The Importance Of Being Married: A Novel

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The Importance Of Being Married: A Novel

by Gemma Townley

Random House Publishing Group | June 10, 2008 | Trade Paperback

The Importance Of Being Married: A Novel is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
Jessica Wild isn’t big on commitment. But after inheriting millions from Grace, a sweet old lady she met in her grandmother’s nursing home, the situation seems to have changed. To put an end to the many questions about her nonexistent love life, Jess had led Grace to believe she had a boyfriend-turned-fiancé-turned-husband: her glamorous boss, Anthony Milton. But Jess’s fantasy to keep Grace happy has backfired–Grace has passed away and left her fortune not to Jessica Wild but to Mrs. Jessica Milton.

Having weighed all legal options, Jess comes to the realization that there’s only one thing she can do: get Anthony to fall in love with her and pop the question for real. With help from her feisty best friend, Helen, Jess reluctantly learns the art of flirting, seduction, and playing hard to get. But just when it appears that Anthony is about to ask the (literal) million-dollar question, Jess finds herself wondering if it’s right to say “I do” for all the wrong reasons.

The first novel in Gemma Townley’s exciting new Wild trilogy, The Importance of Being Married introduces an irresistible heroine caught up in a scheme that could change her life forever.

“Gemma Townley writes with such charm and humor that it’s impossible not to get swept up in The Importance of Being Married. This sweet, funny novel takes on love and marriage from a whole new angle.”
–Holly Peterson, author of The Manny

“Is it really ‘Just as easy to marry for money’? Gemma Townley provides a how-to–as well as a hilarious and heartfelt answer. A fast-paced, fun read.”
–Lynn Schnurnberger, co-author of The Men I Didn’t Marry

“Warm, witty, and always entertaining, Gemma Townley leads us on a fun romp that pays homage to Mr. Wilde himself.”
–Alexandra Potter, author of Me and Mr. Darcy

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.75 in

Published: June 10, 2008

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345499808

ISBN - 13: 9780345499806

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Story about how marriage is not always for finding the right one, but the right one for now.You feel for the character, and really want to know what happens.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Your Average Chick Lit In case you're thinking, "This is just another chick lit book like all the rest", you need to know you couldn't be further off the mark. Gemma Townley has blended the chick lit formula with comedy and created a refreshing read that made me laugh so hard I cried. I think what I liked about it most was that it didn't leave me thinking, "How did they get away with that?" The book doesn't venture into territory that makes you scratch your head and say, "Now this could never happen." If you have any doubts about this book, the twist ending will certainly settle them. So if you're looking for chick lit that's a little bit different, I highly recommend picking up this book. It's a fun ride.
Date published: 2009-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chick Lit Must-Read! Jessica Wild makes a promise to her friend Grace that when someone offers her everything they have, she will accept it. When Grace passes away and leaves her fortune to a "Mrs. Milton", 50 day 'project marriage' commences. This is funny read and will hold your attention from start to finish. If you like chick lit, this is the read for you!
Date published: 2008-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comical this book was not only comical but interesting during its many turn of events. The ending was my favourite and so happy it turned out the way it did!! A very enjoyable read for a good laugh and true romance!
Date published: 2008-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved The Importance of Being Married I loved the title of this book, as I love The Importance of Being Earnest. I was expecting/waiting for a twist all along as a result and was happily surprised that I didn't have it all figured out by the end. Lovely, heartwarming, and so fun to read!
Date published: 2008-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Read Townley has stuck to her torn-between-two story lines from her last book. And I strongly enjoyed both. I believe that this book is one of her best, with a deeper story line than her last one. Although I would've liked to have seen Jessica's attempts to catch Anthony's adoration more thoroughly through the book, and more than the few that she made before he proposed, I would still recommend it to any girl (or guy) with a comedic sense of romance.
Date published: 2008-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I love Gemma Townley's books (I find her style similar to Sophie Kinsella) but was a little disappointed with her last book. I'm excited that this book is only the first in an upcoming series with this character. I found Jessica Wild personable and real. This book was a quick read and makes you think too.
Date published: 2008-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Light Read I loved it. Its funny and unpredictable. I actually finished it in one sitting because I wanted to find out what happen next.
Date published: 2008-06-25

