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The Convenient Marriage

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,763 Ratings  ·  732 Reviews
When the Earl of Rule proposes marriage to her sister Lizzie, Horatia offers herself instead. Her sister is already in love with someone else, and Horatia is willing to sacrifice herself for her family's happiness. Everyone knows she's no beauty, but she'll do her best to keep out of the Earl's way and make him a good wife. And then the Earl's archenemy, Sir Robert, sets o ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 6th 2005 by Arrow (first published 1934)
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Feb 07, 2008 Res rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
The one where the notorious rake Lord Rule decides to marry the pretty Winwood sister, but the reckless one, Horatia, persuades him to marry her instead. She gambles; her brother Pelham gambles (in fact, his gambling is the reason the Winwood sisters are prepared to marry Rule to begin with); hijinks ensue.

Horatia is kind of an idiot, isn't she? I mean, a little boldness is refreshing in a Regency heroine, but Horatia seems like an eighth-grader who can be induced to do anything by being told th
Richard Armitage reading a Georgette Heyer classic! *swoon*

I had not read The Convenient Marriage before this new Naxos Audiobooks recording happily landed on my doorstep. I will confess all up front. I did the unthinkable. I read the complete plot synopsis on Wikipedia before I delved into the first chapter. *horrors* Don’t even think about following my example. It will spoil the most enjoyable aspect of this novel – surprise!

The Convenient Marriage is one of Georgette Heyer’s more popular Geor
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
One of those impetuous, immature heroines I dislike so much, with a stammer that is written out Every.Single.Time; lots of frantic, farcical running around; an evil mistress and a dastardly villain; and a hero who's twice the age of the heroine. Also, romances where one of the main characters is committing adultery, regardless of the circumstances (here it's that they've agreed in advance to a marriage of pure convenience), always have a huge strike against them in my book. To be fair, this stor ...more
Diamond Cowboy
Feb 03, 2016 Diamond Cowboy rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this historical romance very much. It was a quick read by a master narater on youtube. The book was full of intreague, tretury and sometimes misguided and often unrequited love.
I recommend this book to all. I am looking forward to reading more of her work.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Jul 30, 2015 Candi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me quite some time to get through this audio book - but not because it wasn't delightful! I cannot seem to find the time to listen to books as well as I can find the time to actually sit and read them. But, this audio version narrated by Richard Armitage was very entertaining. I just love his voice. He really adapted to the different characters so well and I found myself smiling throughout. The story itself was quite good and had a few fun twists that kept things interesting. I enjoyed m ...more
Aug 08, 2010 Hannah rated it did not like it
This was my sixth Heyer, and it is simply awful. After 75 agonizing pages, had to put in the "did-not-finish" shelf.

Who knew Heyer could be so bad?

OK, on to some of the main problems with this book:

Well, the heroine stuttered. Hey, I've got nothing against stuttering (I did it for a while a long time ago), b-but I d-don't w-want to r-read it in a b-book e-every s-sentence the h-heroine m-makes. V-very a-annoying.

Heroine is a stupid, vapid one. Perhaps she changes later, but I'm not willing to w
Sherwood Smith
When Horry goes to the remote, sophisticated Earl of Rule to offer herself as the Family Sacrifice in her older sister's place, the earl surprises everyone by accepting her proposal. The fun begins there. I think it would have been perfect except for the utterly cliche Evil Mistress, that seems to have been a standard of romances at that time. The scenes with her are just painful (you want to take a shotgun to the earl) but other than that, it's great fun, and the Georgian era is beautifully evo ...more
Ruth Turner
Nov 27, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it really liked it
Shelves: georgette-heyer

Lord Rule reminds me a little of Justin Alastair in These Old Shade, who is my favourite Heyer hero.

I loved the scene where Horry, our heroine, goes to visit Lord Rule…

‘You m-may have n-noticed that I have a – a stammer.’
‘Yes, I had noticed,’ the Earl answered gently.
‘If you f-feel you c-can’t bear it, sir, I shall quite understand,’
Horatia said in a small, anxious voice.
‘I like it,’ said the Earl.


