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The marriage test
Krahn, Betina M.
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New York : Berkley Pub., [2004]

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343 pages ; 18 cm
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Booklist Review

Most noblemen who come to the Convent of the Brides of Virtue are looking for a wife. Griffin de Grandaise shows up seeking a cook. Born with a heightened sense of smell, Griffin finds eating to be almost a form of torture, and the convent's cook, Julia of Childress, is rumored to be the best in the land. One ill-gotten sample of her cuisine convinces Griffin that he must have her as his own chef, but convincing the crotchety abbess to release her culinary treasure isn't going to be easy. Eventually the two settle on a compromise in which Julia will come cook for Griffin for one year, after which, with her virtue intact, she'll be allowed to return to the convent to take up her vows if she so desires. Julia, of course, has her own plan in mind, one that involves using her cooking to find a husband. With The Marriage Test, Krahn has perfected her unique recipe for highly amusing historical romances as she deftly brings together two perfectly matched protagonists to create a delectable romance most readers will find impossible to resist. --John Charles Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's hard to imagine the culinary offerings of the High Middle Ages tempting the modern palate, but the golden pies and savory pasties that Krahn (The Wife Test, etc.) lovingly describes in this spirited romance will make even the pickiest eater salivate. Julia of Childress, a young chef for the Convent of the Brides of Virtue, has found her calling-bringing people joy through her delectable dishes. Her food even beguiles Griffin, the count of Grandaise, who's afflicted with a keen sense of smell that renders normal grub unpalatable. Deciding he must make Julia his cook, Griffin pays the convent a grand sum and promises to return her after a year so that she can become a nun. Julia, however, intends to seduce Griffin with her succulent roast meats and spicy pies. Although it's implausible that a man would be so taken with Julia's food that he would whirl "giddily" and bow to "his piece of pie before each new bite," readers will take these moments of comic absurdity in stride. The book, after all, is both comic and absurd, but it is grounded by the delicious romance between Julia and Griffin and Krahn's occasional injections of insight and wisdom ("The real marriage test was the one that occurred every day, as people lived their lives together. Always facing one more obstacle. One more difficulty to grow beyond"). Agent, Ruth Cohen. (May) Forecasts: The consistent high quality of Krahn's medieval romances has earned her a respectable following. As a result, this book will likely hit the New York Times extended bestseller list. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Culinary genius and orphan resident of the renowned Convent of the Brides of Virtue, Julia of Childress wants nothing more than to have her own home, complete with kitchen and husband. But the abbess and the rest of the sisters cannot bear to lose her marvelous cooking, and they are determined that she will take her vows. However, when the bishop intervenes on behalf of Griffin, Comte de Grandaise, who wants to "purchase" the cook, a bargain is struck: Julia will become his cook for one year-but she must return to the convent with her virtue intact so that she can take her vows. Of course, Julia has her own ideas about this whole arrangement, and she is determined to do her best to make it a permanent one. Krahn has outdone herself in this funny, sexy, medieval romance, which nicely concludes her "Convent of the Brides of Virtue" trilogy and will keep readers smiling-and hungry-until the end. The only downside is that no recipes were included. Krahn is a New York Times best-selling writer noted for her whimsical, witty historical romances (The Wife Test) and lives in the Minneapolis area. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.