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The Marriage Lesson

(Effingtons #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,683 ratings  ·  79 reviews

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
Paperback, 372 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Avon (first published 2001)
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Carrie Olguin
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
This story would have earned an additional star if it wasn't for the Heroine's inconsistant mental thought processes. For the first half of the story she doesn't believe in love, doesn't believe it lasts, using her parents' example of why she will never marry - a love match which led to her mother dying unhappy and her father turning away from his family to drink and gaming.

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.

After the two other paperbacks that I tried and failed to read, it was a relief to find this readable. Nice enough book that I remember nothing about days after finishing it. That's it, that's the review. ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
The writing is fine, but the character development is non-existent and the heroine is entirely unrealistic for the era. She's basically a well bred, intelligent gentle-woman who miraculously decides to becomes a adventure seeking harlot at the drop of hat, and with apparently no consideration of the nasty social repercussions that would occur in that era. I do not use the word harlot as a moral judgement, but merely as a term to describe her behavior. She PLANS to throw herself at as many men as ...more
Dec 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
I am certainly getting more harsh in my romance novel star rating. This book was not bad, but it was slightly boring in my giant pile of sordid romances.

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
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighthearted Regency Romance
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"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
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The 3rd book in the Effington series brings us to Gillian's brother, Thomas and Richards 3 unmarried sisters, Marianne, Jocelyn & Rebecca or Becky as she prefers. Henry the dog has also joined them at Thomas's family home in London. His mother was to sponsor the girls for the season but his folks were off in America as Richard and Gillian were there to see what they owned and she became with child.

Marianne accidentally hears Thomas talking to a friend about getting the girls married off quickly
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it
So mostly it was fine. Not fabulous, but good. I had some problems that kept me from liking it 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
Kerry Allen
Quit at 85%.

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
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
It was alright - kinda cute - but then she went all mushy which kinda made the story go bleh
Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*

After boring The Husband List, this one is again a good choice of a book. I really had a lot of fun time reading it.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
entirely engrossing and entertaining
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
JiMina Heart
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: seller-booklist
I was thinking on giving it 1 star because the story is kind of predictable of same old formula... Those knowing grandmother, strict aunt, mischievous sister(s), and overly stubborn heroine who doesn't want love because of her parents poor examples.

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.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lady Marrianne longs for adventure in her life, not marriage or to be subjected to a stuffy, overly attractive protector. Thomas vows to find a husband for her as quick as he can, especially since he can not resister her himself. To ensure her adventure continue, Marianne seeks certain "lessons" from Thomas. Boy are they lessons. Hot for teacher. Great story, clever ending. ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Def one of my favs!! Luv this book!
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
3+ stars
Angelica Morado-Young
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has an unusual lady who writes stories but refuses to marry even when compromised. Then the hero becomes her protector and then the plot takes another turn!
Charlotte Anne
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first kiss was rather contrived, but the rest of the plot was rather fun, especially the last third of the book.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 solid stars. What an absolute treat. My last book of 2020!
A good dose of humor and self-aware characters go a long way in making this book a very enjoyable read.
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Woah... this book was really enjoyable and quite humorous.

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

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

Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. The best I've read of this series so far. I thought it did seem a bit long at the end, and the only real non-romance plot running through the book never went anywhere. However, I really liked the background characters, and, knowing it's 2015 and Becky still doesn't have a book depresses me. I also liked Marianne and Thomas, even if a lot of their true getting to know each other took place off page and was sort of described in a montage-esque paragraph. I was ok with that, because they ...more
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Marianne Shelton is a undercover writer of a romance novel that has captured the imagination of London's ton. She has based the main character on her temporary guardian, her brother's new wife's brother. Yeah, a little confusing, but a good story. The narrator is supposed to be herself, an innocent country miss coming to London and being seduced by a wicked but handsome lord. It's, of course, all nonsense but no one knows she's the author and, well, maybe not all of the adventures are completely ...more
Apr 13, 2010 rated it liked it
This book was okay.. not on par with the first book. I love bluestocking heroines, but come on.. how many times can you use the well if you don't do it then I shall get someone else to do it. Maybe twice would have been enough but I got bored after awhile. It felt forced in the beginning too, simply okay kiss me now though I just really met you or I'll go ask someone else to do it and I'll just call you by the first name. It was just.. I don't know.. missing something.

The duel and last scene wa
Bronwyn Rykiert
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story. This story is part of the Effington Family Series, it is book 3 and I loved it.

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
Lady Marianne Shelton has come to London to experience life, and marriage is not part of her plan. To finance her independent future, Marianne writes a series of anonymous stories that soon become immensely popular. Thomas Effington, the future Duke of Roxborough, has been thrust into the role of Marianne's protector. When she threatens to experience life with the first willing rogue to come along, he decides the best recourse is to tutor her himself. And when he accidentally compromises her hon ...more
Julie Eichelberger-Ford
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Victoria Alexander has written a wonderful story within a story. This is the story Thomas Effington, the future Duke of Roxborough and Lady Marianne Shelton. Thomas has been entrusted with the coming out of the 3 sisters but Marianne has decided that she doesn't wish to marry. She decides to write stories for a paper on her adventures with coming to London so she can finance her independence and travel. While Marianne is trying to experience life so she can write true stories, Thomas tries to pr ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
3rd in the Effington series. I think Thomas is one of my favorite Alexander characters. How can on he so smart be so muddle headed. He makes ridiculous plans that even his friends role their eyes at. I know all he has to do is realize that he loves her and all will be well, but then there wouldn't be a book. Marianne is confused and confusing. She sleeps with him but won't marry him. But we know there will be a happy ending, so I keep reading. On to Jocelyn's book. I hope there will be a book ab ...more
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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,

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  • The Husband List (Effingtons, #2)
  • The Prince's Bride (Effingtons, #4)
  • Her Highness, My Wife (Effingtons, #5)
  • Love With the Proper Husband (Effingtons, #6)
  • The Lady in Question (Effingtons, #7)
  • The Pursuit of Marriage (Effingtons, #8)
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“Yes, well, there’s something to be said for damsels who need rescuing.” Thomas’s gaze strayed back to Marianne. She would never need rescuing. And wasn’t there something to be said for that as well?” 5 likes
“Adventure, my dear, is as much a state of mind as anything else. One can travel the world and never find the excitement to be found within arm's reach.

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.”
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