The Counterfeit Marriage by Joan Wolf

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So why did I not DNF this book after the rape? Well, I wanted to see what one of my absolute favorite authors was going to do with such an impossible beginning. Unfortunately, she did not succeed in making the hero palatable - he never grew heroic for me, and I never bought into their love story. The book died aborning.
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LARGE PRINT!! This is a LARGE PRINT book, soft pictorial cover. Cover is different than pictured but same book wity 408 pages. Pages are in very good condition without markings or notations except library markings. This is a 1980 copyright. Published in 1980. Ex-library book with markings.--SYNOPSIS:--REVIEW--By Tobi2772 (Houston, TX) Enchantingly beautiful Catherine Renwick had good cause to despise darkly handsome, insufferably arrogant James Pembroke, Earl of Allandale. It was this deplorable man who on a night of wild debauchery caused Catherine to be abducted and brought to him at a country inn. It was he who took her virtue by force, and left her threatened with disgrace. True, he now was willing to make amends by giving her his name in marriage. And equally true, she had no choice but to accept. But Catherine was sure that nothing in the world could erase her hatred for him or her horror of his embrace. Catherine was an innocent no longer - yet she had so much to learn about love and the maddening deceptions of the heart...I really really liked this book. I find it extremely courageous to deal with an issue that undoubtedly occurred quite often in 19th century England and deal with it in such a way as to actually interest and involve the reader greatly. The characters were both well-built and complex, yet they were honest with each other from the first. As a great hater of the 'miserunderstandings' plot line in Regencies, I applaud Ms. Wolf's attempt and success at dealing with a dark issue with such class and style. I found it completely believable for the two characters to fall in love after such a traumatic beginning and applauded it as well! Life is full of possibilities and most of the solutions are not black and white as Ms. Wolf very cleverly shows us in this book. This is a true love story that surmounts all and I highly recommend it.
 

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Published January 1, 1982 by J. Curley & Associates. 408 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Keira Soleore on Jun 04 2016

So why did I not DNF this book after the rape? Well, I wanted to see what one of my absolute favorite authors was going to do with such an impossible beginning. Unfortunately, she did not succeed in making the hero palatable - he never grew heroic for me, and I never bought into their love story. The book died aborning.

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