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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

The Marriage List by Ella Quinn - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Ella Quinn and her new book, “The Marriage List,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

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The Marriage List

The Worthington Brides Series

Book One

by Ella Quinn


GENRE:   Historical Romance



By popular demand, USA Today bestselling author Ella Quinn returns Regency England’s beloved extended family, The Worthingtons, for the first in a sparkling new spin-off series! Determined to tame the marriage market on their own terms and make advantageous love matches, three confident sisters draw up a list of qualities they expect their new beaus to meet. But as they are about to discover, people are hardly ever perfect and the road to love is far more thrilling and interesting than they could ever have imagined…

As part of a large, rambunctious family, Lady Eleanor Carpenter has gained some knowledge of what makes a successful marriage. She’s even compiled a list of essential qualifications in a potential husband. John, the Marquis of Montagu, seems of good character (check), with money enough to support a family (check). But what of the many other requirements on her list?

Montagu, meanwhile, believes the key to a comfortable life lies in marrying someone quiet and docile. Yet the one lady who captivates him could hardly be more different to what he envisioned. Lady Eleanor is as opinionated as she is lovely, determined to improve working conditions for coal miners, even at risk to her own safety.

From evenings at Almack’s to carriage rides in Hyde Park, this Season will contain many pleasures—and a few surprises that compel both John and Eleanor to rethink their expectations. For one thing is certain: love will not be defined by any list . . .



Elizabeth jumped off the sofa. “Zeus, Posy, come. It’s time to play.”

Madeline rose and shook out her skirts. “We know who those Danes belong to.”

Eleanor laughed. “I suppose it is only fair. We had Duke and Daisy.”

“And we will have our own dogs,” Alice added. “That reminds me. We should make a list of what we want in our husbands.”

Eleanor shot a smile at her twin. That was exactly what she had been thinking.

“What an excellent idea.” Madeline went to the desk and drew out a piece of cut foolscap while Alice and Eleanor took chairs from the round cherry table and moved them to the writing desk as Madeline dipped a pen in the standish. “I think he should be intelligent.”

“Yes.” Eleanor wouldn’t want a dim husband, but there was something even more important. “He should be kind.”

“Oh, indeed.” Alice nodded. “I agree.”

“I as well.” Madeline wrote down the first two qualities. “He must like animals.”

“House animals,” Alice insisted. “Most men like horses and hunting dogs.”

“And children.” Having been raised in a family where the children were never confined to the nursery, Eleanor believed allowing young children around was important.

“Like children more than just the getting of them,” Madeline wrote.

“Make us laugh,” Alice added. “It is not good enough that he has a sense of humor. Most people do to some extent, but the gentlemen we wed must be able to make us laugh.”

“And think that we are funny as well.” Eleanor was glad her twin thought of doing this.

“He must be interested in the plight of the poor and unfortunate,” Madeline added. “Ever since Dotty and Grace started the charities, the rest of our sisters and their husbands have added to them. I wish to do the same, and my husband must support me.”

“I agree,” Alice said.

“I do as well.” That was another good idea. Eleanor would not be happy with a man who did not care about others.

“Good-looking?” Madeline asked scrunching up her face.

Eleanor leaned back in her chair. “Well, I do not want to cringe when I gaze upon him. But his character is more important. Think of Byron and how handsome he is said to be, and he is a complete cad.”

Madeline nodded. “I shall write ‘passable-looking.’”

“That will do,” Alice agreed.

“He must allow me to be myself. I will not have anyone trying to control me.” Eleanor could not think of a worse fate.

“Indeed,” Alice and Madeline said at the same time, then laughed.



Hello everyone and thank you Ally for having me on your blog.

Ally very kindly gave me a list of suggested topics, and the one that struck me the most was work life balance. Now you’d think that at the age of sixty-nine I would have had that down long ago, but I’ve never needed to think about it. Mostly because my husband was away from home on business a lot. And then suddenly he wasn’t. And it wasn’t Covid related. Yes, Covid only caused him to work from home, so he was still busy. I probably need to explain our relationship a little. We’ve been together for forty-one years and married for thirty-nine. When he came home, we spent that time together. And it worked until the past year. Then things changed.

He was a year out from retirement (his third retirement so you’d think I’d be used to it by now) and we had to decide where to live. We were stationed in Germany, and we could have stayed there, but Stuttgart is expensive. Nevertheless, we wanted to remain in Europe. Any of you who know me knows I have a boat that we sailed from the Caribbean to Europe on. And we still wanted to sail the Med. The current retirement plan is to sail half the year and be on land half the year. We narrowed our choices down to France and Italy and Italy won. But because we ski, we wanted to be near ski areas. I also had a few more requirements. I’d been living in a place that was walkable, and I wanted to keep that lifestyle, and it had to be dog friendly. We decided on Bozen/Bolzano, Italy. It also had the benefit of being German as well as Italian speaking. In order to be eligible for visas we had to have a long-term rental. In most of Europe, a one year lease is considered short-term. I’d watched the rentals all during Covid, and there were plenty that met our requirements, then the Covid restrictions were lifted, and apartments started going like hot-cakes. Fortunately, I was able to find one, and that’s when my work/life balance started to be a problem. I had book deadlines. I was also gradually moving things from Stuttgart to Bozen (it’s a 4-5 hour drive) and the a major event in Europe caused all my husband’s conferences to be cancelled. But this time he wasn’t busy at work and expected to spend time with me. For the first time I had to ask for a long extension on my deadline. Even then, I had trouble finishing it. So what did I do?

I had to make a realistic schedule and keep it. There needed to be time for work, walking the dog which takes about an hour twice a day, spending time with my husband, Pilates, and weights (50 minutes, and studying Italian. And the schedule had to have a natural flow. My day starts at 6AM. I take my shower, walk the dog, and start working while I’m eating breakfast. I work until I finish one chapter or if I finish it quickly, until noon. Then I exercise and listen to the news while I’m working out. After that I spend an hour on Italian. By then it’s time to take the dog out again, when I get back I spend the rest of the day with my husband. I take weekends and holidays off. Instead of just hoping I’ll finish the book in time, I get out a calendar and map out my workdays and my days off so I know when I’ll be finished with the first draft and can start on the revisions. I just started this schedule a few weeks ago. The book is getting done, my Italian’s getting better, and the dog and my husband are happy.

My motivational statement: Spit in one hand and wish in the other. See which one gets full faster.

And you should read the Marriage List because it’s funny.



USA Today bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side (political science professor and lawyer). Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.

She is married to her wonderful husband of almost fourty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, a Great Dane named Lilibet, and a cat named Winnie. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true lived on sailboat for three years. After cruising the Caribbean and North America, she completed a transatlantic crossing from St. Martin to Southern Europe. She's currently living in Germany, happily writing while her husband is back at work, recovering from retirement. She expects to be back on the boat in 2022.

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