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Love With the Proper Husband

(Effingtons #6)

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,678 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Distressed over the current widespread disinterest in matrimony among their eminently marriageable offspring, the formidable matriarchs of the ton have taken matters into their own meddling hands with the formation of The Ladies' Society for the Betterment of the Future of Britain. Their first challenge: the Earl of Pennington.

Miss Gwendolyn Townsend has seen her late fath
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Paperback, 358 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Avon (first published 2003)
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HR-ML
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
England 1820. This story had too many coincidences.

Marcus (non-rake, non-nerd), an earl, & Gwen, dtr of a
viscount, were fated to be together, per their late fathers
(true?). Gwen tended toward assumptions+ impulses +
distrust. She needed to learn how to weigh a decision.
Marcus had never fallen in love. Gwen learned her 3 nieces
were orphaned, but thought Marcus only wanted sons.

The lust and love came too quickly for these 2. Marcus was
a 'keeper' but Gwen needed to grow up,& just chill at tim
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Els
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3,5 stars.
It was a nice story with good secundairy characters.
Jessica
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I'd say this is a 3.5 (I'd also like to say that I loathe goodreads' inability to have us give half stars.)

Anywho- I've read a fair amount of Victoria Alexander and I like her. I don't love her with the burning passion I have for JQ but she's generally consistent so that when I need a romance fix, I can pick her up and be content with the result.

This feeling remained status quo for this novel. The beginning of the novel scared me a bit because Gwendolyn Townsend was a rather stubborn creature wi
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Julianna
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighter Historical Romance
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Six books into Victoria Alexander’s Effington Family & Friends series, I can say that I’ve found some enjoyment in each of the books so far, but I’ve also found weaknesses that have kept all but one of the books from receiving keeper status from me. Love with the Proper Husband is one of the better books in that I really liked the hero, generally liked the heroine, except for one unwise decision she makes, and found their love to be sweet and heartfelt, if a little quick
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Brittany
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-challenge
The only reason I gave it a 4 and not a 5 out of 5 is because the ending wasn't what I wanted! LOL However I really loved how the Mothers decided in the beginning to 'help' their children along to getting married, and I absolutely ADORED how Lady Pennington got her son to marry. VERY clever and I didn't see it for what it was until she admitted it. I really enjoyed how open Marcus was an how he didn't fight tooth an nail his feelings like most male romance characters do. Instead Gwen was the one ...more
Jessica Adams
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I actually really liked this nook. Fun plot. Great supporting characters. Funny dialogue. IR would have gotten a higher rating except for 1 thing - I didn’t like the heroine at all ;-(. I found her so tiresome. Otherwise, good book, and I’d like to read more.
Nadia
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just ordered some boo from Victoria Alexander as I'm looking forward to reading more of her!!! ...more
Angelica Morado-Young
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story! The main character, Miss Gwendolyn is left penniless after her father’s death and then the shocking news that her father arranged a match for her with the Earl of Pennington. She is shocked and confused. So, she believes that she must spend some time with him and she has some conditions. It is at times funny how the two think and react to situations. I enjoyed it all!
Fiona
Apr 07, 2021 rated it liked it
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Janet
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
3+ stars
Heather
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this light reading book - story a bit predictable but still worth a read when there is little else around at the time.
Berna
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
An enjoyable book with funny moments but it had a lot of cliches of the romance books. The characters were a bit sily but still likeable, especially Marcus.
Betsy Gray
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the banter!
May Grider
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Not horrible but ultimately a DNF for me. Just needed more substance. Probably my last attempt at reading this author.
Ashley Oxford
This book was so funny! I wasn't expecting this level of humor in a historic romance novel. They often try to be funny but fail. Victoria Alexander had me lol'ing quite a bit! ...more
CrazyColorfulRoan
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable, easy read. It helped me to get out of my slump. Anyway this book main conflict also stems from them, some are stupid, some are manipulative BUT it's not too deep so it's okay. ...more
Sumaira
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Ladies’ Society for the Betterment of the Future of Britain has been formed to force marriageable aged children to actually marry and continue with there lines. Their first challenge: the Earl of Pennington. This book starts off with Gwen being called back by her late father’s solicitor from America where she has been working as a Governess. She fled England when the day after her father death she was told she was penniless and her home was going to her distant cousin who has inherited the t ...more
Kiki Z
Jan 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
One and a half stars. I read most of it, but I gave up the last 50 pages of the ebook. Let's break it down.

