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Feature book: Marry in Haste

15 August 2018

Marry in Haste by Anne Gracie

Series: A Marriage of Convenience #1
Subgenre: historical romance
Release date: 2 May 2017
Publisher: Berkley
Format: print and ebook
Length: 304 pages
RRP: print A$14.99; ebook A$10.99

Last year I was delighted to learn of Anne Gracie’s new ‘Marriage of Convenience’ series—a romance trope I’ve always enjoyed. I think it really is romance catnip to a lot of people, and fabulous to read in historicals where it makes every sense.

In this first book, returning war hero (and now spy, hunting for an assassin) Major Calbourne Rutherford discovers he’s become Lord Ashendon, with two wild half-sisters and an even wilder niece he didn’t even know he had, plus a neglected estate to manage. Wrangling the girls is a bit like herding cats, so he tries to engage the services of their previous teacher, Miss Emmaline Westwood.

This is the bit that’s brilliant: she refuses; she’s had a better offer—until Cal unexpectedly offers marriage. Even so, it’s a hard decision for Emmaline to make. Cal doesn’t exactly come across as romantic (which is code for Not Romantic At All, a true desperado to marry for reasons Other Than Romance), but he offers every marital advantage such as societal acceptance for someone standing on uncertain ground like Emmaline.

As in all Anne Gracie’s books, she creates a wonderful ‘family’ for us to enjoy, one that even Cal didn’t realise he had. Emm is a gentle, intelligent heroine, and Cal—well, he is terrific, apart from being prickly and hard to get to know … at first … I also loved the nod to the Chance Sisters series—hello, old friends, nice to see you again! A lovely start to another series. Thanks, Anne!

Reviewed by Malvina

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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