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A Practical Arrangement

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Practical plans go awry when prim sensibilities unwittingly capture the heart of a scandalous seducer.

۩ A Practical Arrangement, Nadja Notariani ۩

Miss Evangeline Grey, intelligent and sensible, has no desire to marry, her reluctance born from the dire warnings of her overly emotional mother. Her father has other ideas, however, and decrees that unless she weds by the spri
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published September 6th 2012 by Nadja Notariani (first published September 4th 2012)
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Nicole Peterson
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Evangeline's father and Thomas's uncle hatch a plan of match making for them. Evangeline is 22 years old and almost considered an old maid, while Thomas has discovered an unsavory stipulation in his father's will that he marry to continue to receive his inheritance. Both characters are on the opposite sides of the spectrum, or so it appears to the general public. Thomas is snubbed by Evangeline at a party, which is not something he's used to. Ususally women are throwing themselves at his feet fo ...more
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I have a soft spot for plain-faced heroines, I admit. Whether she be the socially awkward spinster who suddenly finds herself the belle of the ball or be she the proverbial "ugly duckling" who transforms into a lovely swan - I adore them all. There's nothing quite like reading about a homely heroine who finds her own "happily ever after".

A Practical Arrangement by author Nadja Notariani tells the story of Evangeline Grey, a plain faced woman who m
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Practical Arrangement is a great read that I devoured in five hours. I have to say that the thought of someone choosing who I marry is not one I like. I could never marry someone my parents chose for me. Can you imagine who they would chose? Lord I would be so scared because my parents are polar opposites. I really felt for Evangeline because her father was determined to marry her off and she had no say in the matter. Evangeline is a smart women with a great head on her shoulders with one down ...more
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Miss Evangeline Grey hovers on the horrible affliction of being on the shelf where society is concerned, however her view on the matter is vastly different than her family. Mr. Thomas Masterson is in need with a wife, when he hears of Evangeline’s ultimatum he comes up with a solution that could solve both their problems.

Delightful read, I thought the author really embraced the temperament of both characters. Thomas initially ambivalent about Evangeline who comes across plain and a bit timid fin
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book as a part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest and fair review: You can read the entire post at my blog at http://queenofthenightreviews.blogspo...

A delightfully sweet historical romance, A Practical Arrangement, by Nadja Notariani, gives us the tale of an intelligent but quiet young woman who suddenly finds herself engaged to be married to a man known for his rakish ways. With likable and well developed characters, sharp dialogue and plenty of drama, Ms. Notar
Evangeline Grey has no desire to marry. She's been burned before and her beautiful sister chosen before her. Plain looking but thoroughly out spoken and well guarded nothing can shake her, well except perhaps her father's ultimatum she needs to marry soon or he'll choose a man for her.

Thomas Masterson is a rake, with no desire to becoming a serious state owner even though her brother and father have a died and now his uncle has stated that if he doesn't marry and produce and heir soon he's going
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Evangeline Grey is a woman out-of-step with society. At a time when women are supposed to be quiet, shy and retiring, she is intelligent, educated and doesn't fear showing her intelligence. Unfortunately she lives during a time when a woman of her stature is expected to get married and that is a problem. Evangeline has a problem with intimacy of any kind and has no desire to get married. She has seen the emotional perils of marriage through her parents' marriage. Her sister, Melody - a young wid ...more
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh my, where do I begin? So, by the disclaimer above, you know that this is a bit of a steamy romance novel, very much not my usual genre of read. I have never disguised the fact that I am not a fan of the romance novel in its basest form, in part very much because of that type of content. Well, let me tell you ladies and gentleman, that if many of them progress as this novel had, I may well have to be a convert. I blush as I write these words because, well, I never thought I would utter them, a ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This book is, first and foremost a Regency Romance: with the era-appropriate repression of women and their intelligence, and the deference to males as ruler of all things. But that is where the resemblance ends, and this is a well-crafted, clever story that approaches the societally appropriate conventions with humor, grace and uniquely drawn characters.

Evie is an intelligent yet naïve heroine, with a fear of intimacy and a mistrust and dislike of the traditional role that she is expected to oc
Andrea Guy
Regency romance is one of my favorite genres. Why? Because they are usually on the tame side and well, I just love that time period.

