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Love Insurance

Earl Derr Biggers

Book Overview: 

On duty with Lloyds of London in NYC, young Richard Minot is sent to the St Augustine-ish town of San Marco to ensure that a wealthy young lady, Cynthia Meyrick marry his firm's client, Lord Harrowby. Then, in a meet-cute on a slow-moving train, Minot meets the very enticing Miss Meyrick and... reconsiders his duty.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .oins for him with the other boy while he registered—led the way to his room.

It proved a long and devious journey. The Hotel de la Pax was a series of afterthoughts on the part of its builders. Up hill and down dale the boy led, through dark passageways, over narrow bridges, until at length they arrived at the door of 389.

"My boy," muttered Minot feelingly, "I congratulate you. Henry M. Stanley in the flower of his youth couldn't have done any better."

"Yes, suh." The boy threw open the door of a narrow cell, at the farther end of which a solitary window admitted the well-known Florida sunshine. Minot stepped over and glanced out. Where the gay courtyard with its green palms waving, its fountain tinkling? Not visible from 389. Instead Minot saw a narrow street, its ancient cobblestones partly obscured by flourishing grass, and bordered by quaint, top-heavy Spanish houses, their plaster walls a hundred colors fro. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It was a dud. This book had such promise, and it had all the elements of an amazing comedy. There are a thwarted jewel thief, a stolen yacht, a long lost brother, blackmailers, moguls, journalists, catastrophes, and an insurance policy, but those are all overwhelmed by the insta-love story. I think

3,5
Un libro entretenido, fácil de leer. Una comedia sofisticada, con un fino sentido de humor.

Comedia sofisticada de enredos que es como el champán: ligero, burbujeante, se sube un poco a la cabeza pero en el fondo es inofensivo.

ENGLISH: An English noble insures his love, meaning that he will collect a large sum if her fiancée decides to break the marriage. The insurance company sends a man to make sure that the marriage takes place, unless the noble's actions are the cause of the break. The insurance man falls in love with

A Preston Sturges-esq screwball comedy that could have been a hit in old Hollywood. Witty writing with innumerable twists and turns. A riot!

Sarcastic and cynical, this book was hilarious! The author wrote in the style of P. G. Wodehouse and told a love story.
In the early 1900's a lot of noble families in England were practically penniless. An accepted route for replenishing the family coffers at the time was to marry a wealthy spouse.

Fun!

If you like classic Hollywood movies; absurd capers; dodgy disguises; a steady flow of bons mots; and the certainty that love will conquer all, then “Love Insurance” is surely for you! I thoroughly enjoyed this - the literary equivalent of tucking yourself up on the sofa with a cocktail, and watchin

Fun first book of the year! Knew nothing of the author and kept wondering if this was actually a contemporary novel written in an older, Waugh style.

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