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By Arrangement
     

By Arrangement

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by Madeline Hunter
 

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The lady and the commoner...

Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn was not opposed to marriage.  But she demanded to be married on her own terms, not as punishment for a romantic indiscretion, and especially not to a common merchant.  Yet she was in for a shock when she met David de Abyndon.  For she was confronted by no ordinary merchant

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By Arrangement 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of historical romances. I started reading again after taking off a few years due to being bored by the authors, books and plot lines (they all seemed the same). I found some new authors this year - and used many of the reviews to decide who to purchase and read. I selected Madeline Hunter and 'By Arrangement' as it seemed to get very solid reviews. Although I can say the novel was nice, I really am left with a feeling at the end that it was a good book and read but, NOTHING fabulous. Many of the earlier reviews gushed about how great this novel was but, I rate it so-so. I never really connected with the two characters. David - although constantly described as tall, quiet and a handsome simple merchant man - left me a little cold as he was so calculating in all he did. Clearly, from the start, judging by his intelligence, position in the court with the king and his business -he had more going on than meets the eye. Christiana was constantly described as a fine beauty and quite an eye catching girl in the kings court. She seemed to be a smart gal but, never put enough details together. In one moment she seemed to have the courage of 10 soliders to face something and then a moment later she seemed a little weak willed. There were points in the story where their relationship did seem to finally mesh and connect (emotionally and sexually) but, other times I felt off with them. The plot line with the work David was doing for the king and others was a bit interesting (there were so many things going on that I can't even remember each one exactly) but, I guess I just never got overwhelmed with the characters, story or plot line. When I was finished I felt the book was ok. I would still recommend buying this book and reading it as it clearly appeals to many readers. I will buy another novel from this author to see how she develops as I feel she does have the gift of the pen and knows how to work a story - I would just like to see more real emotion from two characters so, I can believe in them more. I never rooted for them and that's not good. Here's hoping for better with the next book...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome novel! It normally takes me a week or two to read a book. I read this one in two days! This was so beautifully written. The characters were well developed, and the plot quite intriguing.
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It was a struggle just finish this book this book left me incomplete, characters was so so plot line too much going on the characters were not convincing with their love did not root for them to stay together too many unanswered questions
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