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 determined to get him to propose a more lasting arrangement—and it will take every ounce of Griffin's willpower to resist the feisty ...

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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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New York Times–bestselling author Betina Krahn will delight her many fans with this lively addition to the Convent of the Brides of Virtue series. This time, the charming heroine is young Julia of Childress, orphaned and left to the convent, where she has become an acclaimed cook. Julia's golden pies and lamb with pink garlic sauce enthrall the demanding Griffin de Grandaise, who buys her services as a personal cook, vowing to return Julia to the convent in a year, virtue intact. But her cooking drives him wild, her looks drive him wild, and worse yet, Julia herself is determined to drive him wild. Their battle of wits and unlikely romance unfold against the backdrop of feuding neighbors and amid the challenges of medieval cooking, making for a witty and delightful follow-up to The Husband Test and The Wife Test. Ginger Curwen
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
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786267682
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 8/13/2004
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 572
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.16 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2004


    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2004

    A cute romance

    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

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