First Comes Marriage

First Comes Marriage BONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh s The Secret Mistress Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh introduces an extraord

  • Title: First Comes Marriage
  • Author: Mary Balogh
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  • Page: 269
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  • BONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh s The Secret Mistress.Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh introduces an extraordinary family the fiery, sensual Huxtables Vanessa is the second daughter, proud and daring, a young widow who has her own reason for pursuing the most eligible bachelor in LBONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh s The Secret Mistress.Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh introduces an extraordinary family the fiery, sensual Huxtables Vanessa is the second daughter, proud and daring, a young widow who has her own reason for pursuing the most eligible bachelor in London One that has nothing to do with love Or does it The arrival of Elliott Wallace, the irresistibly eligible Viscount Lyngate, has thrown the country village of Throckbridge into a tizzy Desperate to rescue her eldest sister from a loveless union, Vanessa Huxtable Dew offers herself instead In need of a wife, Elliott takes the audacious widow up on her unconventional proposal while he pursues an urgent mission of his own But a strange thing happens on the way to the wedding night Two strangers with absolutely nothing in common can t keep their hands off each other Now, as intrigue swirls around a past secret one with a stunning connection to the Huxtables Elliott and Vanessa are uncovering the glorious pleasures of the marriage bed and discovering that when it comes to wedded bliss, love can t be far behind.

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    1. Mary Balogh

      Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two year teaching contract in 1967 She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian When she s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as A Masked Deception under her married name In 1988, she retired from teaching after 20 years to pursue her dream to write full time She has written than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.


    1. CHRIST ON A CRACKER THIS BOOK PISSED ME OFF1. I have no problem with a "plain" heroine (in fact, I'd like there to be more normal looking women in romance) but FOR ALL THAT IS HOLY 30% of this book is Vanessa disparaging her looks (but, you know, in a comedic way for it is the plight of the fugly sister to have a happy disposition) or Elliot remarking upon how not pretty she is, internally at least. CONSTANTLY I GET IT. SHE IS NOT BEAUTIFUL. SHE IS A REGULAR LOOKING PERSON LIKE 99% OF ALL OTHER [...]

    2. Un libro muy simple, en el sentido que sólo aborda la relación de los dos personajes principales y casi no hay conflictos adicionales; los pocos que hay, tampoco se resuelven en esta primera entrega de la serie.Sin embargo, la historia es increíblemente dulce y, probablemente, su mayor mérito es que la relación se cuece a fuego muy lento durante toda la novela, y donde la autora demuestra mucha sensibilidad con sus personajes, sin dejar de lado situaciones y diálogos muy divertidos. Si la [...]

    3. The title of this book is more than appropriate. There is no love between Vanessa and Elliot when they married. They didn't even seem to like each other. But, they had mutuals goals behind the marriage that Vanessa proposed. And it turned out to be the best thing possible for them both.I loved Vanessa. She was such a sweet person. She overflows with enthusiasm and a joy for life, despite all the trials she's seen. I really admired her for how she approached her marriage with first husband, Hedle [...]

    4. A lovely story that will play with your emotions yet keep you smiling. "First Comes Marriage" is the premiere novel in Mary Balogh's new series about three sisters and their younger brother who are lifted from obscurity when he is elevated to the title of Earl of Merton. The first to find love is the middle widowed sister, Vanessa.Vanessa is the 'plain Jane' of the Huxtable family. She's heard it all her life and can see in the mirror for herself as well. But she's also the happiest and most joy [...]

    5. 4 stars – Historical/Regency RomanceI’d lowered my expectations for this after hearing from several friends that the Huxtable series isn’t among Balogh’s best work, and I mainly read First Comes Marriage in order to have the background for Then Comes Seduction that I checked out from the library, since I so love a good rake story. I’m happy to report that after a somewhat slow beginning in which I almost abandoned it as a DNF, I ended up really liking this book, especially the cheerful [...]

