TBR Challenge Review: Traditional Regency, I think

It feels very strange to be writing about a book I read in May when my April reading post isn’t up yet. I feel bad about that, but I have prioritized reading over writing and grading over both. Finals are next week, wheee!

This month, the suggested TBR theme is marriage of convenience/arranged marriage. I was surprised to find exactly zero of those in my various TBR stashes, but then I realized the cause — I love that device, so those books don’t sit unread very long. Fortunately my friend Janet gave me some books from a recent UBS visit, including two historical romances with American heroines. One is a Regency called An Inconvenient Marriage, by Jeanne Carmichael — perfect!

I haven’t read all that many “traditional Regency” romances; I was not a romance reader in their heyday. From my limited exposure, however, this one seems pretty typical. There is sex, but it is mostly closed door/no details. It’s short, so the focus is really on the main couple; minor characters are undeveloped, even caricatured. There are no really evil characters. There are some dangling/unresolved plot points. The main characters fall in love quickly, but they don’t admit it until the very end of the book.

It’s a sweet, fast and fun read; just the thing for the end of the semester. I particularly enjoyed the US/UK interplay, since that hits nicely close to home. And there was this passage:

“He was tired of hearing about his marriage of convenience — a misnomer if ever he heard one. There was nothing the least convenient about it. Merely because his marriage had been arranged for financial considerations, everyone assumed he did not care about his wife. Did such an arrangement automatically preclude affection on both sides? Should not a love match then be called an inconvenient marriage? Perhaps he should make an announcement to that effect….”

How can you not love that sort of self-referential writing? WIN

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