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The Husband List (Effingtons #2)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,552 ratings  ·  71 reviews
An Unexpected Husband

Against her better judgment, Lady Gillian Marley needs to find herself a husband -- and quickly. To claim her uncle's unexpected bequest she must marry by her next birthday, which leaves only two months to find a malleable mate. Topping her list of eligible candidates is the honorable Earl of Shelbrooke, yet one look at the very handsome but enigmatic
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Aug 14, 2015 Julianna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighthearted Regency Romance
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"3.5 stars" Like it's predecessor in the Effington Family & Friends series, The Husband List is a light-hearted Regency romance. It didn't tickle my funny bone quite as well, but it did have it's moments. It basically takes place concurrently with the first book of the series, with the same family gathering for the Roxborough Ride coming into play. In this one, we have Gillian, cousin to Pandora from the previous book, who is a widow. She loved her husband dearly and
Gillian proposes to Lord Slelbrook (Richard) to meet the requirements of her inheritance. She needs a husband with a title and he needs her money to restore his family's wealth that was squandered away by his father. In the beginning, it all seems like a simple business arrangement until they both realize their hearts are involved. I liked the premise of this story, and overall enjoyed the book. I only gave it three stars, because the theme of "Does he/she love me in return" was very repetitive ...more
This book is happening simultaneously with The Wedding Bargain. Book 2 in the Effington saga, Lady Gillian, a widow for 8 years finds she must marry in 2 months to receive a very large inheritance . The man at the top of the list is an impoverished Earl. There are many interesting facts to this story, all centered around artists. Nobles aren't supposed to be artists and neither are women. Many must keep their secrets. The best one is that the Earl pretends to be a French Artist and then gets jea ...more
Sophie ♥
Another boring historical lacking in depth and steam... I really hope Victoria Alexander's other books don't follow the same patterns as this one does... Although I kept suspect they will. How disappointing.
Lady Gillian Effington Marley has been a widow for 8 years. She had no plans on remarrying until she found an Uncle left her a fortune, but she had 2 months to be married.

Her two best friends, men, helped put a list together. She did not know they were not serious. She chose the one man on the list who seemed she could marry, Richard Shelton, a reformed rake.

She approached him on the idea of a business marriage but he wanted the full marriage.

Etienne, an up and coming french painter, makes her f
This is the first book by this author that I've read. It was a completely random selection, and as a result, I'll definitely be seeking out more of her books. I thought that the characters were well-drawn, even the minor ones, although I felt that sometimes, the motives of the H&H were somewhat muddled and their decisions rather hurried.

All in all though, it was a good read. The sex scenes weren't especially graphic, but that didn't diminish their impact, and there was definitely a lot of he
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Lady Gillian Marley was widowed very young after a love match. Very independent, she hates depending on family for support. When an uncle in American dies and leaves his inheritance to her, it's a dream come true, except she has to marry by her 30th birthday - 2 months to claim it.

Richard Shelton is Earl of Shelbrooke & poor. His father left massive debts he's trying to pay off as well as caring for his 4 younger sisters and estate. He's painting under a French name and making slow headway.

This was a fun read! Although it wasn't written in a style that was "British" enough for me, I liked the story and the characters. While widow Gillian has no desire to get married, a wealthy kinsman's will leaves her scrambling. The frequently mentioned "husband list" that Gillian makes, lists the Earl of Shelbrooke at the top. Although his father squandered the family fortune, he himself is a reformed bad boy and has worked hard to restore the family name. Along with gracing the top of her list ...more
The second book in the Effington series was not as enjoyable as the first one.

The Husband List is the story of Lady Gillian; the cousin of Pandora Trent (Effington) and the daughter of the Duke of Roxbourough, and Richard, the earl of Shelbrooke, who is penniless but yet an honourable man.

The plot was interesting: Gillian has a list of suitable husbands and Richard tops it. She proposes to Richard in the hopes of getting an inheritance from a long distance dead relative. But even though the penn
I wish I had tried to remember this book a little bit more before I bought it. This was never one of my favorites in the Effington series though it is a perfectly serviceable read.
The very beginning of the book has Gillian proposing marriage to Richard Shelton, Earl of Shelbrooke. She has been left an inheritance of magnificent proportions but can only receive it if she is married before she turns 30, which is in two months.
Richard is astonished, but intrigued. Gillian is his best friend's sist
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A delightful and enjoyable read - would be perfect if last three chapters were rewritten

Gillian is an almost-30 year old widow and is a wonderful heroine - intelligent, witty, strong-minded, and compassionate. Richard is an endearing hero - for five years he's been working hard to pull his family back from the brink of financial disaster that his father brought them to. He's mysterious, reserved, brooding, but also sweet, straightforward (usually), and friendly. Both characters were well-written
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"Era nel suo sangue, nella sua anima. La voleva al punto tale da non distinguere più il bene dal male, l’onore dall'inganno. La amava e la voleva."

