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His Official Fiancee

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Monica Trant and her colleagues don’t even consider their employer, William Waters, a man. He’s just “Still Waters,” the abominably accurate “machine” who barks out orders and gives them dictation. So when he calls Monica into his office with a bizarre “job” offer, to pretend to be his fiancée for the next year, it’s little wonder that she is taken completely by surprise. ...more
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Published January 2010 by LeMoyne House (first published 1914)
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"A poor husband is better than none."

Berta Ruck AKA Berta Oliver AKA Mrs. Oliver Onions wrote some off-the -wall contemporary romances in the early 1900s. She was a British writer known for her one-of-a-kind characters. Her stories also contained jargon with some heavy English or Scottish speech. And if you do a little research you can find some of her books to read in a PDF format at no cost. This particular story was also made into a silent movie and then, in 1944, a Swedish comedy: Hans Offic
Sheri South
Apr 24, 2016 Sheri South rated it really liked it
This was a great choice for reading on a plane: pleasant, undemanding, and often quite funny. Considering that it was first published in 1917, it holds up remarkably well, with only a few pop-culture references to long-forgotten silent-film stars to trip up the modern reader, but as it was obvious from context what these were, they didn't trouble me. Readers of modern romance might be disappointed to discover that the heroine doesn't begin to change her mind about the hero until well past the ha ...more
Hannah Wickes
Monica Trant earns a miserable 25 shillings a week as a typist. When her overbearing and very strait-laced boss asks her to pretend to be her fiancee for the princely sum of 10 pounds a week she can't afford to say no.

This book is Berta Ruck's first novel (she went on to write another 79). It's brilliantly entertaining and written in sparkling 1st person, which means you get a real insight into the mind of a girl in the 1910s, who has had a downturn of fortunes and is trying to make the best of
Actually, it’s a 3.5. This was a really cute book that revolved around an engagement of convenience and the fact that people aren't really what they seem--there's often greater depth and more facets. The original copyright is 1917, so it's not actually historical, but it's interesting to see things through contemporary rather than retrospective eyes. I love the part where she freaks because a guy kisses her on the hair without her permission! Very cute. : )
P.S. I found the book at Amazon Kindle
Jul 30, 2016 Dianna rated it liked it
From 1914. This book is not great literature (the end is fairly painful and the plot is oh so cliché), but it was quite funny and a good light read. Monica Trant is a secretary in an office. Everyone hates the boss—so she finds lots of chances to get back at him while being paid to pretend to be his fiancée. It ends like you'd think it might. No big surprises.

I'm glad I gave Berta Ruck another chance. I didn't like The Immortal Girl enough to finish it, even, but after reading this I'll probably
Dec 31, 2011 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, reread, wales, kindle
This book was actually written in 1914, not in the 60s or 70s as the copyright might lead people to believe. The romance is predictable, but it is interesting to read a book set among secretaries in this time period, when the idea of women as office workers is just taking off. Also, part of it takes place in Wales, which is always a plus for me. A pleasant book that is fun to read.
Maddie Senator
Jul 10, 2011 Maddie Senator rated it liked it
A cute, British romantic comedy introduced to me by a friend. Very entertaining (if slow paced sometimes), I would recommend it to Jane Austen fans!
Sep 17, 2013 Lyuda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: early-20-century
The characters' interactions and dialogue are a hoot and the story moves along entertainingly.
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
Nov 13, 2014 Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
So I read this because I thought it was written (or at least co-written) by Suzanne Allain. I enjoyed two of her previous books and thought the plot sounded like fun. It ended up falling a little flat for me, was boring in parts and overly wordy. I still think the plot was good, the execution just didn't work for me.
Oct 15, 2013 Deyanne rated it liked it
Shelves: beach-read
Written in 1913 what was most interesting to me was the importance of the working conditions for a deposed upper class young woman in London, England. An early telling of Sandra Bollock's "The Proposal", there are some fun repartees between the two main characters. Quick, light and fun read.
Mary Beth
Apr 11, 2012 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereading
I loved this book when I was fourteen. I loved it again when I was 27, 36, and 42. I love it more each time I read it. The humor is funny, the romance is fresh, and the time period is one of my favorites. This is a good, old-fashioned romance novel.
Jul 01, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-the-kindle
Definitely wordy in spots, but if you skim over the main character's musings in the beginning, it's a cute story.
Liz Flaherty
Nov 19, 2012 Liz Flaherty rated it it was amazing
This is the book that introduced me to romance. Thank you, Ms. Ruck!
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Amy Roberta Ruck was born on 2 August 1878 in Murree, Punjab, India, one of eight children by Eleanor D'Arcy and Colonel Arthur Ashley Ruck, a British army officer. Her family moved to Wales, where she went to school in Bangor. On 1909, she married novelist (George) Oliver Onions (1873-1961), and they had two sons: Arthur (b. 1912) and William (b. 1913). Berta died only nine days after her 100th b ...more
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