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Hester Waring's Marriage

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  172 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
When Miss Hester Waring's father died, she was left destitute and near starvation. Her rescue came from an unlikely source - Mr Tom Dilhorne, an ex-convict and now the richest man in Sydney. He needed a lady for a wife, and Hester was undoubtedly a lady, even if her father had taught her to mistrust Tom.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Harlequin Books (Mm) (first published July 7th 2000)
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Chatty P (previously Honour)
Jul 07, 2012 Chatty P (previously Honour) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Georgette Heyer, good (good!) historical romance and even Austen fans
Recommended to Chatty P (previously 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.
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 author spent an inordinate amount of time focused on sex. This is NOT a clean or traditional romance at all. It is not erotica, by any stretch of the imagination, but it did have several sex scenes that were vague enough to keep it from being "erotica" and kept ...more
Oct 01, 2015 Denise rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars
Good story but the writing was a bit disjointed. I just wish the cover matched the couple,, he is right, but she is described with black hair.
Jan 22, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Meridian Conk
Aug 27, 2014 Meridian Conk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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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Mar 26, 2016 Shakirah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Uber cheese!
Aug 02, 2011 Natalija rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
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.

Aug 27, 2012 Hafiza rated it liked it
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I love a Plain Jane story but this was boring.
Very little dialogue.
No chemistry between the H and h.
May 11, 2011 Ladyblue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet read.
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Paula was born in Leicester and grew up in Nottingham. After finishing school, she was employed as a research librarian, and studied for her library examinations after work.

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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