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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Lady Sophia Bryant had no intention of ever marrying. However, her own parents had been estranged for some fourteen years, and her one desire was to bring them together again in love. Surely, if she were to announce her betrothal—even a false one—they would be forced to see each other at last.
Lord Francis Sutton was perfect for such deceit. Devilishly handsome and a notori Lady Sophia Bryant had no intention of ever marrying. Devilishly handsome and a notorious rake, he was always agreeable to games of passion, especially those in which he had nothing to fear and nothing to lose. The trap was set Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Counterfeit Betrothal , please sign up.
How is this book a part of the Waite series? Is any of that family in this one? Monique Takens There is no Waite family member mentioned in this book but Lady Mornington Mary Gregg is introduced in this one and she is the love interest of Lo …more There is no Waite family member mentioned in this book but Lady Mornington Mary Gregg is introduced in this one and she is the love interest of Lord Edmond Waite in The Notorious Rake.
See 1 question about A Counterfeit Betrothal…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Counterfeit Betrothal Waite, 2. Apr 28, Miranda Davis rated it really liked it.
Other reviews may point out there are two relationships in this novel, one involving a daughter of estranged parents, who schemes to reunite them by undertaking a counterfeit betrothal to a rakish young man she's known since childhood he was always stranding her to shake her off and go have fun with friends ; and a more complicated relationship between the parents, who parted badly over his one-time drunken betrayal of her with a whore during revelries prior to a friend's marriage.
BTW, the hu Other reviews may point out there are two relationships in this novel, one involving a daughter of estranged parents, who schemes to reunite them by undertaking a counterfeit betrothal to a rakish young man she's known since childhood he was always stranding her to shake her off and go have fun with friends ; and a more complicated relationship between the parents, who parted badly over his one-time drunken betrayal of her with a whore during revelries prior to a friend's marriage.
The 'older' couple's relationship is far more fraught and emotional than the younger twosome's. It also gets more coverage, page-wise. I didn't mind this, nor did I mind that the fraught relationship was played out in the heads of the two characters trying to navigate their emotions, their frustrations, their pride, their mistakes, etc.
They yearn for each other and dare not make themselves vulnerable to yet more pain. They misinterpret each other in their anxiety, natch. I found it involving and very touching. And frustrating, as these sorts of stories can be. Why doesn't she unbend? Why doesn't either one 'fess up that they have only loved the other? What will it take to let the past go and carry on? But people are like that.
Not just in novels, in life. In other words, I am glad the younger couple's funny squabbling took a backseat to the more challenging romance featured.
View all 4 comments. May 20, Laura Kyahgirl rated it it was ok Shelves: romance-historical , main-character-is-tstl , tropes-i-hate. My sister Joan had quite a few but not this one. I am thankful that Mary Balogh is re-issuing some of these older books but they tend to be 'hit and miss' for me. This one is a miss. This could have been quite a sweet story about the counterfeit betrothal between Lady Sophia and Lord Francis but the couple that took over the story and completely ruined it for me was Lady Sophia's parents, Marcus and Olivia.
They wasted 20 years of their lives, still in love with each other but never having the honesty or backbone to deal with their misunderstandings and sort out their issues. Balogh is a favorite author of mine but sometimes in her books she pulls the martyr card. I really don't like it.
I really enjoyed the dynamic between Sophia and Francis, it was cute, but I really can't recommend this book. Aug 22, Jacqueline J rated it liked it Shelves: owned , 2nd-chance-at-love , historical-romance , pregnancy , regency.
My rating for this story is influenced by the fact that I really don't like 2nd chance at love stories. And in this one they let the misunderstanding go on for about 20 years. That's just too much for me. I can't help thinking that someone should have tried harder years ago.
But they were both so long suffering. Another thing that diluted the power of the story for me is that it contained two romances neither of which was given precedence so neither had as much page time as they really deserved. I sometimes reread the end of this one but it is not one of my favorite MBs which I reread all the time. View 1 comment. Jul 20, Sruthi rated it liked it Shelves: fake-engagement , historical-romance , regency , bitter-past-reunion-second-chance.
This could have been a very boring novel if not for the banter between H and h. This one had two stories going on, One of H n h and equal space was written for h's parent's reunion , I am rating this only for H n h , I didn't like her parents for they were cheating husband and a cold unforgiving wife.
Nov 07, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read-inall , how-library , books-read-in , books-read-innew , format-ebook , favorites , books-read-inreread. Girl enters a pretend betrothal to get her parents back together and, well, you can see where this is going, right? I can't get into the whole thing, but this is now one of my favorite fake dating stories ever ever ever. Anyway, you should read it or at least Kris should, so she can write an awesome review to convince the rest of you to read it.
View all 7 comments. Jun 21, Dls rated it it was amazing. This is really what I think of as a classic older Mary Balogh book. Like so many of her books, it seems to start with the author pondering a question: what might happen to a couple who have never learned to handle any problems when the man commits adultery once, because he's young and is pressured to by his friends. If they have lived apart for 14 years afterwards, what might bring them together?
And, how would their only child be affected emotionally by their separation? And she works out the This is really what I think of as a classic older Mary Balogh book. And she works out the answer, beautifully and convincingly. She both persuades us that they could, very easily, never have gotten back together, and that the thing that brings them back together is the one thing that is capable of doing that.
No deus ex machinas here! I'm absolutely convinced that for Balogh, the central couple is the parents, but that the publisher insisted on marketing it as if the younger couple were the heart of the book.
I loved both the hero and heroine. The younger couple didnt' work as well for me--the daughter seems a little old to be so focused on her parents' separation and a little too oblivious to how close she is dancing to the brink of matrimony. And I'm not completely sold that they are really in love. But the older couple will linger with me for a long long time, and the two scenes at the end--where he declares his persistant love and where we see them together as a couple--ring really true.
I bought this on Alibris--its not on her current list of books to be republished. But I sure hope it gets there. Mar 21, Aneca rated it really liked it Shelves: trad-regency , read-in After reading The Trysting Place I wasn't sure that I wanted to read the other books in the so called Waite trilogy, but the reviews were good and the plots were interesting so I decided to try them.
A Counterfeit Betrothal/The Notorious Rake
A Counterfeit Betrothal contains two romances each of which affects the other. Olivia and Marcus married nineteen years ago, when she was seventeen and he twenty-one. It was a love match, and they were joyous when their daughter was born. Olivia kept asking him what was wrong, and finally, Marcus confessed all. A horrified Olivia could not forgive her husband, and so, after five years of marriage, they separated and spent the next fifteen years apart.
REVIEW: A Counterfeit Betrothal by Mary Balogh
Look Inside. Her one desire is to reunite her parents, who have been estranged for fourteen years. Surely, if she happens to announce her betrothal—even a false one—they will be forced to see each other. Devilishly handsome Lord Francis Sutton seems perfect for such deceit, always agreeable to games of passion in which he has nothing to lose. The trap is set—if only Lady Sophia can keep her foolish heart from falling prey to her brilliant snares. Even more surprising is her reaction to his shocking advances.