Marry In Haste
Book 1 in the Marriage of Convenience series
Author Anne Gracie
Narrated by Charlotte Anne Dore
Published By Tantor Media
Publication date May 2, 2017
Running time 12 hrs 24 min
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Major Calborne Rutherford returns to England on the trail of an assassin, only to find he’s become Lord Ashendon, with the responsibility for vast estates and dependent relatives. Cal can command the toughest of men, but his wild half-sisters are quite another matter. They might just be his undoing.
When he discovers that Miss Emmaline Westwood, the girls’ former teacher, guides them with ease, Cal offers her a marriage of convenience. But strong-minded and independent Emm is neither as compliant nor as proper as he expected, and Cal finds himself most inconveniently seduced by his convenient wife.
Emm knows they didn’t marry for love, yet beneath her husband’s austere facade, she catches glimpses of a man who takes her breath away. As pride, duty, and passion clash, will these two stubborn hearts find more than they ever dreamed of?
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, despite Dore’s stilted narration. Dore’s readings sound, basically, like someone who has no idea of how punctuation affects speech, or how speech is normally phrased. Her stentorian enunciation, in the past, has only high-lighted this weird reading style. But, perhaps listeners lack of enthusiasm has been good feedback for her because this seemed less distracting than in previous reads. She also does a good job conveying different characters in this one.
I thought this work brought forward some good issues in regards to the needs of veterans returning from war. And, using the Peninsula campaigns versus Napoleon’s later wars is always interesting. It also looks at how women were treated at the time. I liked how the new Lord Ashendon’s mind moves from one idea of duty to another, and how his priorities change.
The issue of bleeding as proof of virginity is, as is often the case, ridiculous, especially when the girl was originally taught to ride astride, or ride in any way, to the extent this woman had. In this plot, it is a device to expose her having kept secrets. That he decides to be an ass about it, provides an excuse to think he is much like her father had been.
That this young woman, supposedly adept at managing schoolgirls and familial matriarchs, makes the errors in judgment she is purported to have, is a little bit of a contradiction.
Other than these few details and Dore’s annoying narrative phrasing, I found this to be a fairly enjoyable story by an author I had not read before.