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  • Mass Market Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell; Reprint edition (7 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055358619X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553586190
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The Mayfair Ladies are under attack from an Earl who cites their magazine for libelous damage to his reputation. Convinced of their own just cause Prudence, Chastity and Constance Duncan employ all of their resources to hire the finest legal counsel in town, Sir Gideon Malvern.

Prudence is elected spokesperson for the three sisters and as such must tackle Gideon. Unable to pay him she offers a compromise - they win the case and she will find him a bride.

The novel itself is part of a trilogy, having not read either of its partners I can't comment on how this compares - I chose it because I liked the sound of the heroine. Prudence is strong, dashing and intelligent; all unusual characteristics for the genre. One of the most important things I felt that Feather did with Prue was to construct a character that bucked the trend. Essentially she is a bluestocking but there's an element of power about her that is well construed.

Setting the novel in the Edwardian era was a success - in doing this the author escapes the constrictions of the Victorians and the tweeness of the Regency period. It is also a period not much seen in Romance novels and therefore very refreshing to read about. Gideon, the hero, is the libel lawyer that Prue and her sisters have hired to defend them and their magazine after they are accused of writing falsehoods about a peer of the realm. Again the Edwardian setting plays a role in the success of his character, he is a divorced, single father who is highly successful in his profession. A self made man that we would rarely see in other period of history.

However, the few likeable things that I have listed above are far outweighed by the negative points.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 10 July 2004
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I truly enjoyed the first in this series - "The Bachelor Hunt", the story of the Duncan sisters and their practical approach to love, romance and marriage. But this one was even better.
The sisters are trying to hold their family out of poverty by running a matchmaking service in 19th London, while producing a strongly suffragist scandal sheet called "The Mayfair Lady". Sister Prudence must retain Sir Gideon Malvern when the paper is sued for libel. Of course Gideon and Prudence immediately set sparks off each other, but he feels his romantic suit will come to cropper because the civil suit is hopeless. Prudence cannot pay his solicitor's fees, so she talked Gideon in to accept the matchmaking services instead. Of course, romance will ensue!
It's amusing, witty and utterly delightful. Refreshing period for hitorical romance going against the long (and ridiculous) thought that this more "modern" historical turns off readers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2nd in the series is even more delightful 10 April 2004
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I truly enjoyed the first in this series - "The Bachelor Hunt", the story of the Duncan sisters and their practical approach to love, romance and marriage. But this one was even better.
The sisters are trying to hold their family out of poverty by running a matchmaking service in 19th London, while producing a strongly suffragist scandal sheet called "The Mayfair Lady". Sister Prudence must retain Sir Gideon Malvern when the paper is sued for libel. Of course Gideon and Prudence immediately set sparks off each other, but he feels his romantic suit will come to cropper because the civil suit is hopeless. Prudence cannot pay his solicitor's fees, so she talked Gideon in to accept the matchmaking services instead. Of course, romance will ensue!
It's amusing, witty and utterly delightful. Refreshing period for hitorical romance going against the long (and ridiculous) thought that this more "modern" historical turns off readers.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fine who-done-it 2 Mar 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While their oldest sister Lady Constance is on her honeymoon, Siblings Prudence and Chastity Duncan continue to publish The Mayfair Lady. They do so to honor their deceased mother, founder of the paper, and to bring in money to cover their father's wastrel ways.
However, Falstaff, Harley and Greenwold law firm sues the anonymous owners of the Mayfair for defamation of character having slandered their client Earl of Barclay. Needing a barrister to defend them, Pru as the paper's business person, dresses to hide her beauty, visits attorney Gideon Malvern. He informs her she deserves the libel suit. Angry at his dismissal, Pru lashes out at Malvern, who sees the beauty and brains hidden behind the spinster garb. As the lawyer and the client fall in love, he tries to get the case tossed out without the court seeing any of the Duncan sisters, who cannot afford the scandal of being the authors of the Mayfair.
Like the first novel (see Con's tale, THE BACHELOR'S LIST) the second Mayfair sibling romance is a fun tale starring delightful assertive females walking a thin line. Malvern is a wonderful protagonist and the trio of females ganging up on aristocratic England is pleasure to follow. As their father becomes aware of the fiscal mess he caused, readers will gain immense pleasure from this charmer (in spite of the back stabbing abhorrent Barclay) and look forward to Chastity closing out the so far terrific trilogy.
Harriet Klausner
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Will the Real Jane Feather Stand Up? 17 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Has Ms. Feather become lazy? Is she trying to test her loyal fans to see if we will buy her books even if she makes no effort to write a good book? I have read every one of Ms. Feather's books and this trilogy is terrible. Where is the author who wrote Beloved Enemy one of the best romances I have ever read? I read The Bachelor List and started the Bride Hunt but couldn't get past the first few pages. The Duncan sisters are too unlikeable and the heros are 1 dimensional. How could Constance and Max from Bachelor List even like each other let alone fall in love. I can't overlook the dishonesty of the sisters who in today's world would be in jail for misrepresenting themselves as a charity! In the future I will be more wary of Ms. Feather's books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good and worth a read, but not the best (of the series or from Jane Feather) 12 July 2007
By J. P. - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read a good number of Jane Feather's books and this is not my favorite, though it is worth reading; if I had to do it over, I would have gotten it from the library and not bought it, since I don't think it will be on my reread shelf. It is the second in the Duncan Sisters Trilogy, but was actually the last one that I read; I don't remember what I thought about the first book, The Bachelor List, (I have ready a lot historical romances) but I greatly enjoyed the third, The Wedding Game.

