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by Julia Quinn

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Regency England


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Browsing through the books in her employer?s library, Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a most intriguing volume of edicts entitles ?How to Marry a Marquis.?

Desperate to find the means to support her siblings, Elizabeth thinks marriage may be the only way out. Now to find a guide book with explicit instructions, outlining each edict, is just too much of a coincidence.

When her sister convinces her to practice the author?s advice on Lady Danbury?s new estate manager, Elizabeth is reluctant and yet desperation convinces her she has nothing to lose.

Bored with his life in London, James Sidwell, Marquis of Riverdale, is glad to come to the aid of his aunt, Lady Danbury, when she notifies him she is being blackmailed.

Previously a secret officer with the War Office, James is adept at ferreting out secrets. A master of disguise, no one will ever guess he is a marquis.

James is intrigued by the lovely, innocent and witty Elizabeth, and though he suspects her of being the blackmailer he cannot deny his attraction to her.

James discovers Elizabeth is just what she seems, an innocent angel trying to care for her family. Finding himself head over heels in love, he can do nothing without revealing his true identity and that must remain a secret.

Despite her need to find a rich husband, Elizabeth cannot deny her love for James. His plan goes awry when Elizabeth discovers his identity and feels she has been played for a fool. How can James convince her of his love? And who then is the blackmailer?

HOW TO MARRY A MARQUIS is a brilliant tale showcasing love?s amazing powers to make miracles happen. Witty, poignant and heartwarming, Ms. Quinn pens a love story you will not forget. SENSUAL (Apr., 384 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed By: Beth MacGregor

Publisher: Avon

Published: April 1999

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How to Marry a Marquis

Submitted by Robin in PA on March 2, 2013 - 10:11pm.

James Sidwell, Marquis of Riverdale, agrees to pose as his Aunt's new Estate Manager in hopes of finding out who is blackmailing her. His first suspect is his Aunt's companion, Miss Elizabeth Hotchkiss. Elizabeth is raising her siblings and running out of money. Desperate to find a rich husband, she picks up a book called "How to Marry a Marquis". Wanting to try the techniques covered in the book, Elizabeth decides to try her new knowledge on the new Estate Manager since there is no Marquis in sight. When James discovers her plan to marry a titled gentleman, he decides that he will help her on her quest to find a rich husband.

This is a cute historical romance with fun dialogue. I enjoyed both James and Elizabeth, along with Aunt Agatha's cat, Malcolm. There are no surprises in this book, but it is an enjoyable read. My rating: 4 Stars.