The beginning and the end were the only times I felt any real liking for Horry. The res
Nicole Prestin
Mar 28, 2009 Nicole Prestin rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This was one of those books that totally surprised me. I had no idea that Georgette Heyer was considered one of the founders of the historical romance genre. I also had no idea that one of my favorite Sci-Fi authors, Lois McMaster Bujold, was a fan and influenced by these books (although now that I've read a few of Heyer's books, it's really, really obvious). I was just looking for a good trashy romance read and picked this up simply because of the title. But as I read, I realized that this was ...more
Update on 06/21/14: Just finished listening to the audiobook. How on earth did I only give this 4 stars the first time?!? This book is swoony (the fact that the audiobook was read by Richard Armitage may have something to do with it...). Proper review coming :D

Another good read from Heyer!!! I abseloutely loved the characters!!! Horatia wasn't my favourite heroine ever, but I still liked her. I just found her slighty too frivolous and immature for Rule; she would have needed to grow and mature m
BJ Rose
Jun 18, 2010 BJ Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: regency romance lovers
This was even more delightful the second time around, although it's been so long since my first read that much of this seemed new. It's a light-hearted Georgian romp about a very immature young lady who convinces a very rich Earl that he should offer for her instead of for her beautiful older sister; she's actually doing this out of love of her sister, who loves an army captain but was going to Sacrifice herself in a Marriage of Convenience to get the family out of the mess their brother created ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing
There are so many things I loved about The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer, but there
are a few little hiccoughs that held this one back from being a sparkling gem like, say, Venetia. (Love, love, love Venetia!!).

I'm not sure when I enjoyed reading a first meeting between two principals, Horatia Winwood and Marcus Drelincourt, Earl of Rule, more. Horatia 'Horry' may be very young, just 17, but I loved her boldness, her fearlessness, her honesty, and her determination. In one fell swoop,
Mar 09, 2016 kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Horatia Winwood (plain, stammers) offers herself in place of her (lovely, shy) sister to the Earl of Rule (slyly intelligent) for marriage. She agrees to never interfere with him because she thinks he's getting the short end of the stick, except he'd rather like it if she would interfere because he would like her to get the long end of his stick.

...I may be on cold medicine. Don't judge.

1. This is basically April Lady except with a more sassy heroine and slightly more interplay between Rule a
Jun 29, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
This book starts out with a hilariously honest conversation between a suitor and the younger sister of the girl he wants to marry. She argues that if all he wants is a wife, he should marry her because her sister is IN LOVE with someone else. Strangely he agrees.

The great thing about this book is that Horatia is actually, genuinely normal. She stutters and is described as the least attractive of her sisters. And yet! She's the heroine! It's not an ugly duckling story because she stutters and is
Apr 21, 2010 Miriam rated it liked it
Seventeen-year-old Horatia marries Rule to save her family from penury after her brother Pelham gambles away their fortune. Rule originally intended to marry the beautiful older sister Elizabeth, but she is in love with an army officer named Edward. Rule is intrigued by Horry's forthright speech and unpolished manners. Unfortunately, he doesn't take the initiative and tell her he likes her, instead letting her believe it is merely a marriage of convenience. Since she is not beautiful and knows a ...more
What would have happened if Darcy had married frivolous and headstrong Lydia Bennett instead of her more sober sister Elizabeth? We find out in Georgette Heyer's tedious The Convenient Marriage. Never have I felt more sympathy for the two villainous characters intent on ruining the airheaded, wasteful, absolute horror that is Horatia Winwood. If the author had been intent on satirizing the decadent, atrocious upper classes of England in the 18th century, interested only in gambling, dandifying t ...more
Apr 22, 2014 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Convenient Marriage was the second novel of Georgette Heyer’s that I encountered, by way of an audio-book, and I can easily say it was just as pleasant as the first, Venetia. The audio-book that I listened to was an abridged version, narrated by Richard Armitage. I do so hate it when audio-books are abridged; generally because I dislike missing out on any part of the story, and more particularly in this case because anything that kept Richard Armitage talking for longer had to be a good thin ...more
Feb 02, 2013 Elevetha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, audios, 2013
3.5 stars.

