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Marriage with a Proper Stranger

(Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  41 reviews
“Build a wall about your heart.”

Riordan Wollstonecraft labors under the heavy burden of his forebears. For generations, a curse has followed the dashing young men of his family, guaranteeing the women they love an untimely death. The youngest grandson of the Earl of Wollstonecraft Hall, charismatic Riordan is quietly resigned to his fate, an educator who devotes his life
Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Lyrical Press
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Marriage with a Proper Stranger by Karyn Gerrard is the First Book in the new series "Men of Wollstonecraft Hall". This is the story of Riordan Wollstonecraft and Lady Sabrina Lakeside.
Sabrina is a widower whose father married her off to and awful man. But now that the husband has died she is left with no choice but to return home. Now her father plans to do it all over again and marry her to another man. Sabrina tries to take matters into her own hands by asking Riordan to go into a fake/tempo
J. W. Garrett
“Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.” –Jane Austen

This is part of the Men of Wollstonecraft Hall series
Book 1: Marriage with a Proper Stranger: [Riordan and Sabrina]
Book 2: Scandal with a Sinful Scot: [Garrett and Abigail Hughes] estimated pub date: June 5, 2018
Book 3: Love with a Notorious Rake [Aidan and Cristyn Bevan] estimated pub date: Dec 4, 2018

Rating: MA: mature audience: explicit and graphic sex scenes, trigger warnings of violence, graphic descriptions of an abusive m
Lux Lewis
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A heartbreaking tale of a heroine who was brutally abused physically, mentally and psychology first by her abominable excuse of a father then by her abhorrent, depraved husband. I struggled to read and comprehend what the heroine has gone through. I skimmed through few chapters.

If not for The Wollstonecraft men of nobility, Gentlemen to their very bones, I would not have been able to finish reading. The Wollstonecrafts have liberal beliefs on women's and children's rights and use their power to
Lori D
This is the first book I have read by Karyn Gerrard and I truly enjoyed it! Entertaining from beginning to end, we find two people, both who have dealt with life's unfairness. Our heroine, Lady Sabrina Lakeside has been through a lot. She was forcibly made to marry, by her father, to an aged man who treated her terribly. Now a widow with no funds, she is forced to move back with her hateful father who is marrying her off again to the highest bidder. Desperate to get away, she comes up with a sch ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marriage with a Proper Stranger is book one in the Men Of Wollstonecraft Hall series by Karyn Gerrard. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is my first time to read Gerrard’s work. She takes real people from the past and weaves them into the story. The Wollstonecraft men are plagued by a family curse that guarantees the death of the women they love. Riordan the youngest grandson of the Earl of Wollstonecraft Hall is resigned to his fate of being alone. He pours himself into being an educator and ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 3.5/5
How much I enjoyed it: 5/5
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I believe that I either got this as a freebie awhile back, or bought it on sale. In any case, I have to say that I truly enjoyed reading this book! And I actually liked the heroine Sabrina just as much as I liked the hero, Riordan. (Generally,male characters come across better than the female characters to me).
With its angst, 'Marriage' was also sweet and very sexy. I loved the author's writing style and attention to historical detail. I really love the fact that 'the men' all had very progressi
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, netgally
I like this story. Its a bit cheesy and parts are a kind of dis-believable but it was a pleasant read.

While I did find some of the point it made a bit heavy handed and a bit repetitive, I understood the authors points. I also felt that some of the sentiments and language use as a bit modern for the setting and characters.

Though the focus is on Riordan and Sabrina, the plot does include obvious set ups for two further stories and for two less obvious. Would I read the rest of the series, possib
Robin Morgan
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-own-books
I actually got a ARC copy of this book through a KINDLE giveaway for it on GoodReads, and the following is my honest opinion.

On one side you’ve got Riordan Wollstonecraft, the youngest grandson of the Earl of Wollstonecraft Hall, who, along with the rest of the young men of his family live with a curse hanging over their head. The curse with them loving in love, for if they do, the women they love will succumb to an early, premature death. As with all curses there is a way out, and this one is n
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Riordan Wollstonecraft has been taught that love is a curse. All the men in his family have loved and lost the women in their lives so Riordan determines that when he is old enough he will not face the same consequences as his ancestors. Riordan is intent on making changes in the world. He believes even the poor deserve an education so he takes up a teaching position under an assumed identity.

Sabrina is a widow who just want to live a quiet life. Unfortunately, she is at the mercy of her cold f
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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“Build a wall about your heart.”

Riordan Wollstonecraft labors under the heavy burden of his forebears. For generations, a curse has followed the dashing young men of his family, guaranteeing the women they love an untimely death. The youngest grandson of the Earl of Wollstonecraft Hall, charismatic Riordan is quietly resigned to his fate, an educator who devotes his life to good works, and ignores any longing for something more . . .

Widowed and penniless, Lady Sabrin
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marriage with a Proper Stranger is the first book in the Men of Wollstonecraft Hall series by Karyn Gerrard.

Riordan Wollstonecraft is a second son, and also the youngest grandson of the Earl of Wollstonecraft Hall. The family has always been ready to help the underdog, especially underprivileged children, and the rights of women once they are married. So it's no surprise that when Riordan is asked by a woman to help her that he agrees.

Lady Sabrina Lakeside is that women. She was forced into marr
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I received Marriage with a Proper Stranger as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

Riordan Wollstonecraft, scion of the wealthy and progressive Wollstonecraft family, has an expansive, liberal view of the world, aside from one unchanging belief: he must not fall in love. Due to a centuries-old family curse, the women that Wollstonecraft men form attachments to succumb to an early grave. The only way for the curse to be broken, it is said, is for all the men of the family to fall in love within a year. T
Joann Maggio
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marriage with a Proper Stranger ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
(Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #1) By Karyn Gerrard

To be introduced to such a wonderful book that is part of new series by Ms Gerrard is an absolute delight. I have read quite a few of her books and she never disappoints.

