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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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2.0 out of 5 stars There are better Quinn novels! May 5 2004
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Average March 12 2004
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Romp Aug. 24 2003
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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 some of her earlier efforts.
Elizabeth Hotchkiss has been barely able to support her three younger siblings for the last five years since her father died and she went to work as a companion for Lady Danbury. Lady D, as she's affectionately called, is a forceful, outspoken older matron with a heart of gold buried under her intimidating exterior. Elizabeth, a self-possessed and outspoken young woman herself, is one of the only people who can hold her own with Lady D.
Kind, generous, warm and witty, Elizabeth cannot, however, be carefree. Her life is clouded by the despair of her imminent failure to provide enough food for the family to eat (it is hard to support four on the salary meant for one). She realizes she has no option but to marry for money. When she finds a slim book entitled How To Marry A Marquis in Lady D's library, Elizabeth first resists the temptation but soon is reading the rather hilarious advice offered there.
In the meantime, Lady D has summoned her beloved nephew, whom she raised, to come to her estate and pose as her estate manager while he tries to determine who is blackmailing her. James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, has unsuccessfully tried to find a woman to marry who could see past his wealth and title to the real man. He's almost grateful to be summoned to his Aunt's as he is so weary of the conniving, grasping women he's been meeting in London. Having worked for ten years as a spy for the War Office, he is used to operating undercover.
What James is not used to is meeting a woman as intelligent, witty and refreshing as Elizabeth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Sensual, and Happy Ending Aug. 27 2002
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Elizabeth Hotchkiss has three younger siblings... Susan, Jane and Lucas. They are all orphans, but more than that they adore their older sister and think she alone can solve their financial problems. Little do they know that their father left her with problems deeper than anyone can imagine.
James Sidwell, the marquis of riverdale is bored with London. His best friend Blake (from how to catch an heiress) is married to the one woman James found interesting and unique. When his dear aunt, Lady Danbury, (who Julia Quinn fans know from the Bridgerton series) summons him to help out with a blackmail plot, he hurries to her aid.
Elizabeth and James meet. Elizabeth is Lady Danbury's outspoken, witty companion and James is disguised as Lady Danbury's estate manager. In exchange for helping Elizabeth find a rich husband, James allows her to help him look for the blackmailer. The only problem is the more James gives Elizabeth lessons in how to Catch a Marquis, the more he feels he's the only husband for her.
The witty retorts abound when Caroline and Blake arrive to throw a wrench in James' disguise. And then when the children and Lady Danbury take things into their own hands, James and Elizabeth become free to find their passions with each other. This book has some of the funniest, laugh out loud dialogue. Also, Lady Danbury is ever enduring as a great character to move the plot along. This story has some very sensuous moments and some very touching moments. Much of it shows just what a wonderful writer Julia Quinn is and how she has become well known for her ability to right humorous love stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new favourite Quinn for me!
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??? .. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Grouchbucket
5.0 out of 5 stars Likes it alot!
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... Read more
Published on July 28 2005 by Kelly
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 Great book!
I loved this one. The characters were great, the story was great, and I loved all of the tension and sparring. Read more
Published on April 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good read!!!!!!!!!
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by Darleen VanHoose
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. 12 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. 8 2002
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