59th out of 458 books — 179 voters
The Emerald Necklace
by Diana Brown
When lovely Lady Leonora Fordyce weds Etienne Lambert, who is of lowly birth despite his patrician demeanor, she saves her profligate father, the Earl of Castleford, from debtors' prison. But Leonora is spoiled and cannot imagine loving her new husband because he is a bastard, rumored to be a servant's child, an impoverished orphan who left England and returned from the Co...more
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Published April 7th 1981 by Signet
(first published 1980)
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Another very emotional story this one starts with a marriage of convenience between a wealthy cit and a ruined nobleman’s daughter. Leonora is married against her will to save her father from debts to a man she dislikes. One sees from the beginning that Etienne, her husband, is very much in love with his wife and tries to please her but Leonora is a childish and selfish young girl and is unable to find any contentment in her marriage despite the fact that she does have an attractive and attentiv...more
the 1st part was real good! leonora was a 1st class bitch! she believed herself superior n cud not care less abt etienne! she deprived him of the pleasure of sex bcoz she thought him beneath her. she spent all her time flirting wid OM n gallivanting wid francis, her childhood sweetheart. i cud not be more glad when she got her comeuppance! how foolish she looked when phoebe (her very much dear best friend) wanted etienne 4 herself! phoebe had been so nasty abt etienne when it concerned etienne n...more
OMG! Probably one of the most frustrating romances I had the misfortune to read. I had no idea why the H loved the tstl h, and the storyline ......gad! Why the three stars then? One star for the story and another two for the writing; kudos to the author for maintaining my interest until the end despite the unlikeable heroine and her drama.
Jun 24, 2012 Janet rated it 3 of 5 stars
Not as enjoyable a re-read as I hoped it would be. The couple was separated too often, over many many months. It desperately needed an epilogue. I did like the parts where the heroine learned about herself ... through the vehicle of living on a remote Yorkshire estate. Brown is a good author though so read it if you come across it.
Marriage of convenience: H-rich, self made man very much in love with h. h is young arrogant member of aristocracy who treats H very poorly at the beginning but then she grows up, matures and realizes what a wonderful man she has married. There are many obstacles in the way of their happy ending.
British-born Diana Brown has lived and worked throughout Europe and the Far East. Ms. Brown, a librarian, eventually settled in San Jose, California, with her husband and two daughters, Pamela and Clarissa, named after Samuel Richardson's heroines.More about Diana Brown...