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A fortune at stake if he does not marry now. Almost anyone will do. Intrigued by the dissolute Lord Wintringham and with nothing but drudgery in store, Lily Daubney dares to contemplate his desperate offer. Sanity prevails. But Vincent’s persistence lands her in so much hot water she has no option but to marry him. Delighted with her reward of a fine pianoforte, Lily rap A fortune at stake if he does not marry now. Almost anyone will do. Intrigued by the dissolute Lord Wintringham and with nothing but drudgery in store, Lily Daubney dares to contemplate his desperate offer. Sanity prevails. But Vincent’s persistence lands her in so much hot water she has no option but to marry him. Delighted with her reward of a fine pianoforte, Lily rapidly discovers the perils of her bargain. Impossibly selfish, treading a path to perdition, Vince seems wholly irreclaimable. Is Lily’s growing desire to reform him doomed to failure? Or will her unexpected influence turn disaster into happiness?


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A fortune at stake if he does not marry now. Almost anyone will do. Intrigued by the dissolute Lord Wintringham and with nothing but drudgery in store, Lily Daubney dares to contemplate his desperate offer. Sanity prevails. But Vincent’s persistence lands her in so much hot water she has no option but to marry him. Delighted with her reward of a fine pianoforte, Lily rap A fortune at stake if he does not marry now. Almost anyone will do. Intrigued by the dissolute Lord Wintringham and with nothing but drudgery in store, Lily Daubney dares to contemplate his desperate offer. Sanity prevails. But Vincent’s persistence lands her in so much hot water she has no option but to marry him. Delighted with her reward of a fine pianoforte, Lily rapidly discovers the perils of her bargain. Impossibly selfish, treading a path to perdition, Vince seems wholly irreclaimable. Is Lily’s growing desire to reform him doomed to failure? Or will her unexpected influence turn disaster into happiness?

53 review for Marriage For Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elodie’s Reading Corner

    Marriage For Music THE BRIDES BY CHANCE REGENCY ADVENTURES SERIES #5 Elizabeth Bailey https://www.facebook.com/authorelizab... Release date 12/22/2020 Publisher Sapere Books 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 A captivating whirlwind romance set in Regency England! Perfect for fans of Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Jane Aiken Hodge and Jane Austen.

Lily has caught the eye of the most ineligible man in London… 1805, England Reliant on the protection of a demanding distant relative, Lily Daubney has resigned herself to a life of drud Marriage For Music THE BRIDES BY CHANCE REGENCY ADVENTURES SERIES #5 Elizabeth Bailey https://www.facebook.com/authorelizab... Release date 12/22/2020 Publisher Sapere Books 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 A captivating whirlwind romance set in Regency England! Perfect for fans of Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Jane Aiken Hodge and Jane Austen.

Lily has caught the eye of the most ineligible man in London… 1805, England Reliant on the protection of a demanding distant relative, Lily Daubney has resigned herself to a life of drudgery. However, when she crosses paths with Vincent, Lord Wintringham — a dashing earl with an unsavoury reputation — she is given a chance to change her fate. Threatened with losing his inheritance if he fails to find a wife, Vincent offers Lily a marriage of convenience. Despite her misgivings, she accepts — on the condition that he allows her to devote her life to music. But as Lily begins to see a kinder side to the wayward earl, she soon wonders whether their hasty bargain could blossom into something more… MARRIAGE FOR MUSIC is the fifth book in the Brides By Chance series, an enchanting set of Regency romances set in Georgian England. 𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 Could their marriage of convenience lead to something else ... I very much love the author’s work, she has such a talent with words, engaging her characters in witty banters and emotional schemes. While I understand Vince’s plight, I even firstly pitied him but soon he shows his recklessness, carelessness and self-absorption are as much part of his renown than his father’s will to chastise him. Still it was difficult to stay upset with him for long. When all had been an act of rebellion to begin with, alas in time it became a routine. Yet it was also the only answer a lonely little boy knew to give when put in his last retrenchments. But now how to break free of what has become a bad habit. Lily had been relegated for most of her life to stay in the shadows at the beck and call of her “benefactress”. And while she dreams sometime of escaping, she has no way to do so. Until an improbable proposal. Rational, Lily is also passionate and uses music as an emotional outlet. But outside the music room, she is like a brand new sheet, she has to learn and experience a lot. And this story is their ups and downs toward their HEA, the mistakes and progresses they make about the other as they must rein on their temper and allegations until they get the right to it. 4.5 stars 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 : some kissing. I have been granted an advance copy by the author, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zena

