Considered unmarriageable by many due to her questionable parentage, May has let her hopes for true love fade and devoted herself to a life caring for her ailing aunt. But when May is unable to pay rent on the humble cottage in which she and her aunt reside, she must plead her case to the imposing viscount willing to toss two helpless women in the gutter. A wounded hero of the Peninsula campaign,Viscount Radford Evers is known for his harsh bearing, stubborn pride, and skillful avoidance of wedding vows. But with his family pressuring him to marry and produce an heir, he has little choice but to begin the search for a bride. To this end, he creates a list detailing the perfect wife.
May meets none of the list's criteria, so why does his heart beat madly at the sight of the elegantly shabby miss? He is sorely tempted to toss his list and all that's right and proper into the fire to marry this most unsuitable lady….
Usually I like a lil sumthin' sumthin' in my romances, and this book had 2 1/2 kisses and NO SEX! But it was a great story that kept me riveted the whole time.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
I must admit that, while I'm a fan, I only truly adore three, maybe four (sometimes Sense and Sensibility is okay, sometimes it's screechy) of Jane Austen's novels, but I do so love those. And after starting Pride and Prejudice again, I got a hankering for something that might be within the same vein.
What a disappointment this was. Clunky language, so many adverbs and adjectives to tell me EXACTLY what I needed to be feeling, rather clever writing (Don't tell me that she just did something passionately. Show me. Let me feel the heat. Please!) The characters are flat, and this is sad in that the secondary characters have some real life to them, real flaws, real charm, an authenticity in the way the connect with life. Wouldn't it be nice if the two very individuals we're supposed to care about had those things going for them? Instead, they have some written flaws that are easily overcome, never really get in the way. We never see them truly struggle for what they want. There's a lot of written mental confusion, but no real motivating angst. It's unsatisfying, and they're given no chance to shine. And the times they do connect, one remembers that, given the time period, these things are impossible. It makes for tawdriness instead of a simmering passion.
I admit, I'm not a regular reader of romance novels so what do I know? But this just seemed too much like it was written with a formula in mind, with scenes already mapped out, and the characters were an afterthought and they were simply plugged in.
Plus, the last straw: All this takes place in Bath? In England? Perhaps a British narrator would've helped. But the narrator was what appeared to be the last in a long list of afterthoughts.
For a charming romance, how about trying "Stay," by Allie Larkin? It's contemporary, but "The Marriage List" has about as much historical charm as wilted and yellowed lace. You know it's supposed to be old, but it's just plain ugly...
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Very enjoyable Regency romance as the storyline immediately sucks you into a dilemma as Viscount Radford is instantly attracted to his tenant May (alas a nobody) but his duty (and Mother) demands he weds. He is forced to court a 'proper' Lady but the sparks just aren't there.
Interesting likeable characters, a well written story that captures the time period, no sex, plenty of romance but a very quick ending and epilogue.
Worth a credit? Definately and I will look out for more of D.M.'s books.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
First, the narrator, Janene Jorgensen, really added a lot to the story. Great intonation. pronunciation, and she brought the period to life. She especially brought the main character to life.
The story kept you going, waiting to see what was coming next. It's a "clean" story but with just enough sexual angst. May, the heroine, was a naive woman, yet responsible, and trying to be "modern". Radford is a man, what can I say? Not wanting to appear weak, he sometimes comes across as obtuse. But I give it to him for at least searching for the truth regarding May's family.
Overall, it was fun.
This book should have been a novella. The writer kept saying the same things over and over to make it longer. She just covered the same ground in an endless circle. The characters were not well developed or consistent in their personality. They just kept endlessly vacillating. It was boring and I couldn't wait for it to be over.
What did you like best about The Marriage List? What did you like least?
The Narrator. The story. It wasn't bad. Just not the best I've ever
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Plot was a tlittle too light. Just nothing there really.
Would you consider the audio edition of The Marriage List to be better than the print version?
I prefer the audio edition because a story set in historical England should be in the language to get the effect.
What other book might you compare The Marriage List to and why?
None that I can think of.
What three words best describe Janean Jorgensen’s performance?
a good touch
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
1 of 2 people found this review helpful