By Arrangement

By Arrangement

by Madeline Hunter

The lady and the commoner...Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn was not opposed to marriage.But she demanded to be married on her own terms, not as punishment for a romantic indiscretion, and especially not to a common merchant.Yet she was in for a shock when she met David de Abyndon.For she was confronted by no ordinary merchant but a man of extraordinary poise and virility.He was unaffected by their difference in social status.And even affected by her well-thought-out arguments against their upcoming betrothal.Instead, it was Christiana who felt uneasy in the presence of this naturally lordly man behind whose cool blue eyes she sensed the most uncompromising of passions.David de Abyndon understood Christiana's dilemma, for he too harbored a secret pain.How could he tell her that there was more to this arrangement than met the eye?How could he tell her about his deal with the king--a deal that meant he had all but bought Christiana sight unseen?What's more, now that he had seen this beautiful, spirited woman, how could he convince her that the love she sought was not in the callow knight she had romanticized but in the flesh-and-blood arms of the man who may have bought her body--but in the bargain lost both his heart and soul?

  • Series: Medieval
  • Language: English
  • Category: Romance
  • Rating: 3.89
  • Pages: 389
  • Publish Date: June 27th 2006 by Bantam
  • Isbn10: 0553587722
  • Isbn13: 9780553587722

What People Think about "By Arrangement"

I read this book because everyone raved about Madeline Hunter's historicals, and this one in particular. I liked how you could see that although David was a merchant and looked down upon, he had much more honor than the so-called chivalrous knight who more or less seduced an innocent girl who thought she was in love with him and he with her.

Being close to the English King in spite of his lowly birth, David offered for Christiana and was granted his lustful wish. She resented the fact that she had to marry David and sent for Stephen to come marry her before everything was too late. The book follows Christiana and David's difficult union. David knew nothing about Christiana. Christiana was in love with someone else and hated David because she thought him beneath her and she was forced to have sex with him. That idiot who did not know great sex is the way to a woman's heart? Suffice it to say that Christiana felt like an idiot when David's true parentage came under the light. I wonder, what is to like about Christiana other than the fact that she was beautiful? She did "grow out of" her infatuation for Stephen and "realized" that she loved David. I thought the change strange since nothing has changed for Christiana and David other than the fact that they had great sex. So after they had fantastic sex, Christiana came to realize that now she loved David?

If I'm not mistaken By Arrangement is my first Madeline Hunter read, and I chose this not lightly - because when I checked her website I loved almost all the blurbs of her books! I think that sums what I did not like in it entirely - the political intrigue/mystery overshadowed the romance a lot and I was tempted to flick through the pages and just read through the parts where the romance play an integral part. More than anything, the book shows a path to romance that is beyond the 'love-or-lust-at-first-sight'.

When I read the other reviews, I thought the first few chapters would provide some background on Christinana, how her parents died, how she became the king's ward, and especially how she was seduced and compromised by Stephen Percy (the knight Christiana fancies herself in love with) but nope. Because the facts I did learn about Christiana's parents and seduction were revealed briefly in this book as if it was a recap for readers who had read the books in order. I read the synopsis for the other books and couldn't really find a connection to those characters and Christiana nor were any of the previous books' MCs present in this book.

Christiana loved another. She resented the fact that she had to marry David and sent for Stephen to come marry her before everything was too late. The book follows Christiana and David's difficult union. Suffice it to say that Christiana felt like an idiot when David's true parentage came under the light. She did "grow out of" her infatuation for Stephen and "realized" that she loved David. I thought the change strange since nothing has changed for Christiana and David other than the fact that they had great sex. So after they had fantastic sex, Christiana came to realize that now she loved David? Christiana's fault does not stop at being naive and stupid about love. But Christiana made this book such an awful reading experience. I wanted to slap her but I was forced to read about how David loved her for reasons that are beyond my comprehension.

A história começa exatamente assim: Christiana filha de nobres inglês sendo forçada a se casar com um mero mercador David, que a vista dos outros, a olhou, a quis e pagou muito dinheiro para tê-la.

Quando é arrancada dos braços de quem pensa ser o amor da sua vida e é lançada num casamento arranjado pelo Rei, com um homem de uma estirpe mais baixa que a sua, um enigmático mercador, tenta ao máximo que o mesmo não se efectue, utilizando todas as razões do mundo para que David recuse casar com ela, contudo ele mostra-se irredutível. Não me interpretem mal, mas primeiro não queria saber dele e depois, de um momento para o outro, passa a amá-lo de uma forma avassaladora, o que para mim é estranho, porque acredito que ela poderia aprender a amar, porém não desta forma.

Penso que a autora poderia ter explorado um pouco mais a época histórica, e talvez abordassem de outro ponto de vista a proveniência da Christiana, dando desta forma protagonismo a Morvan e à sua demanda para a reconquista das terras da família.