Ed anche il secondo della serie Effingtons si è rivelato un libro scorrevole e molto carino ;D Gillian è una donna che ha già conosciuto il Vero Amore e che l'ha perso tragicamente perciò comprensibilmente è spaventata e reticente a donare nuovamente il suo cuore. Richard è un uomo che per amore delle sue giovani sorelle, rimaste orfane, ha rinunciato
Change the person of Gillian to Pandora and the Earl of Shelbrooke to the Earl of Trent and wa-la! you feel as though you're reading The Wedding Bargain (Effingtons, book 1). Adding to that feeling, there is word for word copy of Pandora and the Earl of Trent's geese scene near the lake in book two as was told in book one. This story was too familiar and lacked originality. Considering that this is only the second book in a lengthy series, I fear a waste of time may be had with book three.
An Odd1
Seduction? or courting? Pages of wiffle waffle, his and hers, skip. He didn't even smile in public, now they chuckle wildly together. And more. "And looked forward as well to a little hard work and a good deal of practice" p 366. Effington series means many friends and relations visit and chitchat.

He fakes a French accent, so his painting is done under alter ego. But when she exercises her continental lessons, he goofs, replies "Huh?". A little mask can never hide appearance, walk. Of course Ri
Mary Gramlich
THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly

One should always make a list!

Caroline is searching for a love match as is her mother, problem is they have their sites set on different men. Caroline has always loved Jack Culhane an American millionaire as opposed to her mother’s choice Lord Bremerton, a titled Englishman.

When you are an independent woman regardless of the time period there is always someone to try and stop your forward motion. Caroline’s mother is determined to have a titled
I really like Victoria Alexander's writing. I am enjoying reading the Effington series, but a lot of the books seem to center around the "does he/doesn't he?" theme and after a while it all seems very high school-ish. I'd love to give the books more stars since I love all the witty banter and humor, but the themes are becoming redundant and less enjoyable as the series goes on.
Gillian puts Richard on her husband list. He needs to marry for money, which she has. They both want to know at the other cares for them before they get married. Really enjoyable.
Rockatang3 (BlebeTanja)
A nice continuation of the series. I like the characters and the stories are intriguing enough to keep me hooked.
I'm making my way through Victoria Alexander's Effington Family stories and this is the second book in the series. I liked this one much better than the first one because there wasn't as much angst as the first one. Their feelings were pretty straightforward even if it did take them a while to realize they were both in love. The hero Richard is pretty amusing, what with him being jealous of himself. You'll have to read the book to know what I'm talking about. But my favorite part of the story wa ...more
This would have been four stars until we got to the end. Just say you love each other, good grief!
Raluca Neacsu
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This is a light weight tale of an wealthy, independent Victoria Maiden whose parents want to wed her to someone with a Title. She wants to marry for love. With some adventures, all works out to her pleasure.
I loved Gillian's independence and how she approached Richard and proposed to him. It was an good read on the romance side, I loved how Richard was living two lives as it were and how it ended with Gillian confusing him and playing with his mind! I didn't give this a 5 out of 5 because I felt something was wanting in the intensity of the romance. It was sweet but not as intense or as emotionally powerful as I wanted. I did love the twist at the end about the special paintings Gillian had though ...more
I enjoyed the first half but the second half just dragged.
Loved, loved, loved Richard, Earl of Shelbrooke. He was this impoverished lord, through no real fault of his own, and he is trying to do the best he can for his four sisters and aunt. He, with the help of his friend Thomas, have made a fake persona for him that is an artist. His paintings are selling well, but still not enough to repair his estate, etc. I loved the description of him on his roof fixing the shingles.
I liked Gillian, but she seemed too wishy washy. But they were great together a
kind of boring so i didn't finish.
truely a lot of fun Wonderful author
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

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Other Books in the Series

Effingtons (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Wedding Bargain (Effingtons, #1)
  • The Marriage Lesson (Effingtons, #3)
  • The Prince's Bride (Effingtons, #4)
  • Her Highness, My Wife (Effingtons, #5)
  • Love With the Proper Husband (Effingtons, #6)
  • The Lady in Question (Effingtons, #7)
  • The Pursuit of Marriage (Effingtons, #8)
  • A Visit From Sir Nicholas (Effingtons, #9)
  • When We Meet Again (Effingtons, #10)
  • Let It Be Love (Effingtons, #11)
The Wedding Bargain (Effingtons, #1) A Little Bit Wicked (Last Man Standing, #1) What A Lady Wants (Last Man Standing, #2) Seduction of a Proper Gentleman (Last Man Standing #4) Secrets of a Proper Lady (Last Man Standing, #3)

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