Trapped in an intolerable marriage?
Delilah cannot bear to watch as her twin sister Deborah marries Hamish Baillie, Fourth Earl of Blackwood. Not only because she knows that her conniving sister has manipulated the poor man into marriage, but also because she has been in love with the Earl since she first set eyes on him …
Delilah is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save Hamish from a life of unhappiness – but will her plan work, or will she have to accept that she is no match for her twin’s scheming ways?
Christina lives in Hereford and is married with two children. Although born in England she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan where she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East.
Christina’s debut Trade Winds was short listed for the 2011 Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Pure Passion Award for Best Historical Fiction. The Scarlet Kimono won the 2011 Big Red Reads Best Historical Fiction Award. Highland Storms (in 2012) and The Gilded Fan (in 2014) won the Best Historical Romantic Novel of the year award and The Silent Touch of Shadows won the 2012 Best Historical Read Award from the Festival of Romance. Christina is Chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Last summer I read two novels by Christina Courtenay, Trade Winds and Highland storms.
Two grandiose novels about merchants in Gothenburg in Sweden and in Scotland, during the 18th century. Yesterday I got the chance to read a newly published romance novella by the same author, Marry for Love, as an e-book.
Marry for love takes place in England and Scotland during the Regency-period. Interesting characters and settings, she really has a story to tell. The language is fluent, the descriptions exact though sparse. A perfect novel. You are swept away in time and space. You are hooked, and unable to put the book down until you finished it. The writer has you in a firm grip and the tempo is high. Still she leave possibilities for the readers own thoughts and fantasy.
The writer skillfully describes the complicated relationship between twin sisters Delilah and Deborah. The latter takes everything her sister desires, just because she can. But one day Delilah protest. Although the scandal that follows is devastating for her.