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The Reluctant Marquess

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Charity Barlow wished to marry for love. The rakish Lord Robert wishes only to tuck her away in the country once an heir is produced.

A country-bred girl, Charity Barlow suddenly finds herself married to a marquess, an aloof stranger determined to keep his thoughts and feelings to himself. She and Lord Robert have been forced by circumstances to marry, and she feels sure sh
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Published March 8th 2012 by Knox Robinson Publishing Ltd. (first published February 11th 2011)
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Cornwall 1786

Charity Barlow recently lost her parents in a carriage accident and now finds herself penniless and at the mercy of a godfather she hasn’t seen since she was fifteen. Despite her trepidation, she has no other choice but to travel to the Marquess of St. Malin’s castle set upon a cliff and overlooking the sea.

Upon her arrival, she is met by a man named Robert who is much too young to be her godfather. Turns out he is the nephew, his uncle recently passed away and demanded in his will
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

To be a penniless orphan looking for a way to make a living or be a marchioness is a decision Charity Barlow must make; to live with wealth and magnificent homes or perhaps be a governess in someone else’s home, living in the shadows and teaching someone else’s children.

It seems expedient to marry the new marquess. He's strikingly handsome and willing to postpone consummating their marriage until they get to know each other better and
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Ahhhhhh....Cornwall, England in the 1700's....castles, servants, butlers, sumptuous meals, lords, and ladies. This book had all of my favorite things when it comes to books set in this time period.

The story begins when Charity is summoned to the castle thinking she is to meet with her Godfather, but finds out he has passed away and that she is to marry the Marquess whom she never met. Charity is a sweet young lady, but one with a mind of her own much to the dismay of Robert, the Marquess. Rober
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nicely researched and sweetly romantic, with plenty of period detail and pleasing characters, Maggi Andersen’s The Reluctant Marquess pits recently orphaned Charity against her godfather’s spoiled nephew, a new Marquess struggling to cope with his rather odd inheritance. Forced into an arranged marriage, the two strive to deny their growing affections. Circumstances conspire, somewhat predictably, against them, but each character proves both wise and honest in their different ways, and the reade ...more
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Reluctant Marquess by Maggi Anderson is a historical fiction novel set in England during the late 1700's. Charity Barlow has recently lost both her parents. She is forced to throw herself on the mercy of her Godfather, The Marquess of St. Malin. When she arrives at his estate she learns the devastating news that the Marquess has passed away through his heir, Lord Robert. The Marquess left a will dictating that for Lord Robert to inherit he will have to marry Charity. With no way around this ...more
Tina Petriella
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maggi Anderson did a wonderful job with this book. I was rooting for Charity as soon as I started reading the first page. This character was a girl who saw the world for what it was and even though naive in some things was beyond her wisdom in so many other ways. I felt sorry for her and the way things started as she met with the Marques and the tension between the two was in the air in the way that Maggi Anderson described in wonderful detail. The way of high society was exceptionally tantalizi ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
The characters in this story find themselves in an awkward situation. They must marry or Robert loses much of his inheritance, and Charity is left with no home, family, or income. Charity is a romantic and Robert far from that, but each is what the other needs despite their reluctance. Charity’s experiences with the Ton are amusing and intriguing. I admired her refusal to let her husband’s old lovers walk all over her. Robert was less admirable, but he soon sees the light, hopefully before it is ...more
The Reluctant Marquess put a unique twist on an old storyline. When Robert and Charity marry to satisfy the terms of a will so Robert can inherit, they aren't quite sure what to expect from each other. Charity and Robert decide to make a go of it, if only to satisfy both of their material needs, if not emotional ones. Charity is a blast of fresh air for the London ton, who isn't quite sure what to make of her and her strange country ways. Charity is trying to make the best of her marriage and fi ...more
Karen Aminadra
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was fun and very entertaining.
Maggi writes a book you cannot put down, it was frustrating to the point that it was somehow glued to my hands and I had to carry it around the house so that I could continue to read it.
Poor Charity is put in a horrible situation that most of us would balk at and then once our brains kick in, we would realise that we had to make the same choice she did... marry a man she didn't know at all!
Lord Robert is a great character, I didn't know if he was going to
(Nat) Reading Romances
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
A fast paced and charming story! At fist I admit having some problems with the heroine’s behavior, but Maggie did such a great job telling this story that Charity had an incredible growth by the end of the book.

What didn’t please me was the last 1/3 of the book, that took a different direction adding a new conflict, and a minor ARC to a character that wasn’t part of the secondary cast till then.(...)

The Reluctant Marquess is a title that you’ll read in one night, cause you won’t be able to stop
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Everything great about a historical romance. The brooding male, spirited female and crazy family to top it off. This is all beautifully done with some articulate and elegant writing. The missing star for me is for the villain, I would have liked to have had more on Southmore, and had a seperate epilogue. Overall though, more then good x
Knox Robinson Publishing
"Readers will love the delightful tale of love in an arranged marriage. As troubles buffet the new couple and their love is tested, readers will be rooting for them to make it through."

