The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 307 (paperback)
Horatia Winwood is simply helping helping her family...When the Earl of Rule proposes marriage to her sister Lizie, Horatia offers herself instead. Her sister is already in love with someone else, and Horatia is willing to sacrifice herself for her family's happiness. Everyone knows she's no beauty, but she'll do her best to keep out of the Earl's way and make him a good wife. And then the Earl's archenemy, Sir Robert, sets out to ruin her reputation...
The Earl of Rule has found just the wife he wants...Unbeknownst to Haratia, the Earl is enchanted by her. There's simply no way he's going to let her get into trouble. Overcoming some misguided help from Horatia's harebrained brother and a hired highwayman, the Earl routs his old enemy, and wins over his young wife, gift her with a love that she never thought she could expect.
My Review:This story is actually a Georgian romance ( Georgette Heyer usually rights Regency romances). Hory is one of my favorite examples of an imperfect but absolutely adorable character. Hory is unorthodox, short and plain, and badly stammers. Because of this, the reader actually gets a dose of laugh out loud fun. The Earl of Rule is looking to settle down and he chooses Hory's sister who wants to actually marry for love. Hory steps in, willing to make the sacrifice.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Both Hory and the Earl are great loveable characters. I was afraid that I would become irritated by Hory's stammer, but it didn't get old, and was quite endearing. I haven't discussed the plot much because all of the characters are so amazing. However, the book has great pacing and has a bit of comedy with a rather predictable ending. I would recommend this book to all historical fiction fans.