I enjoyed the audio version to a degree of about 5 stars. I mean, Richard, honestly....And then the fact that I listened to it with my Awesome Older Sister and we sat in her room, drinking Mountain Dew and Sparkling Apple Cider and eating Hershey's Cookie 'n Cream bars and Nuggets (yum), giggling, and commenting. So much fun....So, yeah.

I'll be honest: when I found out that Richard Armitage read this, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of the audio version.

His voice is specta
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
This was a light-hearted romp through territory that should not be romped upon
Mar 15, 2016 Aparna rated it really liked it
This is my first Georgette book..and I must say I liked it very much..
This is a regency romance between the Earl of Rule and a girl named Horatia .The Earl of Rule and Horatia, who is just half his age,enter into a nuptial under circumstances that are deemed to be "convenient" for both of them.A series of events take place after their marriage, And they soon realize their love for each other.The tête-à-tête between our dear Horry and Lord Rule is quirky and full of wit and light humor. Overall i
May 02, 2015 Noe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Heyer has a very funny sense of humor and a real talent for putting it down on paper, and in this book there were times I laughed almost through a whole chapter. However, to me it seemed she was trying to tell two stories and did a poor job on one and just fair on the other.

Considering the title, one would think she was trying to write a romance novel of sorts, and this is where she really blew it, because she had the makings of a real good love story. The Earl of Rule accepts the offer of s
A historical Romance with some fun was my expectation when I started on this . To be frank it fulfilled my expectations but it created too much of dejavu from the same authors Friday's Child which I had read some time back. From the marriage of convenience to the amused hero, the innocent and spendthrift heroine to even the well meaning but confused sidekicks. Had this been my first Georgette Heyer I would have enjoyed it more.
This was the Audio-book of The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer. Narrated by Richard Armitage. He did the voices of each character and did a wonderful job.

The story is exciting and full of trickery, misdeeds and plenty of comedy. I wanted to feel sorry for Horatia, which they call Horry, but she is just a mess. She keeps walking into situations that seem shady. She even acknowledges that they seem shady. Her husband Earl of Rule seems to be a very understanding man. He is certainly given
Jane Stewart
Really interesting characters. Fun scrapes and schemes. I didn’t want to stop reading. I was eager for them to fall in love.

I excerpted much of the following from the website Heyerlist dot org which says it well – what to expect when you read this book.

The Earl of Rule (Rule) is 35, proud, wealthy. He has a pleasant, mocking, lazy charm which belies his keen mind and iron will.

The Winwood family has title but no money. Rule doesn’t know much about her but decides to marry the eldest
May 26, 2009 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance, regency
This plot is almost the same, though rather more fast-paced, than Heyer's "April Lady": Older, rich, eligible bachelor, well-known to have had a mistress, falls almost instantly and surprisingly for a young woman of good family but no fortune (as it has been spent away in gaming, which tendency runs in the family). Girl's mother warns her daughter not to be an affectionate wife, so instead the silly chit is wildly extravagant with her husband's money. She lands in various scrapes and runs to her ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
This was my first Georgette Heyer, to which I was irresistibly drawn by the fact that it's an audiobook read by Richard (Thornton Guisborne Thorin) Armitage. Also: Georgette Heyer. All I've ever heard about her is how wonderful her books are, the epitome of their genre, not to be missed.

I feel let down.

