Wednesday, March 10, 2010

How to Marry a Marquis


She's trying to follow the rules...

When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a copy of How to Marry a Marquis in her employer's library, she's convinced someone is playing a cruel joke. With three younger siblings to support, she knows she has to marry for money, but who might have guessed how desperate she's become? A guidebook to seduction might be just the thing she needs—and what harm could there be in taking a little peek?

...But he's making his own...

James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, has been summoned to rescue his aunt from a blackmailer, a task that requires him to pose as the new estate manager, and his primary suspect is his aunt's companion, Elizabeth. Intrigued by the alluring young woman with the curious little rulebook, he gallantly offers to help her find a husband... by letting her practice her wiles on him. But when practice becomes all too perfect, James decides that there is only one rule worth following—that Elizabeth marry her marquis.

Charming story with one of the best endings ever...

I must say that this is my absolute favorite Julia Quinn book! This is book 2 of a two book series and since I'm a sucker for reading books in order, I would recommend reading To Catch an Heiress (book 1) first. To Catch an Heiress is a great story and introduces characters that appear in How to Marry a Marquis. Its really a great two book set! I will eventually review book 1, but back to How to Marry a Marquis...

With three younger siblings to support and unwelcome attentions from her landlord, Elizabeth needs to marry someone wealthy and she needs to do it fast! So when she discovers a little guide book titled How to Marry a Marquis on a shelf in her employer's library, immediately she thinks its a cruel joke. Adding insult to injury, she meets Lady Danbury's handsome new estate manager, James, and is mortified when he discovers the book in her possession. But what Elizabeth doesn't know is that this handsome estate manager is really Lady Danbury's nephew, masquerading, on a mission to fish out a blackmailer. And Elizabeth is his prime suspect. So, what better way for James to keep tabs on the lovely Miss Hotchkiss than to offer to coach her in her quest to find a husband? But as James battles between suspicion and enchantment when it comes to Elizabeth, could it be that Lady Danbury was on a mission of her own?

The story is charming, VERY witty and the ending is just forty kinds of wonderful. While Julia Quinn's books tend to be more light-hearted and fun than other regencies, this book, in particular, is even more so. There are moments where I laughed out loud and had half an airport terminal thinking I was cuckoo for cocoa puffs. But that's ok. It was totally worth it! Such a sweet story that I will definitely return to.

If you love this book, I highly recommend Ms. Quinn’s backlist, including the Bridgerton series of 8 books beginning with The Duke and I. But do check her website for the order of her books. With the exception of the anthologies, all belong to a series and I recommend reading books of a series in order for maximum enjoyment.

My rating: 10 – Absolutely LOVED it!

The 2 book series in order:

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