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The Marriage Lesson (Effingtons #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  1,443 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Lesson #1: Never Tempt a Lady Become a bride? Never! Lady Marianne Shelton has come to London to experience life, and marriage is not part of her plan. To finance her independent future, the pretty country miss pens a series of anonymous stories. Soon they are the talk of the ton-and only she knows that her wicked hero is based on none other than bold, brash Thomas Effingt ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2001)
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Jan 19, 2016 Julianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighthearted Regency Romance
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"3.5 stars" The Marriage Lesson is a light, breezy Regency romance that is the third book in Victoria Alexander's Effington Family & Friends series. It's a fairly entertaining book that has some sweet romantic moments, but in general, I tend to prefer my romance to have a little more depth and substance in both plot and characterizations. There just wasn't a lot going on in the story in the way of action or intrigue. The co
Carrie Olguin
This story would have earned an additional star if it wasn't for the Heroine's inconsistant mental thought processes. For the first half of the story she doesn't believe in love, doesn't believe it lasts, using her parents' example of why she will never marry - a love match which led to her mother dying unhappy and her father turning away from his family to drink and gaming.

In the second half of the book, she falls in love with the hero but refuses to marry because he's not in love with her.

Apr 15, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 3rd book in the Effington series brings us to Gillian's brother, Thomas and Richards 3 unmarried sisters, Marianne, Jocelyn & Rebecca or Becky as she prefers. Henry the dog has also joined them at Thomas's family home in London. His mother was to sponsor the girls for the season but his folks were off in America as Richard and Gillian were there to see what they owned and she became with child.

Marianne accidentally hears Thomas talking to a friend about getting the girls married off quic
Sep 27, 2011 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So mostly it was fine. Not fabulous, but good. I had some problems that kept me from liking it more.
1)There was great build-up towards the end, and I was quite hopeful, but then the end was the same stereotypical cliche/stupid/overwrought/eye-rolling ending that I hate.
2)The tertiary character of the newspaper publisher caught my fancy way more than the hero ever did. True, the hero was appealing enough, but again I ask: WHY is it unacceptable for the heroine to end up with Cadwallender
Aug 20, 2013 tacitus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is fine, but the character development is non-existent and the heroine is entirely unrealistic for the era. She's basically a well bred, intelligent gentle-woman who miraculously decides to becomes a adventure seeking harlot at the drop of hat, and with apparently no consideration of the nasty social repercussions that would occur in that era. I do not use the word harlot as a moral judgement, but merely as a term to describe her behavior. She PLANS to throw herself at as many men as ...more
Kerry Allen
Quit at 85%.

Hiring some dude to pretend to be a rapist so you can play the savior is UNACCEPTABLE and NOT AMUSING.

I choose to believe this asshole dies horribly in the remaining pages and Marianne goes on to have a marvelous life and never thinks of him again.

This is a really good example of something that will make me Never-Again an author. Sometimes a vast philosophical gulf opens between an author's "This is an okay action for a protagonist in a romance novel to undertake" and how I expect
I am certainly getting more harsh in my romance novel star rating. This book was not bad, but it was slightly boring in my giant pile of sordid romances.

I picked it up based on the inside cover blurb and found it very divorced from what actually happens. Having a heroine who doesn't care about virtue and sees sexual adventures as an exciting experience she wants without marriage was a bit of a breath of fresh air, but she quickly becomes like every other heroine who wants a love marriage. (I am
May 01, 2016 Irma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

After boring The Husband List, this one is again a good choice of a book. I really had a lot of fun time reading it.
Mar 12, 2011 Qing rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was alright - kinda cute - but then she went all mushy which kinda made the story go bleh
Jul 21, 2017 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3+ stars
Jul 19, 2017 kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Def one of my favs!! Luv this book!
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Woah... this book was really enjoyable and quite humorous.

This third book in the Effington series is about Thomas Effington, Lord Helmsley, Gillian's brother and future duke of Roxborough and Marianne; second eldest sister of Richard (Gillian's husband- 'The Husband List')

Marianne is a very strong headed and quite a beautiful bluestocking. She doesn't want to marry yet as she was deeply affected by her mother's death and her father's ignorance of his children. It is her aim to enjoy life with
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"Ho scoperto che si puo' avere più eccitazione tra le braccia di un solo uomo che non nel mondo intero. E' stata una lezione che ho dovuto imparare. Una lezione di vita. Una lezione di amore. E alla fine, una lezione di matrimonio."

Rispetto ai primi due della serie questo terzo è stata una delusione, scontato tanto da essere noioso e con protagonisti poco incisivi per non dire irritanti XD Thomas ci viene presentato come un (ex?) libertino e uomo di mondo ma in realtà si rivela subito estremamen
3.5 stars. The best I've read of this series so far. I thought it did seem a bit long at the end, and the only real non-romance plot running through the book never went anywhere. However, I really liked the background characters, and, knowing it's 2015 and Becky still doesn't have a book depresses me. I also liked Marianne and Thomas, even if a lot of their true getting to know each other took place off page and was sort of described in a montage-esque paragraph. I was ok with that, because they ...more
Marianne Shelton is a undercover writer of a romance novel that has captured the imagination of London's ton. She has based the main character on her temporary guardian, her brother's new wife's brother. Yeah, a little confusing, but a good story. The narrator is supposed to be herself, an innocent country miss coming to London and being seduced by a wicked but handsome lord. It's, of course, all nonsense but no one knows she's the author and, well, maybe not all of the adventures are completely ...more
Jun 12, 2010 Patria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 13, 2010 Pton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay.. not on par with the first book. I love bluestocking heroines, but come on.. how many times can you use the well if you don't do it then I shall get someone else to do it. Maybe twice would have been enough but I got bored after awhile. It felt forced in the beginning too, simply okay kiss me now though I just really met you or I'll go ask someone else to do it and I'll just call you by the first name. It was just.. I don't know.. missing something.

