I fell in love with Regency England the first time I read a historical romance set in early nineteenth century England.
I fell in love with writing the first time I read Julia Quinn.
|Me and Julia Quinn at the Moonlight and Magnolias|
conference, October 2012.
Once a month I like to take you on a little jaunt to my "re-read" bookshelf, and if you went to look at it - because yes, it is a physical shelf - you'd find a lot of Julia Quinn books. Today, I'm sharing one of my favorites.
My copy of How to Marry a Marquis is pretty worn looking. The storyline isn't the most original - boy goes undercover to solve a mystery, girl meets boy and falls in love with him in the guise of his secret identity, boy is ousted and girl gets mad. What I love about this book is that every character that crosses the stage right down to the cat - maybe especially the cat - is a very memorable, unique character.
We always expect the hero and heroine to be well-rounded and well-known by the end of the book, but even characters that pop up nearly 3/4 of the way through the book are easy to get a read on. You really feel like your slipping into a world of people that you know. And the characters are so varied that your bound to find someone to relate to.
Sarcastic and cynical, but determined to have the best for those you have deemed worthy of your love? Occasionally overcome by such a desperate need to better things for those you love that you'll do anything - even read a self-help book? Tired of people always wanting things from you and delighted with the possibility that someone may just like you for you and not what you can do for them? A cat lover that thinks felines are the most discerning and smartest creatures on the planet?
If any of those describe you, you'll find a kindred spirit within the pages of How to Marry a Marquis. You may like them so well that you'll have to go pick up the loosely linked companion book How to Catch an Heiress (which actually takes place before How to Marry a Marquis).
About the book:
SHE'S TRYING TO FOLLOW THE RULES...
When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a copy of in her employer's library, she's convinced someone is playing a cruel joke. With three younger siblings to support, she knows she has to marry for money, but who might have guessed how desperate she's become? A guidebook to seduction might be just the thing she needs—and what harm could there be in taking a little peek?
James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, has been summoned to rescue his aunt from a blackmailer, a task that requires him to pose as the new estate manager, and his primary suspect is his aunt's companion, Elizabeth. Intrigued by the alluring young woman with the curious little rulebook, he gallantly offers to help her find a husband... by practicing her wiles on him. But when practice becomes all too perfect, James decides that there is only one rule worth following—that Elizabeth marry her marquis.