    6. First Comes Marriage was more of a philosophical exploration of love and life than a romance novel. It was devastatingly poignant and ruthlessly human in its portrayal of the characters. It really hurt to read this.Elliot was arrogant and selfish at first. He was cruelly honest with his opinions about Vanessa, remarking that she was plain, that no one would ever find her attractive etc etc. Vanessa was a strong woman battling with her insecurities. She was determined to be happy despite of the p [...]

    7. A good start to Balogh's new series - not as strong as the Bedwyn kick-off, but enjoyable (3.5 stars)I am an almost-always faithful Balogh fan and I was not disappointed in Book 1 of the Huxtable Quintet, First Comes Marriage. Though I had some complaints which I have detailed below, on the whole I found the book very enjoyable and worth a quick rush to the bookstore (forgive me, ) and the postponing of my schoolworkXTABLE FAMILY:The Huxtable family is made up of four siblings; both of their par [...]

    8. This book is PERFECT if you are doing a romance novel drinking game. Every time a character mentioned how un-pretty Vanessa was, I wanted to take a swig of something. It seemed that it was mentioned every few pages. Okay, I get it: She's not the most attractive thing to ever walk the earth, but come on, must you keep reminding me?! It got very tedious and distracted from what little of the story there was. Also, it felt like the author got trunky in the end as mostly everything was nicely wound [...]

    9. Historical Romance (The Book Club) August 2015 Group Read (Regency)I'll chuck this one up to 2.5 out of 5 stars. This was my first ever Mary Balogh read and since I've heard so many good things about her I looked forward to reading this I can say that I adore this author's writing style! I liked the story line too. Except certain things have ruined the book for me.Elliot is a character that's definitely going to stay in my mind for a long time I usually like stoic Heroes in my HRs but he took it [...]

    10. I read this for the first time way back pre-GRs in 2014 and it’s been lingering on my re-read and review for GRs list since I set up my account. For reasons I couldn’t quite articulate, the first book in the wildly inconsistent and generally disappointing Huxtables series, had stuck with me.That’s probably because, in my opinion (not shared by all), it’s the best in the series (I think At Last Comes Love takes the Crown for most readers). What can I say? I am an absolute sucker for Balog [...]

    11. Completely lost the plot for me after the prologue (view spoiler)[ when the man that loved and mourned his mentally handicapped little brother becomes the amoral villain of the piece. He not only tried to humiliate the hero and inadvertently the h, but it's disclosed he duped his beloved little brother. He was still more interesting than the hero. Come on, what the heck? (hide spoiler)]It was almost as if the prologue belonged to another book.

    12. Recordaba una cosa totalmente diferente sobre este libro. Elliot debe ser el prota menos agradable de los que tuve el placer de leer. Es arrogante, creído, sobrante. Nos recalca mucho lo fea que le resulta Vanessa y lo irritable que le pone cruzarse con ella. Nunca cambia, solo que esta personalidad tan suya decide que podría estar enamorándose de su esposa. Podría. Vanessa no lo muestra pero ser "tan poco agraciada" en comparación de sus hermanos la acompleja y la llena de inseguridades, s [...]

    13. Vannessa Elliott This book is one of my favorite HR ever!!!!though sometimes i wanted to smack Elliot for how unappreciative and ignorant he was toward Vanessa's feelings!

    14. Vanessa Huxtable Dew in her green Regency dress, who is decidedly prettier when she smiles.Artist: Gilbert Stuart, circa 1802-1804*[image error]★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Again,Anne Flosnik does a nice job of narrating in this, the first of the Huxtable Quintet. She doesn’t sound as stilted as she sometimes did in The Prize, by Julia Garwood. Nevertheless, she isn’t great at differentiating the voices, but more than acceptable in her inflection, pacing, cadence, and [...]

    15. The rating here could be partially due to the fact that I was in a stressful mood when I gave this book a shot. But mostly I just kept thinking the writing here felt stuffy. I was 20 pages in and everything felt superficial and couldn't hold my interest. Poor stuffy rich gentlemen has to marry on his 30th birthday. Boo hoo. Oh poor happy but financially burdened family and it's poor young and kind sister who has to marry the rich stuffy gentlemen. Bleeeeh.In my opinion when everything is too idy [...]

