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A secret carried down the aisle!  Late one night, Susanna Lambert, the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Rockland, bursts uninvited into a stranger's carriage, turning both their worlds upside down. Suddenly, fun-loving Justin Connor finds himself forced to consider marriage!  For Susanna, marrying Justin is a chance to finally escape her cruel stepmother and forget about A secret carried down the aisle!  Late one night, Susanna Lambert, the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Rockland, bursts uninvited into a stranger's carriage, turning both their worlds upside down. Suddenly, fun-loving Justin Connor finds himself forced to consider marriage!  For Susanna, marrying Justin is a chance to finally escape her cruel stepmother and forget about the rake who ruined her. But as wedding bells begin to chime, Susanna discovers she's carrying a huge secret…one that could turn to dust all promises of happiness as Justin's wife!


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A secret carried down the aisle!  Late one night, Susanna Lambert, the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Rockland, bursts uninvited into a stranger's carriage, turning both their worlds upside down. Suddenly, fun-loving Justin Connor finds himself forced to consider marriage!  For Susanna, marrying Justin is a chance to finally escape her cruel stepmother and forget about A secret carried down the aisle!  Late one night, Susanna Lambert, the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Rockland, bursts uninvited into a stranger's carriage, turning both their worlds upside down. Suddenly, fun-loving Justin Connor finds himself forced to consider marriage!  For Susanna, marrying Justin is a chance to finally escape her cruel stepmother and forget about the rake who ruined her. But as wedding bells begin to chime, Susanna discovers she's carrying a huge secret…one that could turn to dust all promises of happiness as Justin's wife!

30 review for A Too Convenient Marriage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a C+ at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars In her companion novel to last year’s A Debt Paid in Marriage, Georgie Lee picks up the story of Justin Connor, whom we met in the earlier book as an employee and friend of its hero, Philip Rathbone. Like that book, A Too Convenient Marriage is set largely away from the world of the ton and the aristocracy, featuring characters from the merchant class who are working hard to make their own way in the world. While Justin doesn’t regret or in any way I've given this a C+ at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars In her companion novel to last year’s A Debt Paid in Marriage, Georgie Lee picks up the story of Justin Connor, whom we met in the earlier book as an employee and friend of its hero, Philip Rathbone. Like that book, A Too Convenient Marriage is set largely away from the world of the ton and the aristocracy, featuring characters from the merchant class who are working hard to make their own way in the world. While Justin doesn’t regret or in any way resent working for his friend, he wants to branch out on his own and to that end, put a large sum money into an investment venture which went sour when the ship carrying the goods which were supposed to give him his start in business was lost at sea. Even though he could not afford such a loss, Justin remains undaunted and is still determined to go into business for himself, no matter the opinion of his current paramour who has just turned down Justin’s proposal of marriage because she has no faith in him or his ability to make something of himself. Bitter and disappointed, Justin has no time to indulge either of those feelings when his carriage door is yanked open, a young woman jumps inside and insists they drive off immediately. Not in the best of moods, Justin refuses although he can’t help noticing the interloper’s agitated state, which is explained very shortly afterwards by the appearance of her father, the Duke of Rockland and her half-brother, the Marquess of Sutton, who berate her and all but drag her away – although not until Justin has given the blustering marquess a black-eye for his mistreatment of the lady. Keen to avoid scandal, the duke asks Justin to call on him the following day and Justin, seeing a business opportunity, agrees, still curious as to why the daughter of a duke was so desperate to get away that she would jump into a stranger’s carriage. All becomes clear when Justin pays his visit to the ducal residence the following morning. The young woman is Miss Susanna Lambert, the duke’s illegitimate daughter, whom he has housed since the death of her mother, who was shrewd enough to have made it his legal obligation to do so. But this does not mean she was able to ensure that her daughter was treated kindly; Susanna’s life has been made miserable by the duchess and her daughter, who treat her like an unpaid servant and belittle her constantly while her father looks the other way. When Lord Howsham started to show an interest in her, Susanna thought she saw a way to get away from the Rocklands once and for all, and even though she wasn’t especially fond of, or attracted to him, allowed his attentions – and more. The duke, wary of further gossip concerning his family, wants to get rid of Susanna as much as she wants to leave, and seeing his chance, offers Justin Susanna’s hand and dowry. Justin is suspicious, but Susanna is both lovely and intelligent – and quickly demonstrates a clear head for business, so he thinks “why not?” and agrees to the proposal. The wedding is to take place as soon as possible, before any news of Susanna’s dalliance with Howsham can leak out, and it very quickly becomes apparent to both Justin and Susanna that they have made a good bargain. Not only are they very attracted to each other, they find it easy to talk and for the first time in a very long time, Justin has someone who is prepared to believe in him and support his plans and ambitions. Having been used to having his ideas scorned and shot-down by his disgruntled, inebriated and elderly father, and been rejected by the woman he’d hoped to marry, Justin is awed and humbled by the fact that Susanna, a virtual stranger, can think so well of him. Susanna, too, finds much to be pleased about, discovering in Justin an honourable, intelligent companion, a man who understands her need to escape her horrid family and doesn’t judge her for her past mistakes. As a couple, they work very well together, growing to like and love each other and being openly communicative and supportive. But of course, this can’t continue, or it’d be a much shorter book, so just before the wedding, Susanna makes an unwelcome discovery which is bound to prove a Big Obstacle to their happiness and which must be overcome before all can end happily. I enjoyed the story overall, although it is quite repetitive in places, especially when it comes to Susanna’s treatment by the duke and his family and the way she was – and still is – regarded by society as the lowest of the low because of her illegitimacy. The author is, unfortunately, quite correct about the stigma that attached to such a thing at the time, it’s just that it comes up so often – how hateful Lady Rockland is, how Susanna’s own grandfather berated her for being a bastard, how Susanna had known no love or affection after her mother died – that I felt I was being hit over the head with it. Justin is an engaging hero, a caring, considerate man with insecurities of his own but who is determined to succeed. His reaction to the Big Obstacle is understandable, but fortunately, Ms Lee doesn’t allow the couples’ difficulties to go on for too long, showing clearly that this is a pair who are so well suited that they will always find their way back to one another. The book is generally well-written and I particularly liked the relationship that developed between Susanna and Justin’s father as well as the friendship that exists between Justin and Philip Rathbone. The romance is nicely developed and makes good use of the marriage-of-convenience trope in a slightly different way in that the principals actually like each other and look set to make a really good start to their lives together. A Too Convenient Marriage is perhaps not a book I’ll re-visit, but it’s a quick, undemanding read and a pleasant way to pass a couple of hours.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    DNF - the heroine was a little too forward or something, I don't know but she rubbed me the wrong way. DNF - the heroine was a little too forward or something, I don't know but she rubbed me the wrong way.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ishita

