Posted by: Jennifer | January 30, 2007

How to Marry a Marquis – Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn. How to Marry a Marquis. (New York: Harper Collins, 1999). 0380800810.

Main Characters: James Sidwell, Marquis of Riverdale and Elizabeth Hotchkiss.

Related Works: Blake and Caroline Ravenscroft appear in this book as friends of James Sidwell. William Dunford also makes an appearance as a potential suitor for Elizabeth.

Description from the book:

She’s trying to follow the rules . . .

When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a most intriguing book, How to Marry a Marquis, in her employer’s library, she’s convinced someone is playing a cruel joke. With three younger siblings to support, she knows she has to marry for money, but who might have guessed how desperate she’s become? A guidebook to seduction might be just the thing she needs–and what harm could there be in taking a little peek?

But he’s making his own . . .

James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, has been summoned to rescue his aunt from a blackmailer, a task that requires him to pose as the new estate manager–and he immediately sheds suspicion on his aunt’s companion, Elizabeth. Intrigued by the deliciously alluring young woman with the curious little rulebook, he gallantly offers to help her find herself a husband . . . by practicing her wiles on him. But when practice becomes all too perfect, James decides there’s only one rule worth following–that Elizabeth marry her marquis.

My Thoughts:

This is an enjoyable book. I love Lady Danbury and the mean-spirited cat Malcolm. Elizabeth’s conversations with Malcolm cracked me up. While I did like the relationship between James and Elizabeth, I found James’ masquerade as the estate manager James Siddons to be painful – since it was so easy to see the problems that his unmasking would cause. I found the blackmail plot that was faked by Lady Danbury to bring James and Elizabeth together to be a bit contrived. Why couldn’t Lady Danbury have had James come to visit for an extended period? Fortunately, it all worked out fine in the end.

Read again: January 29, 2007.

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