---Romantic Times Book Reviews, May 2011
Emily (Heinlen) Davis
This book was just wonderful! It was the perfect mix of history and romance. The setting seemed completely natural for the characters and story. The characters were easy to love and were described in such a way as to make the reader see exactly what the other people in the book saw in them. The romance was just the right mix of risque and subtle. Loved it!!
Diane Lewis
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing

A romance with a different twist and a very brooding hero. I loved the characterization, and always enjoy Maggi Andersen's stories.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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The Reluctant Marquess by Maggi Anderson
Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing Ltd.
Publication Date: March 6, 2012
Rating: 3 stars
Source: E-copy sent by the author from a giveaway

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

Charity Barlow wished to marry for love. The rakish Lord Robert wishes only to tuck her away in the country once an heir is produced.

A country-bred girl, Charity Barlow suddenly fin
Maggi Andersen’s The Reluctant Marquess is a book I like to think of as a rainy day read. That is, a quickly-paced delightful read that can be easily read in a single sitting. And if it happens to be a rainy day and you’re curled up in your favorite reading spot, all the better :)

The novel follows country-born and bred Charity Barlow, a sweet, if somewhat naïve young lady who is unceremoniously thrust into married life with the stunningly handsome Lord Robert, Marquess of St. Malin. To say neith
Lauren K
Charity, recently orphaned has been sent to the home of her godfather who is now responsible for her. Unbeknownst to her, her godfather has also passed away and so instead, when she arrives at the property she greets the handsome Lord Robert, his nephew. His uncle left him an inheritance one condition, he marries Charity. From two different lifestyles, Robert is pompous and spoilt and used to the high life in the city, whereas Charity is quiet, down to earth and has grown up in the countryside.

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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 qu
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
It was a light and fairly pleasant book. I won’t retell the plot, as it is rather typical: a poor girl wishing for love, who finds herself in the reduced circumstances, a handsome rake, with his heart once broken, who has to marry according to somebody’s will, their arranged marriage and their happily ever after (of course after some sort of angst).
I have finished the Reluctant Marquess very quickly, for it is written in easy and engaging style. But there are some points lacking from this book.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 18th century England, when Charity Barlow 19s parents are killed in a carriage accident, she finds herself alone and suddenly under the guardianship of the Marquess of St Malin, her godfather. But when she arrives at his castle overlooking the sea, Robert, her godfather 19s nephew advises her that the Marquess has died and he has now inherited the title. But her surprises do not end there. In the will, she and Robert are to marry in order for them to inherit the vast fortune. And so they marr ...more
The rating (3 out of 5) is right down the middle, because this really is a book that its likability will be determined by the reader's personal preferences.

The Reluctant Marquess by Maggi Andersen is a really well-written historical romance that is stereotypical in its plot, which will probably thrill historical romance buffs but might be deemed too predictable to be more than satisfactory otherwise.

Charity is in the unfortunate position of being recently orphaned by a father who was careless
I generally avoid any books written with characters with value names like Charity, Grace, Prudence, etc... PLEASE authors, please stop naming your heroines with those types of names!
Oh, no!
Charity is the heroine of this story.
I may have vomited in my mouth a little.
I stuck it out anyway, against my will, but truthfully I grew to like Charity. She is so good she is worthy of love, stubborn and filled with self confidence (which I blame totally of the fact that she was well raised and loved, alth
This was a fairly quick read, and it was an okay story, but it was a stereotypical Victorian romance. It's an arranged marriage. They must marry to fulfill the requirements of his uncle's will. His uncle was also her godfather, and neither will receive anything from the estate if they don't marry. He doesn't want to give up his mistress and spending his evenings with his friends. She wants a family and is determined to be a good wife. The servants fall in love with her, his ex-lovers hate her, h ...more
Gevera Bert
May 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
I couldn't finish this book, but I'm rating it anyway because it was terrible. The characters were flat. Nothing about their behavior to each other should have inspired love. The love didn't seem real. They were puppets moving about woodenly. I read over half and just gave up.
InD'tale Magazine
The characters were very likable and unique and this book wasn’t easy to put down.

Read full review in the 2012 May/June issue of InD’tale Magazine.
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Fast read w/a few blatant typos that didn't distract too much from the flow of the story. Except for the poetry factory. How does a pottery factory suddenly become a poetry factory? Perfectly acceptable light reading fare.
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Not bad... not as steamy as I had hoped, and very Mary Sue-ish protagonist, but overall entertaining.
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2012
A nice, pleasent Sunday afternoon read.
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Maggi Andersen wrote her first book for publication after gaining a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing. She lives with her husband, a retired lawyer in an historic country town near Sydney, Australia. She wrote her first adventure story at 8 years old. Her novels are still adventure stories, but also seductive romances. Georgette Heyer and Victoria Holt among others, inspired her Regencie ...more
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