CONVENIENT MARRIAGE GEORGETTE HEYER PDF

May 1, by Vic. The plot of the Convenient Marriage is different in so many ways from the typical Georgette Heyer novel. One is the tenderness with which the Earl of Rule treats his very young and captivating bride, and the second is that the couple has already tasted the delights of the marital bed and found the results not displeasing. Needless to say her family insists that she drop her soldier and marry the earl to save the family fortune.

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If you think of this book as a Regency romance done by the Marx Brothers, you will get a sense of the appeal and fun of this story. There is generally a great deal of witty, fast-paced dialogue among the protagonists, and in terms of romance, more talk than action.

While Jane Austen is perhaps the best-known author from this period, the genre remained popular thereafter, and Georgette Heyer herself influenced by Austen , wrote over two dozen such novels. Although this book is considered a Regency romance, it is set a little early, in When the year-old and wealthy Marcus, Earl of Rule, proposes marriage to year-old Elizabeth Winwood whom Rule barely knows , she agrees to marry him although she loves someone else Edward Heron.

Rule protests he is too old for Horry, but she assures him no one would think he was as old as he actually was. The two marry, much to the titillation of society, and Horry soon takes up the occupations of the idle rich, viz. Meanwhile several parties conspire to undermine the marriage. Lethbridge turns out to be even a bigger rake than his reputation allowed, and Horry gets into serious trouble.

Her brother, his good friend Sir Roland Pommeroy, and Edward Heron all try to help her out, to hilarious effect, not knowing that Rule is aware of their schemes. He is patient, generous, humorous, tender, and most helpfully, smarter than anyone else around him. These are all rich white people spending money profligately which was quite possibly made from exploiting colonial subjects, and certainly with no regard for the hardships of the poor.

But it can also be said that the author underlays her tale with a certain cynicism and irony that encourages the reader to regard the effete rich with a jaundiced eye, along with affection for those characters who make an effort to maintain morality and humaneness.

Evaluation: If you like the comical romances of Sophie Kinsella and you also like Jane Austin, you well might enjoy this confection of a story written in but none the worse for its age.

Originally published in ; Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, I need to give Heyer a try. This sounds like such a fun read. Thank you for your insightful review! No, surely? I really love the humor of this book. There are often flippant comments about servants, the way that people talk about those who are not rich and aristocratic — it is hard to take sometimes.

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REVIEW: The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer

If you think of this book as a Regency romance done by the Marx Brothers, you will get a sense of the appeal and fun of this story. There is generally a great deal of witty, fast-paced dialogue among the protagonists, and in terms of romance, more talk than action. While Jane Austen is perhaps the best-known author from this period, the genre remained popular thereafter, and Georgette Heyer herself influenced by Austen , wrote over two dozen such novels. Although this book is considered a Regency romance, it is set a little early, in When the year-old and wealthy Marcus, Earl of Rule, proposes marriage to year-old Elizabeth Winwood whom Rule barely knows , she agrees to marry him although she loves someone else Edward Heron. Rule protests he is too old for Horry, but she assures him no one would think he was as old as he actually was. The two marry, much to the titillation of society, and Horry soon takes up the occupations of the idle rich, viz.

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Review: The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer

When the Earl of Rule proposes marriage to her sister Lizzie, Horatia offers herself instead. Unbeknownst to Horatia, the Earl is enchanted by her. Love, love, love powdered wigs, panier skirts, and small swords. The Winwood sisters are gathered in their London household when a gossip seeking cousin arrives to sniff out more news regarding the marriage of the eldest Miss Winwood — the beautiful Elizabeth. Miss Charlotte Winwood is also lovely, having both the Winwood Nose and golden blonde hair but youngest sister Horatia — known to her family as Horry — is much shorter, stammers and has dark hair and heavy brows. She does, however, have the Nose. Elizabeth has received a splendid offer of marriage from the older Earl of Rule the poor man is pushing 35 which thrills her mama — the settlements, my dear!

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The story is set in Later examples include Friday's Child and April Lady. When the wealthy and eligible Earl of Rule, 35 years old, proposes marriage to Elizabeth Winwood, she resigns herself to marrying against her will to rescue the fortunes of her impoverished family. Her youngest sister Horatia, a 17 year old young woman with a stammer , decides to take matters into her own hands, meeting with the Earl and persuading him to marry her instead of Elizabeth, thus leaving Elizabeth free to marry her true but far less eligible love. Part of the deal she proposes to Rule is that she will not interfere with his activities after their marriage. The wedding takes place and, as tacitly agreed upon, the Earl continues his association with his mistress, Lady Caroline Massey. Horatia quickly becomes a popular and fashionable society wife, spending vast amounts of money on sensational outfits and at gambling on cards.

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