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Un matrimonio sconveniente (The Arringtons and Wright-Gordons #1)

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  427 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Inghilterra, 1809.
Rimasta senza famiglia, Lucy Jones è cresciuta in casa dello zio insieme ai cugini: Portia, Hal e Sebastian. Innamorata da sempre di quest'ultimo, luogotenente dell'esercito inglese, accetta con gioia di fidanzarsi in segreto con lui. Ma poi il destino rimescola le carte: Sebastian si invaghisce di una giovane donna molto bella e Lucy si lascia conquista
Mass Market Paperback, I Grandi Romanzi Storici, 315 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Harlequin Mondadori (first published 2011)
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This is a book difficult to rate because it went from a keeper to a wall banger to an enganging read only to end as just OK.

I don't feel like saying much about the plot, since the description here in Goodreads says it all:
The heroine gets secretly engaged to her favorite cousin but then he meets the hero's sister, jilts her for the rich-chick and the hero and heroine who have been friends so far, get caught in a compromising position and forced to wed.

The first half/part of the book was perfec
Apr 13, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

An orphan for nine of her eighteen years, Lucy Jones has learnt to be quiet, obedient, unseen and controlled. She lives with her wealthy, aristocratic relations - her spiteful cousin Portia and her tall, handsome cousin, Sebastian. When Sebastian, whom Lucy has always admired and loved, proposes marriage, Lucy accepts. But Sebastian has a hidden agenda.

James Wright-Gordon, Viscount Selsley, is 24 years-old and not yet ready for love and marriage. He has a career and his twenty year-old
Mar 02, 2016 Lyuda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was unexpected emotional role-coaster for me mainly due to the fact that I read The Sergeant's Lady, the author’s wonderful debut novel, couple of years ago. The debut featured some of the secondary characters from this book. And I don’t want to be cryptic, but I really-really wanted to shout: Anna, please stop what you’re doing, just stop!

Anyway, back to this novel. I’m not sure why it took me so long to finally read it. I really liked it. Many reviewers provided wonderful descriptions o
3.5 stars. This story reads like what you might get if Fanny's cousin Edmund from Mansfield Park had had a sleezy side, and if Henry and Mary Crawford weren't made into the baddies. (This turns out to have been deliberate. I don't think the book moved as far from the original inspiration as the author thought, though.)

Poor relation Lucy is thrilled, though very surprised, when her beloved cousin Sebastian proposes marriage to her. But shortly thereafter, they meet James, Lord Selsley, and his si
Dec 07, 2015 Bubu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In its set-up A Marriage of Inconvenience by Susanna Fraser reminded me very much of Mansfield Park, however, without covering quite as many topics as Jane Austen's book does. But it's only the general set-up that bears a resemblance; the plot is very much different.

Miss Lucy Jones has lived with her aristocratic relatives, the Arringtons, ever since the death of her parents at the age of nine. Penniless and powerless, Lucy learns to keep quiet and stay obedient. Treated by the Arrington's with
I liked this, although I'm being on the generous side with 4 stars. I read it straight through and moved immediately onto the next in the series, which is the surest sign I've enjoyed a book.

There's nice writing on display here which feels historically apt and not too much dramaz. It's very ballroom/front room/country house, not too much outside the norm, which I generally prefer.

The heroine, Lucy, is an impoverished poor relative who has ended up engaged to a cad for reasons I won't spoiler.
I loved the story and its progress. Author's writing style is charming for me. So I'll try her other books too.

Just epilogue part might be little different. I can understand that James's resentment and anger but after that enraged, he forgave Lucy and accepted the situation very quickly. No, Lucy was not the only one to blame, she behaved incorrectly but she has decided the right thing in her own conditions. Just after James had a big disappointment and decided to seperate their lives, I couldn'
Nov 16, 2014 ShoSho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, x-2014, scribd
4.5 stars

I loved that this wasn't another silly historical romance that doesn't stay true to the time period it was suppose to happen in!

The characters didn't act modern ,they were exactly what you'd expect from people in regency England and I loved the story.
Plus for once the bad guy was taller and better looking than the hero. How refreshing is that ?!
It was one of the best historical romances I've read in while.
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: April 11, 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Prequel to The Sergeant's Lady
Steam Level: Hot

When I first picked up this novel, I admit I was a bit hesitant. I have never read any other work by Susanna Fraser, so I was unfamiliar with all of the characters, and was very concerned with reading a story
Very nicely done regency. I enjoyed the development of the relationship between the hero and heroine. Well written and fairly evenly plotted. No real missteps in the historical accuracy. Very enjoyable. I did like the second book better though.
I loved Fraser's An Infamous Marriage, with its complex characters and mature, sophisticated relationship development, so I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. I didn't find the characters all that interesting or emotionally engaging, and the story felt like a perfunctory Regency romance plot. I could see all the wheels turning behind the scenes, and found it hard to disengage the part of my brain that was analyzing the mechanics and finding them wanting, in ord ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
As a poor relation, Lucy depends on her aunt and cousins to financially assist her and her younger brothers. And she doesn’t expect much from life, perhaps a job as a governess one day. But her cousin Sebastian shocks her when he asks for her hand in marriage. Lucy has mooned over him for years, so she is thrilled. But she must keep the betrothal a secret until her cousin Portia’s wedding is over.

During the family’s trip to see Portia wed, Lucy meets the handsome viscount James and his lovely si
This was an excellent follow-up to The Sergeant's Lady by Susanna Fraser, which you absolutely HAVE to read before this one. I really liked that this one was a prequel. It must have taken some careful planning to work the two stories together, but they mesh together beautifully. Not only do we get to have Lucy and James's story, but we also see more about the characters from Anna and Will's story. It really works incredibly well, and the attention to detail is extremely good.

