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By Arrangement (Medieval Series (Chronological order) #4)

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The lady and the commoner...

Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn was not opposed to marriage.But she demanded to be married on her own terms, not as punishment for a romantic indiscretion, and especially not to a common merchant.Yet she was in for a shock when she met David de Abyndon.For she was confronted by no ordinary merchant but a man of extraordinary poise and virility.He was
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Paperback, 389 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Bantam (first published June 2000)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I read this book because everyone raved about Madeline Hunter's historicals, and this one in particular. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed this book. I thought David was a great hero. He was the kind of man who did what he set his mind to, and didn't worry too much about what other people thought. He was an 'actions speak louder than words' kind of man. Even though his bride Christiana's reputation has been ruined by a fairly innocent dalliance with a knightly courtier that she ...more
Zoe
Jan 22, 2016 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Finally got this book out of my way.

I love a good medieval story. Since Madeline Hunter is famous for her medievals, I started this book with much enthusiasm. The premise is interesting enough. David, a low-born but stinking rich merchant, saw Christiana, a ward of the English King, at court and was driven by lust to have her. Being close to the English King in spite of his lowly birth, David offered for Christiana and was granted his lustful wish. The match was frowned upon because Christiana
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Dwayne
Jun 25, 2011 Dwayne rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book-copy
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

As much as I love historical romances, there is only so much of the history I can take. Which explains why perhaps, I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would.

If I'm not mistaken By Arrangement is my first Madeline Hunter read, and I chose this not lightly - because when I checked her website I loved almost all the blurbs of her books! They were exactly what I would want to read about. Surprisingly though, I seemed to find more than I bargained fo
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Zoe
Jan 22, 2016 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
By Arrangement (Medieval Series (Chronological order) #4) Finally got this book out of my way.

I love a good medieval story. Since Madeline Hunter is famous for her medievals, I started this book with much enthusiasm. The premise is interesting enough. David, a low-born but stinking rich merchant, saw Christiana, a ward of the English King, at court. Being close to the English King, David offered for Christiana. The match was frowned upon because Christiana was a of noble birth, first tier, too.
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Caroline Yamashita
Uau!
Que livro bom!!!
A história começa exatamente assim: Christiana filha de nobres inglês sendo forçada a se casar com um mero mercador David, que a vista dos outros, a olhou, a quis e pagou muito dinheiro para tê-la.
Mas a moça não se renderá tão fácil, deixa claro que está apaixonada por outro.
Desde que realmente colocou os olhos na menina, David a quis de todos os modos. O dinheiro já não importava tanto assim...
Christiana então percebe que ter uma linhagem já não é tão relevante... pelo meno
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Rita
Jan 09, 2012 Rita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(2.5/5)

Nunca havia lido qualquer livro desta autora, tendo encontrado a oportunidade de o fazer quando ganhei este volume num passatempo.

“Casamento de Conveniência” passa-se em Inglaterra, mais concretamente em Londres, Corte Real, no século XIV. Christiana Fitzwaryn, uma bela rapariga órfã de uma linhagem nobre, à tutela do Rei, encontra-se demasiado velha para casar, sendo completamente inocente e desconhecedora da vida. Quando é arrancada dos braços de quem pensa ser o amor da sua vida e é la
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Mariazita
Oct 05, 2015 Mariazita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
É sempre com muito prazer que leio um livro de Madeleine Hunter , nunca fico desiludida, este é mais um romance histórico maravilhoso, que nos fala das conspirações e traições da época. Dá-nos dá a conhecer um romance entre Lady Christiana, e um perfeito desconhecido, David de Abyndon ,e que devido a um interesse do rei Eduardo faz um negocio para casar a aristocrata e o mercador, sendo este considerado muito abaixo dos seus sonhos para seu futuro marido.
Uma história intrigante ,um amor incondi
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Rgreader
In By Arrangement one can tell the author did her historical research. There is no 21century attitudes from the heroine. A very compelling read. My only negative issue is the story is told in a way one doesn't see what motivates characters till the last few chapters. I'm not a big fan of this layered way of storytelling. I get frustrated not knowing why a main character acts the way he/she acts til later.
Khaoula
Started good and promising, but ended so bad... it was probably finished for me when she surrendered so easily, i hate when women do that , they give up their pride and freedom so easily And no , winning is not that important but fighting for what is yours is important, your pride and freedom...she just fell in love with him too soon like a stupid girl , and was secondary in the story, in everything because everything was about him and she was just the annoying addition.I would've enjoyed the st ...more
Jadas
Apr 22, 2015 Jadas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!

