The Five-Minute Marriage

The Five-Minute Marriage

by Joan Aiken
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date: 24/04/2018

Delphie Carte delves into her dark family history in Joan Aiken's stunning regency drama, The Five Minute Marriage.

Delphie has been disinherited from her family's life of luxury and wealth, so as her mother gets more and more ill she has no choice but to seek help from faraway relatives. However when she arrives at the family's grand house she discovers part of their fortune is rightfully hers, and the only way to obtain her inheritance is through a sham marriage to her cousin.

Unknowingly Delphie had tangled herself in a web of family rivalry and deceit which goes back for generations. Her family history offers nothing but shocks and threats, endangering the lives of everyone Delphie loves...

Joan Aiken has woven together an enchanting plot of romance and rivalry that will grip readers till the very end. Fans of Georgette Hayer should definitely make this novel their next read.

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Pan Macmillan UK
Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken was born in Sussex in 1924. She was the daughter of the American poet, Conrad Aiken; her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge, is also a novelist. Before joining the 'family business' herself, Joan had a variety of jobs, including working for the BBC, the United Nations Information Centre and then as features editor for a short story magazine. Her first children's novel, The Kingdom of the Cave, was published in 1960.

Joan Aiken wrote over a hundred books for young readers and adults and is recognized as one of the classic authors of the twentieth century. Amanda Craig, writing in The Times, said, 'She was a consummate story-teller, one that each generation discovers anew.' Her best-known books are those in the James III saga, of which The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was the first title, published in 1962 and awarded the Lewis Carroll prize. Both that and Black Hearts in Battersea have been filmed. Her books are internationally acclaimed and she received the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the United States as well as the Guardian Award for Fiction in this country for The Whispering Mountain.

Joan Aiken was decorated with an MBE for her services to children's books. She died in 2004.

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