- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (June 28 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380800810
- ISBN-13: 978-0380800810
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Marry a Marquis Mass Market Paperback – Jun 28 2005
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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
About the Author
Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Please visit her on the web at www.juliaquinn.com.
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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!
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.