There were several things which I really liked about thi
Mar 28, 2016 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
2.5 stars
Lucy was a very charming, sweet and smart character. The story itself was unfortunately very boring with a romance that took ages to take off.
Also the very smooth, reasonable hero turned into a real jerk at the first bump on the road.
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Jul 29, 2011 Book Binge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Lucy gets engaged to her cousin, Sebastian, whom she’s always admired. He was always the kind one of the family, the one that was most attentive when she went to live with his family after her parents died. Lucy knows that Sebastian doesn’t love her but she thinks herself in love with him so she accepts his proposal. Sebastian’s mother wants the engagement kept a secret because she doesn’t want the limelight taken from Sebastian’s sister, Portia, who is to be married soon. Soon after the proposa ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Dorothea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A Marriage of Inconvenience is a prequel to The Sergeant's Lady, and a very good prequel. It fits so well with what I know about the characters in The Sergeant's Lady that I think it might have been written first -- but if that's the case, then the existing publication order is a very happy one, because the secondary plot of A Marriage of Inconvenience is the origin of the disastrous marriage from which "The Sergeant's Lady" escapes at the beginning of her own story. I'm very glad to know how An ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story of poor relation, Lucy Jones, who is secretly engaged to her cousin Sebastian, who asks her to marry him all of a sudden and clear out of the blue. But while staying at a castle for Sebastian's sister's wedding, she meets James Wright-Gordon who confuses her. She is attracted to him, but she must be loyal to her secret fiance, Sebastian, who is acting strangely himself. He seems to have taken a fancy for James' heiress sister, Anna (who we read about in the 2nd book in the ser ...more
Apr 19, 2011 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully written story that had me hooked from the first line.
Lucy Jones was orphaned at a young age and eventually was taken in by her Aunt and Uncle. They were not kind to her and she learned to adapt by holding in her emotions. She and her cousin become secretly engaged and while she is very happy about it, she questions why he wants to marry her.
While visiting her female cousins fiance's family to prepare for the wedding, she meets James Wright-Gordon, who she connects with right away.
This book was delicious for me - a historical romance that was sweet, charming, endearing, with a slow build to the story, and with characters that acted true to the times. (Or, at least as true as I would think they would act.)

Lucy is the poor relation who goes to a summer house party to celebrate her rich cousin's engagement to an elderly lord. Secretly, she herself becomes engaged to another cousin of hers, Sebastian, who's true nature as a cad has yet to be revealed. Shy, unassuming, artist
Jan 01, 2012 Sian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
A new author for me and I really enjoyed it.

The story flowed really well and I was drawn into it from the beginning. I really liked the character of Lucy, she was quite naive in the beginning and I really enjoyed the way the story progressed and how much she grew up and became a much stronger character and came into her own.
James was a very well written male character and what I liked about him over other male characters in this genre was that he wasn't perfect and he had his flaws, and it made
Heroes & Heartbreakers
Susanna Fraser’s A Marriage of Inconvenience is an extremely rewarding romance for the reader who doesn’t need bells, whistles, and copious amounts of mental lusting and bedroom hijinks in her historical romance. Surprisingly for a story which focuses tightly on two families, and is set entirely in one locale, Gloucestershire, I found it impossible to put down.

It begins with a marriage proposal: Lucy’s cousin, cavalry lieutenant Sebastian Arrington, asks for her hand. She’s always been in love w
Lady Wesley
3.5, really. Pretty good story. Rushed ending. I really like this author's style, and I must read the sequel.
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I really liked this one. Susanna Fraser's storytelling is refreshing, and I can't wait for more from her.
Really sweet, quiet romance.
Aug 17, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was written so well... but the plot, the plot was so awful! I felt so torn, I adored Susanna Fraser's first book, but this one was such a big let-down.

It started off well, and I was actually enjoying the very English aristocratic play-by-plays. The author has a gift with language, and the interplay between the characters was very believable. The nonsense started with Sebastian walked on the scene, and the author endeavored to make him the dryest character possible. The "foreshadowing"
May 14, 2011 Kimm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Lucy is a woman who has locked herself away in an effort to survive her life as an impoverished cousin to a family that would rather see through her than recognize her. She’s resigned to being a pawn to their games and whims. She also fancies herself in love with the spoilt cousin, Sebastian, who thinks of no one but himself. Surprisingly, a convenient, yet secret and loveless, match is made between them and Lucy thinks her life is finally settled.

That is, until she meets James--while attending
Apr 07, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was really perplexing to me. It had a slow, steady, building pace. Not my typical romance with the twists and turns and more rapid pacing. Though, it did have twists and turns. It was intriguing and kept me reading all night. The way some of the secondary relationships were left at the wayside was a bit distracting to the overall flow of the book —there are three all told— that take center stage and then two simply vanish, no fade— just gone. I mean they got wrapped up eventually, but ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GENRE: Adult Romance,
BOOK THEME: Historical
RECEIVED: Copy from Carina Press

Lucy Jones was orphaned at a young age along with her two brothers. Their wealthy relatives took them in but sent her two brothers elsewhere to study. She had to obey their rules of being silent and doing everything they said. Luckily overtime she fell for her cousin Sebastian and he proposed, but Lucy had her doubts after they were asked
Apr 29, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prequel to The Sergeant's Lady.

Poor relation Lucy Jones is flattered and happy when her cousin Sebastian offers for her hand in marriage, but her aunt makes her promise to keep the engagement a secret. As the family travels for another cousin's wedding, they encounter the Wright-Gordon siblings. Sebastian falls for Anna, while Lucy and James hit it off. Although the re-assembling of romantic partnerships at this point would seem obvious and does indeed happen, the adjustment to marriage, especia
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