Marriage of convenience tropes and WHY we love them

Greetings friends!

Author Sandra Sookoo is my guest today. We’re Big Bang Theory fans. Are you? Can you imagine what would happen if Sheldon was required to marry?

But, that’s not what she’s here to discuss with us. Her topic is way more interesting: marriage of convenience tropes. She’s got a story to share!

Miss Sandra, take it away~

Sandra Sookoo

What is it about a marriage of convenience that pulls us in every time?

When the idea of writing a marriage of convenience story came up, I couldn’t wait to jump on it. I’d never written one before and it was exciting to consider. I love the idea of them because the “couple” is already chosen, selected and put together. For whatever reason, two people have been thrown together and married to boot. After that, the whole story is about those two people having no choice except to work together and make the marriage valid and genuine.

It’s kinda like being tied together in a three-legged race, but knowing there’s a happy ending just waiting for you is comforting.

When deciding on a concept for WINNING HIS WIFE, I knew the basics: I wanted my story to be historical in nature and I wanted it primarily to be told by the hero’s viewpoint. Then I thought it would be fun to pair Caleb with a strong, independent woman who wasn’t exactly thrilled to have her husband return after two years away. He’d need to really work for her love, but he was charming to boot. This caused no end of problems for Abigail, of course.

I loved every minute of writing the book. So much so that I’m now planning a companion piece with the same trope but a completely different storyline.


Blurb: Captain Caleb Haslet has come home to Portsmouth, Rhode Island after two years at sea chasing pirates and keeping British ships from the fledgling American nation. He wants nothing more than to settle into domestic life and finally claim the new bride duty had forced him to leave behind.

Though she now has her own life doing charity work, providing prisoners with basic creature comforts, Abigail Haslet is both excited and anxious that Caleb thinks to take up where they left off. But, how can she give her heart to a man who’ll leave again when duty calls?

Caleb no longer wants a marriage of convenience. When plying Abigail with kisses and spending time with her fails, he decides to take advantage of his wife’s stint behind bars to make her see the truth—he’s in love with her.

Book video:

Short excerpt:

“I didn’t intend for my explanation to be an excuse. It’s merely a fact.”

She blew out a breath that ruffled the baby fine wisps of hair on her forehead. “We’ve been wed for a little over two years now, and you’ve been gallivanting all over creation without a care in the world, having adventures without me. To my way of thinking, being left alone does not make me a wife.”

Which was she angrier at: his being away or being hastily wed? “Be that as it may, you are mine, Abigail. I’d like nothing more than to start our marriage properly.” He shifted to accommodate his aching groin. “If you’d please.”

“I don’t. Not even bedded and I’m expected to remain yours over the years, without any written word? Our marriage is in name only, and that’s grounds for an annulment, Captain.”

All thoughts of divesting her of her clothes and running his hands over her warm skin flew out of his head. “You desire an annulment?” Hurt ricocheted through him and stole his earlier warmth. If she hated him that much, why go through the nuptials at all? Why hadn’t she voiced her concerns before they’d wed? He would have begged off had he known of her revulsion. Had her claiming her menses been her way of telling him she was less than pleased to be married to him? Did she mean to torment him and take “to death do us part” literally? He slid a finger beneath his neck cloth. Surely she wasn’t as petty as that.

Confusion shadowed her eyes. In her lap, she clasped her hands so tight the knuckles showed white. “I’d be lying if I said I haven’t thought of it while British soldiers have been in and out of the house searching for anything that could incriminate us both, or when Navy men gad about the town with stories on their lips of the women they’ve bedded while away and with their wives none the wiser.”

“I am not those men.” He yanked his hat from his head then pitched it onto a chair and shoved a hand through his scraggly hair. How must I appear to her, just off the ship? “How did you fare when the last sweep came through?” Of course she couldn’t resist, but it didn’t stop him from worrying about her safety when alone with a regiment.

Mischief lit her eyes, gone before he could wonder at it. “I made due. I’m quite certain they hate stopping here as much as I hate letting them in.”

Of that he had no doubt. Wasn’t he living with her wrath right now? Caleb shook his head, not about to deviate from his mission. “You and I are married. I take those vows seriously, no matter that I’ve been away for the whole of our union.” His mistake had been assuming she’d be content to wait for his return. If their positions were reversed, he supposed he wouldn’t have been best pleased with the perceived abandonment. Women needed to be appreciated and cherished. He’d done neither of those things due to the demands of his military duty. “I apologize for the circumstances. They couldn’t be helped.”

If the story intrigues you,below are purchase places for grabbing your copy. I already have mine and just about to start…I’m finishing (loving it!) Wedgie Tales and Panty Lines by Sandra.


And for all those places that folks meet on the “www”, here’s how to find Sandra:

Believing is Seeing blog:
Profile Page Facebook:
Author Page Facebook:

Before we let her get away, she’s going to share with us a bit about her. Here’s some of the secret “dish” you want to know:

Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi, and paranormal romances in full-length books as well as shorts and novellas. No matter if the heat level is spicy or sweet, she loves to blend genres and oftentimes will add humor to the mix.

When not immersed in creating new worlds and engaging characters, Sandra likes to read, bake, taste new teas, watch The Big Bang Theory, and Psych as well as Finding Bigfoot and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World: it’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. When she’s not writing, she’s keeping things interesting at her Believing is Seeing blog or spending time with her husband, who patiently answers questions she has about men, sci-fi-related subjects, and the odd “what if”.

Sandra loves to hear from her readers.

You can write to her at

Many thanks to Sandra for stopping by. Please leave her a note here, or send her an email.

Happy Reading,

Linda Joyce


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10 Responses to Marriage of convenience tropes and WHY we love them

  1. Linda Joyce says:

    I have to admit, I love this line: Which was she angrier at: his being away or being hastily wed? “Be that as it may, you are mine, Abigail. I’d like nothing more than to start our marriage properly.” He shifted to accommodate his aching groin. “If you’d please.”

    lol…Caleb’s been at sea for two years. He’s got to be man with stamina…this is the next book on my list to read.


    Linda Joyce

  2. 🙂 The whole story is full of stuff like that. Poor Caleb indeed 🙂

  3. Emma Lai says:

    I love Caleb. Poor Abigail never stood a chance. 🙂

    Oh, now I’m curious what would happen if Sheldon were required to marry. I think he’d just lay out a logical argument for Amy, who would of course jump at the chance. The real question is would he put in the marriage contract (because we all know there’d be one) that there would be no hanky-panky; he’d concede to hand-holding on alternate days and a Saturday date night that ends with a hug.

    • Linda Joyce says:


      I agree, Abigal doesn’t stand a chance. 🙂

      As for Sheldon, what if WE take a poll with Sandra and WE decide whom Sheldon will marry?


      Linda Joyce

    • lol awesome Emma 🙂 Of course there’d be a marriage contract. Although the evenings might end with “if you have nothing else to enhance my viewpoint, I’m not interested. Conversation terminated.” lol And as long as Amy followed all his weird little dictates (which would probably also be in the contract) Poor Amy. She just wants a little loving lol

  4. I love the idea as well. However, I actually wrote a book (soon to be released) where the marriage of convenience is in a contemporary setting. Which is difficult to do. Here’s the logline: Would a modern woman marry for convenience to protect the identity of her child? Answer: Hell, yes!

  5. There is a book by Georgette Heyor called “The convenient marriage” that plays with this idea and I love it..not sure why it compels so much!

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