Also by this author: Marry in Haste
Series: Marriage of Convenience #2
Published by Berkley on April 3, 2018
I will never tire of Historical Romances, especially when the plot is a marriage of convenience.
Lady Lily Rutherford finds herself in a position to be rescued by well-known rake Edward Galbraith. After her rescue, rumors fly threatening Lady Lily’s reputation and he may be a rake, but Edward does have honor and would never be able to move on while Lily’s life is ruined.
Lily is aware of her feelings for Edward, as her hero-worship has turned to love. Edward on the other hand knew he would have to marry someday, it is his duty to provide an heir after all, but never entertained the notion of actually loving his wife.
Edward knows that Lilly wanted to marry for love, but the predicament his rescue put her in, doesn’t leave room for fantastic notions of romance and a happily ever after, at least not in his mind. Out of respect for her, he needs to make clear what their marriage would be:
He sat on a stiff little chair opposite her.
His palms were damp. “There are several things I want to make clear before I er, put the question to you.”
“This arrangement, if you agree to it, will be an arrangement, a marriage for practical reasons—you understand?”
“A convenient marriage?”
“Yes.” He was relieved she understood. “I’m sorry.”
“Sorry? Sorry for what?”
“That you won’t be able to do as you’ve always wanted—that there isn’t time for you to meet a suitable young man, be courted and fall in love.” There. He’d said it.
“Because of the scandal.”
“Yes. You and I know there is no basis for the gossip, but it is the way of the world. A woman’s reputation is based on what others think and say she did, not what she actually did.”
Horrible that a women’s life was run by her reputation, though men had to worry about their honor, it never compared.
With her family in full support of whatever decision she made, Lily agreed to marry Edward. With her marriage to Edward, she took on the task of helping him fight the demons that kept him from returning to his childhood home, feeling worthy of her love and loving her in return.
As in the first Marriage of Convenience novel, the secondary characters were wonderful. The Jane Austen quotes throughout showed that author Anne Gracie is a fan of her own genre. There’s just no way to go wrong with an homage to Jane Austen. I cannot wait to see if George or Rose are next!