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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1178145077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1178145076
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,736,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis:

Michael Arranstoun is pursued by a gold-digging woman named Mrs. Hatfield. Her husband is on his deathbed, she wrote in a letter, and soon he will be gone and the two of them can be married when he finally does leave this mortal coil. Michael, of course, wants no such thing. He finds her objectionable to say the least and cold-hearted as well. Her husband is not yet dead and she already plots to marry him. She is very conniving and Michael fears what she will do in order to entrap him.

Sabine Delburg is supposed to marry Mr. Greenback, a horrid man. Needless to say, she does not wish to do this. While on tour in the castle that Michael owns, she escapes through a door and by amusing circumstances, she comes face to face with Michael himself. But instead of turning her away at once, he begins conversing with her and discovers that her fate is similar to his own. And before Sabine can finish the delicious chocolate cake brought in by the servants, Michael has already formulated a plan. They shall marry each other! A strict marriage of convenience that would solve both their problems. But is this solution more trouble than it's worth?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carmel R. on April 2, 2013
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I must say this is not one of my preferred Glyn novels out of the five or six I have read. In her other books, Glyn is more forward thinking in her treatment of issues like sexual consent, but "The Man and the Moment" is more obviously a product of its time. The premise of the novel is that the hero, Michael, convinces a very young girl (seventeen or so), Sabine, to marry him purely for convenience's sake and then separate after the ceremony. Sabine agrees because this will allow her to inherit her fortune and lead an independent life. However, on the wedding night Michael is apparently overcome by his virile passions and breaks their contract, not to mention all rules of human decency, by forcing himself on her. She then runs away. The bulk of the novel then chronicles their accidental reunion years later. While parts of the novel are actually an interesting exploration of the long lasting impact of this traumatic event on Sabine (and also Michael), overall there was just too much along the lines of "Michael just had too much of the token masculine animal spirits and should be forgiven his youthful folly" for me to be happy with this book. Granted, rape within marriage would not have been construed as a crime at this time, but there are enough works of literature before Elinor Glyn that deal more thoughtfully with this issue that I don't see the merit in her cavalier approach to the subject. Throughout the novel, I found myself thinking "this is a book about rape from someone who doesn't really understand it and who is doing a second rate job of exploring the psychology of someone who has experienced it." Overall, I would recommend reading "The Reason Why," "Man and Maid," or "Beyond the Rocks" instead. "The Reason Why" in particular deals with the topic of marital abuse in a much more interesting and sensitive way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Richardson on May 19, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book written in the early 1900's. Elinor Glyn was the Daniele Steele of her day. While some of the story may seem dated, the majority of the plot line is very modern.
Sabine Howard is a young girl trying to gain her money by marrying a Michael who is trying to escape a gold digger. After one night of married bliss Sabine heads to Europe and Michael to China, due to a misunderstanding...
Five years later, Sabine meets Mr. Fordyce who falls hard for her. Fordyce happens to be friends with Michael who has just returned to the Continent. Who will end up with who?
This is a very engaging novel. If you like a good romance without the steamy bodice ripping, I think you will enjoy this.
By the way, Elinor Glyn termed the word "It" in this novel. Clara Bow was known as the "It" girl.
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