1) Marcus: not really likable to me. He's an ass at the beginning, he's ridiculous in the middle, and I still didn't care for him at the end.

2) This story is a quick read, mostly because there's no plot. Or it's a very long read if, unlike me, you weren't trying to avoid doing anything.

3) (And most importantly) A story about misunderstandings only works when there's a misunderstanding.

Gwen
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Maura
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Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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Sylvain

Distressed over the current widespread disinterest in matrimony among their eminently marriageable offspring, the formidable matriarchs of the ton have taken matters into their own meddling hands with the formation of The Ladies' Society for the Betterment of the Future of Britain. Their first challenge: the Earl of Pennington. Miss Gwendolyn Townsend has seen her late father's estate go to a distant cousin she can't abide ... leaving her well-educated, able to make a perfect curtsy -- and penni

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Jesha
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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I adore Victoria Alexander as a writer. She paints a very vivid image in each of her books. This book was enjoyable. The only problem I had was the logic behind the characters. The motivations weren't fleshed out or used properly in a manner that would have suited the story. For one, the Dowager Lady Pennington wasn't featured much in the book. This was the woman behind this scheme! Why wasn't she front and center? The
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Judy
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Marcus Pennington and Reggie Berkley have been in most of the books. As friends of Thomas Effington. Both Marcus and Reggie had paid plenty of attention to Marianne Shelton but she only had eyes for Thomas.

In this book Marcus finds that he is to be married within 3 months, by his 30th birthday, or he will lose his fortune. The bride he is to marry is Gwendolyn Townsend. A young lady who lost her mother early in life, her sister was 13 years older then her and then her father sent her off to scho
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Sarina
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those with a liking for light, humor-filled, delightful romantic tales
Recommended to Sarina by: Myself :D
This is a reread.
I read this long ago, back when I was not aware of Erotica or sensual romance. This book has some erotic elements, some regency romance, but has more to it......so I don't know what genre to call it.
I had been then, and I've again been fascinated by this book....the love story woven between the main characters here is simply....delicious. I'll tell you why.
1. Swoon-worthy hero? Check.
2. Strong-willed heroine? Check.
3. Sweet kids? Check.
4. Great banters? Check.
5. Subtle humor?
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Houa
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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Lapada
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I absolutely love historical romances and have rarely found one to rate less than four stars, however there had to be a first and this was it. The writing style was engaging and the story sound. But the hero was insipid and the heroine...annoying is too mild a word. So she was sent away to school at an early age - so were a lot of girls of that era. Her dad had little time for her growing up (again, typical of that era). It doesn't seem to be sufficient background to justify her repeated stupidi ...more
Jennifer
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, effingtons
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Clare
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Somewhat entertaining read but I have a feeling that it will prove to be particularly unmemorable after awhile. My absolute favorite in this series would have to be the first book and/or The Prince's Bride, but the other books in the series have been somewhat disappointing. The idea of mothers coming together to ensure the futures of their offspring is somewhat laughable but definitely relatable (asian mums... 'nuff said). Still, didn't particularly care for the heroine - the hero (Marcus) was a ...more
Lauren
Miss Gwendolyn Townsend is penniless. Her late father's estate has gone to her counsin. She is shocked when she finds out an arrangement has been made between herself and Marcus Holcroft, the Earl of Pennington. She does not want to marry a man she just met, but what other choice does she have? Although, she cannot let him get everything he wants so easily, some rules will have to be met first.

Ah, the rules! It was a fun little squabble between Marcus and Gwen that kept coming up. I thought the
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Becca
Dec 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I give up. When you get 2/3 of the way through a book and you just really don't care what happens and you happen to be bored out of your mind, it's time to move on to something else. There was no chemistry between the characters--you only knew they were supposed to be in love because the text said so, but there was no evidence to support it. The hero was so perfect he was flat and unbelievable, while the heroine was so stubborn and distrustful it was downright stupid. I often feel this way about ...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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Other books in the series

Effingtons (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Wedding Bargain (Effingtons, #1)
  • The Husband List (Effingtons, #2)
  • The Marriage Lesson (Effingtons, #3)
  • The Prince's Bride (Effingtons, #4)
  • Her Highness, My Wife (Effingtons, #5)
  • The Lady in Question (Effingtons, #7)
  • The Pursuit of Marriage (Effingtons, #8)
  • A Visit From Sir Nicholas (Effingtons, #9)
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