A Bride for His Convenience [NOOK Book]

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Unless he finds a wealthy wife—and soon—Lord Ian Sutcombe will lose everything. Left deeply in debt by his foolish father and greedy stepmother, his only hope is to marry for money.

Stung by a suitor’s cruel betrayal, Hannah Leeds, daughter of a prosperous merchant, wasn’t sure she’d ever love again. So when her father arranges her betrothal to the handsome lord, she agrees.

It was no more than a marriage of convenience. They would honor and ...

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Overview

Unless he finds a wealthy wife—and soon—Lord Ian Sutcombe will lose everything. Left deeply in debt by his foolish father and greedy stepmother, his only hope is to marry for money.

Stung by a suitor’s cruel betrayal, Hannah Leeds, daughter of a prosperous merchant, wasn’t sure she’d ever love again. So when her father arranges her betrothal to the handsome lord, she agrees.

It was no more than a marriage of convenience. They would honor and obey, but never love…until a simmering passion exploded into a sizzling affair. Now, with Hannah socializing with members of the ton and another man out to win her heart, Ian will do everything in his power to show Hannah she is his ecstasy, his desire fulfilled…and ho so much more than a bride for his convenience.

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Inheriting his profligate family's debts along with the title, Lord Ian Sutcombe has no choice-he needs a rich wife, and Hannah Leeds, a wealthy cit's daughter, once cruelly betrayed and with no illusions about marrying for love, will do nicely. But marriage has surprises for them both, and as friendship blossoms into fragile love, they are forced to confront a rigid, snobbish society and vindictive people who would joyfully tear them apart. A greedy, grasping stepmother-in-law and a troublemaking ex-suitor add a fresh twist to this classic marriage-of-convenience tale that highlights the commoner/aristocrat clashes of the period. Layton (His Dark and Dangerous Ways) lives on Long Island, NY.


—Kristin Ramsdell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061980077
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 449,318
  • File size: 638 KB

Meet the Author

Edith Layton loved to write. She wrote articles and opinion pieces for the New York Times and Newsday, as well as for local papers, and freelanced writing publicity before she began writing novels.

Publisher’s Weekly called her “one of romance’s most gifted authors.” She received many awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romantic Times, and excellent reviews and commendations from Library Journal, Romance Readers Anonymous, and Romance Writers of America. She also wrote historical novels under the name Edith Felber.

Mother of three grown children, she lived on Long Island with her devoted dog, Miss Daisy; her half feral parakeet, Little Richard; and various nameless pond fish in the fishness protection program.

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A Bride for His Convenience

Chapter One

"Then what you're saying is that I have to sell myself," the gentleman said.

"Good Heavens, my lord!" the stout middle-aged man answered. "What a dreadful way to look at it."

"Honest, not dreadful, Mr. Foster," the gentleman replied. He didn't move a muscle in his face, nor did his long, lean body stir in his chair. But his still posture and the look in his cold gray eyes made the other man nervous.

"Finding someone to marry is nothing like a sale," Mr. Foster quickly said.

"Then you've never been to Almacks, or to a ton party, I suppose?" the gentleman asked. "There, I assure you, it is the females who are on sale, apart from a few desperate gentleman paupers with nothing to their names but their names." He paused. "I realize I'm now one of them, but I don't want to be."

"It is tradition that the lady's family provide her with a dowry and make a settlement..." the other man began to say.

He was ruthlessly cut off. "The dowry is standard, the settlement is an act of good faith offered to a gentleman who has equal or more funds of his own. As a successful man-of-business you should know this, Mr. Foster. And as you also know, I have nothing to offer."

Mr. Foster took in a deep breath. "That's true, so far as money goes. Your estate and town house is entailed. There's little left in them anyway except for those heirlooms you refuse to part with. Nor can I blame you for it. Worthy as they are, they wouldn't fetch enough to help you over the long term. Your coffers are empty. You didn't empty them, but in trying to fill them after your father's depredations . . ."

"Mystepmother's depredations," the gentleman corrected him.

"Both then. And yours."

"I see," the gentleman said coldly. "I should have left my brother to die here in England when I was told the air on the warmer shores of Italy might help him live? And it is. He is healing, and breathing freely again. That was and is an unavoidable expense. I grant I made some bad investments. But I neither gambled nor wenched nor drank my fortunes away. My ancestors took care of most of that. My stepmother wasted what was left. Now you tell me my only recourse is to marry for money?"

Lord Ian Sutcombe, Marquis Sutcombe, stood up and paced, keeping his high-nosed profile averted from the other man as he did. "The ladies of the ton don't want me now. They know my financial condition and set their sights higher. I can't blame them. Am I to marry someone whose family is desperate to have her married? Perhaps a wealthy half-wit or deranged woman? Or maybe a commoner, someone with no manners or intelligence? No, Mr. Foster, I care too much for my name to burden it with idiots and fools. We've had enough of them."

"Then you have your eye on some suitable female?" his man of business asked eagerly. "Perhaps there's still a chance . . ."

"Suitable? None, because I never looked to marry. I had hoped to leave that to my brother."