    This story was music to my ears. Oh, it was simply a delight to read and this series just gets better and better! Lily is an accomplished pianist but until she and Vincent meet she lives a horrid life in her cousin's home. Vincent on the other hand needs to marry very quickly so that he can claim his inheritance from the estate that his late father tied up in his will and unless he does so by a certain date he will lose it. So when he meets Lily at her family's ball and finds himself attracted to h This story was music to my ears. Oh, it was simply a delight to read and this series just gets better and better! Lily is an accomplished pianist but until she and Vincent meet she lives a horrid life in her cousin's home. Vincent on the other hand needs to marry very quickly so that he can claim his inheritance from the estate that his late father tied up in his will and unless he does so by a certain date he will lose it. So when he meets Lily at her family's ball and finds himself attracted to her he decides to marry her. All this happens right at the beginning of the book and then the fun begins with both of them unsure how they feel for each other and whether the other feels the same way or not. It is beautifully written and easy to read with strong and very like-able main characters that one can identify with. I also like the pushiness of Dolly, Vincent's sister. I enjoyed this story so much and am very happy to be able to recommend it. I requested and read a free Advance Copy of this book and this is my voluntary and unbiased review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    What a beautiful, sweet romance♥️ A marriage of convenience for the gift of a piano.... So much fun watching Lily and Vincent’s relationship blossom. You get drawn into the apprehension of their relationship as well as the humor. It was exciting and intriguing to see them both grow and mature. Overall, this is a sweet, clean romance that I highly recommend. This is the first book I’ve read by Elizabeth Bailey and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. I will look forward to reading What a beautiful, sweet romance♥️ A marriage of convenience for the gift of a piano.... So much fun watching Lily and Vincent’s relationship blossom. You get drawn into the apprehension of their relationship as well as the humor. It was exciting and intriguing to see them both grow and mature. Overall, this is a sweet, clean romance that I highly recommend. This is the first book I’ve read by Elizabeth Bailey and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. I will look forward to reading more of her books. Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read this book for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Prajakta Pradhan

