- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Mills & Boon - AU; Large Print edition (1 December 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 026317378X
- ISBN-13: 978-0263173789
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
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His Convenient Marriage Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Dec 2002
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When she's not writing, she likes to travel in Europe, eat in good restaurants, and go to the theatre, but reading will always be her greatest passion.
Since the birth of her twin grandchildren, she is a regular visitor to New York City, where the little tots live.
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Francesca (Chessie), two years prior to the opening date of this story, has gone to work for the famous author who purchased her family's house, after her financial-advisor father gypped his clients out of their money and suddenly died. So, we have Chessie working for the hero for almost 2 years, and living on the premises, but there's been nothing between her & the hero except for a working relationship. This was a mistake, IMO. The author should have at least hinted that the hero found Chessie attractive, or vice-versa, in the beginning; but no, she waits until the very end for the hero to confess he wanted to "protect" the heroine from the instant he saw her! Who knew?
After its beginning, which is actually promising, the whole book starts to go belly up when an old boyfriend of Chessie's comes home from America, and her teenage sister starts acting out and running around with a drug-pushing grunge. Also thrown in this mix is the jealous, catty neighbor/stepmother of Chessie's old beau, and her stroke-victim husband. That's a lot of characters in this mix. Too much for a Harlequin, really. And all of these people drag the romance factor down even further.
Someone ought to shake Sara Craven for creating a heroine as wimpy as Chessie turns out to be. The plot machinations were unbelieveable. I have to agree with the other reviewer who mentioned the stupidity of the hero's asking the heroine to marry him, seemingly out of the blue, for no reason. The hero just springs the proposal on her; it's silly. The snotty younger sister was VERY annoying (yet, believeably written -- 1 star for the little bit of realism in this character). The other star I give this book is for the well-written sex scene that occurs near the end. After slogging through the unbelieveable plot, and wondering when the heroine would get a spine instead of a wishbone, from out of nowhere, Ms. Craven produces a really sensual love scene, frankly the best part of the book. But even THAT gets spoiled by the hero's not loving or trusting the heroine enough to tell her, afterwards, he's got to have a serious operation -- He leaves her while she's sleeping and she has to find out that he's gone into the hospital from another source! And this is supposed to be romantic?
All in all, can't recommend this.
I have to agree with the other reviewers that the sex scene was mediocre good. Well, it was the best in the book. Linnet - the bitchy lady - again could have worked if it was explained more; and Alistair if the author wrote about Mile's prospective and if he was jealous.
If you want to read it, go ahead and pick it up, but I personally wouldn't recommend it to anyone.