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An Arranged Marriage

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

On of the best books I've read in a long time and I would highly

On of the best books I've read in a long time and I would highly recommend it. This is the type of book that you don't want to put down and I will keep it for future reading pleasure. I look forward to reading more of this author's excellent writing.

posted by 10709066 on November 2, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

16 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

An Arranged Disaster If You Ask Me...

This is the first book via B & N I bought for author Jo Beverly. My guess is this is one of her first novels as no others are noted? I read this book hoping for the best. Some of the reviews were good ¿ some a little off. I have to admit I was turned off by the first pa...
This is the first book via B & N I bought for author Jo Beverly. My guess is this is one of her first novels as no others are noted? I read this book hoping for the best. Some of the reviews were good ¿ some a little off. I have to admit I was turned off by the first parts of the book. The rape scene even though not wordy and documented was enough to make me cringe and be unsure of the story line. Make no doubt, this situation can and probably did happen more than any of us knew in history and modern times. But¿it¿s hard to put such a realistic and awful event into a book you want to be a love story. Eleanors own brother set up the incident which was revolting. Then, when Eleanor figures out that it was Christopher and not his twin Nicholas who violated her she didn¿t even have a serious fit of the vapors ( a minimum for those times) when the truth came out. She was upset but, not overly disgusted or angry. She agreed to whatever plans Chris came up with ¿ not an independent and thinking woman there. Nicholas in turn did whatever his twin brother Chris asked ¿ such as marrying the women he violated - even though Nick was clearly the strong, intelligent and dominate brother. Who would just marry their brothers intimate partner, consider taking on a possible pregnant woman and her child as his own and never have many fits of consciousness over such events? This story did not get better for me as time went on. Everyone was just way too accepting of the situation instead of fighting back the right way. The rape scene and resulting child were mentioned too often. I feel this content belongs in modern stories or biographies not love stories meant to take you away to a softer, kinder and more beautiful place. Many reviewers felt Nick was dashing, courageous and wonderful but, I felt he was too wimpy and accepting for me. His actions in some ways could be considered honorable but, in other ways I felt he was a doormat doing what he was supposed to do. Eleanor in turn just seemed to always sit back and let things control her world instead of her being the controller. The two of them seemed often apart and that didn¿t help to make their relationship seem solid and strong. Luck have it¿things did work themselves out but, this just was not a story line I found memorable and tender. It simply did not work for me. I was hard pressed to even give it two stars. Very disappointing.

posted by Anonymous on November 17, 2005

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  • Posted July 29, 2014

    VERY HARD BOOK TO READ!! Be warned there is a rape scene in th

    VERY HARD BOOK TO READ!! Be warned there is a rape scene in the very beginning of the book. I truly had a hard time liking Nicholas, and thought Eleanor forgave him so much to quickly. Yes, he agonized over what he HAD to do, but I felt he got off to easy. This is not your normal romance with only a few bumps in the road, the whole road is very rocky in this story. I love the secondary character's a lot and added a lightness to the story. The lovemaking, is mild, but certainly discussed what is going on more than doing, especially about the mistress. This is not a light read, it is very emotional. I kept trying to remind myself the time period I was reading and not putting my ideas of the 21st Century. (ljb)

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  • Posted December 12, 2014

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    A good read.

    The book was good enjoy books by author. Some parts were a little slow but overall interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2014

    Enjoyable

    *An enjoyable read but not as much as the other books in the series.. It does, however, set the background for the other books.. recommended (Chastel)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    Good read

    This was a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Good Series

    This series is extremely well written. I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    2nd time I have read this and enjoyed it as much as the 1st time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Nice read

    Good book for the beach or plane

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Good book.

    Looking forward to to read the next book. Thanks

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    This is the kind of book that you will probably really enjoy or

    This is the kind of book that you will probably really enjoy or wish you had never started it. It did have some painful and brutal scenes, but the story held my attention and was well written. If the idea of rape and infidelity in marriage horrify you, this is not the book for you. If you characters changing and growing through adversity, this story may appeal to you. Over all, I enjoyed reading it. Having written a few books myself, I give her a lot of credit for creating a well-written book with enough plot twists and surprises to keep me reading until the end. Reading some of the very negative and extremely critical reviews, I wonder how many of them could have done as good a job of storytelling as this author did.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    Intriguing Story Line

    Well written regency romance with a different twist on the story line. Always enjoy Jo Beverley's stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Loved it

    What a delicious read. I usually don't go for the historical types of romancess, but this one has me hooked. I just picked up book 2. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Wonderful

    Looking forward to reading all the others it was a great story from a great writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    A review

    Normally reading period novels are not my liking. Altho some of the characters are weak, i did love Nicolas and eleanors story. A happy ending is always a plus. May read more books by this author.

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