Marry for Love by Christina Courtenay.
Genres: Regency Historical, Romance
Release Date: 11th January 2016.
Publisher: Choc Lit
Trapped in an intolerable marriage?
Delilah cannot bear to watch as her twin sister Deborah marries Hamish Baillie, Fourth Earl of Blackwood. Not only because she knows that her conniving sister has manipulated the poor man into marriage, but also because she has been in love with the Earl since she first set eyes on him …
Delilah is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save Hamish from a life of unhappiness – but will her plan work, or will she have to accept that she is no match for her twin’s scheming ways?
Book Review ~ ‘Marry for Love’ by Christina Courtenay ~ 5 Stars!
Christina Courtenay is one of my favourite historical romance writers. Every time I sit down to read one of her books, I just know I’m in for some fabulous storytelling, and ‘Marry for Love’ is no exception.
As a novella, this was the perfect evening read for a frosty night, when you just want to be curled up with a good book. I was transported away to regency England and the world of devious debutante scheming, all masked in polite society. Deborah was a nasty piece of work, and I loved to hate her. Her limits knew no ends when it came to making her sister Delilah’s life miserable. Having them as identical twins made the story even more exciting as we see that some of the tricks Deborah used have changed little over time with many a twin I know using the same tricks today.
I loved Delilah’s fierce sense of duty, and really connected to her as a character, especially when we see that, despie loving Hamish, she refuses to let him marry her out of his sense of duty, and is content instead in the knowledge that he can now marry who he likes. Hamish was a dashing regency hero who made me swoon on many an occasion. I liked how he was portrayed as a little bit of a rogue at first, but shown to be an honest man and employer throughout the book.
There is so much that I loved about ‘Marry for Love’, and I can’t wait to return to Christina Courtenay’s Regency world soon.