arranged marriage

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The Princess

Elizabeth Elliott’s fine Montagues series follows another young woman through a new marriage in Medieval times in the aptly titled The Princess. The widowed-young Isabel Plantagenet of Ascalon, Dowager Countess of Rheinbaden in Germany, possesses a spine of iron – which is a good thing when s ...

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The Heart of the Dragon

As a reviewer, one runs out of ways to say "this book wasn't bad". Offer too little praise and you're shortchanging an author who did a decent job, too much and you're building unrealistic expectations. So, hey readers, this book was OK/not bad/nice/readable/alright/(any other phrase meaning pleasan ...

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In Pursuit of the Green Lion

There are defining texts in many of romance’s subgenres for me: Novels that may be among the first I read in a subgenre, but, more important, encompass for me all that is fascinating about the subgenre. For historical novels (or romances) set in the Middle Ages, among these texts are the Margaret ...

B+
Gentle Conquest

I miss Signet Regencies. One day when I had a hankering for a quality Regency, I did something I'd been longing to do but never got around to: I went down to the library and parked myself for three hours with an old Mary Balogh I'd never before read. By page 45 I was panicking. Was I seriously re ...

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The Legacy

Where does Medallion Press find its debut authors? This is the second time in a fortnight I have read a debut novel published by this house, and each time I have been overwhelmed by the quality of the writing, by the fascinating characters, and by the authors’ happy disregard of the usual formulas ...

B
Stealing Heaven

Ah, there's nothing like a good conflict. I knew I had come upon a satisfying one when I read these lines in the second chapter: "Hell." He barely breathed the word. He had been commanded to marry Genith, a sweet, innocent virgin. But he had almost made love last night to her older sister, Nes ...

C+
His Betrothed

Despite plot problems, character inconsistencies, and a carload of anachronistic language, I ended up liking His Betrothed more than I thought. The quote on the cover vaunts this as a riveting emotional read. While it's neither riveting nor emotional, it's a quick read with a hero and heroine who re ...

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By Arrangement

Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn is offended to discover that her guardian, King Edward III, has betrothed her to a merchant. If she knew the whole story behind that betrothal she'd be a lot more than just offended, I promise you. By Arrangement by Madeline Hunter is a rather dark, deeply romantic tale of ...

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The Obedient Bride

The Obedient Bride takes on the issue of Regency adultery and humanizes it with the depiction of two very different people caught in an arranged marriage. Many Regency Romances speak lightly of rakes and adultery among the aristocratic classes. Many have heroes who regularly bed married women. Few e ...

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Keeper of the Dream

If I had to choose one author whose books I would take to a desert island, it would probably be Penelope Williamson. Her books really are buried treasures and, without exception, keepers for me. Her characters are explored in depth, her stories excel through the richly textured historical background ...