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A Debt Paid in Marriage
Title : A Debt Paid in Marriage
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ISBN : 9780373298266
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288

"What am I to him? A contract? A convenient solution?" Laura Townsend's plan to reclaim her family's merchandise backfires when she creeps into moneylender Philip Rathbone's house and threatens him with a pistol, only to find him reclining naked in his bath! The last thing she expects is to see this guarded widower on her doorstep a couple of days later armed with a very s"What am I to him? A contract? A convenient solution?" Laura Townsend's plan to reclaim her family's merchandise backfires when she creeps into moneylender Philip Rathbone's house and threatens him with a pistol, only to find him reclining naked in his bath! The last thing she expects is to see this guarded widower on her doorstep a couple of days later armed with a very surprising proposal. A marriage of convenience may be Laura's chance to reclaim her future, but she won't settle for anything less than true passion. Can she hope to find it in Philip's arms?


A Debt Paid in Marriage Reviews

  • Caz

    I've given this a B at AAR, so that's 4 stars.It’s quite refreshing to find a story set in this period in which the protagonists are ordinary working people. In A Debt Paid in Marriage, Laura Townsend and her mother are left to the care of her uncle following the death of Laura’s father, who was a prosperous draper. Unfortunately, Robert Townsend very quickly gambles away the family business and reduces them all to penury. In a desperate, last-ditch attempt to salvage something, Laura sneaks [...]

  • Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*

    I enjoyed this first book in Georgie Lee’s “Business of Marriage” series. It features a marriage of convenience but refreshingly both the hero and heroine are ordinary working people – not a title in sight.Following the death of her father, Laura Townsend and her mother find themselves in the care of her Uncle Robert who has inherited her father’s flourishing draper business. However, he has borrowed money from moneylender Philip Rathbone to pay off his large gambling debts, using the [...]

  • Lyuda

    Marriage of convenience regency times story with no dukes, earls, viscounts or even minor gentry in sight. What a refreshing concept! The start was intriguing to say the least: the heroine brandishes a pistol in front of the hero who reclines naked in bath. The hero, a widower Philip Rathbone, belongs to both feared and despised profession of moneylenders. He loans his clients money, indicates collateral and seizes the collateral when the unfortunate client can't pay the loan back. The professio [...]

  • Susan

    A very good story. It was terrific to read a Regency story without the usual lords and ladies. In this case we have Laura Townsend, whose unscrupulous uncle has lost the family business to a local moneylender. Desperate, Laura sneaks into Philip's home, hoping to force him to return the store merchandise so she can restore the business. However, it doesn't quite work out that way.Philip is relaxing in the bath when Laura appears before him, pistol in hand. He's amazingly unfazed, rising naked fr [...]

  • Doreen

    UnusualA historical romance without a single titled character. This alone makes it worth a look. A moneylender does make an unusual hero.

  • Nicole Laverdure

    I was looking for a sweet and romantic love story and found A Debt paid in Marriage, written by Georgie Lee. What a beautiful story! This author is very descriptive, so I found it refreshing to follow Philip and Laura's journey. London 1817, Laura Townsend has lost everything, because of her uncle gambling debts. She concocts the plan to invade Philip Rathbone's house, but soon finds him naked in his bath. Philip is a moneylender and businessman, but also a perfect gentleman! In need of a wife, [...]

  • Wollstonecrafthomegirl

    I'm being mean with this rating. Objectively this is probably a four star book, but, for me, it just didn't hit the spot. Especially odd because, usually, I bloody love a marriage of convenience yarn. Perfectly well written, nicely drawn characters, believable conflict, not too stuffed with plot but it just felt flat. The romance wasn't strong enough. The h/h didn't have the requisite chemistry, it was like siblings falling in love (but somewhat less creepy than that idea). It also begins in an [...]