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The Importance Of Being Married: A Novel

by Gemma Townley

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.75 in

Published: June 10, 2008

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345499808

ISBN - 13: 9780345499806

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Chapter 1Project: MarriageThe product: Jessica WildI’m a product now?Look, either we do this my way, or we don’t do it at all.Fine. I’m a product. Whatever . . .Project mission: To rebrand product in order to make it irresistible to target audience, prompting target audience to declare its undying love for product and to propose marriage.Timescale: 50 daysTarget audience: Anthony Milton (product’s boss and gorgeous-looking advertising world A-lister)Objectives for new brand:1.To be attractive to Anthony Milton.2.So attractive that he asks product out.3.And then asks product to marry him.4.Oh, and this all has to happen in 50 days. Including the wedding.5.This is the most stupid project I’ve ever worked on.And the most lucrative. Remember, we’re talking about £4m here. That’s not to be sniffed at.I’m not sniffing. I’m just planning what I’m going to do when it all goes wrong.It won’t go wrong.Easy for you to say. You’re not the one who has to do any of this.Key features of product (positive): Um . . .Small waist. Nice legs. Bit too serious, sometimes. And seriously crap when it comes to men.Thanks.You’re welcome.Barriers to rebrand/issues to tackle:1.Target audience has so far shown no interest in product.2.Product not remotely interested in target audience, either.The gorgeous Anthony Milton? Come on, you must be slightly interested.Not even a little bit. He’s not my type.You have a type? You never go on dates. How can you have a type?I don’t have a type; I just know who isn’
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Jessica Wild isn’t big on commitment. But after inheriting millions from Grace, a sweet old lady she met in her grandmother’s nursing home, the situation seems to have changed. To put an end to the many questions about her nonexistent love life, Jess had led Grace to believe she had a boyfriend-turned-fiancé-turned-husband: her glamorous boss, Anthony Milton. But Jess’s fantasy to keep Grace happy has backfired–Grace has passed away and left her fortune not to Jessica Wild but to Mrs. Jessica Milton.

Having weighed all legal options, Jess comes to the realization that there’s only one thing she can do: get Anthony to fall in love with her and pop the question for real. With help from her feisty best friend, Helen, Jess reluctantly learns the art of flirting, seduction, and playing hard to get. But just when it appears that Anthony is about to ask the (literal) million-dollar question, Jess finds herself wondering if it’s right to say “I do” for all the wrong reasons.

The first novel in Gemma Townley’s exciting new Wild trilogy, The Importance of Being Married introduces an irresistible heroine caught up in a scheme that could change her life forever.

“Gemma Townley writes with such charm and humor that it’s impossible not to get swept up in The Importance of Being Married. This sweet, funny novel takes on love and marriage from a whole new angle.”
–Holly Peterson, author of The Manny

“Is it really ‘Just as easy to marry for money’? Gemma Townley provides a how-to–as well as a hilarious and heartfelt answer. A fast-paced, fun read.”
–Lynn Schnurnberger, co-author of The Men I Didn’t Marry

“Warm, witty, and always entertaining, Gemma Townley leads us on a fun romp that pays homage to Mr. Wilde himself.”
–Alexandra Potter, author of Me and Mr. Darcy

From the Jacket

Jessica Wild isn’t big on commitment. But after inheriting millions from Grace, a sweet old lady she met in her grandmother’s nursing home, the situation seems to have changed. To put an end to the many questions about her nonexistent love life, Jess had led Grace to believe she had a boyfriend-turned-fiancé-turned-husband: her glamorous boss, Anthony Milton. But Jess’s fantasy to keep Grace happy has backfired–Grace has passed away and left her fortune not to Jessica Wild but to Mrs. Jessica Milton.

Having weighed all legal options, Jess comes to the realization that there’s only one thing she can do: get Anthony to fall in love with her and pop the question for real. With help from her feisty best friend, Helen, Jess reluctantly learns the art of flirting, seduction, and playing hard to get. But just when it appears that Anthony is about to ask the (literal) million-dollar question, Jess finds herself wondering if it’s right to say “I do” for all the wrong reasons.

The first novel in Gemma Townley’s exciting new Wild trilogy, The Importance of Being Married introduces an irresistible heroine caught up in a scheme that could change her life forever.

“Gemma Townley writes with such charm and humor that it’s impossible not to get swept up in The Importance of Being Married. This sweet, funny novel takes on love and marriage from a whole new angle.”
–Holly Peterson, author of The Manny

“Is it really ‘Just as easy to marry for money’? Gemma Townley provides a how-to–as well as a hilarious and heartfelt answer. A fast-paced, fun read.”
–Lynn Schnurnberger, co-author of The Men I Didn’t Marry

“Warm, witty, and always entertaining, Gemma Townley leads us on a fun romp that pays homage to Mr. Wilde himself.”
–Alexandra Potter, author of Me and Mr. Darcy