Marry In Haste (The Marriage of Convenience Series): 1 Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 March 2021
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"Gracie utilizes the ever-popular 'marriage of convenience' theme to her advantage in the first of a new series. It isn't just the premise, but the marvelous cast of characters, that will keep readers entranced through the leisurely pacing, multiple plot points, and quick denouncement. A totally delightful read!"-- "RT Book Reviews (4 stars)"
[Charlotte Anne Dore] . . . does a good job conveying different characters in this one.-- "Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust"
About the Author
Anne Gracie is the award-winning author of the Chance Sister romances, the Merridew series, and the Devil Rider series, along with numerous novellas. In addition to writing, Anne teaches adult literacy. She lives in Australia.
- Publisher : Tantor and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (1 March 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1799972062
- ISBN-13 : 978-1799972068
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 19.05 cm
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In this particular book, I loved the interplay between the hero, used to military life and baffled by the ways of women, and the heroine, an astute self-actualising woman, disinclined to obey. Perhaps these are the themes of 2018 rather than 1818, but they are far less strident, more genteel, when packaged as a Regency romance. I've just been to Bath, so the setting of the book appealed to me too.
Much of this story is light and humorous and the dialogue sparkles. From acerbic Aunt Agatha to petulant Rose, defiant George and Lilly, who has the power to weep at will, it is clear that poor Cal truly has his hands full trying to cope with the women in his life. It is equally clear that author Anne Gracie must have chuckled her way through many of the scenes in this book. I certainly did!
This is not just a light and humorous story however. Anne Gracie has used this story as a window into life in Regency England, and it's not all pretty. Emm's reflection on Cal's reaction to her not being a virgin demonstrates the prevalent double standards of the time. "Life was so unfair. He'd lain with probably dozens of women and she'd lain with one man nearly ten years ago yet she was the sinner." Later in the story Cal reflects on the poor treatment of soldiers returned to England after the war.
This story is beautifully balanced, moving effortlessly from witty repartee to more serious scenes and back. I couldn't put it down. It's one of the very best books I've ever read.
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I especially liked the time spent setting up the relationships within the family, prior to the heroine's direct involvement. It takes a special author to achieve this without sidelining the love interest and Anne Gracie managed it perfectly. I was watching a mismatched, squabbling, defiant, bewildered and ultimately loving family sort through their various issues before coming together in a fully-rounded way at the same time that Cal and Emm were getting to know one another and gradually falling in love.
Thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to the next book in this series. Well done, Anne Gracie