A Bride for His Convenience

A Bride for His Convenience

by Edith Layton
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A Bride for His Convenience by Edith Layton

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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ISBN-13: 9780061980077
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 316,930
File size: 666 KB

About 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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Bride for His Convenience 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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I found it hard to bond with the main characters. He is too stuffy and she's too dull
Knrc More than 1 year ago
The love evolved beautifully.
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marydee34 More than 1 year ago
Edith Layton is one of my favorite authors, but she outdid herself with "A Bride of Convenience".

It was hard to put down and I didn't want it to end.
fancyfacelisa84 More than 1 year ago
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.
jjmachshev More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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?

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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