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Marry in Haste

(Marriage of Convenience #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  3,069 ratings  ·  407 reviews

From the award-winning author of The Summer Bride comes the first in a charming new historical romance series where marriages of convenience turn into true love matches.

Major Calbourne Rutherford returns to England on the trail of an assassin, only to find he’s become Lord Ashendon, with the responsibility for vast estates and dependent relatives. Cal can command the tough

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Berkley
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Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up

I will admit that I was a little apprehensive about picking up Marry in Haste, the first in Anne Gracie’s new Marriage of Convenience series, having been rather disappointed with the last couple of books in her Chance Sisters quartet. But the premise of a hastily arranged marriage of convenience drew me like a moth to a flame, and I’m so glad it did because this is a delightful book and I loved it to bits. The two principals are bea
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I choose to read this in between some more serious readings. After breathtaking passages of Stoner, I felt like I needed something light and fun to read. Why not an historical romance? But it only proved that even light and fun books need something else that this book lacked. So, back to Stoner.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
An airy and sweet romance! Just what I needed after all those mystery/crime RS novels I've read lately!

I loved both Emm and Cal! Together they were just perfect!

I appreciated that Emm did not fall in love with Cal at first sight and that she was able to rebuff all his offers with an impeccable logic! It was so fun to read how Cal was confounded when he thought his offers were everything a woman could hope for!

But, at the same time I loved him because he was not an idiot and was able to recognize
Surprisingly more heartfelt than I thought it was going to be.

Here are some of my thoughts:
• For a book called Marry in Haste, it was realllllly slow. Like the marriage in haste literally didn’t even happen until like halfway through the book. So the 1st half was IMO kinda dull. I think we spent too much time providing background about Cal, his sisters, and his niece.
• However, the 2nd half is everything as it should be, I think. I thought the sisters and niece were kinda annoying and ungratefu
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
So if you're reading a book titled Marry in Haste and the cover copy implies that an offer of a "marriage of convenience" is the preliminary for the real story to start then going half the stupid novel before anybody even thinks of offering marriage is a bit risky, I think. You might take that risk if you're pretty confident that your characters or plot can keep your readers engaged while waiting for you to get to the promise of the title and copy, but you'd better be pretty darn certain that is ...more
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Marry in Haste, the first in a new series centered on marriage of conveniences, has restored my faith in Anne Gracie's fantastic characterization, finely woven plots drizzled with sweet humor. This is very much a journey of self-discovery for our hero, Cal, as he learns the value of family and love, and naturally, that marriages are never convenient.

Major Calbourne (Cal) Rutherford is taking a temporary absence from soldiering upon discovering that the Earldom of Ashendon has, surprisingly, fal
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Marry in Haste is another stunning historical romance by Anne Gracie and I'm tempted to say that it even surpasses my love for The Winter Bride. Marry in Haste starts by introducing readers to a new family. Major Cal Rutherford has returned home on the hunt for an assassin only to discover he's inherited an earldom due to the death of his older brother. And with that inheritance comes two younger sisters as well as another unexpected family member. Cal would like nothing more than to drop off hi ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Marry in Haste makes good use of the trope that just might be a weakness of most HR lovers which is the good ol' marriage of convenience. While on the pursuit of an infamous assassin, Major Cal finds himself the unwanted guardian of a handful of young girls. Girls, who refuse to obey his commands like good little soldiers. With a near mutiny in his hands, he finds himself proposing a marriage bargain with one of their former teachers. Except the peace and exemption he had hoped for might still b ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Major Calbourne Rutherford returns to England to discover that he's now the Earl of Ashendon!! This fun promotion comes with the care and keeping of his two half sisters, future book bait. He also discovers that his reprobate older brother had a Secret Marriage which resulted in additional future book bait. Halfway through running all over England to find a solution to the "problem" of his female menagerie (and also to allegedly find an assassin), Cal remembers that this is a ROMANCE DAMNIT and ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was ok

A marriage of convivence between Major Calbourne (Cal) Rutherford who arrives in England to find an unexpected inheritance after the death of his elder brother and teacher Miss Emmaline (Emm) Westwood, who finds her life veering in an unexpected trajectory when CCal makes his offer of marriage.

Cal's outrage at realising (view spoiler) had me rolling my eyes. I know it;s a HR read, but I wanted a different reaction. Luckily C
I listened to this one on audio and really enjoyed the audio reader and the story. The H, Cal, was sent away to join the army at 17 and after 10 years has returned home to discover that his father and brother are both dead and he is the new Earl. He also learns that his 2 half-sisters are running wild while staying with his aunt. He doesn't have time for this, he wants to get back to his military life and go on with his life.

