The Marriage Testby Betina Krahn
Griffin de Grandaise will do anything to make Julia of Childress his personal chefeven keep his vow to return her to the Convent of the Brides of Virtue in one year...with her virtue intact. But nothing prepares him for Julia's sumptuous mealsor for the maddening way she drives him wild with desire. To make matters worse, it's obvious Julia is
Griffin de Grandaise will do anything to make Julia of Childress his personal chefeven keep his vow to return her to the Convent of the Brides of Virtue in one year...with her virtue intact. But nothing prepares him for Julia's sumptuous mealsor for the maddening way she drives him wild with desire. To make matters worse, it's obvious Julia is determined to get him to propose a more lasting arrangementand it will take every ounce of Griffin's willpower to resist the feisty beauty.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- 4.36(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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I read so quickly I am always on the lookout for new authors/books.The Marriage Test is a very 'nice' book. It has humor-which most romance books do not.It has a detailed description of the types of food eaten in that period of England, something you don't usually find in romance books.It is evident the author has done her homework. The plot has enough twists and turns in the story to satisfy a race car driver. As to why I didn't give it a 5th star? This is a book I like to call a 'And the next day' book. You know--'he looked at her with hungry eyes and advanced toward her already undressing her mentally.' Followed immediately by: 'The next day in the sun-warmed breakfast room'--romance on a scale of 1-10 is a shaky 1.
After dining at a feast that could only have been made in heaven, Sirs Greeve and Axel return home informing their liege Count Griffin de Grandaise of the delicious palate. Griffin, who cannot abide the slop that is served and with a ¿nasal¿ condition, sneaks into the Convent of the Brides of Virtue and tastes the best food he ever ate. He offers the Abbess gold to purchase her cook from her, but is rejected until the Bishop and Duke intercede and force a transaction. The cook, Julia of Childress, will spend one year teaching Griffin¿s staff to cook in exchange for gold. She is to be returned with her virtual intact so she can take her vows.................................... Unhappy as a pawn and the presumption of the Abbess that she wants to take vows, Julia accompanies Griffin back to his estate, but not before she spends his fortune on spices and sundry. Griffin is attracted to his new employee but avoids her except for meals because he does not want to cause an incident with the Duke and besides he is engaged to the daughter of his neighbor. As a third player manipulates the hostility between Griffin and his future in-laws, Julia choose to stay as his countess because she loves him.................................... THE MARRIAGE TEST is an amusing medieval romance that moves the senses especially taste and olfactory. The humorous storyline grips the audience from the moment Griffin sneaks into the convent¿s kitchens. The tale never slows down until a final confrontation though the tie up in terms of relationships is too tidy. Fans will enjoy Julia¿s skills to make Griffin salivate for her food and for her........................ Harriet Klausner