When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a copy of How to Marry a Marquis om her employer’s library, she’s convinced someone is playing a cruel joke. With three younger siblings to support, she knows she has to marry for money, but who might have guessed how desperate she’s become? A guidebook to seduction might just be the thing she needs-and what harm could there be in taking a little peek?
James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, has been summoned to rescue his aunt from a blackmailer, a task that requires him to pose as the new estate manager, and his primary suspect is his aunt’s companion, Elizabeth. Intrigued by the alluring young woman with the curious little rule book, he gallantly offers to help her find a husband…by practicing her wiles on him. But when practice becomes all too perfect, James decides that there is only one rule worth following-that Elizabeth marry her marquis.
Lately I’ve been on a romance novel kick, ever since I read Nora Robert’s Dream Trilogy. My go to author when I’d like to continue this kick is Julia Quinn. I absolutely adore reading about these characters in a time so different from now. I just love being able to fall so deeply in love with these characters.
How to Marry a Marquis opens up introducing the Hotchkiss family dilemma. They’re running out of money. The oldest Hotchkiss, Elizabeth, has decided that to solve this problem, she needs to marry. I really respect Elizabeth for most of this book (there’s some parts that make me want to shake some sense into her). Her number one responsibility has always and will always be her two younger sister, Susan and Jane, and her younger brother, Lucas. I really admire Elizabeth’s character because despite all the bad she’s been handed, she’s still given herself and her siblings a pretty good life. Elizabeth has a job as the companion of the infamous (if you’ve read other Quinn novels) Lady Danbury. Elizabeth’s personality really comes out when she’s with Lady D. She’s funny, witty, and spunky. But she’s also humble, full of love, and more like Lady Danbury than she would like to admit. I absolutely adores the pages with their interactions.
Now, enter James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale. Although, Elizabeth knows him as James Siddons, Lady D’s new estate manager. And so begins their crazy love affair. James and Elizabeth are slightly hilarious together. Don’t get me wrong, they’re perfect for each other, with all the adorable and cuteness and whatnot that’s needed. But the way they behave around one another, always trying to pretend there weren’t any emotions involved, and the irony of the whole situation! Elizabeth needed to marry someone wealthy, which is why she struggled so much with her feelings for “Mr. Siddons”. Little did she know he was in fact the Marquis of Riverdale. They were just hilarious together and I was completely in love with them as a couple.
I would like to mention Blake and Caroline Ravenscroft even though their part in this story is minor. Friends of James, the couple intervenes with James and Elizabeth’s situation. I adored the couple and I’d like to find their story and read it next. Caroline was such a genuine person and such a good friend to Elizabeth. Blake more or less just agreed with his wife. The pair was just so caring and added so much to the hilarity of this novel.
I really just loved everything about this book, which isn’t a surprise because Julia Quinn is the author. How to Marry a Marquis was hysterical and heartfelt. Another amazing love story by Quinn. Any and all readers should try at least one, or all of her books.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.