It has been legend that the all the women who marry into The Wollstonecraft family die a premature death either by child birth, sickness or accident. It is with such a family weight that the men of this household will not find love or marri
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
‘Marriage with a proper stranger’ took a different slant on the typical romance novel with the main male character being quite noble and honourable. The name Wollstonecraft would resonate with many readers as Mary Wollstonecraft’s writings and beliefs were quite controversial at the time. Riordan Wollstonecraft obviously shares his ancestors’ strong beliefs and not only is he intent on providing education to everyone, he comes to the assistance of Lady Sabrina Lakeside. As a young widow, Sabrina ...more
Maria Dariotis
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a real treat of a book, Riordan Wollstonecraft believes that love is a curse, if he goes by all the women ithat the men in his family have lost.... then it must be true. Love is off limits forever. For him giving back to his community is and will be his priority. Education is a means of survival,
But when he meets the lovely widow Sabrina Lakeside he’s surprised to find that he’s willing to help in her plight. Sabrina’s father is ready to barter her off to a man twice her age, she’s desp
I want to thank Karyn Gerrard, author and Goodreads First Reads Giveaway for my eBook Kindle copy of Marriage with a Proper Stranger that I won in the Giveaway.

Riordan Black Wollstonecraft comes from an old English family with a curse hanging over them and the pressure of family expectations. He is for reform of education for the common man and woman in England so he takes a position in a small school to try his new ideas on how to educate children.

Lady Sabrina Lakeside wants desperately to esca
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really, really enjoyed reading this story but a few things didnt add up.
Yes, being a historian and a vivid reader though English isnt my mother tongue, you start to notice things that do not fit together. Firs tof all it's the language - it's not formal enough for the days the story takes place. Unfortunately it's a huge issue for me. It's more 1950s like, some parts even up to today and that doesnt fit. Second - I have read tons of 19th Century novels and never ever did a man wear silk under
Anna Swedenmom
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Arguably a four.....
however... I am giving 5. Why.... Incredibly executed story line that was different in many ways, more than my expectations. I would of liked a little more of each character, but I was engrossed in the story from page one until the very end. I really want to read more on this family and will be keeping my eyes out for them now. This is a book to be savored and enjoyed not one you will want to race through. It has so many different and compelling situations that it will touch
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Likable hero and heroine and overall a good romance. My one problem is that the heroine was a previous victim of rape, so the hero took things slowly with her sexually, teaching her things, which I loved, but when they eventually have intercourse they are practically ripping each others clothes off, which didn't seem to fit with what had come previously. There was also some set up of romances with side characters, which was alright, but they had no real pay off because they were not concluded in ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-won
Overall satisfying romance starring a very likeable heroine-Sabrina (rich girl with horrible father) and hero (handsome man with a family curse) and an interesting mix of characters. I would definitely like to read the next books in the series. Was this a genius story with original plot? No, not really. Parts of it I found very unbelievable and there was the overused plot line of hero marrying heroine in a marriage of convenience but still, I found the book sweet.

Thank you goodreads for this wi
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not just a HEA

A different historical romance in that a family of progressive ideals were given much attention along with a son, Riordan, who taught school with plans to build his own progressive school. Add to this a woman, Sabrina, who never had love and looked to Riordan to aid her in gaining independence. A few subplots added to the story and the Victorian setting appeared realistic. Quite an enjoyable read.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historicals
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is book 1 in series and I am looking forward to more. This was a good introduction to the series. I enjoyed it a great deal. We have the men of Wollstonecraft who are cursed to have the women in their family die. The story was well done and I enjoyed the romance that grew. Looking forward to more!
Mar 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Reviewed for NetGalley:

I was not a fan of this book. I felt like the villains were villains to be villainous and there was a sense of gothic hyperbole in this book that I didn't really care for. I also felt like the main characters ended up falling in love too quickly, and I love the arranged marriage trope, but this time it didn't work for me.
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
MARRAIGE WITH A PROPER STRANGER: had a lot of potential. A woman battered by her father and husband, both physically and emotionally then sold to the highest bidder meets an educated caring man, who has a curse on him. Lots of potential. For me, they seemed poorly matched and together they didn’t have chemistry.
Wendy Tavenner
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It was hard to put down! Lady Sabrina has been widowed for a year and her father is trying to sell her off again. She is desperate and when she hears the school teacher Riordan speak she knows she needs his help. A wonderful read where a broken woman Sabrina is made whole again. But will lies and her her father tear them apart.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This was really well done.

Repetitive, which was slightly annoying, but understandable. And the characters were adults so the "big misunderstanding" was easily resolved by talking to each other. Who knew adults actually did that??? Refreshing.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Good story

Plenty of drama and interesting characters. It took some stretch to understand the female and how she had been shaped by her life experiences. The writing is a bit awkward , making the conversations and thoughts seem too simplistic.
Bunny Plumher
I enjoyed the reference to the Wollstonecraft family. The main character, Sabrina, was a bit too mealy-mouthed for my taste. The book is well written but lacked zest. The Wollstonecraft men were a bit too perfect to believe. If any faults can be counted it was being too chivalrous.
I really enjoyed this book and this author. What I love most about this book is the way it deals with past abuse and consent. The sex is hot hot hot.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC
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Karyn Gerrard, born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. When she’s not cheering on the Red Sox or travelling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea.

Even at a young age Karyn’s storytelling skills were apparent, thrilling her fellow Girl Guides with

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