    Harlequin has been my favorite publisher when it comes to all that is feminine, romance and the mushy stuff; it has never disappointed me since the day I realised the pleasure of light reading and the connection is shares with chick literature. I am pleased to report that in this instance also Harlequin has maintained its brand equity. The plot has been set in London 1818, when the society is in full bloom and knows how to play dirty politics when it comes to a person’s character; if you are not Harlequin has been my favorite publisher when it comes to all that is feminine, romance and the mushy stuff; it has never disappointed me since the day I realised the pleasure of light reading and the connection is shares with chick literature. I am pleased to report that in this instance also Harlequin has maintained its brand equity. The plot has been set in London 1818, when the society is in full bloom and knows how to play dirty politics when it comes to a person’s character; if you are not borne of nobility and legitimacy, you can not be deemed worthy. This seems to be the main motif of the plot and has been used as a basis to build the two main character Susanna Lambert, the illegitimate daughter of a Duke and Justin Connor, a mere commoner with an ambition to succeed. The story is pretty much the expected happy ending, with the usual play on climax. However what I liked about this book is how the characters seemed self sufficient, with a personality that can be respected by each other and the other noteworthy characters as well as the reader. The colonial language lends authenticity to the main setting of the book while maintaing a simplicity that can be understood by the readers and help in unfolding of the story and growth of the characters. In short, everything matched. My opinion: A quick and light read with an uncomplicated storyline. My rating: 3.5 out of 5

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ines Johnson

    This book did not go where I thought it would go -not once. It kept me on my toes, guessing, getting it wrong and turning pages rapid fire to see what would actually happen. Thoroughly entertained! ARC provided by Netgally

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Cute and sweet, with a goodhearted hero and a heroine who just wants a home of her own and to be loved. They work well together, both in and out of the bedroom. They stand up for each other, which is lovely to see. They have an actual relationship, not just sex.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Loved reading this couples story n seeing characters from book 1

