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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Humorous Regency romance

    In 1818, widow Lady Gillian Marley needs to find a spouse within two months if she wants to inherit her late uncle¿s fortune. She draws up THE HUSBAND LIST, a compilation of nine potential spouses for her to consider as a mate in a marriage of convenience. Next to each of the candidate¿s name, Gillian describes their attributes, mostly negative. Because he is devastatingly handsome and responsible, Gillian selects the Earl of Shelbrooke, Richard Shelton as the prime slab of beef. <P>Once quite the rake, Richard tends his estates and cares for his family. He knows he needs money and successfully turns to painting under the no de plume of Etienne Toussaint. Richard wants to marry Gillian, but not for her money. He wants her love. Using his Toussaint identity, he begins to woo the woman he loves. <P>THE HUSBAND LIST is an amusing Regency romantic romp that will delight fans that enjoy a cheerful, carefree historical love story. The characters are fully developed and understandable, even why Richard goes to the great lengths to prove his love for Gillian and not just her money. Victoria Alexander provides sub-genre fans with merriment rarely found in historical romances. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Lovely read

    I enjoyed this book a great deal and would definitely recommend it.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

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    Great Romance

    This book shows that love exists even when your are not looking for it! So, it will find you when you least expect it. This woman needs to re-marry in order to inherit some money. So she makes a potential "husband list" with her best friends. Little does she know that they were joking about it and gave her a list of men she should not marry. Well, she didnt know this and proposed to the first guy on the list. A man society is skeptical about. However, she just wants his name to inherit her money... no love involed. He too, wants the same thing to save his families name. Then somewhere along the way they both fall in love but they are too stubborn to admit it! It is a great historical love story!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2005

    The List is The Funniest Part of The Book...

    I have purchased a few novels by this author via B & N. Earlier works I really enjoyed by her were ¿The Wedding Bargain¿ (charming and fun) and ¿When We Meet Again¿ (strong characters and plot). ¿The Husband List¿ is the next one I choose. Although I liked this book, it wasn¿t as good for me as the first two I read. Gillian is the heroine in this book and Richard the hero. Gillian was married for years to her childhood sweetheart and then he died in battle for the King. She was alone for many years but, recovered and her life continued with social outings, get togethers and family. She needs to find a husband by her 30th birthday or she¿ll loose a large inheritance. She creates a list of the best husbands in town with the help of her two best guy friends and it¿s off to the races. She meets with Richard as he tops the list ¿ good looks, good manners, good family history and title etc. Little know to Gillian ¿ Richard is a reformed rogue and rake and trying to be good since his father died. He has become honorable by taking care of his sisters, their family estate and the good family name. Richard is poor in cash ¿ heavily in debt on the family estate - when they meet but, rich in spirit. The story takes a number of twists and turns ¿ who Richard really is, what he does for a living, how a famous painter Etienne and the arts plays into their relationship, why they both want the inheritance so bad and if the money can truly bring them together as a real husband and wife. I would have liked that they wait a little longer to be fully intimate and that there be more temptation and seduction before the big scene but, it was not to be. I also felt they spent a bit of time apart during their two month courtship and a bit of deception here and there but, I figure the author felt that added to the story. There was no formal engagement, wedding or follow up scene and I would have liked that to cement their relationship at the end as well. Many of the side characters were appealing to learn about ¿ Gillian¿s two male childhood friends Kit & Robin, Richards four sisters ¿ Marianne, Jocelyn, Becky & Emma, etc. This author is good at making the characters interesting and the story develop in a detailed and enriching way. Her books are not hot, passionate and intense rather¿they are light, warm, witty and usually fun to read. You can¿t help but, be drawn into the story after you see the descriptions on the husband list such as ¿Lord Tyndale ¿ remarkably well spoken for a man with few teeth¿ or ¿Lord Runley ¿ elegant in appearance but, with the intelligence of a small mutton chop¿ or ¿ Lord Harkin ¿ short bald and altogether unaware of his distinct resemblance to a hairless rabbit¿. See¿you will smile and enjoy this story and understand why she HAD to choose The Earl of Shelbrooke and why she didn¿t regret it. I look forward to reading her other stories¿history has proven she¿s a romance author worth reading. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2000

    Delightful!

    Lady Gillian Marley had been a widow for eight years. Now she stands to gain a huge inheritance, but only if she wed before her thirtieth birthday. That day was two months away. She decided to make a list of potential husbands. She did not want an intimate relationship. (She had loved her husband and wanted no other to take his place.) So she needed a husband who needed money as badly as she did. She chose Richard Shelton. His father left lots of debts when he died and Richard had four sisters to support and a near bankrupt estate in the country. But Richard wants heirs. They agree to get to know each other for two months to see if a marriage with a relationship was possible. <BR><BR> Unknown to any, but Gillian's brother, Richard was the new and talented French artist. He soon found himself trying to woo Gillian as Richard and as Etienne, the artist. <BR><BR> *** A delightful tale of a practical widow who learns that you can fall in love a second time. A bit slow at times and a bit predictable, but still wonderful! Well worth your time and money. Lovely! ***

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