The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer

Heyerathon continues! Yes, this is what I am calling my incessant reading of Heyer’s books. I requested a bunch from my library and they all came at once. I am trying to read them more or less in chronological order of when they were published, but I admit that I skipped Royal Escape. I don’t know when I will get around to reading that since I am busy with the Victorian Reading Challenge and the Classics Club.

This has a similar plot to A Civil Contract as they both marriages which begin of convenience. TCM is classic Heyer with misunderstandings, romance, and over the top characters.

I liked the female lead Horatia right away, but then she spent most of the novel acting ridiculous. She was at least true to her age of seventeen, but I had hoped she would have more in her head. At least she recovered some of her wits by the end.

I adored the male lead, Lord Rule. There wasn’t enough him. Honestly, I like him better than the Alistairs of These Old Shades and Devil’s Cub. There was one scene where I remarked, “Now this is a man!” I enjoyed his sense of humor. I liked that he could be tough when necessarily, but did not have a reputation as a rake to go with it because he was much more clever than that.

Lastly, I’m sick of reading how every female in the 17th century gets kidnapped. I think it’s unavoidable in most of Heyer’s novels. It does irk me every time because it’s a horrible reminder of how women were treated as chattel even when they were rich or married. It rankles.

This was a quick read, not one of my favourites, but I think with Lord Rule, I’ve found one my favourite Heyer leads.

Read June 7th 2012.

4 thoughts on “The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer

  • Debra Terrell

    I had read Cotillion few years back, my perception of the book was that In the end, Cotillion is more of a feel good story than anything else. Suspense is minimal, and the novel’s true strength lies in the journey and not the destination…

    So I felt that it is another book book by thousands of ‘Okay’ authors, it didnt really click with me, when i read something it should made an impact, otherwise i dont like reading it.

    This one looks interesting, I would like to try reading this one and will come back!

    • athena (Post author)

      Hi Debra! I have yet to read Cotillion. My library doesn’t have a copy, but it is one of Heyer’s most popular. I thought TCM was ok. I find nothing wrong with feel good reads, but the characters should at least be interesting and not irritating. That is not always the case with Heyer though. Thanks for the comment.

  • Ramla Zareen

    Hi, I came across your site through Goodreads, and since I am big fan of Georgette Heyer, both for her Historical Romance as well as Mysteries, (though I admit that some of her books are not that good as the others), I couldn’t resist going through your reviews on her books…! Must mention here, that I completely agree with your opinion of Lord Rule…! 🙂 Lolz

    • athena (Post author)

      Hi Ramla! I’ve read almost every Heyer romance so I hope you enjoyed my reviews. I enjoy her as an author and she has some fun books. Thank you about the Lord Rule comment. I think he was one of my favourite Heyer heroes. 🙂


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