    Such a fun read Vince and Lily are both so unpredictable and that's why fun. It's so enjoyable to read their playful, sometimes angry, sometimes mischievous banter. Both are so clueless about love and intimacy. But they finally find each other. They just needed a spoonful of trust and a cup of tea, ahem, love. Such a fun read Vince and Lily are both so unpredictable and that's why fun. It's so enjoyable to read their playful, sometimes angry, sometimes mischievous banter. Both are so clueless about love and intimacy. But they finally find each other. They just needed a spoonful of trust and a cup of tea, ahem, love.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Lily Daubney is an orphan who was taken in by the Guineaford family and educated along with their daughter, Cynthia. Lily was made to live in a tiny room and received the occasional castoff dress from Cynthia or her mother. Lily’s good friend is Meg, a maid in the household. She has taken Lily under her wing and cared for her. Lily’s is a talented pianist and loves to play. One evening, Lily is allowed to attend a ball given by the Guineaford family. There she meets Vincent Clowes, the Earl of Wi Lily Daubney is an orphan who was taken in by the Guineaford family and educated along with their daughter, Cynthia. Lily was made to live in a tiny room and received the occasional castoff dress from Cynthia or her mother. Lily’s good friend is Meg, a maid in the household. She has taken Lily under her wing and cared for her. Lily’s is a talented pianist and loves to play. One evening, Lily is allowed to attend a ball given by the Guineaford family. There she meets Vincent Clowes, the Earl of Wintringham. His father was cruel to him and has now died, but has left a stipulation that Vincent must marry by a certain time or he will lose his inheritance. Lily and Vincent are intrigued by one another. The next day, he asks Lily to marry him and they do so right away. He agrees that she can live at his estate and he will remain in London to be with his friends where he enjoys his drinking and fun life. Lily also requests that he buy her a piano to which he agrees. On their way to his estate, Lily sees Vincent get drunk and it makes her very mad. Upon arrival, Lily sees that Wintringham estate is very large and elaborate. Their relationship is quite tenuous as he tries to avoid alcohol until one night, he gets raging drunk. With Lily furious at him, he flees to London. When Vincent’s bossy sister arrives to tell Lily how to run the estate and how to dress, she is ready to scream and wishes Vincent would come home. If he does, can he and Lily make a go of their marriage? This is the first book I have read by Elizabeth Bailey and found her writing to be quite good. The tension and humor between Vincent and Lily is well written which made this unlikely couple appear to be heading toward a great marriage. Enjoy this clean, sweet romance. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cathy R Morgan

    Two people, both in need of escape: one, from the drudgery of servitude to a demanding 'benefactor' aunt; the other, from the effects of his father's cruel will. A marriage will solve both of their problems - but what new problems will it introduce? As the two, who have previously known each other for only about a week, and seen each other for only an hour or two of that time, begin life together, the difficulties in the way of a happy, 'real' marriage seem almost insurmountable. As the days pas Two people, both in need of escape: one, from the drudgery of servitude to a demanding 'benefactor' aunt; the other, from the effects of his father's cruel will. A marriage will solve both of their problems - but what new problems will it introduce? As the two, who have previously known each other for only about a week, and seen each other for only an hour or two of that time, begin life together, the difficulties in the way of a happy, 'real' marriage seem almost insurmountable. As the days pass, though, the two grow closer together. The music mentioned in the title refers to the fact that the heroine's only request on entering this marriage is for a piano - and not too much of her husband's company. But though music has often been her only consolation, when her husband makes a massive blunder that seems likely to separate them permanently, it is little or no help. Only the timely, though most unwelcome and unwitting, intervention of his sister, saves the day... I enjoyed getting to know the characters, and found myself feeling many of their emotions - to me, part of the hallmark of a good book. The plot was enjoyable, not too straightforward, but not feeling overly convoluted either. The romance was well done and clean, with limited insinuation. The dialogue was good, funny in parts and serious in others. The language was mostly good, with only occasional blasphemy (none would be nice...). Overall, I would be more than happy to recommend this book to anyone, especially fans of Georgette Heyer (like me), as the style is somewhat similar. Plot: good Content: clean Language/writing style: good writing, limited bad language (occasional blasphemy, no swearing) Characters: mostly felt realistic Overall rating: 5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Swafford