  • Carrie

    Was refreshing to read a regency with no aristocrats. No earls in the mix here, just honest hard-working folk. Well mostly honest, some are lying to themselves. (view spoiler)[Title is a bit off though, as the marriage is not related to the debt. Unless we're talking about the payment being something other than money. (hide spoiler)]

  • Elaine

    I really enjoyed this story. Plot and characters were fab. I think this may be my first Georgie Lee novel, but will read more of hers.

  • Maggie Boyd

    Ah, the troppiness of it all! Laura Townsend, in her role as feisty heroine, confronts Phillip Rathbone by pointing a pistol at him and insisting that he return the inventory to her draper shop that he claimed was collateral for a loan. Dripping wet and naked, he stalks across the room, unfazed by the gun she is pointing at him and shows her the contract signed by her (evil) uncle. Turns out her saintly but misguided deceased father had trusted the uncle with his business and taken no steps to p [...]

  • Sabrina (Soter) Sally

    "Gli passò le mani calde, confortanti e tenere ai lati del viso. La fiducia che riponeva in lui era più potente dei propri dubbi, lo sfiorare del suo tocco più forte di qualsiasi sforzo avesse mai fatto per mantenere intatto il tumulo di pietre che gli comprimeva il cuore. Come acqua, lei era filtrata nelle fenditure, penetrandolo fino a che le rocce non avevano iniziato a crollare e la luce a scacciare l’oscurità. «Ti amo, Philip, e so anche tu ami me.» «Sì.» Lui aprì gli occhi e la [...]

  • Deirdre

    Well when the meeting is with him in his bath and her with a gun things are going to be explosive.

  • Lisa

    Witty and charming.

  • kate

    Heroine kept questioning whether she should marry the wealthy moneylender who was kind and compassionate to her and her mother. This went on for pretty much the first half of the book. She was living in a rat infested hovel. Her mother was ill and could barely get out of bed. They were both starving. And oh yeah her uncle was brokering a deal to sell her to the local brothel. Frankly I had a hard time understanding her dilemma. I would have kissed the hero's feet and worked my way up from there. [...]

  • Trenchologist

    Satisfying. There's good emotion and strong leads here, but the visuals (I kept realizing I didn't know what anyone or place really looked like), and development of secondary characters was thin. The story moved along well, and though the villain and plot points were "obvious" [sounds like a dirty word of complaint, isn't meant to be] but hit the right beats, and the emotional points after the external conflict got resolved offered a nice twist on getting to the HEA.3+ stars.Pleasant read. I'd d [...]

  • Lorka

    Well, it wasn't horrible. Maybe because I have been reading traditional 350 pg. historical romance books for the last 20 yrs that these thin Harlequin books leave me feeling like so much more could have been done with the storyline, characters could have been developed out more, etc. That being said, I normally judge a book on how well I like the main characters The heroine in this story started off as a temper-tantrum unappreciative brat, so I didn't care for her at all :(

  • Usagi Tsukino

    3,5 stars.EDIT: 06-09-2015I have also read the Italian edition, the rating is the same but there's something bothering me a bit the italian cover. It's really awful. He's supposed to be naked (and in the cover he is not), and she's blonde in the book but in the cover she's a brunette and she doesn't have a gun in her hands =__= and plus she looks like one arm is missing (lol). Like, wtf?!Aside from that, everything else is okay, even the translation.

  • Ruth

    A great, character driven story about a grieving widow marrying for to find a mother for his infant son, and a woman marrying to find an escape from poverty. I enjoyed watching them deal with their past wounds as they learned to deal as man and wife and become partners and companions to each other.

  • Kiki

    I really liked this book, the characters were not titled and were normal class citizens trying to make their way in their world. They had ups and downs, I wish the story was longer and the villain was better developed. But this was a wonderful read and I would definitely read again!

  • Ren Thompson

    3.5 stars actually

  • Barnaby

    Some Mills & Boon novels can be immensely fun, but this one really dragged towards the end. Still, it is what it is, and made for a silly piece of fun on a delayed train journey home.