The Pursuit of Marriage

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Harper Collins, 2009 M10 13 - 400 pages
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What lengths would a young lady go to in her pursuit of the perfect match?

And how far would a gentleman go to stop her?

Cassandra Effington is one of the most delicious debutantes to ever waltz across a London ballroom. But while her identical twin sister Delia is now wed, Cassandra is still unclaimed, and everyone agrees her standards are entirely too high. So how could she possibly lose a most unseemly wager with the handsome, scandalous Viscount Berkley? The proposition: She will find him an ideal bride well before he finds her the perfect match.

But Lord Berkley intends to be very hard to please. He's already chosen the right woman, and no lady Cassandra puts forward to him will be perfect enough save the luscious Cassandra herself. And he'll do whatever it takes to make certain no gentleman he introduces her to is enticing enough, until she realizes that the perfect object in her pursuit of marriage is none other than the viscount himself.

 

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User Review  - grapeapril75 - LibraryThing

A delicious Regency read!! Engaging characters and an entertaining plot line. Nice amount of steam to keep the story popping! They really are quite a pair! Such an entertaining tale, much farce! I love a lively historical with all the pomp and circumstance! Really enjoyable read! A fun series. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
28
Section 4
48
Section 5
73
Section 6
101
Section 7
128
Section 8
154
Section 11
221
Section 12
247
Section 13
275
Section 14
302
Section 15
320
Section 16
347
Section 17
365
Section 18
392

Section 9
173
Section 10
201

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About the author (2009)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was more fun than real life. She is the author of thirty-one novels, and her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Victoria lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her long-suffering husband and two dogs, in a house under endless renovation and never-ending chaos.

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