He meets the h, Em, and notices how good she is with his sisters. It do
Angie Elle
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC from publisher

I fell in love with Anne Gracie’s writing when I read her Chance Sisters series, and the one thing that struck me when I read her newest offering, Marry in Haste, was her unique way of bringing people together in her stories and creating a family. Cal’s attempts to catch an assassin bring him back to England and the remnants of the family he left behind. Things are a little tense as his younger sisters refuse to obey his rules, so he promptly decides they need someone who can k
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (live 5/19)

Oh. My. Word. Marry in Haste was a wonderful beginning to her newest series. Full of hope, humor, second chances and new beginnings. It was everything wonderful with Gracie's writing and will sweep you away and leave you utterly spent and satisfied.

Okay, okay, so the background bits behind the awesome. Cal is a military man. A military man used to order, barking out commands and having them followed instantly Some
I really, really enjoyed this. I feel like I should preface this by saving that the hero and heroine don't get married until 130 pages in. So it's a marriage of convenience yes but not until halfay through. What this book is, really, is a character study. Everyone in here was wonderfully written - from Cal and Emm to Cal's two half sisters to their formidable aunt, to their newly discovered relative to the girls at the finishing school to Cal's commander in the army. It has been such a long time ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful book. Heroine with a steel spine, who knows how to insult one politely. A protective honorable hero who already have two half sisters and now a wild, untamed previously unknown niece, all of them in their teenage rebellious stage. One can cry big fat tears at will, other has tongue sharper than a wasp and the niece only responds to male version of her name and dresses in breeches!

Imagine our poor hero who is suddenly thrust with responsibility of these three and a title.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I almost rounded down due to the narrator, but I really did enjoy the story and plan to continue the series.
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
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Adorably sweet read. I enjoyed the character development of the hero. Very realistic progression of love and emotions. I also loved the secondary characters, George and Lily. I can't wait to read their books!

Major Calborne Rutherford

Looking forward to reading more books by this author.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly sweet read!
May 10, 2017 added it
Shelves: historical, dnf
I'm DNFing at 44%.

The hero and heroine have barley spent any time together. Halfway through the book and there is no marriage! Definitely not in haste! :/

It's all about the hero's half-siblings.

Plus he is supposed to be an assassin and that isn't happening either.

Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marry in Haste (Marriage of Convenience #1) by Anne Gracie  
Author: Anne Gracie
Title: Marry in Haste
Series: Marriage of Convenience
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Major Calbourne Rutherford returns to England on the trail of an assassin, only to find he’s become Lord Ashendon, with the responsibility for vast estates and dependent relatives. Cal can command the toughest of men, but his wild half-sisters are quite another matter. They might just be his undoing.When he discovers
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This is the first time I have read Anne Gracie, but she has been on my list since I met her at the RT Convention last year. She was great fun! I am excited for this series as well because marriages of convenience and stolen brides are my tied for my favorite historical romance trope, and to have a whole series has me greedy for the next book. The setting of this story is Bath and London in the early 19th Century after the end of the Napoleonic wars, and our main characters are roughly 28 y/o.

Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anne Gracie tells stories about relationships. Not only do her books focus on the love that develops between the main couple but just as much time is spent on how the bonds of friendship and family can evolve. A title like Marry in Haste would lead one to believe that the story is quick to throw characters into contrived situations. Instead the story takes its time, showcasing the intricate emotional connections that will forever join one person to another.

Upon his return to England, Major Calbo
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the "perfect " series, so when I saw thus new book at the library I grabbed it. The first in a new series, "A marriage of convenience" we readers already know the set up. Oblivious man needs a wife and thinks that will be that. Cal is a soldier and spy, comes home to learn he is now an Earl with 2 sisters he must do something about. He tries to hire their previous teacher as a governess, but when that fails, proposes to her. She turns him down of course, but finally gives in. Meanwhile h ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars

It's been a while since I read a book by Anne Gracie. What I do remember (and my ratings on Goodreads tend to confirm that) is that I liked them a lot. So, I decided to give this book a shot.

I am rather fond of the marriage of convenience trope, so that part was definitely to my taste.


I had serious issues with the Cal's desire to just get rid of his obligations to his sister and estate and leave. Especially the sisters. Just marry them off and let them be someone else's problem
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a charming story! However, I would definitely not call this a romance story. The first half of the book is basically setting the series up, introducing all of the family members, future characters to read about, etc. The interaction between the hero and heroine didn't really kick in until about half-way thru, they have their marriage of convenience and things all fall into place within their marriage. No real drama to overcome in falling for each other, it seemed to happen extremely smoothl ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely book. Very well written characters and secundary characters There was even an cameo for Daisy from the previous book 'the summer bride'.
A book one cannot put down.
Annie ⚜️
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Marriage of convenience, sparks fly, love match? Yes, please.
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