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Preview — The Marriage Lesson by Victoria Alexander
The Marriage Lesson
Become a bride? Never! Lady Marianne Shelton has come to London to experience life, and marriage is not part of her plan. To finance her independent future, the pretty country miss pens a series of anonymous stories. Soon they are the talk of the ton-and only she knows that her wicked hero is based on none other than bold, brash Thomas Effingto ...more
In the second half of the book, she falls in love with the hero but refuses to marry because he's not in love with her.
I picked it up based on the inside cover blurb and found it very divorced from what actually happens. Having a heroine who doesn't care about virtue and sees sexual adventures as an exciting experience she wants without marriage was a bit of a breath of fresh air, but she quickly becomes like every other heroine who wants a love marriage. (I am ...more
"3.5 stars" The Marriage Lesson is a light, breezy Regency romance that is the third book in Victoria Alexander's Effington Family & Friends series. It's a fairly entertaining book that has some sweet romantic moments, but in general, I tend to prefer my romance to have a little more depth and substance in both plot and characterizations. There just wasn't a lot going on in the story in the way of action or intrigue. The confli ...more
Marianne accidentally hears Thomas talking to a friend about getting the girls married off quickly ...more
1)There was great build-up towards the end, and I was quite hopeful, but then the end was the same stereotypical cliche/stupid/overwrought/eye-rolling ending that I hate.
2)The tertiary character of the newspaper publisher caught my fancy way more than the hero ever did. True, the hero was appealing enough, but again I ask: WHY is it unacceptable for the heroine to end up with Cadwallender ...more
Hiring some dude to pretend to be a rapist so you can play the savior is UNACCEPTABLE and NOT AMUSING.
I choose to believe this asshole dies horribly in the remaining pages and Marianne goes on to have a marvelous life and never thinks of him again.
This is a really good example of something that will make me Never-Again an author. Sometimes a vast philosophical gulf opens between an author's "This is an okay action for a protagonist in a romance novel to undertake" and how I expect ...more
Alexander seems to provide a special genre that dips towards Heyer in its provocative and biting dialogue that is not laugh out loud. it provides a consistent smile with an essential portion of passion throughout. the characters are delightful and they will all get their own stories. those that cannot appreciate her wit give poor ratings. it seems i had read this quite some time ago, i.e. when trump was elected and my brains dissolved and began reading only r ...more
But the silliness of the hero and the other three men made me chuckles, and embarrassed with their antics and failed plans. Therefore 2 stars to that. ...more
This third book in the Effington series is about Thomas Effington, Lord Helmsley, Gillian's brother and future duke of Roxborough and Marianne; second eldest sister of Richard (Gillian's husband- 'The Husband List')
Marianne is a very strong headed and quite a beautiful bluestocking. She doesn't want to marry yet as she was deeply affected by her mother's death and her father's ignorance of his children. It is her aim to enjoy life with ...more
Here's a regency romp by the author of The Husband List. Lady Marianne Shelton feels that "The Absolutely True Adventures of a Country Miss in London" is an excellent title for the work she hopes to have published as a newspaper serial. Unfortunately, her account of a perfectly proper visit to the Tower of London was too tame to satisfy her editor. When Lady Marianne is given one more chance, she's determined not to fail. She'd be at an utter loss if it weren't for Thomas Effington. The dashing...more
The duel and last scene wa ...more
Thomas Effingham who is a Marquess and the future Duke of Roxborough and has been given the job of presenting his brother in law’s 3 sisters to society and finding them each a husband.
He finds himself attracted to Marianne, the eldest without realizing how much and they have a bit of fun together, giving each other lessons.
I usually hate it when the story line has one party not wanting to admit ...more
New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.
Since the publication of her first book in 1995, ...more
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Remain true to yourself, but understand happiness may not always be found in the plans we have laid out for ourselves, but rather in the unforeseen turns life takes us. Do not close your mind, or your heart, to the unexpected twists of life. It is those unexpected paths that could well lead to the greatest adventures of all.”