Not sure how I even stumbled upon this oldie, but so glad I did. I don't really read HR much. But WOW this story flows seamlessly from one moment to the next with enough but not too much description and history scattered amongst it's pages. NEVER have I read a story that was so unpredictable and exciting! David is the ultimate schemer , everything is so carefully and thoughtfully planned out. The heroine was a little irritating but very little she quickly became just as interesting as her h
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Carmen
Jul 27, 2014 Carmen rated it really liked it
This was a little challenging at first because the female protagonist was truly a child at the beginning, having been sheltered for so long without any exposure to the outside world. She was frustrating to read about. But I could see where the story was ideally supposed to go, and had some indications that it would indeed go there, and the writing was very good, so I continued reading.

I was not disappointed, but not entirely satisfied, either. This is to some extent a coming of age story on the
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Marlene
May 23, 2016 Marlene rated it it was ok
It was OK. The political situations may have been historically accurate, but the anachronistically modern language and behavior were irritating. I don't expect Chaucerian English in my romance novels, but do expect *some* nod to the etiquette and norms of the period, at least. For instance, there's no mention at all of the Church at a time when it permeated every aspect of society: our heroine would have been attending mass at least once a day. Such things are important if you're going to actual ...more
Agnes
Aug 15, 2015 Agnes rated it it was amazing
I love the way Ms Hunter details and fleshes out the background and characters, both historical as well as fictional, of 14th century England. Her sensitivity to the nuances of facial expressions and range of emotions she stirs with her story-telling is what got me hooked on her writing.

In this, her debut novel, she has created two compelling characters whom I’ve come to love a lot. Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn was promised in marriage to wealthy London merchant, David de Abyndon through a special
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Teri-k
Oct 04, 2015 Teri-k rated it liked it
This is not your typical historical romance. Most stories of this type are predictable and if you read too many in a row they all begin to feel alike. This one is different. For one thing, the hero is a London merchant, which is a nice change. While Christiana is naive and romantic, (a character type I usually hate), David is realistic and crafty; together they grow, slowly and sometimes painfully, to care about each other. Christiana also grows up some in the process, and that makes her more li ...more
Lucimar
Mar 29, 2014 Lucimar rated it really liked it
Um casamento arranjado era tudo que Christiana não queria, pois já estava apaixonada por outro e o Rei a comprometeu com David de Abyndon, um mercador rico que pagara um dote alto por ela. E um casamento fora dos padrões pois ele era um plebeu e ela da nobreza. Mais por trás deste casamento havia interesses ocultos e esse compromisso era uma fachada que cobria os interesses do Rei. Quando ela foi atrás dele para tentar desfazer o compromisso, percebeu que ele não era o que parecia e nem um velho ...more
Jasmine
Sep 12, 2013 Jasmine rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, 2013, romance
This probably edges closer to three and. half stars than three.

On the whole I enjoyed this romance novel. Though I'm not studied on the time period, it felt real, and realism is something I always appreciate in a book. There were no sudden exclaimations or word choices or anachronisms that jumped out to me or threw me out of the book. In a historical novel of any sort, this is always a must.

That being said, while I enjoyed the characters, I found David especially to be a bit contradictory at t
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Sandra
Comprei este livro ontem ao final da manhã e já vinha no metro a lê-lo. Os livros desta autora são imperdíveis e altamente viciantes.
Mais uma vez temos um romance histórico que nos surpreende.

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David é, aparentemente, apenas um simples mercador e como filho bastardo de pai incógnito, nunca deveria ter pretensões a casar com uma filha da nobreza. Mas os seus alargados conhecimentos e contactos permitem que se torne noivo de uma protegida do rei. Mas o que David não s
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Célia
Embalada pela leitura anterior e porque já há algum tempo tinha vontade de experimentar esta autora, decidi pegar neste Casamento de Conveniência que, como a autora explica no seu site, não faz propriamente parte de uma série, mas tem alguns livros relacionados no que respeita à época, tema e local onde decorrem, pelo que podem ser lidos separadamente. Antes deste livro, a ASA tinha já publicado As Regras de Sedução e Jogos de Sedução, que fazem parte da série Rothwell.

O enredo deste livro decor
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Silvana
Este é o segundo livro que leio de Madeline Hunter e consigo, em termos de classificação, colocá-lo na mesma posição que o primeiro. Porém, gostei mais das personagens e do enredo que está por detrás do livro.

