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A Wedding in Springtime (Marriage Mart Book 1) by [Forester, Amanda]
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*Starred Review* Fans of Regency-era romances will be delighted with Forester’s first novel set in that milieu. This clever combination of wit, romance, and suspense strikes all the right notes as Genie, fresh from the county for her debut, fails to stifle her laughter when she is being presented to the queen just as Lord Chamberlain “chooses that moment to blow a little foul wind.” A man winks and smiles at her, reducing her to further laughter and ruining any possibility of her having a successful season. The man in question, Mr. Grant, a notorious rake, is a close friend of the Duke of Marchford, who is engaged to Genie’s cousin, so it is inevitable that they will meet again. Forester throws in an amazing array of Regency-romance tropes: a dowager duchess with plans up her sleeve, a spinster who becomes her companion and business partner, a lovable street rat, a Fagin-like villain, a secret marriage, a spy in the service of Napoléon, secret codes, clandestine romance. And she more than does justice to them all. This entertaining novel is a diamond of the first order. --Diana Tixier Herald

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"Engaging subplots involving unforgettable supporting characters make this one a must-read." - Publishers Weekly

"Forester promises her fans a warm, humorous jaunt through Regency England-and she delivers with a cast of engaging characters and delightful intrigue." - RT Book Reviews

"This entertaining novel is a diamond of the first order. - STARRED Review" - Booklist

"Amanda Forester gives us likable characters, snappy dialog, and sweet, sweet romance. What more can a girl ask for? Give A Wedding in Springtime a whirl if this is your thing, and enjoy some springtime reading!" - Drey's Library

"Forester had me hooked from the very beginning with her first sentence; I knew this book was going to be one of those late night reads that you cannot put down until you have reached the end. I look forward to seeing what Ms. Forester comes up with next; I am sure it will be well worth the wait." - RomFan Reviews

"I really enjoyed this story and I'm pretty sure you will too! To every Historical Romance lover, or just Romance lovers, this book is a must-try and should be on your TBR pile!" - Proserpine Craving Books

" I think lovers of Regency Romance will enjoy this book." - From the TBR Pile

" A delightful, fun, sweet, all-around fabulous read. From the beginning to the end of this book, I had a smile on my face." - Book Savvy Babes

"The wit and banter that Amanda Forester uses in conversation between her characters had me laughing out loud. The mystery and suspense she tangles in with the romance was like a cherry on a sundae!" - The Reading Cafe

"Forester hits a home run with her latest book, A Wedding in Springtime!" - Debbie's Book Bag

Product Details

  • File Size: 1351 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B2AO71K
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was a bit wary about buying this book but I'd read the other books by this author and thought I'd take a chance. I really do try to judge a book by reviews to try and avoid certain things in supposed 'Regency Romances'. Anyway I must say I was quite enjoying the book until it all went to pieces around 2 thirds of the way through. I think let me just make some points about the story that I didn't like under a spoilers heading.

***Spoilers***
1) I found the author's odd references to God and scriptures a bit strange since this clearly isn't your typical 'clean' Christian romance.
2) I hated the fact that the H took the h's innocence while he was blind drunk and he remembers nothing of it the next morning.
3) For me it was weird that he kept tearing up over the h. I have nothing against a man weeping in the right context but I really didn't find their relationship sufficiently deep for him to cry, especially the first time he did it. The second time was the 'morning after' and for me he should've been crying for the right reasons and not for the reason he was actually crying.
4) The author allowed us to see that the H was pretty shallow and I really don't know that he had all that much going for him aside from being rich and handsome. Even the way the story started with the H being mostly responsible for the h being ruined, he let the h be 'ruined'. He wasn't much of a hero in the true sense of the word.

