I read a romance novel I really get into the story, but I couldn't with this one. Read more
Published on June 27 2003 by Thea
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
I liked "To Catch an Heiress" alot, but "How to Marry a Marquis" blew that away! I laughed so hard at the dialogue and wit in between the characters. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great book!!!
I loved, loved ,loved this book!!! Anything by Julia Quinn is an automatic buy for me--especially in the Bridgerton series! I stayed up all night just to finish this one. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2002 by Sabrina
3.0 out of 5 stars Really 3 1/2 stars -- a cute romance
This was a cute novel. It wasn't exceptional, but I think it's worth reading if you like historical romances. I don't agree with Amazon's sensuality rating of 8, however. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2002
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