Jane Matthews has been secretly in love with the charming, very handsome Viscount Fairfax for a long time—since well before his marriage, in fact. Now he is widowed and, after a suitable mourning period, is back in London in search of a new wife and a mother for his two infant daughters. He chooses Jane, whom he finds likable and quiet and sensible and surely the ideal choice to suit his needs. When he proposes marriage to her, however, she surprises them both by saying no. Instead, she accepts the offer of his best friend. Too late—or so it seems—the viscount falls deeply in love with Jane as he comes to value her for herself.
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An Unacceptable Offer by Mary Balogh. Michael Templeton, Viscount Fairfax, the handsomest lord in the realm and the catch of the London marriage mart, was actually proposing to her and not to her exquisitely beautiful cousin Honor Jamieson. Jane could believe her own response even less. Despite the viscount's looks, his wealth, his charm, his absolute perfection, and despite the fact that Jane madly loved him, she heard herself saying "No. Get A Copy. Paperback , Signet Regency Romance , pages.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of An Unacceptable Offer. May 16, Rane rated it it was amazing Shelves: traditional-regency.
After long searches for this book for so long it was well worth it in the end to have my own copy! Mary Balogh did a wonderful job of making her characters like onions, as you read you start to peel away another layer that makes you understand them more. I really adored Jane and can feel for her, unlike others females jumping at the chance to marry big with or without love, Jane is level-headed and gives each man who ask her hand in marraige deep thought, weighting in her mind her options befor After long searches for this book for so long it was well worth it in the end to have my own copy!
I really adored Jane and can feel for her, unlike others females jumping at the chance to marry big with or without love, Jane is level-headed and gives each man who ask her hand in marraige deep thought, weighting in her mind her options before either going into spinsterhood or getting married and being content in no doubt a loveless marriage.
Fairfax only judged Jane by her cover looking for a housekeeper, mother and wife but what about Jane herself? Through that rejection Fairfax eyes are open to the inner Jane and Jane learns more about Fairfax the loving and caring father. I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, and no doubt not do it justice.
View all 3 comments. Apr 12, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: widower , heroine-is-plain-looking , lack-of-communication , hero-is-a-good-man , second-chances , moments-of-angst , children-involved , anger-with-confusion , dominant-hero , flashbacks-and-afterthoughts.
This is a romance from the Mary Balogh that I know and love. It is one of her earlier stories from At first sight, people thought 'she was not beautiful'. She knew this herself; she was plain, as in a Plain Jane. But she was upbeat and helpful and kind. Gorgeously handsome Michael Templeton, Viscount Fairfax, was in need of a wife. And he had two little daughters that needed a mother. He settled on Jane. Her head shot up and she gazed wide-eyed at him.
She said nothing. He had meant the words, he realized suddenly. He had decided without even quite knowing it himself. Dark grey eyes. A jot of anger.
Deep feelings inadequately expressed. Mistakes galore. It was an angst-fest with emotional locomotion. And, finally! View all 12 comments. A classic Mary Balogh…. The angst is low level but ever pervasive. The H, a handsome and much sought after newly widowed with two daughters viscount is made to eat some humble pie when his condescending proposal to the plain and sensible h gets turned down quite ignominiously. He did feel like a fool. He had always believed that he was attractive to most women.
To be refused by a less-than-beautiful one was a blow to his esteem. But A classic Mary Balogh…. But Miss Matthews! She must already be well past the usual age of marriage. And he gets refused by a woman who has secretly and hopelessly loved him for past 5 years while he has been quite unaware of even her existence. I loved the part where her hurt, anger over the proposal and her reason for refusal are explained.
And she had tried to convey to him her anger in being thought of by labels. She was needed as a wife, a mother, a housekeeper. She was not needed as Jane….. Primarily and always she was Jane, a unique and very real person.
She could never marry anyone who would not recognize that. But something in her rebels at being dishonoured in this manner.
The H goes through anger and humiliation to finally realising his folly in botching up his courtship and letting a woman he likes and respects even love? The H is quite attracted to her and flirts nonstop with her but soon realises that she would not do as wife and mother and so it has to be the h.
He comes across as quite a sourpuss there. To top it, his very anomalous but believable views on not preferring sons over daughters make him special.
I personally detested her - for growing on me and being so fun and likeable! Random but the h gets her first kiss from the om while the ow gets hers from the H. Good for general bonhomie? One thing that nettles is why the h never came back for another season after her first disastrous one.
Even the sentimental reasons of an unrequited love for the married H could not have held out over practicality for five years. Jul 19, Naksed rated it liked it Shelves: hero-is-entitled , 19th-century , debbie-downer , hero-is-a-donkeys-butt , plot-moppets , great-big-terrible-misunderstanding , 2-much-ow-om , spinster-romance , inconsistent-characters , ow-saves-the-day.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a historical romance where an impossibly handsome, dashing widower tries to enter into a marriage of convenience with a debbie-downer, mousey, Plain-Jane spinster at the ripe age of 23! In the meanwhile, he doesn't mind lusting after Plain-Jane's luscious, pouty-lipped, Incomparable debutante cousin. To his utter aston This is a historical romance where an impossibly handsome, dashing widower tries to enter into a marriage of convenience with a debbie-downer, mousey, Plain-Jane spinster at the ripe age of 23!
To his utter astonishment, Plain-Jane refuses his callous, cold, and calculating proposal and gives him some Plain-Talking-To to go along with it. He has never been rejected in his life before because he has looks, money, a title, etc. So he is shocked. It was satisfying to see him come down a peg or two and even more satisfying to see him be even more crushed when Plain-Jane goes on, a few weeks later, to accept the equally unromantic but at least polite and affectionate proposal of his best friend, who is less handsome, less rich, and just less of a catch than him overall.
He realizes that the heroine was right, he had refused to see her as a person, merely as a footstool for his convenience and the convenience of his family.
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An Unacceptable Offer by Mary Balogh
An Unacceptable Offer