Nadja has written the kind of Regency I devoured when I was in junior high, and guess what? At 38, I still find this kind of Regency tasty!

Evie's the perfect heroine for this kind of story, she's smart but a little naive. She doesn't want a husband because of stories her mother has told her and she has a fear of personal contact for much the same reason. You totall
May Fungi From Yuggoth
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to May Fungi From Yuggoth by: FreeBookDude
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V.A. Dold
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“A Practical Arrangement” has a wonderful strong and yet slightly damaged heroine. The hero is trying so hard to live his life as he chooses and BAM he meets Evangeline his reluctant and happy future.

This book is excellently written, with well developed characters and the dialogue. There are characters to dislike and others to love. This was the first book that I have read that dealt with a supporting character with possible mental illness in an era that didn’t understand it and had no idea how
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, blog-tour-book
I admit that I love the cover on this book. It is perfect for the story within. This book captured me with the first chapter. I was fascinated with this book. When reading I got a sense that the author had stepped from the time when Jane Austen was writing. Yes, I compared this modern author to someone over a century ago.

I love the Evangeline’s character. She was so strong, but she was also, needed someone like Thomas in her life. Someone that would treat her like the wonderful person is truly i
(Nat) Reading Romances
The premise of arranged marriages is something that I find highly interesting, one one my favorite plots to be honest, it’s rich to see how these relationships could work out. However I wasn’t particularly excited about how the author decided to tell this story.

A Practical Arrangement is a curious book with characters I’d enjoy very much to see again and read the stories they have to tell.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
"A Practical Arrangement" is a well written romance with strong characters and dialogue. I was pleasantly surprised with the supporting character having a mental illness, that is something I normally never come across in an era romance novel. A must read for all who love the regency era romance genre.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Tammy Walton Grant
4 stars - Reviewed in InD'Tale, November 2012. See full review here
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The language is a bit flowery (also I don't think "baby" was used as an endearment during this time period), but there was an insecure, plain spinster who gets grief from Mean Girls, so of course I liked it. I was thinking this might end up on the traumatized heroine shelf, but (view spoiler) But I did enjoy watching Evan ...more
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review as appears on my blog Amy's Book World:

This book follows Evangeline and Thomas through their brief courtship than marriage. Evangeline is advance for her time. She is out spoken and against marriage. This is unheard of in a time when the man spoke for the woman. And if you were not married by a certain age, people thought that there was something wrong with you. I like Evangeline, she had a sharp tongue and quick wit. Unfortunately her father has stated that she has to be married by spri
Rebecca Graf
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that I've read close to 200 books this year. So many seem to repeat themselves, but Nadja Notariani gave me a pleasant read that stood out against so many others in her book, A Practical Arrangement.

Evangeline does not believe in romance and would prefer to continue her life with no man. Thomas enjoys women too much. Both have family members that want to see them as a couple because they would just be perfect. It would be such a practical arrangement until Evangeline presents a c
Evangeline has always been in her sister Melody’s shadow; the plainer of the two sisters, she fully expects to stay a spinster. When her father decides it’s time for Evangeline to marry and Melody to re-marry; she doesn’t put much stock in it. Who would marry her when most only see Melody?

Thomas Masterson is set to inherit Cherry Hill; he has been learning and researching farming methods in the area. When he and Mr. Lane visit the Grey’s; he is immediately intrigued by the intelligent, witty Mis
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the most charming renditions of “The Taming of the Shrew” since the Bard (I’m a sucker for Olde English). Lovely story about a marriage of convenience that turns into true love.

I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds.

This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
InD'tale Magazine
Nadja Notariani is an author to watch!

Read full review in the 2012 November issue of InD’tale Magazine.

Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book started out promising but ended flat and dull. Everything just miraculously resolved by themselves.
Many loose threads left at the end of the book.
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۩ Author Biography ۩

Nadja Notariani was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania. Her upbringing included very diverse environments, affording wide and varied richness of ethnic and religious tradition. Raised in both an Italian/Mediterranean American home and a traditional German household, Nadja gleaned the unique benefits of viewing the world through two widely different lenses.
Nadja resides in Northea