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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing; 1 edition (March 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908483091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908483096
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,000,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Readers will love the delightful tale of love in an arranged marriage. As troubles buffet the new couple and their love is tested, readers will be rooting for them to make it through." --Romantic Times Book Reviews, May 2011

About the Author

Maggi Andersen fell in love with the Georgian and Regency worlds after reading the books of Georgette Heyer. Victoria Holt's Gothic Victorian novels were also great favourites. Maggi's free time is spent enjoying her garden and the local wildlife, reading, movies and the theatre. She lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of Australia.

More About the Author

I am an avid reader and reviewer who loves that happy ending! I write historical romance and have enjoyed some success in that genre. I also write contemporary romantic suspense and young adult novels. I studied for a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing before embarking on my writing career. Growing up close to a beautiful Sydney beach, I now live in the country. My husband has retired from his law practice and is now chief cook in our house allowing me to focus on my writing. We feed the assorted wildlife in our pretty, historical town, and support the RSPCA and IFAW. You'll find animals often feature in my books. My recent Regency series is the Spies of Mayfair and I'm working on another. Join my newsletter to learn my latest news, excerpts, contests and specials. http://www.maggiandersenauthor.com.
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This book was well written, characters were well developed.
D. Salvagin La Deetda Reads
She falls in love with Robert almost overnight and is angry and frustrated he does not feel the same way about her.
Melissa
This is a great read because you won't want to put it down.
Tina M. Petriella

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BarkLessWagMore on April 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Cornwall 1786

Charity Barlow recently lost her parents in a carriage accident and now finds herself penniless and at the mercy of a godfather she hasn't seen since she was fifteen. Despite her trepidation, she has no other choice but to travel to the Marquess of St. Malin's castle set upon a cliff and overlooking the sea.

Upon her arrival, she is met by a man named Robert who is much too young to be her godfather. Turns out he is the nephew, his uncle recently passed away and demanded in his will that the two of them marry or the fortune will pass along to distant relatives. She thinks something along the lines of "No way, you dreamy stranger!" and turns him down. Then he ups the offer. He really wants the inheritance, if not a wife, and tells her she won't have to cohabitate with him, can even take on lovers if she's careful and discreet and adds that the only thing she'll have to provide him is an heir. In exchange she gets to be mistress of a castle (a castle people!), will have her own servants who do all the cooking and cleaning and she can spend all day playing with the dog. Hmm, he wouldn't have to ask me twice! Shame he didn't ask me. She ponders and agrees to spend the night thinking about it. She soon realizes marriage to Robert is her best option. They marry lickety-split and he whisks her away from the lovely castle and off to London.

The book then switches gears from what I thought was going to be a gothic style romance and turns into a standard regency fish out of water tale. Charity charms the staff but struggles to fit in with the snooty members of the ton (which includes her new husband), who seem to do nothing but cheat on their spouses, gossip and cut each other down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tonileg on April 22, 2012
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I generally avoid any books written with characters with value names like Charity, Grace, Prudence, etc...
Oh, no! Charity is the heroine of this story.
I stuck it out anyway and it was worth it, so against my will, I grew to like Charity. She is so good she is worthy of love, stubborn and filled with self confidence (which I blame totally of the fact that she was well raised and loved, although poor). Robert the Marquess (hence the title) on the other hand is a spoiled selfish entitled immature man-child. Well, I can't really blame him, since he is just a product of his upbringing and time period. I did respect that in the end he was faithful to his wife, but I did want to slap him a few times.
Cute sweet Georgian historical English romance. Well edited and written with great dialogue and a sweet deserving heroine, I just wish she had a better name.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Revlis on April 24, 2011
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The Reluctant Marquess is a decent read, but a little disjointed. The storyline is actually cute, and arranged marriage where no one is being overly forced into anything. Neither character has any huge, outrageous character flaws, and both seem easy to like. The problem comes with the writing. The author forgets to use transitions and properly set up a scene sometimes. In the same paragraph you will have the heroine dancing with some random Lord, and in the next sentence having her husband escort her off the dance floor. This is just one example of transition problems that occur throughout the book. But honestly the book is not a horrible read. It goes quickly and is a cute, uncomplicated story. If you have an hour or two to waste and want to read something I would actually recommend this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VintageJunkie on July 28, 2012
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I thought this novel was a decent effort but it left me feeling like so much more could have been done with the characters and plot. However, most authors put a great deal of time and effort into writing and they shouldn't be raked over the coals because someone's taste is different from the author's.

With that being said, I will be honest--this book was not my cup of tea, nor was I able to finish it. I was excited by the description of "The Reluctant Marquess", it sounded right up my alley, and I dove right in. I was about half way through when I decided to put it aside. Perhaps I will miss something as a result of my decision, but I just wasn't compelled to continue reading. There were minor formatting issues with the Kindle copy I was reading--there were no section breaks between the POV shifts, so I was constantly having to do a quick shift in my brain as a result. Also, a lot of the dialogue shifted mid-way, as in one character would say something, a descriptive sentence would follow and then another character would reply. I found myself having to re-read sections in order to figure out who was saying what. I also found the word choices to be slightly off. There was a lot of repetition of the same word ("moue" was one that particularly annoyed me) throughout several paragraphs and I wasn't sure that some of the words "worked" within their context. Perhaps it is because I am American and the author is Australian.

As for the plot, it started off well. It was one of those fun, being forced into marriage storylines that I find very interesting. But honestly, I had a hard time with the main characters. Charity is just as you would expect someone to be with a name like that. She is predictably sweet yet headstrong.
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