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Hester Waring's Marriage

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  11 reviews
When Miss Hester Waring found herself destitute and near total starvation, her rescue came from an unlikely source - Mr Tom Dilhorne, an ex-convict and now the richest man in Sydney, who needed a lady for a wife. Hester was undoubtedly a lady...
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Published December 1st 2000 by Mills & Boon (first published July 7th 2000)
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Jul 07, 2012 Honour rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of Georgette Heyer, good (good!) historical romance and even Austen fans
Recommended to Honour by: amazon
This book was my introduction to Paula Marshall's works and let me tell you, when I picked it up I was suffering from a minor wave of disillusion about the entire Historical Romance genre. The reason I had started reading historicals in the first place was because I needed a fix after Georgette Heyer (now don't suggest Austen: her books I finished and refinished before my thirteenth birthday).

Suddenly here this was, a book with a cover, not too different from all other covers of the late 90s' H.
This was one of the more enjoyable romance novels I have read in a while. Hester is a pitiful character at the beginning of the book. Her abusive father has finally died and left her penniless and starving. None of her friends realize what terrible straits she is in, only Tom Dilhorne, the ex-felon who is now the richest man in Sydney. He helps her get a job as a teacher and he then decides to marry her so he can gain some respectability in the community. Their growing love is very sweet and it ...more
I picked up this book, because not only had it been recommended as a traditional (or clean) romance, but because I read several reviews that talked about how it focused on romance over sex and compared it to Georgette Heyer. It is not.

The premise is pretty standard. Rogue hero wants to reform (or at least look reformed), so he pursues a respectable lady, who is desperate for financial security and too ugly to attract a respectable suitor. But he falls her her, she for him, and she undergoes a tr
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This is a lovely romance. Set in the Australian outback it combines the glamour and romance of a traditional regency with the adventure and proactive energy of a western. Tom is a well to do business man who had come to Australia in chains. A well hidden desire to help those weaker than himself lead to his connection to the starving Hester Waring.

This is a well built story, with excellent side characters, character development, and a believable villain. The two protagonists talk to one another,
Aug 11, 2014 Elen added it
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Destitute, strong, plain-looking heroines are common in this genre. But Hester Waring is kind of unique in a way that she's unreasonably proud (really, there's no foundation to this pride except her respectable bloodline which is no longer that respectable). It makes her unlikable - and makes it surprising so many people are willing to help her. pity? habitual respect for the old blood? maybe she was once a likable character before her family's downfall? whatever the reason is, i couldn't feel a ...more
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I liked it, although sometimes I had a wish to skip few pages. I prefer dialoge above all the other scenes: descriptions, thoughts, actions ... Romance just needs some talking ...
Everything was going sweet and nice and then it just started to get boring and lots of mr.dillhorne and Mrs.dillhorne got into my nerves.

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I love a Plain Jane story but this was boring.
Very little dialogue.
No chemistry between the H and h.
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Paula has three children, and when the third started school, she returned to work, beginning a new career as a part-time lecturer in English and general studies. After four years of teaching, it became necessary for her to gai
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