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The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer
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Mar 18, 11

bookshelves: fiction, 2011
Read in March, 2011, read count: 1

I liked the characters better in Cotillion. The plot is still interesting and fun, but the book deals with a number of darker topics than in the other two Georgette Heyer books I've read: gambling addiction, revenge, and so forth.

The premise of the book is that the very wealthy Lord Rule feels compelled to offer marriage to a girl who doesn't want it, but knows she must accept because her family is nearly indigent. The girl's youngest sister, Horry, who stammers rather seriously, goes to Lord Rule and, in contravention to every tactful conversational gambit, tells Lord Rule exactly everything that is going on in her family, makes several observations about herself and him, and offers to marry him instead.

He is so bemused by her complete and utter frankness, along with her very direct statement that she wouldn't interfere in his life at all, that he accepts. That's chapter one, and possibly chapter two.

Lord Rule has an enemy and mistress who want to use and compete with Horry, respectively. The remainder of the book is about how Lord Rule dispenses of their machinations and he and Horry ultimately wind up loving each other.
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