Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Giveaway Win!
The Earl of Rule, at the age of thirty-five, has finally decided that it is time for him to marry. Surprising his family, friends, and the ton, Rule selects the youngest and plainest Winwood sister to be his bride. Horatia, at the tender age of seventeen, nobly sacrifices herself in marriage to Rule to save her family from financial ruin and give her sister, Lizzie, the opportunity to marry her true love. She enters her marriage to Rule full aware that they aren’t in love and promising “not to interfere” in his lordship’s affairs.
What begins as a marriage of convenience quickly turns into a delicious romp of madcap adventures! Marriage with Horatia keeps Rule quite busy with paying her extravagant shopping bills, saving Horry (as she is affectionately called) from gambling her jewels, and protecting his young wife from damaging her reputation. Horatia is ball of fire and is in desperate need of a firm hand, but her husband does his best to not “interfere.” Out to thwart the newlyweds marital “bliss” is a jealous mistress, a greedy heir-apparent, and a dastardly rake set on exacting revenge! Yet, through it all, the chances of happiness in this marriage seem to grow as both parties begin to secretly and unexpectedly develop tender regards for each other. 🙂
Oh my! How I loved the men in this novel! They stole the show! Our hero, Lord Rule, won my heart by becoming adorably enchanted with his troublesome and extravagant young wife. His loyalty, trust, and gentle attempts to woo her were so sweet and endearing to witness! Furthermore, Lord Rule’s comments and conversation kept making me bust out with laughter – he delivers countless rejoinders, dripping with sarcasm, and with the driest of wit! I loved his calm retorts, verbal sparring, and brilliant word-play!
In addition, I adored Horatia’s hapless, wastrel brother, Pelham and his simple-minded, but dependable, friend Pommeroy. They get completely wrapped in Horry’s scrapes and are extremely kind and supportive by offering her their services and assistance. I loved the comical succession of escapades and screwball schemes they took us through! Moreover, their verbal exchanges are highly amusing and quite farcical (especially since at least one of them is usually inebriated!)
I must admit though, that Horry is not high on my list of favorite characters. I found her admirable and endearing at first, but when she started behaving a little too much like Lydia Bennet, my approbation started to wane. I didn’t mind that she was an immature and flawed heroine, but I wish she displayed some more sense as she had at the beginning of the novel. But she does redeem herself in the end…
What a vastly entertaining Georgian Romance! As always, I delight in Heyer’s entertaining characters, uproariously funny plots, and clever repartee! I highly recommend!
** I thought it would be fun to post a Georgette Heyer review today in honor of her birthday! Glad I was able to stick to that plan!
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