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ISBN: 0425196453
Author: Betina Krahn
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley (May 4, 2004)
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 151
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They and the dozen other men who had accompanied the Count of Grandaise to court and then farther north to this isolated enclave of females held their breaths as he turned and straightened to his full six-plus feet of height.

Betina Krahn e men who carried he. efore her. efore her tortured gaze, a badly worn tunic and a pair of oft-patched woolen tights strained to contain a monumental. Given her proximity to that part of her abductor’s anatomy and the fact that she had to drag each inhalation through her nose, she was almost overcome by the fumes he emitted every time he strained and rose a step.

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So, for that I'll summarize it as involving a hero, who is a nobleman with an exquisitely sensitive nose, on the hunt for a chef.

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All in all "The Marriage Test" is easy to read and at places truly entertaining and moving, but doesn't quite pull together . I've read a Betina Krahn book before, but I can't remember which one it was, which may not be a good sign.

All in all "The Marriage Test" is easy to read and at places truly entertaining and moving, but doesn't quite pull together into a really good book. I would read this author again if one of her storylines seemed like something I'd like.

New York Times bestselling author Betina Krahn’s warmhearted and witty new romance is filled with sparkling surprises. When Frances Bumgarten encounters a handsome stranger in her kitchen in the middle of the night, her first impulse is to wallop the scoundrel on the head with a bread paddle. And when Frankie discovers he is The Fox, a disarmingly arrogant purveyor of gossip among England’s aristocracy, she’s tempted to take a second swing. Never mind that Reynard Boulton, nephew of the Viscount Tannehill, is returning her inebriated uncle safely home.

Betina Krahn (born Huntington, West Virginia) is a RITA Award winning and New York Times best-selling author of historical romance novels. Krahn, born Betina Maynard, is the second daughter of Dors Maynard and Regina Triplett

Betina Krahn (born Huntington, West Virginia) is a RITA Award winning and New York Times best-selling author of historical romance novels. Krahn, born Betina Maynard, is the second daughter of Dors Maynard and Regina Triplett.

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A true culinary genius in the kitchen at the Convent of the Brides of Virtue, Julia of Childress, under the strict guidelines of the abbess, becomes the personal chef to Griffin de Grandaise, who vows to keep her virtue intact, but her delectable concoctions lead him down a path of sin. Original.

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Cia
Good book
Urreur
love this book I read it long ago and justhad to get a copy its a favorite of mine
Mavegelv
Love this book so much I had to get a hardcover copy.
Jeronashe
Other reviewers have covered the stories plot in detail. So, for that I'll summarize it as involving a hero, who is a nobleman with an exquisitely sensitive nose, on the hunt for a chef. He finds one--our heroine, who longs for love and a family of her own--stuck in a convent. The good sisters (whom we have met before in "The Wife Test" and "The Husband Test") are reluctant to give her up because they know how important her cooking is to the serenity of their establishment. He bargains for her services to set his kitchen in order in a year. Therein begins a tale of pigs, competing kitchens, romance, truffles, recipes, and treachery.

I was surprised to see some of the low scores given this witty and engaging tale. Perhaps that is because a lot of the story revolves around recipes and an understanding of food. Those who know their way around a kitchen--particularly if they have been well trained in this--will probably be snickering, laughing, and rolling on the floor as much as I did. However, even if you know nothing about food or Medieval times, there is sufficient banter and intrique to keep most folks turning the pages with interest. As with her other books, the wily nuns are particularly fun.

I really encourage you to give this book a try, along with Krahn's "The Husband Test" and "The Wife Test." They are a delightful way to pass the time, and books that stand the test of rereading with pleasure again and again.
Malodor
Gently born but impoverished, Julia of Childress has become one of the greatest cooks in medieval France. Jealously guarded by the abbess of the convent in which she was raised, Julia longs for a husband and family of her own as many of the other girls at the convent have found. Finally, along comes a count with enough clout to make the abbess relinquish Julia's considerable talents for the period of a year. Though she's incensed at being bartered for like a piece of property, Julia is excited at the prospect of adventure outside the convent walls--she hopes that at her new home she might be able to snag a husband.
Griffin, the Comte de Grandaise, has an olfactory peculiarity. He was born with a sense of smell so powerful it will put modern day readers under the impression that it is akin to a super-power. Unable to stomach most food because of his condition, Griffin is enamored of Julia's cooking and determinedly wins her services for a year. Not prepared to be presented with a noble born lady instead of a homely, lower class cook, Griffin finds himself drawn to Julia for more than just her culinary skills.
At first I was as enchanted with "The Marriage Test" as every character in it seemed to be with Julia's food. I loved the large role the food itself played, it really added to the entertainment value of the story. Later, some of the food description did get a little old, but overall I didn't feel it detracted in any way from the story.
Julia is a strong woman, but not headstrong. She realizes she has to play by the rules of her time and does the best she can to arrange her life the way she wants it without the extreme hysterics we so often see from medieval heroines. Later in the story, when Griffin is forced at sword point to marry Julia, her reaction is so real to the situation and afterward her reaction to Griffin's treatment is so genuine I'm moved to tears.
Griffin doesn't fare as well as Julia. His character never quite gets the polish it needs. It seems he has a decent backstory, but it's not explored satisfactorily. In the end, he's a little bit of an enigma and a little bit of an idiot. I can understand Julia's attraction to him, but I'm never quite as sure what his real feelings are.
The romance isn't bad, in fact it has moments of greatness, but they're not enough to make for a stellar read. Toward the end, the love story is resolved a little too early so the author introduces a silly, totally undeveloped hang-up on Griffin's part that has me gritting my teeth as it's an obvious device to add a final bit of drama to the romance. Not that the hang-up was the only problem because the story had really run out of steam before that.
All in all "The Marriage Test" is easy to read and at places truly entertaining and moving, but doesn't quite pull together into a really good book. I give it three stars because two wouldn't do justice to the excellent heroine and the well researched and entertaining plot. I've read a Betina Krahn book before, but I can't remember which one it was, which may not be a good sign. I would read this author again if one of her storylines seemed like something I'd like.
Lyrtois
After dining at a feast that could only have been made in heaven, Sirs Greeve and Axel return home informing their liege Count Griffin de Grandaise of the delicious palate. Griffin, who cannot abide the slop that is served and with a "nasal" condition, sneaks into the Convent of the Brides of Virtue and tastes the best food he ever ate. He offers the Abbess gold to purchase her cook from her, but is rejected until the Bishop and Duke intercede and force a transaction. The cook, Julia of Childress, will spend one year teaching Griffin's staff to cook in exchange for gold. She is to be returned with her virtual intact so she can take her vows.
Unhappy as a pawn and the presumption of the Abbess that she wants to take vows, Julia accompanies Griffin back to his estate, but not before she spends his fortune on spices and sundry. Griffin is attracted to his new employee but avoids her except for meals because he does not want to cause an incident with the Duke and besides he is engaged to the daughter of his neighbor. As a third player manipulates the hostility between Griffin and his future in-laws, Julia choose to stay as his countess because she loves him.
THE MARRIAGE TEST is an amusing medieval romance that moves the senses especially taste and olfactory. The humorous storyline grips the audience from the moment Griffin sneaks into the convent's kitchens. The tale never slows down until a final confrontation though the tie up in terms of relationships is too tidy. Fans will enjoy Julia's skills to make Griffin salivate for her food and for her.
Harriet Klausner

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