This was the Audio-book of The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer. Narrated by Richard Armitage. He did the voices of each character and did a wonderful job.
The story is exciting and full of trickery, misdeeds and plenty of comedy. I wanted to feel sorry for Horatia, which they call Horry, but she is just a mess. She keeps walking into situations that seem shady. She even acknowledges that they seem shady. Her husband Earl of Rule seems to be a very understanding man. He is certainly given plenty of opportunities to blow his stack.
Truth was, he was finding her quite intriguing to him. She was looking at him in a different way too and she was too afraid that she had caused too much problems for the Earl. She is a bit immature, but she is likable once she starts to worry about her husband for a change. There is also her brother, the Viscount. He is rather weak and when he tries to help, look out. So much humor is in this story. I loved it.
The talent of Ms. Heyer as well as the talent of Richard Armitage made this a wonderful experience. This is my first Audio book and my first book by this author. I will happily look for more books by Georgette Heyer.
It totally earned all five stars.
Lady Nell Cardross is the main character that actually has been in love with her husband since she first met him. The Earl her husband likewise had fallen in love with Nell upon first meeting her. His family has decided to tarnish his feelings by putting a bug in his ear that she only married him for his fortune.
Dysart Nell’s brother had taken full advantage of the Earl’s fortune so that had lent credence to that unpleasant theory. Dysart has few redeeming qualities. He might be charming to women, but he is a bit shiftless and a user. He was very free with his bad advice to his sister.
Lettie the Earl’s sister was also willing to pass along her own bad advice. It was a bit annoying that Nell listened to everyone but her own common sense. Lettie has her own drama unfolding throughout the entire book. Again, she makes bad and unexpected decisions.
The story has humor and a sweetness that comes through. Nell has been persuaded by her mother to question the Earl’s reasons for marrying her. All this doubt on both Nell and the Earl keeps both parties in a turmoil. It is a very entertaining book that keeps you wondering how all this is going to turn out. It is a very good read. Highly enjoyable!