So when her family are near ruin and her sister is about to enter a loveless marriage to a wealthy man to settle the family debts, young and headstrong Horry proposes to marry him in her sister's place. Then she meets the attractive and dangerous Lord Lethbridge and her days suddenly become more exciting. But there is bad blood between Horry's husband and her new acquaitnance, and as complications and deceptions mount, the social tangle grows ever trickier to unpick. If you've never read Georgette Heyer before - why? The story concerns love and marriage, trust and friendship, gossip and dastardly deeds, insult and revenge, misunderstandings and mishaps. They can all be re-read time and time again".
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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. The legal contract between the two families would not be altered with the switch in brides and he will still be assured that the future mother of his heir will have the appropriate pedigree. Struck by the simplicity of her argument and charmed with her slight stutter and forthrightness, the earl agrees to wed Horatia instead. One of her earlier books and set in the Georgian Era, the writing does not yet possess her command of the genre as she shows in later years, yet her descriptive style was already fully developed.
A cap a la glaneuse caught her eye as she was about to leave the shop, but she decided not to add that to her purchases, Lady Louisa having had the presence of mind to declare that it made her look rather prim. The couple marry, they honeymoon, they return to London and live … not so happily after. It turns out that Horatia has fallen in love with her husband. Despite being short and possessing a pair of definite brows that stubbornly refuse to arch, she has bewitched her husband.
With the earl so much older and secure in his own skin he is thirty five , Horatia has a tough time interpreting his thoughts and actions and thus she fails to read the signs that he has fallen in love with her as well. Spoiled and bored, they team up for sport and to extract their revenge upon the earl. The novel takes another twist and the reader now enters the realm of slapstick comedy, keystone cops and all.
Georgette Heyer often uses the ploy of a Greek chorus of family and acquaintances to enliven the action, and in this instance Pelham and his numskull friend do a splendid job of adding laughter and color to the plot. Added to the mix is a Dandy in the form of Mr. He will do anything to separate the earl from his bride, but he fumbles and bumbles his way through life, acquiring the scorn of all. Here she makes the distinction between a Macaroni and a Buck:. The Macaronis, mincing, simpering, sniffing at crystal scent-bottles, formed a startling contrast to the Bucks, the young sparks who, in defiance of their affected contemporaries, had flown to another extreme of fashion.
These Bloods were to be found at any prize-fight, or cock-fight, and when these diversions palled could always while away an evening in masquerading abroad in the guise of footpads, to the terror of all honest townsfolk.
I give The Convenient Marriag e four out of five Regency fans. Click here to enter SourceBooks and to order the book. Which is the best to start with? Frederica, Black Sheep, or the Reluctant Widow are among my favorites. Check you library first. Some people, like me, love her books. Others are unmoved and find her irritating. I have read a book from Barbara Cartland with similar plot!
According to several sources she completed two romance novels a month. Some say she completed one every 10 days. It was said she dictated them to her secretary as she dressed or prepared herself for an outing. Cartland sets her heroes and heroines in a similar regency setting, but that is all the two authors have in common.
I was hoping for a little more, especially since Horry got on my nerves after a while, but it was still a good book. Lovely blog, otherwise, too! Best wishes. Granted, all her period detail is accurate, and her research was formidable.
But these books are enjoyable fluff, albeit very well-written; Heyer was concerned with the social aspects of courtship and marriage and deeply aware of the constraints women faced in that day, and of their paucity of options.
But Austen, regardless of being a single woman as compared to the happy marriage of Mr and Mrs Ronald Rougier, had an understanding of the human heart, of courtship, of loneliness, that is simply not there in the delightful Ms Heyer. To compare Heyer with Austen is like comparing an inflatable back yard kiddie pool with an Olympic natatorium.
Many of us, though, love to read Heyer as well. Thank you for your reply. No attack or — God forbid! I have read just one book by Heyer and come to hate her very name, but it was only a matter of unfullfilled expectations I expected another Austen and found romance, which I loathe.
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REVIEW: The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer
But Miss Winwood is in love with a soldier, and the middle sister is determined not to sacrifice herself on the altar of matrimony, so the youngest Winwood sister, Horatia Horry puts herself forward as the wife for Rule. Rule, being older and wiser, understands that his young wife has to find her place in society before she can engage with him as his equal, and Horry is resourceful and moderately sensible. And it has to be said that her brother and his friends are very, very funny in their efforts to rescue her from said catastrophe and keep her from being cast off in disgrace by Rule. The tone is a little strange. It also felt very odd to me that husband and wife could lead such wildly separate lives, although that was very much true to the era.
The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer – swash and swoon
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.
The Convenient Marriage
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. The legal contract between the two families would not be altered with the switch in brides and he will still be assured that the future mother of his heir will have the appropriate pedigree.