The Bride Hunt (Wheeler Large Print Book Series) Hardcover – Large Print, 2 Aug 2004
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" A charming romp through 19th-century London."
--"Publishers Weekly "
"A charming romp through 19th-century London."
"An accomplished storyteller . . . rare and wonderful."--Los Angeles "Daily News" --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Hailed for her captivating blend of romance and sensuality, New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather has enchanted readers and critics alike. In this second book in her dazzling new trilogy, Constance, Prudence, and Chastity Duncan, London's most charming young matchmakers, are faced with a ruinous lawsuit--and it's up to the brainy, beautiful middle sister to extricate them.No sooner had the Duncan sisters' Personals service turned a profit than their controversial newspaper, The Mayfair Lady, offended a powerful earl--who is now determined to ruin them with a lawsuit. In dire need of counsel, the women turn to England's most-sought-after young barrister.Sir Gideon Malvern is notorious for his aggressive style--and his love of a challenge. Spirited Prudence, with her beauty unsuccessfully hidden behind spectacles and frumpy clothes, provides him with exactly that. But how in the world will the Duncan sisters be able to afford Gideon's fee? Prudence proposes a barter: Gideon defends their case; they find him a bride. It's an exchange of services even this most cynical, single barrister can't refuse. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›