In the end I felt sorry for the h (and she was pretty stupid at times too) because she really didn't have many options with the men she attracted, despite the fact that she was beautiful and a good person. The H was no prize and I think she deserved better. My favourite character in the book was one of the secondary characters, Penny Rose, and I may be tempted to buy her story if the author includes it in this series.
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I am sure that if we all shared the same opinion on any given topic then the world would be an awfully boring place. That said, did my fellow readers and I all read the same book?
I found this book a chore! Although it had a promising beginning when I read the sample pages (that is why I went ahead with the purchase of the book), by chapter 7, I was ready to throw in the towel, but decided against it. Still, the feeling didn't go away as I diligently carried on.
Also, the storyline revolved more around the Duke of Marchford ,than Miss Eugenia `Genie' Talbot and Mr. Grant. They seemed more like secondary characters to me. In fact it wasn't until about chapter 25 that Genie had more of a part in the story as a whole.
It is the Duke of Marchford who is having co-habitation problems with his grandmama, and it is the Duke of Marchford who `inherited' his brothers intended after his death, because of a wedding contract signed at birth, and it is the Duke of Marchford who having worked for the Foreign Office needs to contend with a possible spy.
Mr. Grant is the Duke of Marchford's friend and Miss Talbot is his intended's cousin, in London for her season and that is that.
Although Miss Talbot and Mr. Grant seem nice enough whenever we encounter them, the book in general left me unfulfilled.
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Book number one in the Marriage Mart series, A Wedding In Springtime by Amanda Forester has all of the elements of a great love story. Full of humor, mystery, intrigue with a good dose of romance. You won't want to miss this entertaining and captivating tale.

Miss Eugenia Talbot (Genie) is making her societal debut before Queen Charlotte. When she is introduced to the Queen by the Lord Chamberlain the Lord suddenly passes wind. Genie struggles not to laugh, but as she glances at the audience a man who cannot hide his mirth meets her eye. Unable to suppress her giggle, Genie is sent away by the Queen.

Following her ordeal Genie hears talk of her situation in the hallway. When she turns to find out who is talking about her she finds that it is the laughing man who got her into trouble in the first place. After an introduction to William Grant, Genie is pulled away by her fuming aunt. It seems that Genie is now ruined and her aunt is determined to marry her off as fast as possible.

Grant feels terrible and he has decided to help Genie find a good husband, but Grant isn't at all prepared to find that he has feelings for Genie. Instead of helping Genie to find someone else, Grant wants nothing more than to make her his wife. But Grant may be too late with his proposal as another suitor swoops in and beats him to the punch. Will Grant be able to show Genie that he is the man for her before it's too late?

Genie is a warm and loving character. She wants nothing more than to please her family by marrying quickly to the first man who proposes. She is willing to sacrifice her own happiness. It is fun to watch Genie as she finally decides to take on her own future and follow her heart instead of her head.
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I received this book for review from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca through Netgalley, in exchanged on an honest review.

Miss Eugenia Talbot has greatly embarrassed herself in front of a queen when she couldn't control her laughter - thanks to the handsome William Grant. Now her presentation in front of the Queen is not the only thing that is ruined, but her reputation went down in flames with it. Genie must marry at once, someone or anyone that will have her.

Oh gosh, what a romantic book. I found myself truly engrossed with A Wedding In Springtime, the first book in the Marriage Mart series. I fell in love with William Grant, Genie, and the rest of the supporting characters that I feel will get the story of their own.

William Grant is a roughish rake who has not been contemplating the idea of marriage until Genie Talbot enters his life and makes him trip over his own feet by doing things he never had before. The last thing Grant wants to do is help Genie find her a house. Not when the blonde beauty had somehow managed to imprint herself in his life and heart.

I had a blast with this one! It left me giggling and happy and full of warm and tingly feelings. Every time William would just show up to the occasions that Genie was forced to, I couldn't help but feel giddy. I really loved those two. Love their interactions, their encounters and the think air of attraction between them. There where even heart clenching moments that left me feeling sorry for the both of them. Grant cannot help the pull Genie has on him, which only keeps him coming back to her, unable to hide the attraction.

So while Grant is doing the best he could to help Genie fit right back into the society.
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