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The Reluctant Marquess by Maggi Andersen
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Mar 20, 2012

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bookshelves: historical-romance
Read in March, 2012

This story is about an impoverished young woman who has been orphaned and left to the guardianship and care of a Marquess, a friend of her father. Upon arriving on his doorsteps, she finds that he has died, and she has been left in the care of his nephew, the new Marquess.

Upon being informed that the previous Marquess has left a will stating that she and the nephew must marry, in order for him to obtain his inheritance, she reluctantly agrees.

The Reluctant Marquess follows the results of this quick decision and is fun to read. She is new to London society and has much to learn. He isn’t much help at the beginning. There are, of course, many misunderstandings, strong feelings, and trouble. There are also many sweet portions to the story.

The author's vivid way with words clearly shows a London as it really was in those days with chamber pots emptied out of windows, beggars on almost every corner and prostitutes giving men the eye. Ms. Andersen really put us right in the story with her description of the setting and the people.

The hero has many personal problems to resolve and the heroine has to learn how to understand him. They both have very strong personalities and there are many ups and downs in the relationship. In the beginning there are more downs than ups. They have to learn to give and take before they can really know each other and solve the problems in their relationship before there can possibly be a HEA. This was a different sort of historical romance that I enjoyed reading.

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