  7. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    London - 1818 Justin Connor is out in his carriage one evening when a strange young woman jumps in begging him to drive away. Before he can react, two men open the door and a fight ensues. It appears that the young woman is Miss Susanna Lambert who has slipped away from her home to meet and run away with a man who never showed. The men fighting Justin turn out to be her father, the Duke of Rockland, and her step-brother. When the Duke realizes they have the wrong man, he asks Justin to visit him London - 1818 Justin Connor is out in his carriage one evening when a strange young woman jumps in begging him to drive away. Before he can react, two men open the door and a fight ensues. It appears that the young woman is Miss Susanna Lambert who has slipped away from her home to meet and run away with a man who never showed. The men fighting Justin turn out to be her father, the Duke of Rockland, and her step-brother. When the Duke realizes they have the wrong man, he asks Justin to visit him the next day to compensate him for the misunderstanding. Susanna is the illegitimate daughter of the Duke. He brought her into his home when her mother died. The Duke’s wife and her daughter had always treated Susanna with disdain. Now, the Duke is trying to marry her off and offering a thousand pound dowry to be rid of her. When Justin arrives the next morning at the Rockland home, the Duke offers for him to marry Susanna and obtain her thousand pound dowry. Even though his recent investment in a ship was lost when it sank, Justin is inclined to refuse the offer. Currently, he is helping his friend, Philip, with his debt collection business and is hoping to save up enough money to become a wine merchant. Susanna, is very happy with the offer and when she shares her previous experience with selling wine while living with her mother, Justin realizes she could be a true asset to him. They marry right away and find that they have a true attraction to one another. However, a serious turn of events explodes that may destroy their marriage before it gets a chance to start. I really enjoyed this book. Justin and Susanna just click together perfectly and the characters are very well written. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This is a romantic, amusing and captivating story. Susanna is a very sympathetic character, the underdog you can't help but root for, someone who only wants to be loved. Justin is a sweet, charming and determined gentleman who refuses to stop trying to better himself, much to his belligerent father's disgust. These two characters are so perfect together, like they are their other halves. It's a very enjoyable story, they are so fun together that I could keep reading about them for a long time. T This is a romantic, amusing and captivating story. Susanna is a very sympathetic character, the underdog you can't help but root for, someone who only wants to be loved. Justin is a sweet, charming and determined gentleman who refuses to stop trying to better himself, much to his belligerent father's disgust. These two characters are so perfect together, like they are their other halves. It's a very enjoyable story, they are so fun together that I could keep reading about them for a long time. This is a must add to your TBR list.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This is a romantic, amusing and captivating story. Susanna is a very sympathetic character, the underdog you can't help but root for, someone who only wants to be loved. Justin is a sweet, charming and determined gentleman who refuses to stop trying to better himself, much to his belligerent father's disgust. These two characters are so perfect together, like they are their other halves. It's a very enjoyable story, they are so fun together that I could keep reading about them for a long time. T This is a romantic, amusing and captivating story. Susanna is a very sympathetic character, the underdog you can't help but root for, someone who only wants to be loved. Justin is a sweet, charming and determined gentleman who refuses to stop trying to better himself, much to his belligerent father's disgust. These two characters are so perfect together, like they are their other halves. It's a very enjoyable story, they are so fun together that I could keep reading about them for a long time. This is a must add to your TBR list.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Hesseling

    I really like Suzanna and Justin. Great characters in a fantastic story. My only issue was with the Duke. Suzanna's father takes her in because of a promise he made to her mother, but then pretty much seems to foist her onto everyone else. There's no emotion and he doesn't seem to care, so why even take her into his home. It seemed odd to me. I really like Suzanna and Justin. Great characters in a fantastic story. My only issue was with the Duke. Suzanna's father takes her in because of a promise he made to her mother, but then pretty much seems to foist her onto everyone else. There's no emotion and he doesn't seem to care, so why even take her into his home. It seemed odd to me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Harlequin Books

    "Lee continues to captivate. Book two in her Business of Marriage series is another great marriage of convenience. There's tension, turmoil and drama on every page. Riveting" (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars). Miniseries: The Business of Marriage "Lee continues to captivate. Book two in her Business of Marriage series is another great marriage of convenience. There's tension, turmoil and drama on every page. Riveting" (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars). Miniseries: The Business of Marriage

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Interesting story and characters. Nice that the focus is on common people, not the aristocrats, and real problems. Most of the characters are one-dimensional, though Susannah's father is more completely drawn. Interesting story and characters. Nice that the focus is on common people, not the aristocrats, and real problems. Most of the characters are one-dimensional, though Susannah's father is more completely drawn.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melania Ramona

    3.5 stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tracy's Place

    3.75/4 out of 5

  15. 4 out of 5

    Loretta

  16. 4 out of 5

    Harlequin Historical

    Miniseries: The Business of Marriage Miniseries: The Business of Marriage

  17. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emi

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eric Bernhof-Jacobsen

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paul Hebert

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ester Ashton

  22. 4 out of 5

    Briar Rose

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Anne Mitchell

  25. 4 out of 5

    Keicia

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sylvain

    A secret carried down the aisle!  Late one night, Susanna Lambert, the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Rockland, bursts uninvited into a stranger's carriage, turning both their worlds upside down. Suddenly, fun-loving Justin Connor finds himself forced to consider marriage!  For Susanna, marrying Justin is a chance to finally escape her cruel stepmother and forget about the rake who ruined her. But as wedding bells begin to chime, Susanna discovers she's carrying a huge secret…one that coul A secret carried down the aisle!  Late one night, Susanna Lambert, the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Rockland, bursts uninvited into a stranger's carriage, turning both their worlds upside down. Suddenly, fun-loving Justin Connor finds himself forced to consider marriage!  For Susanna, marrying Justin is a chance to finally escape her cruel stepmother and forget about the rake who ruined her. But as wedding bells begin to chime, Susanna discovers she's carrying a huge secret…one that could turn to dust all promises of happiness as Justin's wife!

  27. 4 out of 5

    q

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Carter

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mathilda Nilsson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharon May-dunlap

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