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The Famous Heroine [and] The Plumed Bonnet

by Mary Balogh

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THE FAMOUS HEROINE: Francis Kneller, heartbroken that Samantha married the Marquess of Carew, is asked by his friend the Duke of Bridgwater to show some attention to Cora Downes, a merchant's daughter who saved the Duke's nephew from drowning. They become friends, but Cora thinks Francis is effeminate and unserious because of his bright clothes--just what Samantha thought too so she never took his proposals seriously. Francis twice compromises Cora, so he proposes to her. Although her father and brother leave it up to her, she knows it would bring disgrace and does want a marriage and children. After their wedding, Cora learns with surprise that Francis does like women, and Francis deals with and puts behind him his affection for Samantha.

THE PLUMED BONNET: Alistair Munro, the Duke of Bridgwater, gives a ride to a woman in showy costume including a ridiculous plumed bonnet. Stephanie Gray tells him how she was raised simply by her mother and her father, a vicar. After their deaths, she became a governess, disdainfully treated. She just learned that she has inherited an estate, but to keep it she must marry within 4 months. Alistair thinks she is an actress, and plans to make her his mistress, and plays along right up until she arrives at her estate. Then he realizes that she was telling the truth, and honorably insists that she marry him since he has compromised her. His mother, in a month, brings Stephanie up to scratch. She feels that she owes Alistair everything, and tries to become the ice duchess she thinks she is supposed to be--no emotion, no passion, no enthusiasm. He sees glimpses of the real Stephanie and is enchanted, but she thinks he disapproves. Finally, after their wedding, he admits that he was not actually the only one who treated her with respect, and rather he had been prepared to use her. After her feeling of having to be his slave is eliminated, they can fall in love as two normal people with flaws.
  dolphari | Oct 22, 2012 |
These are two reissued Mary Balogh Classics. I recommend buying Dark Angel/ Lord Carew Brides before purchasing these. If not the back story might be slightly confusing. If you love Mary Balogh these books will satisfy you with their sweet heroines and uber honorable heros. ( )
1 vote Jaitai16 | Nov 8, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440245435, Mass Market Paperback)

Beloved New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh spins two classic stories of Regency England—splendid novels of mistaken identity and unmistakable passion, where marriage is only the beginning of true love.
 
THE FAMOUS HEROINE
Cora Downes has beauty, spirit, and money, but no breeding. Yet when she gains renown for a daring rescue, she finds herself thrust into high society. Innocent and adrift in a world of beautiful banquets, bejeweled gowns, and snobbish standards, Cora is quickly compromised into a marriage—to a frivolous lord whose interests seem to lie elsewhere. But could piercingly blue-eyed and well-mannered Francis Kneller turn out to be the most unexpected love of her life?
 
THE PLUMED BONNET
Alistair Munro, the Duke of Bridgwater, is looking for love outside the bounds of polite society. And that’s what he expects to receive when he rescues a seemingly disreputable girl in a colorful bonnet off the side of the road. Yet Stephanie Gray, a former governess, has recently come into money and is eager for a proper match with a well-born man. Sure that he’s sullied her name, Alistair offers marriage to make amends. And in this unlikely union, Stephanie and Alistair make a welcome discovery—that sometimes it’s possible to marry first, then fall in love.

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The famous heroine: "Cora Downes has beauty, spirit, and money, but no breeding. Yet when she gains renown for a daring rescue, she finds herself thrust into high society. Innocent and adrift in a world of beautiful banquets, bejeweled gowns, and snobbish standards, Cora is quickly compromised into marriage--to a frivolous lord whose interests seem to lie elsewhere. But could piercingly blue-eyed and well-mannered Francis Kneller turn out to be the most unexpected love of her life?" The plumed bonnet: "Alistair Munro, the Duke of Bridgwater, is looking for love outside the bounds of polite society. And that's what he expects to receive when he rescues a seemingly disreputable girl in a colorful bonnet off the side of the road. Yet Stephanie Gray, a former governess, has recently come into money and is eager for a proper match with a well-born man. Sure that he's sullied her name, Alistair offers marriage to make amends. And in this unlikely union, Stephanie and Alistair make a welcome discovery--that sometimes it's possible to marry first, then fall in love."… (more)

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