It's a cute idea. Horatia ("Horry") (note to parents everywhere: don't name your child Horatia, or that's what will happen) Winwood sees her older sister Elizabeth being drawn inexorably into a
"The Viscount stepped into the room. "Came to see if you was dead," he said. "Laid Pom odds you weren't."
Lethbridge passed his hand across his eyes. "I'm not," he replied in a faint voice.
"No. I'm sorry," said the Viscount simply. He wandered over to the table and sat down. "Horry said she killed you, Pom said So she might, I said No. Nonsense."
Lethbridge still holding a hand to his aching head tried to pull himself together. "Did you?" he said. His eyes ran over his self invited guest. "I se
Maria Grazia
Aug 13, 2010 Maria Grazia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
You put your CD in the player, push the play button to make it start and when the caressing voice comes out and begins to tell you the story … you can’t really concentrate on the words and their meaning . It’s just a pleasant mind/body sensation totally out of meaning. So when you realize the story has gone on and you didn’t catch much of it , you pause the CD, try to convince yourself you must act your age and behave sensibly, try to remind yourself of Georgette Heyer’s mastery on wit , romp an ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Nikki rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Not my favourite of the Heyer romances I've read so far, but different because it nigh on begins with the couple getting married, and the romance comes later. Also full of sword fights and highwaymen and mistaken identities -- it probably has the most action of Heyer's romances that I've read so far, except maybe The Talisman Ring.

I'm not sure why, then, I didn't like it as much as the others. It's still funny, though maybe not as funny as the others, and Horry's brother is quite ridiculous -- t
Elena T.
Feb 09, 2016 Elena T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Che delizia Georgette Heyer, poche volte mi è capitato di trovare un libro così genuinamente spassoso. Siamo negli anni bizzarri del Settecento inglese, abbiamo qui il conte di Rule, frivolo e indolente e Horatia Winwood, che contravvenendo a tutte le convenzioni del caso, chiede la di lui mano.

Una rocambolesca storia di unconventional love la loro, tra balli in maschera, scandali, perdite al gioco e scambi di persona, sullo sfondo di un matrimonio apparentemente di solo interesse, per un cresc
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“The Viscount stepped into the room. "Came to see if you was dead," he said. "Laid Pom odds you weren't."
Lethbridge passed his hand across his eyes. "I'm not," he replied in a faint voice.
"No. I'm sorry," said the Viscount simply. He wandered over to the table and sat down. "Horry said she killed you, Pom said So she might, I said No. Nonsense."
Lethbridge still holding a hand to his aching head tried to pull himself together. "Did you?" he said. His eyes ran over his self invited guest. "I see. Let me assure you once more that I am very much alive."
"Well I wish you'd put your wig on," complained the Viscount. "What I want to know is why did Horry hit you on the head with a poker?"
Lethbridge gingerly felt his bruised scalp. "With a poker was it? Pray ask her, though I doubt if she will tell you."
"You shouldn't keep the front door open," said the Viscount. "What's to stop people coming in and hitting you over the head? It's preposterous."
"I wish you'd go home," said Lethbridge wearily.
The Viscount surveyed the supper-table with a knowing eye.
"Card-party?" he inquired.”
“I see,' agreed Rule. 'You are going to be the Sacrifice.'

She looked up at him rather shyly. 'It c-can't signify to you, can it? Except that I know I'm not a Beauty, like L-Lizzie. But I have got the Nose, sir.'

Rule surveyed the Nose. 'Undoubtedly, you have the Nose,' he said.

Horatia seemed determined to make a clean breast of her blemishes. 'And p-perhaps you could become used to my eyebrows?'

The smile lurked at the back of Rule's eyes. 'I think, quite easily.'

She said sadly: 'They won't arch, you know. And I ought to't-tell you that we have quite given up hope of my g-growing any taller.'

'It would certainly be a pity if you did,' said his lordship.

'D-do you think so?' Horatia was surprised. 'It is a great trial to me, I can assure you.' She took a breath, and added, with difficulty: 'You m-may have n-noticed that I have a - a stammer.'

'Yes, I had noticed,' the Earl answered gently.

'If you f-feel you c-can't bear it, sir, I shall quite understand,' Horatia said in a small, anxious voice.

'I like it,'said the Earl.”
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