I have to admit this book was my first introduction the Georgette Heyer and after I finished it, I was hooked on all things Heyer.
Horatia Winwood offers to marry the Earl of Rule in place of her sister, as her sister is in love with someone else. After she marries, she takes on her family pastime of gambling, which she isn’t very good at. Horatia’s antics provide a lot of comedy, but it also allows us to see what is so charming to the hero.
The Earl of Rule is a hero you want to slap over the head sometimes and then other times you want to kiss him. Mostly he’s infuriating. His actions, or better yet his reactions, are very calm and calculated. Just when you think he doesn’t care he surprises you. He’s also completely enamored with Horatia who has no idea.
Let us not forget Sir Robert, the nemesis of our beloved, yet infuriating Earl of Rule. Sir Robert in an effort to get back at the Earl tries to ruin Horatia’s reputation. The Earl is not having any of it. He has a plan and what a glorious one it is. Throw in an appearance of Horatia’s harebrained brother and you have a great romantic comedy.
There is magic in The Convenient Marriage, and not because this was my first Heyer novel, but because the heroine in flawed. She is not perfect. She has faults. Horatia stutters. I remember that other readers hated that the heroine stuttered, but frankly I loved it. Why can’t a stuttering heroine find love? It was a part of her character and is part of the charm of the novel.
In addition, there is one of the classic Heyer formulas in the novel, the older man with the younger woman which seems to be a favorite of hers. While the difference in age between the hero and the heroine can sometimes be apparent, I found that most of the time I didn’t even notice. I was caught up in the comedy that Heyer is so proficient at.
Heyer is at her best in this novel. The comedy, the wit and the plot are what make this book so enjoyable. In fact the very end of the novel is one of my favorites. You cannot go wrong with this book. I think I’m going to go read this again.
~Kaydee at For the Love of Austen
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