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  • Author:
    Candace Camp
  • ISBN:
    0373772432
  • ISBN13:
    978-0373772438
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    HQN; Original edition (August 28, 2007)
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    4.7
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Though I kept on waiting for that to happen here, it NEVER did and it was extremely disconcerting. I don't know if this is how Camp normally writes her novels, but if it is I don't think I will continue reading her books.

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The Marriage Wager book. Candace Camp writes smart and well-written historical romances. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books in the future!.

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From Publishers WeeklyWith a nod to Jane Austen, Camp launches the Matchmaker series, set in 19th-century London and concerning the lovely widow Lady Francesca Haughston, mistress of romantic chicanery

From Publishers WeeklyWith a nod to Jane Austen, Camp launches the Matchmaker series, set in 19th-century London and concerning the lovely widow Lady Francesca Haughston, mistress of romantic chicanery. When Francesca claims that she can get any marriageable girl engaged by the end of the season, Sinclair, the fifth duke of Rochford, accepts her wager, but only if he can choose the girl.

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Only one person ever treated Juliana Holcott with anything other than disdain-Nicholas Barre, the orphaned heir to the estate where she spent her childhood. And when wild, rebellious Nick left home, Juliana was left to fend for herself. until Nick's innocent attentions at a ball cause her to lose her position, and he offers her the only recompense he can-a marriage of convenience.

No longer in the first blush ofyouth and without a marriage portion,Miss Constance Woodley could scarcelyimagine why one of the leading lights ofLondon society should take an interest inthe likes of her. But under her benefactor'sguiding hand she was transformed into acaptivating creature who caught the eyeof the handsome, charming and ever-so-slightly notorious Lord Dominic Leighton.And before the shocked eyes of the entireTon, the "nobody" and the rakish viscountshowed that even in the heartless world ofthe marriage mart, when love was at stake,all bets were off….

Shakanos
Francesca, a beautiful widow has the knack of introducing people who end up getting married. In this story, a duke bets Francesca that she cannot take a plain spinster and find her a husband before the end of the season. Constance is a poor relation that is used as a drudge and Dom in the brother of Francesca. A lovely romance and a great start to the series of four books. I enjoyed it so much that I bought the other three when I finished reading this one.
Fordrelis
The Marriage Wager is the first in Candace Camp's Matchmaker Series and I wish I could give it a higher rating, but I just cannot bring myself to. As others have remarked there was nothing really unusual or innovative about this book, but it would have been an enjoyable and sweet read if it hadn't been for one hugely annoying thing that I could *not* get over: we never hear Dominic's thoughts. Every historical romance I have ever read is written in third person narrative and the writer takes us back and forth between the hero and the heroine's POV (sometimes adding that of secondary characters). Though I kept on waiting for that to happen here, it NEVER did and it was extremely disconcerting. I don't know if this is how Camp normally writes her novels, but if it is I don't think I will continue reading her books.

The book had such potential because although the story is not very original, Camp is a talented writer and I found her characters interesting. I liked Constance since I always love it when the heroine is something other than the beautiful belle of the ball society girl and is a wallflower, shy, "on the shelf," or whatever. I especially liked the secondary characters of Sir Lucien, Lady Calandra (the heroine of The Wedding Challenge, Book 3), Francesca (the matchmaker in the series), and the Duke of Rochford (Calandra's brother and Francesca's love interest in The Courtship Dance, Book 4).

Unfortunately, at the end of the book I still didn't really have any sense of Dominic, because not only do we not ever have his perspective, but we don't even read that many exchanges or very much dialogue between him and Constance. Since we never know his thoughts, it makes the whole story of them falling in love seem contrived and hard to believe - they barely know each other. What goes through his mind when he's trying to figure out why he kissed Constance that first time without knowing her? What does he think about Constance? What attracts him to her? When did he start to love her? When does he decide that he wants to marry her? But nothing, zip, nada - *so frustrating*! Aside from a couple of passages where we see things from Francesca's perspective, it is all told from Constance's POV (and sometimes quite repetitively so) and we are never really able to get a handle on Dominic ... which is kind of essential since he is the hero of the book!!!

OTHER BOOKS IN MATCHMAKER SERIES:
Francesca, Lady Haughston is the matchmaker in Camp's series, which is kicked off by The Marriage Wager, featuring Miss Constance Woodley and Dominic, Viscount Leighton (Francesca's brother). It's followed by Book 2 in the series, The Bridal Quest, which tells of the romance between Gideon, Earl of Radbourne and Lady Irene Wyngate. The Wedding Challenge is Book 3 in the series and features Lady Calandra (the Duke's younger sister) and the Earl of Bromwell. And the series ends with The Courtship Dance, which tells the long-awaited story of Francesca and Sinclair, the Duke of Rochford.
RED
This is was my second reading of this lovely book. I thought that the witty dialogue, engaging characters and story line were flawless. The elements of family strife and love, tragedy, friendship and jealously were essential themes woven carefully throughout the book. The central characters were so realistically drawn that their honesty and intelligence helped to make the book a real pleasure to read. I recommend this book and the whole series connected with it.
Delan
I have recently discovered this author and will look for more of her books in the future. I really liked the characters in this book. The main couple of Dom and Constance had a beautiful love story. Dom,s sister was a very loving and supportive person. She had two interesting males in her life. Can't wait to see where she will go with them.
INwhite
I enjoyed this, but have to dock it a star because it is missing something. Francesca is a great character and I will certainly read the rest of the series about her. In this book, , the writing is good, the characters are interesting, the plot predictable... I enjoyed Constance's verbal agility and sympathized with her. Dominic was clearly one of the good guys, but we never really get to know him - so for me, understanding him was impossible.
Fordrellador
I fully enjoyed the book. The characters were likable and believable. Humor always makes a book more enjoyable, and I can’t wait to see what happens with Francesca.
Vozilkree
I really enjoy this book.I couldn't put the book down. All the characters were really great. All that have read the
other book by this author will like this one too.
A quick, fun read. Nothing deep, but her books always guarantee an escape from being too serious.