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The Marrying Game

A Novel

Kate Saunders

St. Martin's Griffin

Like Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women, The Marrying Game opens on Christmas Eve, with four sisters at home worrying about money. The setting is present-day England, and the girls' father, an eccentric aristocrat, has just died, leaving the Hasty family so impoverished that they are about to lose their splendid but crumbling house. So the two oldest sisters--Rufa, tall, elegant, and too serious for her own good; and Nancy, a gorgeous, irreverent redhead who relishes her work as a part-time barmaid in the local pub--decide that the way to redeem the family fortunes is to marry money. Surely it can't be that hard to find two very rich men and make the men fall in love with them.

Thus begins a gloriously modern story that makes us genuinely care about the whole Hasty family. As Rufa and Nancy set out to blaze a trail through London society, they find that nothing in The Marrying Game turns out quite the way they've planned.

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Chapter One

"This one is the set of Narnia books, from Roger," Nancy said. "This one is Barbie and her strangely enormous pony, which looks more like a dray horse-that's from Mum." She held the gaudy parcels up before her sister's dazed, melancholy face. "And mine's coming later. That's at least three more presents than we thought."

"Four," Selena said, from the depths of her book. Her obsessive reading never stopped her joining in the conversation. "I made her some chocolate fudge, and I thought I'd put it in my painted box-she's always fancied it. Has anyone got any spare wrapping
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Praise for The Marrying Game

"An absolute delight!" -Susan Isaacs, author of Almost Paradise and Long Time No See

"Such wit, such charm, such intelligence and what I loved most is that although in some ways it's a very serious book, it gave me that money-can't-buy serene glow that everything was going to be okay. This is a gloriously buoyant, uplifting book, but so well-written, with such fully-rounded characters and underpinned with such enormous intelligence that, as a reader, I never felt I was being condescended to. It is an absolute triumph."
-Marian Keyes, bestselling author of Watermelon, Last Chance Saloon, and Angels.

"Elegant, funny and deliciously romantic."
-Katie Fforde, author of Stately Pursuits and Highland Fling
"An absolute delight!"
"Elegant, funny and deliciously romantic."

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Kate Saunders

  • Kate Saunders has written for the Sunday Times, the Sunday Express, the Daily Telegraph and Cosmopolitan. She lives in London with her son.
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The Marrying Game

A Novel

Kate Saunders

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St. Martin's Griffin

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