Christiana, uma jovem órfã que pertence à nobreza, encontra-se apaixona pelo seu cavaleiro Percy, mas vê-se obrigada a casar com David, um simples mercador (pertencente a uma posição social inferior à dela). Relativamente a esta paixão por Percy pareceu-me algo ambíguo... Faltou acontecimen
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Darla
Dec 26, 2012 Darla rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book for what it was worth, but it was no where near my favorite in the series. I loved David, have loved him since we first saw him as a mischevious teenage boy in the 2nd book. Loved seeing how he grew up and the kind of man he grew into; sexy, intelligent, and mysterious. Enjoyed getting the backstory on his life and how he ended up where he was. Christiana, had to grow on my, I think it was her young age that didn't appeal to me, when all the other books contained women in the ...more
Tasmia
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K
May 06, 2016 K rated it really liked it
I received this book by accident, I had ordered a different book and received this by mistake. The seller refunded me and asked me to enjoy it or pass it on, a real book lover. Intrigued, wondering if perhaps I had read it when I devoured romances in my college years, I dug in.

I hadn't read it before and found a lovely story. I thought the world building wasn't sufficient enough to ground the story in medieval times. But the story was otherwise well written and enjoyable.
Ne
Dec 09, 2011 Ne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
Lady Christiana e David foram o casal mais simples dos cinco já publicados em Portugal. Gostei principalmente por essa simplicidade e por toda a acção que se desenrola ao longo do livro. Casamento de Conveniência tem bastante movimento e suspense, talvez mais que os outros.
Achei a explicação do casamento um pouco confusa, tanto que a meio já pensava que a sinopse estava errada, mas mesmo no final tudo nos é revelado e esclarecido. Este ponto não é deveras o mais importante, é apenas o começo da
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Drea (LilyElement Reviews)
I'm giving this 2 stars because Goodread's label on that is "It was ok".
The book never really snagged my attention. I soldiered through it because I'd hoped it would get better.
The heroine Christiana was initially frustratingly naive. She become less annoying as she matured with the help of the book's events (though the speed at which she was suddenly perceptive of everyone/everything was a little unbelievable [months]). The hero David was solid all the way through but this story of political in
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Anya Breton
Jun 24, 2012 Anya Breton rated it it was ok
I'm giving this 2 stars because Goodread's label on that is "It was ok".
The book never really snagged my attention. I soldiered through it because I'd hoped it would get better.
The heroine Christiana was initially frustratingly naive. She become less annoying as she matured with the help of the book's events (though the speed at which she was suddenly perceptive of everyone/everything was a little unbelievable [months]). The hero David was solid all the way through but this story of political in
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Susy
By no means perfect, but a compelling story about well-drawn people in an interesting time period who discover roiling passion. What more can you ask?

Btw-the hero made this for me. He really was too good to be true, for nearly the entire novel, and I liked that Hunter did not saddle him with some petulant, proud and willfully blind heroine. Instead, the H is honest with the H and with herself.

Snaps also the the unfolding mystery of who David de Abyndon really is and what he's up to. She starts l
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Tess
Oct 05, 2008 Tess rated it it was ok
Recommended to Tess by: paperbackswap.com
This book started out sounding like something I would love - a romance novel with a medieval setting that wasn't somewhere on the Scottish border!?! Historically accurate details! (I think).
The main characters however felt really flat to me. The plots David has created for himself were really confusing, and seemed more involved than could be expressed in a story that's supposed to focus on two lovebirds. In fact, romance seemed really half-hearted. She likes him because he makes her feel all sex
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M.L. Rigdon
Jan 20, 2012 M.L. Rigdon rated it liked it
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As always, Hunter's hisorical details are on target, but I wasn't impressed with the characters. I'm sure they rang true for their time period. I wish they'd been more attractive inside as they were outside and I yearned for something a bit more unsual. This story has been done too many times before, especially the justification for David de Abyndon's attributes due to aristocratic blood lines being revealed at the end with a ho-hum twist. I found myself scanning to get done.

Christina's immatur
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Tressa
Nov 11, 2014 Tressa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
The setting in By Arrangement was interesting and the characters were okay. Once again, I was surprised at the disregard for life during this period.
Célia Loureiro
4,5
A história da Christiana e do David de Abyndon é das minhas favoritas da Madeline. Tudo porque a personagem principal se julga loucamente apaixonada por outro homem que não o seu futuro marido e David, apesar de cumprir uma ordem do rei ao desposá-la, não tem tempo a perder com as parvoíces dos habituais galãs, que resistem e resistem ao casamento e ao amor e a todo o resto. Neste livro conta muito o sistema hierárquico da época, sendo que a Christiana ofende o David várias vezes por ele ser
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Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations, and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, Madeline has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.
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