    16. Para mí el mejor de la saga, me encantan los dos protagonistas y hay una escena en particular que me pareció muy original

    17. I really wanted to like this book, and I did kind of. However it didn’t seem to capture my imagination and romantic fancy as many other historical romances do. Although I liked the main characters of Mrs Vanessa Dew nee Huxtable, I found her unrelenting happiness despite the callous way she was often treated by the hero, Elliott Wallace Viscount Lyngate, to be supremely irritating, which, no doubt makes me seem slightly grumpy! As for Elliott, I sympathized with him as he had a lot of bad thin [...]

    18. I'm sorry, but was there a plot in there? And how about some character development? Seriously sucked. The main conflict seemed to be the heroine didn't feel she was pretty enough for her husband. I heard about it a lot. Get over it already!Will not be reading the subsequent four books. This one might have cured my romance book reading for awhile.

    19. I liked this book, but for the fact that Vanessa could not stop saying how plain she was. I understand that she was less stunning than either of her sisters, but her parents should not have called her their plane Jane, all her life. Elliott at first thought the same, but with help with a better quality of clothes, a new way to wear her hair, and her beautiful eyes, sparkling smile, and personality, he was quite won over. What started as a marriage of convenience, soon developed into more. I love [...]

    20. It felt like I was reading two books. The first one had an asshole of a hero and a heroine who was PLAIN. I use capital letters cause it was the only thing everyone said about her, including herself. Then they were suddenly all lovey dovey and actually falling in love and I was getting whiplash I seriously didn't think Balogh could write such an awful book but it happened and I'm so glad the book is over! I will not be checking the rest of series, since it seems it will have more of the same thi [...]

    21. I love to read Ms Balogh's books. It usually a winner for me. Sometimes I love them, sometimes I just like. Eventually I always enjoy her stories.This one is not bad but not a five stars either. I like hero, Elliott a lot. Vanessa is a different heroine. She's joyful and nice but athe same time annoying a little bit. IMO, Ms Balogh tried to tell something from heroine's POV. Actually she told very important thing about living the moment, try to enjoy life no matter what. A nice example of conver [...]

    22. I don't know what to think about this book. I mean, I can't say that it was stellar or that I fell in love with all the characters, but I did like reading the book and want to read the rest of the series. The heroine, Vanessa is repeatedly considered the plain jane of her family. Yet, she is the only one who married the sickly second son of a baron. He dies, btw, so that she is actually a widow. Her appeal may not be her looks, or the fact that she was already married, but she is good at making [...]

    23. Genre: Regency RomanceI finally gave up on reading this book. I don’t particularly like either the heroine Vanessa Dew or the hero Elliot, Viscount Lyngate. Dark, brooding and undemonstrative heroes rarely work for me, anyhow – and in this case neither the hero nor the heroine really learn anything about each other OR take the time to be considerate of each other. Vanessa spends most of the book claiming she’ll make him happy and comfortable – but I never see her do anything to accomplis [...]

    24. This is a pleasant study of an arranged marriage which becomes something more. The book is at its best when it focuses on the hero and heroine and their emotions and relationship. The secondary characters dominate too much for my taste, and, although I understand the need to introduce them in a series, I find Stephen and Katherine too trite and Margaret too sour to be of any interest, and actually are more irritating than not. I enjoyed this sweet story for the hero and heroine.

    25. This was not one of my favorite Balogh books. It actually reminded me more of her style when she first started writing. I wonder if these were dug out of the back of the closet somewhere. The first half of the book was very plodding and hard to get through. If I didn't like her so much, I would probably have put it down. The last half was much better and contained that spark that draws me into Balogh's writing. Would not recommend for a first read of her.

    26. 3,5 - Gradevole, anche se in taluni punti è un po' lento. Ovviamente la Balogh mi sfodera da subito il personaggio più sexy e tenebroso (Con) e me lo renderà protagonista solo nell'ultimo volume. Sigh.

    27. 4.5 stars. A delightfully different historical romance from one of the most talented authors. While there are some flaws in character development and their reactions to one another, it is still a wonderful book. courtneyreadsromancesite.word

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