The Marriage Lesson Mass Market Paperback – Apr 5 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Bubbling with both humor and romantic tension from the hero and heroine's first encounter to their final embrace, this cunning tale of an adventure-seeking bluestocking and the "respectable rake" who tries to curb her activities will put satisfied sparkles in the eyes of romance readers. When a trio of sisters, related to Lord Helmsley through marriage, descends on his house for their first London season, Helmsley is confident he can marry them off quickly and return to his own pursuits. But the eldest sister, Marianne, wants to "experience life" and undertake exotic adventures without the hindrance of a stuffy husband. To attain financial independence, she pens anonymous, "absolutely true" newspaper stories about a nave miss and her Heathcliff-like guardian. Adding spice to her column, Marianne proposes that Helmsley teach her about kissing and such before she turns to another man for lessons. Helmsley not so reluctantly agrees, but when he feels he's obligated to propose marriage, Marianne turns him down flat. A delightful battle of wits ensues as Marianne attempts to reconcile her desire for adventure with her newfound affection. Alexander (The Husband List) is a rising star in the Regency arena, and her fan base can only grow with this rollicking romance. (May 8)Forecast: Dispelling the notion that Regencies are on the decline, fans of Julia Quinn and Christina Dodd will turn out in full force for this pleasantly fresh read.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Faced with the chore of looking after his brother-in-law's three country-bred sisters during their first London Season, Thomas Effington, Marquess of Helmsley, hits upon a plan to reduce his inconvenience he simply will find matches for them as quickly as possible. But Lady Marianne Shelton has no desire to be married off. After all, she is an aspiring writer and intends to have adventures and experience life instead of being tied down by a husband. But when her first adventure turns out to involve a bit too much brandy, a stolen kiss, and her very attractive host and eventually evolves into "lessons in life," she suddenly finds herself reassessing her goals. "An aging, intelligent, bluestocking" spinster heroine who likes it that way, an arrogant, "respectable rake" who learns more from his "lessons" than he teaches, and two delightful sisters who are surely destined for stories of their own combine in a lively, laughter-laced, sensual Regency romp that has a bit more to it than some. The snippets from Marianne's anonymous newspaper column, "The Absolutely True Adventures of a Country Miss in London," which introduce selected chapters, are an added plus. Alexander (The Husband List) has written several earlier romances and lives in Omaha, NE.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
One problem I had with this story was the repetition of ideas. Okay Marianne, we get that you want to be independent and have adventures!
Another problem I had was with Marianne herself. She is described as this intelligent woman, but she doesn't show it a lot. She wants to experience intimacy, and doesn't care about her reputation because she has no plans to marry. Didn't anyone explain to her that if she and Thomas were found out, no one would want to have anything to do with her? That not only would she be completely ostracised, but that she would hurt her sisters' marriage prospects, turn Thomas into a known seducer of innocents, and embarass her brother and sister-in-law? I guess not because it never occurs to her.
Not to say that I didn't like The Marriage Lesson, but The Husband List was much better. I have heard Alexander called the next Julia Quinn, but I like Quinn's style of writing much better. But despite some flaws, The Marriage Lesson is a cute story and you should give it a chance and see what you think.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I really enjoyed this book throughout the first 75% of the book. It's filled with humor and I loved that Marianne was a little more confident and proactive than some other novel... Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by V. Seaton
Never had this problem before. This is my first Victoria Alexander book, so I am not sure how she normally writes. Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by Just a Dreamer
A truly adventurous romance that moved me. It's witty and entertaining, with a fun storylinePublished on May 2 2003 by Yvonne Heffner
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... Read morePublished on March 11 2002 by Joyously Retired Teacher
Fantastic, almost perfect. A beautiful blend of romance, humour, wit, and a plot that keeps you riveted with ur nose in the pages. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2002 by Amazon Customer
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... Read morePublished on Dec 13 2001 by camille
This was not only witty and delightful, but romantic and sexy as well. The relationship between poor Thomas and his Marianne was layed our masterfully in a lovely story that was... Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2001
One of the BEST books I have. I love this book.
I will have to read this one again....
and again.... and again..........
Marianne Shelton has deceided that she is not going to marry at all. Why would she tie herself a stuffy, boring man who would control all of the finances and never let her have any... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2001 by Tiffany Lloyd