The duel and last scene wa
Lady Marianne Shelton has come to London to experience life, and marriage is not part of her plan. To finance her independent future, Marianne writes a series of anonymous stories that soon become immensely popular. Thomas Effington, the future Duke of Roxborough, has been thrust into the role of Marianne's protector. When she threatens to experience life with the first willing rogue to come along, he decides the best recourse is to tutor her himself. And when he accidentally compromises her hon ...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
What a wonderful story. This story is part of the Effington Family Series, it is book 3 and I loved it.

Thomas Effingham who is a Marquess and the future Duke of Roxborough and has been given the job of presenting his brother in law’s 3 sisters to society and finding them each a husband.

He finds himself attracted to Marianne, the eldest without realizing how much and they have a bit of fun together, giving each other lessons.

I usually hate it when the story line has one party not wanting to admit
Julie Eichelberger-Ford
Victoria Alexander has written a wonderful story within a story. This is the story Thomas Effington, the future Duke of Roxborough and Lady Marianne Shelton. Thomas has been entrusted with the coming out of the 3 sisters but Marianne has decided that she doesn't wish to marry. She decides to write stories for a paper on her adventures with coming to London so she can finance her independence and travel. While Marianne is trying to experience life so she can write true stories, Thomas tries to pr ...more
Sep 01, 2015 Sharyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3rd in the Effington series. I think Thomas is one of my favorite Alexander characters. How can on he so smart be so muddle headed. He makes ridiculous plans that even his friends role their eyes at. I know all he has to do is realize that he loves her and all will be well, but then there wouldn't be a book. Marianne is confused and confusing. She sleeps with him but won't marry him. But we know there will be a happy ending, so I keep reading. On to Jocelyn's book. I hope there will be a book ab ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Lana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romantic and funny at the same time
This book is very enjoyable and is easy to read. I found myself getting a bit bored after about one third of the book, but then it picked up again, loved the second half. Romance with touch of humor, very Victoria Alexander style, love this author. Would highly recommend for anybody who is looking for a sweet entertaining romantic story
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Jun 29, 2015 Amber Lord rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love stories like this ,because there is always something old fashion when it comes to a gentlemen riding in on a white horse to save the one he loves dearly. Most woman these day and age don't get things like this because we as woman want to be independent and that is fine but getting lost in the book is no harm feeling vulnerable ☺. It lets us know that we are all humans and still dream of that! ...more
The story was ok, nothing special. It dragged a little. The heroine was very annoying at times, she was also a bit inconsistent, because at first she doesn't believe in love, and then that's all she wants. The hero didn't stand out in either good or bad. The best part of the book was the bad poetry (at least in my opinion). Some parts of the story were very funny and some part were quite boring.
I enjoyed it but I probably won't be reading it again.
Princess Thuy
Sep 16, 2013 Princess Thuy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was a bit more steamier and daring than previous Effington stories. For a story that takes place in 1819 the events in this story would've been very scandalous indeed. It was very fun to read. Thomas, the future Duke of Roxborough is hilarious and such a lovable character. He thinks he's in charge and is the boss of everyone but he was so wrong and it was funny to see how Lady Marianne outwits him at every turn.
Jun 20, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, effingtons
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Feb 07, 2015 Mya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
It took me 3 weeks to read this.. which is a long time for me. It was good enough to read when I had nothing better to do, but not good enough to make me stay up and want to finish reading as much as possible. Though I have to say near the end it got more amusing which is what I have come to expect from Victoria Alexander.
A delicious Regency read!! Engaging characters and an entertaining plot line. Nice amount of steam to keep the story popping!

They really are quite a pair! Such an entertaining tale, much farce!

I love a lively historical with all the pomp and circumstance! Really enjoyable read!

A fun series.
Aug 16, 2015 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 a Winner

Thomas, the Marquis of Helmsley, has been left to supervise the Effington Family and find husbands for the 3 sisters of Lord Shelbrooke from the " Husband List". His plans go hysterically astray, as he gradually changes from wanting to marry off Marianne into wanting to marry her, himself. Very funny. I'm still laughing at the Poet Highway Man at the end.
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

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Effingtons (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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“Adventure, my dear, is as much a state of mind as anything else. One can travel the world and never find the excitement to be found within arm's reach.

Remain true to yourself, but understand happiness may not always be found in the plans we have laid out for ourselves, but rather in the unforeseen turns life takes us. Do not close your mind, or your heart, to the unexpected twists of life. It is those unexpected paths that could well lead to the greatest adventures of all.”
“Yes, well, there’s something to be said for damsels who need rescuing.” Thomas’s gaze strayed back to Marianne. She would never need rescuing. And wasn’t there something to be said for that as well?” 5 likes
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