This adventurous duke...has met his match
The Duke of Marchford requires a suitable bride, but catching spies for the Foreign Office takes up most of his time. Not wanting to face another London season as an eligible man, he employs the notorious Madame X to find him a match.
Miss Penelope Rose knows the rules of marriage among members of the ton better than most. Her own unsuccessful attempts at matrimony did not stop her from becoming London’s most exclusive matchmaker. Marchford proves to be a difficult client, but as he draws on her social expertise to help him flush out a dangerous traitor, they find that falling in love may be the riskiest adventure of all.
Marriage Mart Series:
A Wedding in Springtime (Book 1)
A Midsummer Bride (Book 2)
A Winter Wedding (Book 3)
Praise for Amanda Forester:
"This entertaining novel is a diamond of the first order...the clever combination of wit, romance, and suspense strikes all the right notes."—Booklist, on A Wedding in Springtime
"Elegant writing...beautifully written dialogue and attention to detail. Enthusiasts of historical romance will undoubtedly enjoy this."—Long and Short of It Reviews, on The Highlander's Heart
Forester's third wedding-themed Regency-era novel (after A Midsummer Bride) is pure ambrosia. James Lockton, the Duke of Marchford and an accomplished spy, dreads the prospect of contending with giggling maids and conniving mothers in the upcoming debutante season. He would rather settle for a sensible marriage to his grandmother's companion, Miss Penelope Rose, and get it all over with as quickly as possible. Despite her unsettling attraction to Marchford, Pen declines his proposal, yearning for a marriage born of love rather than convenience. As it happens, she and the duke's grandmother operate a secret matchmaker service, and she unenthusiastically agrees to help Marchford find a bride. Alongside the duo's tender game of cat-and-mouse there are delicious distractions such as murder, international intrigue, and, of course, Christmas a holiday whose customs Marchford ham-handedly adopts in order to woo the strong-willed and adorable Pen. Readers will delight in one of Forester's happiest offerings to date.
This was by far the best book out of the three in the series. It held my attention from beginning to end and I couldn't put it down. I definitely recommend this book.