This book was good in fact one of Jo Beverley’s best written story of ‘an arranged marriage’. Though I did not care for Lucian hitting Beth, I did understand were. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jo Beverley has won the Following the highly-acclaimed An Arranged Marriage, “An Unwilling Bride” is. Twenty-some years ago, a Dukes wife had a one time affair with an old flame while her husband was away. She gets pregnant & her husband realizes the child.
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. An unusual heroine and a fresh plot add a different slant to the traditional Regency. I kept this for a long time and then purchased the Kindle edition so definitely a becerley. I’ve read this before but always a great read.
Want to read more of Ms. Jjo Sep 15, Lucien de Vaux, Marquess of Arden and heir to a dukedom, is about to offer marriage to a young lady when his father stops him. His father orders him to marry an unknown schoolmistress, Beth Armitage, for reasons that are a surprise and a shock to him. When Beth is visited by the Duke of Belcraven and forced to agree to the marriage she believes that her life is almost at an end – a woman who agrees with Mary Wollstonecraft’s views on the bevetley of women can hardly fit well into an aristocratic household.
She is afraid of the Marquess, that he could be violent towards her as well as having power over her as her husband. Lucien and Beth have several weeks together as an engaged couple before the wedding and these are detailed in the story – their conversations, arguments, misunderstandings and fears about the future. And yet as time goes on Beth learns to understand a little more unwilljng the responsibilities of the Marquess and to appreciate his intelligence, learning and wit.
But even after the wedding all isn’t necessarily well, particularly when Beth finds herself helping one of her old school pupils and throwing herself into danger in the meantime. There were a lot of things I liked about this book, but one major thing I didn’t. The whole mistress thing. I brde like how friendly Lucien was with his mistress, Blanche, I didn’t like how after meeting his future wife, Beth, he went and bwverley one more night with his Blanche to say goodbye and I didn’t think it was very realistic that Beth would want to be friends with his Blanche, KNOWING who she was.
Especially after feeling so much jealousy towards her after seeing Lucien yb at her with a smile on his face. That whole part of the story irritated me.
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And I thought it was weird that his best friend fell in love with Blanche and wanted to marry her, and there were things said about her becoming his mistress until he could get her to marry him. It was just weird, she was past around between friends.
Set at the time of the battle of Waterloo and with some really interesting historical insights particularly with regard to the running of a ducal household and the family’s interaction btide their servantsthe story of an arrangemed marriage turning into a love match is one that works in any era.
I wasn’t entirely sure when the love arrived between them – it wasn’t entirely clear – and the Marquess wasn’t always a sympathetic character violence towards his wife, even in extenuating circumstances, bridee very heroic. However it was well paced and interesting and the characters grew and changed through the book, and some of the side characters like the Duke and Duchess also having some resolution.
AlexisLovesBooks Feb 9, As I predicted, the brids lost some of its shine, but it’s still quite good. Content with her independent life as a teacher, free from the bonds of matrimony, Beth Armitage suddenly finds herself trapped in a betrothal to the rakish Lucien de Vaux, Marquess of Arden, who must marry to secure his inheritance.
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Lucien and Beth are thrown together because his father wants it arranged. Dragged a little at the very end, but overall I liked it. GoldenDarter Sep 15, Lucien de Vaux, Marquess of Arden and heir to a dukedom, is about to offer marriage to a young lady when his father stops him. AlexisLovesBooks Feb 9, As I predicted, the book lost some of its shine, but it’s still quite good.
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Lord Darius Debenham Dare. Con Somerford, Viscount Amleigh. William de Vaux, Duke of Belcraven. Yolande de Vaux, Duchess of Belcraven.
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Wikipedia in English 1 Xn Beverley. Miss Elizabeth Armitage was certain the world had gone mad! The school teacher wanted nothing more than uneilling live her life free of the shackles of matrimony. Yet, after a harrowing meeting no the elderly Duke of Belcraven, Beth found herself forced into wedding his heir, the dashing Lucien de Vaux.
Caught in an aristocrat’s web, Beth was determined to despise her betrothed. Yet when she began to find pleasure in Lucien’s company-and his worldly kisses-she summoned unwklling her sharp wits to keep from bowing to his arrogant will, or surrendering her well-guarded heart! And this woman especially rankled him– she was a nobody, a commoner-yet on a twist of fate she was the only link to continuing the bloodline for the de Vaux.
The trouble was the chit’s spitting temper. In defiance, she refused to act the part of an aristocrat, rejecting even the family jewels! He vowed jl win her submission-for he was a master player at seduction, and Miss Armitage would soon learn she’d begun a dangerous game The Duchess of Belcraven committed a folly, and bore her husband another man’s child.
But Lucien was a third son, so all was patched over. Then the two older boys drowned, leaving disaster. Now, over twenty years later, the duke learns he has a legitimate daughter—Beth Armitage, a child of his blood—and he compels Lucien and Beth to marry. Lucien, inwilling the arrogant ducal heir, is devastated to learn he is not his father’s child and that the only way to his fortune is through his unwilling bride: Can there be neverley common ground?
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