Mr. Foster sighed. He studied his client carefully, noting the well-cut blue jacket that had been brushed once too often, the clean linen that had been washed too frequently to be absolutely snowy, the well-made boots that still took a shine, but showed their age. The gentleman was dressed elegantly, with care and taste, but that elegance was strained. The marquis's hard-edged face showed none of this. Though he had thick, dark gold hair and clear gray eyes, his lordship was not a handsome man in the current poetical style. It was a face of crags and planes, the only softening feature, the cleft in his determined chin. He looked more like a Roman Centurion than a nobleman. But females found him wildly attractive. They flocked to him to win one smile from that firm mouth. The long thin scar that ran from his ear down his cheek to his jaw, earned in the wars before he inherited his title and had to come home, made him appear even more dashing.

The man looked every inch a member of the aristocracy. Unfortunately, Mr. Foster thought, his tastes followed suit. He was high in the instep and low in his regard for other people's intelligence. While never rude without meaning to be, his eyes and his silences nevertheless spoke volumes about his opinions.

"Then there is only one solution," Mr. Foster said. "You can't learn a new career quickly."

"As well I know," the gentleman said softly.

"And you cannot go into Trade."

Now Lord Sutcombe smiled. "I have nothing to trade, nothing to stock and nothing to sell."

"So. My lord, you have obligations, and must have a roof over your head as well as over your brother's. And you must maintain your holdings and their staffs. There's nothing for it except to marry well. Though you have no money, you have a great deal to offer even so. You have a fine ancient title and are accepted everywhere. You have the estate, and it is noteworthy. Your house in London is magnificent."

"Or would be if it had furnishings," Lord Sutcombe murmured.

"Precisely. You have other holdings in the countryside and a charming cottage in the West Country, all sadly entailed as well. But as for yourself, you're relatively young, healthy, considered well-enough-looking, and clever. If you'd only hold your famous scathing remarks, my lord . . ." He saw his guest's face and hurriedly added, "I don't mean you must demean yourself, or bend out of shape in order to be endearing."

"Endearing?" the marquis echoed, his eyes opening wide.

"Engaging, is what I meant to say. If you tried to be more conciliatory, we could find you a charming female, and a new fortune that would come with her."

A Bride for His Convenience
. Copyright © by Edith Layton. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    an entertaining historical

    When his father died, Ian Sutcombe became a Marquis only to learn that his dad thought with his wrong head; apparently his sire¿s second wife left the estate broke. Sutcombe feels the weight of the world on his shoulders once he learns of his obligations and explores his options with businessman Mr. Foster. He has one, marry for money quickly.<BR/><BR/>He selects the daughter of an affluent merchant as his spouse. Miss Hannah Leeds has no say in the negotiations between her dad who dances to the idea of a title in the family and her future husband, who makes it clear their relationship will be one of convenience only. Hannah accepts the marriage of convenience arrangement as she disdains love having given her heart away once before Timothy Atkins trampled it. Still she begins to care for and ultimately falls in love with her husband although he behaves at all times as a rigid patrician. When Timothy confesses to Hannah he made a mistake and wants a second chance, she considers her options while Ian wants to inform his wife he loves her and needs a real passionate marriage but fears rejection.<BR/><BR/>The theme has been used a zillion times in historical romance novels, but master magician Edith Layton refreshes the marriage of convenience premise with excellent characterizations. The lead couple is a wonderful pairing whose relationship changes seem genuine while the support cast enhances the era or in the case of Timothy causes a wedge between Ian and Hannah. A BRIDE FOR CONVENIENCE is an entertaining historical.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Just ok

    I found it hard to bond with the main characters. He is too stuffy and she's too dull

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Great Story

    The love evolved beautifully.

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  • Posted January 30, 2009

    A wonderful, wonderful story 5 Stars plus

    Edith Layton is one of my favorite authors, but she outdid herself with "A Bride of Convenience".<BR/><BR/>It was hard to put down and I didn't want it to end.

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  • Posted January 19, 2009

    Not worth the read

    In a nutshell the story was drawn out, there was no sparks or passion between the two main characters, I skimmed the pages waiting for the story to pick up...it never did.

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  • Posted December 28, 2008

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    A Bride for his Convenience by Edith Layton

    I save my Edith Layton books like my favorite chocolates, then take them out to read when I need a good historical romance that will cheer my heart and make me smile. Her latest, "A Bride for his Convenience" is no exception. Layton's books have flawed characters in realistic (for their times) situations who conquer all, or at least most, for love. And Layton does this without resorting to 'miraculous' tricks or 'sudden' discoveries.<BR/><BR/>Ian will lose everything if he doesn't come up with a wealthy bride. Never in his wildest nightmares had he imagined he would be forced to marry for money; but unless he's willing to let his estates and people languish, he has no choice. With the assistance of his 'man of business', Ian sets out to find a bride...one who's at least pleasant to look at, moderately intelligent...and rich.<BR/><BR/>Hannah's father is an exceedingly wealthy miller. When she is spurned by the village lothario, she is hurt, humiliated, and depressed. So when her father suggests a marriage of convenience to a titled lord for the sake of her sisters, Hannah agrees. She is surprised and a bit awed by Ian. Over time though, she comes to know the man behind his public persona...and love him. But can their marriage ever be more than just convenient for Ian?<BR/><BR/>Even with a well-used plot line, Layton manages to make her story seem fresh. The gradual growth of the characters and relationship makes the tale even more plausible. And the happy ending is just the thing to keep me smiling on a cold winter day.

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