    Orphaned Liliana Daubney has been a drudge in her relative's house ever since she was a child. Lord Wintringham must marry to inherit his fortune, and time is running out. A bargain is struck, but will this marriage of convenience become something real? The answer, of course, is yes. The fun is how they come around to the idea themselves. Lily agrees to the marriage in exchange for a piano of her own, as she loves music. She'd noticed Vincent before and was intrigued by the rumors about him, wond Orphaned Liliana Daubney has been a drudge in her relative's house ever since she was a child. Lord Wintringham must marry to inherit his fortune, and time is running out. A bargain is struck, but will this marriage of convenience become something real? The answer, of course, is yes. The fun is how they come around to the idea themselves. Lily agrees to the marriage in exchange for a piano of her own, as she loves music. She'd noticed Vincent before and was intrigued by the rumors about him, wondering if there was more to the man's dissolute reputation. Vincent, who is growing more desperate as the date he is to marry draws closer, has tried to pursue other young ladies, but all know the situation he is in. He is fascinated by the young lady who hides in corners but is also forthright when he speaks to her. Once they are married, both must adjust to their new circumstances and come better acquainted with each other. There were a few plot threads that didn't really go anywhere. Lily's cousin Cynthia arranges for her to attend a ball in exchange for a favor. That favor is never called in. Vincent's cousin is furious at losing out on the fortune, vows to make society think ill of Lily, and then he just vanishes from the story. Overall, this is well written and well paced. I would recommend this to readers looking for a clean and sweet Regency romance. I received a free copy from NetGalley and all opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    4.5* This story held me so spellbound I had to read it at one sitting! Elizabeth Bailey's writing flows and carries you along with it. The trials of the marriage of convenience were realistic ones - two people who hardly know one another, who have not had loving family relationships, one of whom has never had to think about anyone else but himself. What could go wrong??? Their initial attraction and need of marriage to solve their individual problems are the basis of this exploration. Add to this 4.5* This story held me so spellbound I had to read it at one sitting! Elizabeth Bailey's writing flows and carries you along with it. The trials of the marriage of convenience were realistic ones - two people who hardly know one another, who have not had loving family relationships, one of whom has never had to think about anyone else but himself. What could go wrong??? Their initial attraction and need of marriage to solve their individual problems are the basis of this exploration. Add to this the closed society of the 'ton' and let the fun commence. The dialogue between the characters is both humorous and serious by turns and the growth of their understanding of each other is beautifully portrayed. The music? The heroine asks for a grand piano as a gift from her fiance, and plays it to good effect.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lokdyer

    A great story. Earl Vincent “Vince” Wintringham needs to quickly marry before he loses his inheritance. Lily Daubney, a poor relation used as a servant since she was a child, would like to be away from these relatives. After one meeting, Vince proposes, but it takes two times before Lily realizes the advantages of marriage, even to someone with Vince’s reputation of being “wild.” Besides, she gets a grand piano as part of the deal. Of course, everyone knows Vince had to marry quickly, so they ar A great story. Earl Vincent “Vince” Wintringham needs to quickly marry before he loses his inheritance. Lily Daubney, a poor relation used as a servant since she was a child, would like to be away from these relatives. After one meeting, Vince proposes, but it takes two times before Lily realizes the advantages of marriage, even to someone with Vince’s reputation of being “wild.” Besides, she gets a grand piano as part of the deal. Of course, everyone knows Vince had to marry quickly, so they are sure this is only a marriage of convenience. I loved the way the story progressed from a marriage of convenience to love. I also liked meeting Vince’s “take charge” older sister. She is quite a character. This story held my interest from beginning to end. I would recommend it to everyone. I received an advance reader copy of this book and this is my honest review of the story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Enjoyable I enjoyed reading Lily and Vincent's story. I could identify with Lily as a person whose mind jumps from A to B to C and having people complain about trying to follow that seemingly derailed train of thought LOL on the other hand the subject of alcohol dependence is a bit difficult, and not everyone achieves a happily ever after in real life. So for a fictional feel good story, it was okay, but if someone is struggling with alcohol please find the proper help...and if you are affected b Enjoyable I enjoyed reading Lily and Vincent's story. I could identify with Lily as a person whose mind jumps from A to B to C and having people complain about trying to follow that seemingly derailed train of thought LOL on the other hand the subject of alcohol dependence is a bit difficult, and not everyone achieves a happily ever after in real life. So for a fictional feel good story, it was okay, but if someone is struggling with alcohol please find the proper help...and if you are affected by someone else's habits, you may need support too. It is not as simple as love solves it all in real life. I still has a good time reading this!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    What must it have been like to be the poor relation living with a family who treats you as a drudge? This was certainly the life that Lily Daubney experienced with Mrs Guineaford as her benefactor. Lily is offered a way out by Lord Vincent Wintringham. I loved the two main characters, Lily and Vince, and their gradual developing relationship. There were characters to dislike, Mrs Guineaford, her daughter, Cynthia and Vince’s sister, Dolly. This was a very entertaining story that I thoroughly enj What must it have been like to be the poor relation living with a family who treats you as a drudge? This was certainly the life that Lily Daubney experienced with Mrs Guineaford as her benefactor. Lily is offered a way out by Lord Vincent Wintringham. I loved the two main characters, Lily and Vince, and their gradual developing relationship. There were characters to dislike, Mrs Guineaford, her daughter, Cynthia and Vince’s sister, Dolly. This was a very entertaining story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. This is my honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lazy Lisa

