An Infamous Marriage
At long last, Britain is at peace, and General Jack Armstrong is coming home to the wife he barely knows. Wed for mutual convenience, their union unconsummated, the couple has exchanged only cold, dutiful letters. With no more wars to fight, Jack is ready to attempt a peace treaty of his own.
Elizabeth Armstrong is on the warpath. She never expected ...more
Major-General Sir John (Jack) Armstrong is sailing home to England. With the hostilities between England and America finally at an end, Jack is returning to his farm in Northumberland and his wife, Elizabeth. For Jack, a career military man, peace time does not rest easy with him. Neither does the prospect of seeing his wife for the first time in five years. For their marriage was one of convenience, duty and honour.
Elizabeth, briefly married to Jack's best friend Giles, gave her word ...more
The characterisation in the novel is excellent. Jack ...more
Susanna Fraser has yet to let me down when it comes to her very earthy regencies with their more character driven plot and characters that never come across as two dimensional sexual creatures that have more modern tastes then someone from that time and era.
Fraser hits the right note when it comes to the infidelity portrayed in this story. It's not an easy subject and not one to take lightly, but Fraser shows all angles of those in the marriage that are affected by the infidelity and the ...more
Soldier Jack Armstrong is too honorable to ignore a deathbed promise, and so he dutifully marries his best friend's widow just before heading back to the war. But his resentment about being forced to marry a "dull, cold mouse" leads ...more
We've established we don't wish each other dead. I suppose it's a beginning.
Two things I knew for sure at the beginning of my reading journey:
1) Susanna Fraser is a writer who can pen a fabulous character-driven story, and
2) The main conflict of this particular story is the hero’s infidelity- always a risky subject in romance.
"The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war."
If there is one thing John Armstrong knows, it's war. He's wanted to be a soldier all his life and has done his best to become the best he could be. But, love... Love might be harder to gain. Especially since he's been married for 5 years to a woman he barely knows as a result to a pledge made to his dying friend. Fortunately he's spent those five years away at war. Unfortunately, he now has to get back to his ball and ...more
Romance is boring and love is confused with sex.
Sex is non-vanilla but icky and affected.
His morals are cunning and clearcut - lying is okay till you get caught. I expect better from a soldier.
His grovel seems more like snivelling.
What else? The ...more
Jack and Elizabeth marry because of a promise to Elizabeth's dying husband, though neither is particularly excited about it. Jack doesn't think too highly of Elizabeth's looks or sex appeal (he compares her to the women he's had in the past), and he goes off to war without consummating the marriage, staying gone for several years. Eventually Elizabeth hears of his infidelity. Some of what she heard is wrong, but the fact remains that he slept with other women while they were apart and she's ...more
1. I love the hero and heroine. Normally part of the
wish-fulfillment fantasy of a romance for me (as a reader AND a writer) is imagining myself as a more heroic and dramatic PERSON, if that makes sense--like, "What if I were as fabulous as this ...more
I am a big fan of Carla Kelly's historical romances, so I can pay Susanna Fraser no higher compliment than to say that An Infamous Marriage is very Carla Kellyesqe. The plot, the pacing, and the characterization are all excellent. The story of how this marriage of convenience becomes a love match is deep and moving.
Actually, the plot is rather simple. Around 1810 newly knighted Major General Sir John (Jack) Armstrong returns to his family home in Yorkshire after years with the Army ...more
First, I need to say that infidelity in a ROMANCE tends to squick me out. I've stopped reading other books that have this element in them.
Having said that, THIS book made both of these characters human in their acts and reactions.
General Jack Armstrong felt badly the first time he broke his vows. And then figured that his wife, Elizabeth, back in England while he was in Canada, would never find out. ...more
Does he redeem himself? I think so... But he will never be on my top list of romantic heroes.
but only 3 stars upon revisiting this one.
There is one part near the end that tarnishes what would have been a lovely grovel. (view spoiler)[where Elizabeth tries to put some of the blame on herself.
"Of course she had been faithful to her vows, living in a small village where everyone knew everything there was to know about each ...more
Since I read this together with Lyuda, and we agreed on actually every point, I'll be referring to her brilliant review a lot. She also provides a very good description of the plot which allows me to be lazy and leave it out. Sorry, love!
An Infamous Marriage is an exceptionally lovely story of two very normal people with normal backgrounds who first meet under sad circumstances and who unwillingly end up in a ...more
Unfortunatelly, lack of time, I could finish it in a long time and it caused break the enjoyment. However, with any other books, I would completly lost my intrest.
I like how author picturized the importance of communication and honesty in a relationship. How it helps to building trust and let other person come closer to you and then how they start to love each other.
There wasn't anything artificial about their ...more
This story bored me silly. I wasn't fond of the heroine at all. I love this type of story when it's angsty and I can feel the pain suffered from the wife who feels unworthy of her husband. In this case, I couldn't stand the wife enough to care how she felt. For that matter, I wasn't overly fond of the hero either. Wish I had enjoyed this one a bit more.
Then you come across romances, like this one, provided by the publisher through netgalley, in which the accuracy and detail is not only really solid, but beautifully ...more
Very solid 4/5 stars, with a full review to follow.
Damning with faint praise? A little.
I feel pretty passive about the whole experience of this book, which may say more about my current headspace than the book itself.
This was a pleasant, even, well-written romance with some good sex. It was period appropriate and I liked the heroine a lot. The romance between the H/h developed nicely, starting from a place of animosity and growing into believable love. By the end I was very much sold on them as a good married couple ...more
An Infamous Marriage has one of my very favorite kinds of romance: the kind in which there's some sort of marriage of convenience that begins when the parties are (at ...more
There was some great parts in the middle, where he was earning back her trust and she was striving forward, but all of the society stuff and battles takes away from it. I couldn't wait for the book to be over.
Jack takes his ...more
It was interesting that Jack, a man who keeps his word and who has a strong sense of honor, thought nothing of cheating on the ...more
Romance too rushed/underdeveloped. Never felt that the H redeemed himself; IMO, he was deceptive, selfish & cowardly for 99% of the book who seemed to confess & apologise for repeated adultery only *after* being found out. What import, ...more
November 5, 2012
Obtained through Net Galley
Favorite Quote: “He may not earned the right, but he meant to live worthily of his extraordinary wife from this day forward.”
Jack Armstrong has spent his whole life on the battlefield, but nothing prepares him for battle he will have to fight in his own home. Jack married Elizabeth for convenience, then returned to the front lines. With the marriage left unconsummated and only a ...more
So H is an war soldier and h is plain, mouse creature woman.
They married because request from Elizabeth dying husband.
This story about betrayed, process to know each other and forgiven.
I think first impressions Jack is rather immature for people aged like him (30 years old). He doesn't want to marry Elizabeth, he feel like trap to married with plain ugly woman just because friend death bed promise. ...more
What do you expect from a marriage between two strangers, forced by a deathbed promise? Not rainbows and roses for Elizabeth. She understood her duties and obligations in exchange for a place to call home. But never she thought it would include being humiliated when the scandal of Jack's affairs reach her peaceful village.
While Elizabeth realistically didn't expect Jack to celibate, as theirs wasn't a love match, she thought Jack could be discreet and didn't make a fool of ...more
Like many romances, the characters are pushed apart by something that perhaps would have been resolved by talking. But Fraser made me buy it. I knew, I expected it and I still was engaged.
So why only 2 ...more
The plot itself is ok, I can see that with a plot like this, the book could have really been something. But the book was rather bland. I flipped through the pages ...more