Setting: England, 1906
Sensuality rating: 5 (a couple kissing scenes, one love scene, all were well-paced within the story and authentic)

PROS:
(1) The chemistry between the hero (Sir Gideon Malvern) and the heroine (Honorable Prudence Duncan) was good; their personalities clashed immediately, but it is fun to watch their relationship develop and I think they were a good pairing
(2) Constance, Prudence, and Chastity (the three Duncan sisters) are endearing and their affection for each other is always evident; they care for one another and for their father, and they really come across as three sisters whom you would enjoy being friends with
(3) Of course, the hero is important and I have to say I liked Gideon, despite his somewhat-authoritarian know-it-all attitude; he has a good heart, his relationship with his daughter is endearing, and seeing him vulnerable at times is irresistible!
(4) As mentioned above, Gideon has a daughter (9-year-old Sarah) who lives with him and not his ex-wife (remember, early 1900s so although divorce is not at all common, it's not completely unheard of); he comes off as a good father, he cares for Sarah greatly and doesn't have an oppressive view of women's roles (Sarah attends a very good school, her governess talks to her about women's suffrage, etc.).
(5) The Bride Hunt is a quick read and doesn't bog you down or grow tedious; the story is fast-paced, entertaining, and I became attached to the characters.

CONS:
First, there were NO major issues, but there's always something you can say, so ...
(1) The fact that the sisters keep Lord Duncan in the dark about the family finances annoys me: he's a grown man, so I really think they should tell him the truth, have him face facts, and not just try to stay one step ahead. We hear many times that this is what Lady Duncan would have done (their mother passed away) and would want them to do, but I was bothered.
(2) Also regarding Lord Duncan, I was annoyed he is shown to consistently support Lord Barclay. The story is that Lord Barclay has raped women working in his household and when they get pregnant he throws them out with nothing - if this were true, I doubt he is pleasant in all other ways, so how does Lord Duncan not see his "friend" is a horrible person? Also, how do the sisters not get annoyed that their father is friends with a rapist? This was inconsistent, and the only reason they were made to continue being friends was because it was necessary for the plot later on (can't say more).
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An unromantic courtroom drama 15 Mar 2004
By "gallina33" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jane Feather's second book of the Matchmaker's trilogy revolves around middle sister Prudence. The Mayfair Lady, the magazine published by the sisters, faces a lawsuit brought on by their father's friend the Earl of Barclay. Constance, Prudence and Chastity loose no time finding a barrister to defend them in court, they set their sights on Sir Gideon Malvern, who is supposed to be one of the best lawyers in London. Gideon finds himself intrigued by middle sister Pru, and when she offers to find him a bride as part of his fees, he decides to take the case.
While the book was well written, Feather never managed to give Gideon any depth as a character. Little was said about his past, and while reading about his clashes with Prudence was fun, there was little romance involved. Feather manages to wonderfuly recreate the period, yet the novel reads more like a Grisham book than an historical romance. If you are looking for a warm romantic story, "The Bride Hunt" is not for you. I can't say I did not like the book, but it surely wasn't what I expect from a romance.
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