The Convenient Marriage was my first soiree into the world of Georgette Heyer historical romances, and it almost lived up to my expectations. Stammering, short Horatia, “affectionately” called “Horry” by her family, is adamant that her sister, Lizzie, not marry the Earl of Rule.
Instead, she presents Rule with an interesting proposition: marry her and she’ll not only attempt to a good wife, she’ll never question what he does, meaning Rule can keep his longtime mistress. Rule immediately agrees, and a short while later he not only finds his thirty-five year old self married to seventeen-year-old Horry, he finds that he’s fallen in love her despite her horrible eyebrows.
I don’t know how, though. While Horry is charming and adorable, I quickly began to lose patience with her by the fourth chapter, and Rule always appeared to be a little standoffish. Horry’s antics and her brother, Pelham, both had me laughing, but it wasn’t enough to completely endear The Convenient Marriage to me.
- Heyer, Georgette. The Convenient Marriage. Naperville, Ill.: Source Casablanca, 2008. First published 1934. Print. 320 pgs. ISBN: 9781402217722. Source: Purchased.