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The Marriage Test

The Marriage Test

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Griffin de Grandaise will do anything to make Julia of Childress his personal chef—even 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 meals—or for the maddening way she drives him wild with desire. To make matters worse, it's obvious Julia is

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Griffin de Grandaise will do anything to make Julia of Childress his personal chef—even 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 meals—or 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 arrangement—and it will take every ounce of Griffin's willpower to resist the feisty beauty.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
It's hard to imagine the culinary offerings of the High Middle Ages tempting the modern palate, but the golden pies and savory pasties that Krahn (The Wife Test, etc.) lovingly describes in this spirited romance will make even the pickiest eater salivate. Julia of Childress, a young chef for the Convent of the Brides of Virtue, has found her calling-bringing people joy through her delectable dishes. Her food even beguiles Griffin, the count of Grandaise, who's afflicted with a keen sense of smell that renders normal grub unpalatable. Deciding he must make Julia his cook, Griffin pays the convent a grand sum and promises to return her after a year so that she can become a nun. Julia, however, intends to seduce Griffin with her succulent roast meats and spicy pies. Although it's implausible that a man would be so taken with Julia's food that he would whirl "giddily" and bow to "his piece of pie before each new bite," readers will take these moments of comic absurdity in stride. The book, after all, is both comic and absurd, but it is grounded by the delicious romance between Julia and Griffin and Krahn's occasional injections of insight and wisdom ("The real marriage test was the one that occurred every day, as people lived their lives together. Always facing one more obstacle. One more difficulty to grow beyond"). Agent, Ruth Cohen. (May) Forecasts: The consistent high quality of Krahn's medieval romances has earned her a respectable following. As a result, this book will likely hit the New York Times extended bestseller list. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Culinary genius and orphan resident of the renowned Convent of the Brides of Virtue, Julia of Childress wants nothing more than to have her own home, complete with kitchen and husband. But the abbess and the rest of the sisters cannot bear to lose her marvelous cooking, and they are determined that she will take her vows. However, when the bishop intervenes on behalf of Griffin, Comte de Grandaise, who wants to "purchase" the cook, a bargain is struck: Julia will become his cook for one year-but she must return to the convent with her virtue intact so that she can take her vows. Of course, Julia has her own ideas about this whole arrangement, and she is determined to do her best to make it a permanent one. Krahn has outdone herself in this funny, sexy, medieval romance, which nicely concludes her "Convent of the Brides of Virtue" trilogy and will keep readers smiling-and hungry-until the end. The only downside is that no recipes were included. Krahn is a New York Times best-selling writer noted for her whimsical, witty historical romances (The Wife Test) and lives in the Minneapolis area. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425196458
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/04/2004
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.36(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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