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The Bargain by Mary Jo Putney
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Apr 02, 12

bookshelves: historical-romance

Enjoyable with well drawn characters.

Lady Jocelyn stands to be disinherited from most of her patrimony if she does not marry prior to her 25th birthday.

Her parents went through a public and terrible divorce and this has impacted upon Jocelyn's view of herself and marriage and she has never met a man that she trusts enough to marry and she is afraid of the consequences of love or passion. As her birthday approaches, she considers a variety of different options, whilst secretly thinking that she is attracted tothe Duke of Cardeman, who has not come up to scratch and is unlikely to consider marriage.

She goes to visit a wounded friend in the Duke of York hospital and is introduced to Magor David Lancaster, who is desperately anxious about his sister given his impending death and is also known to her aunt. On the spur of the moment, Jocelyn suggests that they marry to their mutual benefit in that she will keep her inheritance and set up an annuity for his sister.

David agrees and they go through the service.

What is really good about the book is that both david and Jocelyn are inherently decent people. Jocelyn takes David into her home for final care and when his sister manages to find a doctor who gives a second opinion and operates to save David's life, it is clear that Jocelyn is simply relieved that Daid will be spared.
Mutual respect and friendship blossoms between the main protagonists and David finds himself in love with Jocelyn.

Jocelyn however is still trapped by her fears and is very cautious and continues with plans for an annulment.

A gentle wooing occurs and David's surprise inheritance of his father's title gives him confidence to think he can win her.

Of course everything work out well in the end.

There is a secondary romance between the sister and the doctor which is also quite sweet.

This was a gentle romance, which was focused on character and light on sex. All the characters were very likeable and there was a mature quality to the romance.

I liked this a lot.
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