    It had promise Too bad it had so much nonsense added. They started out really well, getting to know each other and then he m a drinking issue and kept misunderstanding his wife and they would argue. Then she would do something unnecessarily silly and they would have another argument. Then the sister in law shows up and is bossing the heroine around....

  13. 5 out of 5

    KitCat

    Incredibly boring I have never before been so excited to get to the end of a book. I was so eager that I skipped pages upon pages. I felt no chemistry between the main characters, and I am unsure how they came to care for each other. Save your money and your wits and refrain from buying this.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Koalathebear Koalathebear

    It started out well but then deteriorated sharply. Both hero and heroine were unlikeable and the heroine seemed to be constantly in tears and the hero in sulks ... Disappointing ending to a promising start.

  15. 4 out of 5

    kenneth mcrae

    Great fun story. I am really enjoying this series

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kety

    I loved this story with its characters and story-line. The story is well developed and full of surprise with good and dislike people... and music... A fantastic book to spent a nice evening.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Olya Gerbanovska

    3.5 funny but H irritated me for half of the book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jane Mercer

    An annoying watering pot of a heroine

  19. 4 out of 5

    GG

    Great romance, thoroughly enjoyed it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Snoozieq

    Another good one As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed this Elizabeth Bailey novel. She has become an auto purchase for me. Keep them coming, Elizabeth!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maggi Paki

    A clean romance which I enjoyed. Storyline was great that I didn't really want to put it down. A clean romance which I enjoyed. Storyline was great that I didn't really want to put it down.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Books about social class disparity really pull me in. This is one of those books, tender and romantic, a very easy read. The premise is fun, as are the historical bits. In 1805 England, Lily, a sweet and spirited young woman, lives with her outspoken and arrogant relatives, the Guineafords. The mother and daughter look down their noses at her, as befitting to their station in their minds. Lily is given the opportunity to attend a ball, albeit with ill-fitting clothes which are not hers, in return Books about social class disparity really pull me in. This is one of those books, tender and romantic, a very easy read. The premise is fun, as are the historical bits. In 1805 England, Lily, a sweet and spirited young woman, lives with her outspoken and arrogant relatives, the Guineafords. The mother and daughter look down their noses at her, as befitting to their station in their minds. Lily is given the opportunity to attend a ball, albeit with ill-fitting clothes which are not hers, in return for a possible future favour. She meets rumoured wild Lord Vincent Wintringham at the ball who is looking for a wife to fulfill expectations and conditions. He is taken by the unusual and is tired of tedious gossipy girls, and Lily intrigues him greatly. They speak briefly and he quickly proposes the next day as his time is running out. She has conditions. The story follows the two as they embark into a new world. We also meet his family and her dear friend and maid. Watching personalities evolve is satisfying. Though the story is charming and enchanting, it wasn't as substantive as I like and did not engage me quite enough. However, that is a personal preference. I have read and enjoyed other books by this author and will continue to read others. I encourage those interested in romance with their Historical Fiction. My sincere thank you to Sapere Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this delightful book in exchange for an honest review. Much appreciated.

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