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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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,356,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" A charming romp through 19th-century London."
--"Publishers Weekly "

"A charming romp through 19th-century London."
--"Publishers Weekly"

"An accomplished storyteller . . . rare and wonderful."--Los Angeles "Daily News"

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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.

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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, intriguing and wonderfully uplifting book 27 Feb. 2015
By Valerie R. Macaluso - Published on
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Prudence and Chastity Duncan continue to publish The Mayfair Lady, while Lady Constance is on honeymoon. Lady Constance wrote a scandalous article on Earl of Barclay, who is a despicable earl, who believe he is above all. The catch is Earl of Barclay is a bosom buddy to their father, who does not want to acknowledge the family's downturn.
Prudence needs to find a lawyer to defend Mayfair Paper against the Earl's suit. Attorney Gideon Malvern wants to dismiss the case, but Pru chooses to a stubborn and interesting woman and her case finally catches his eye.
They barter and discover that there is more to the deal.
The closing is awakening of a father's and attorney's eyes. A woman who can learn to open up her vision.
It was delightful to see sisters who stick together and how events evolve.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good and worth a read, but not the best (of the series or from Jane Feather) 12 July 2007
By J. P. - Published on
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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)

(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.

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).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gideon and Prudence-SPOILERS 31 May 2004
By Amanda A. Brooks - Published on
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Favorite scene with Prudence-
Going through her dad's private stuff at the bank to find evidence.
Favorite scene with Gideon-
When Prudence returns to his chambers to confront him for his attitude towards her
and the case.
Their first dinner together at the supper club.
What did you like about Prudence-
Her stubborness and strength. Her smarts. She was the logical one. She dug deep
to help her father.
What didn't you like about Prudence-
Expected Gideon to make his ex feel welcomed. Why would she want him to treat
her with kindness after she left him?
What did you like about Gideon-
Falling for Prudence. He was a brilliant lawyer.
What didn't you like about Gideon-
I didn't like that he didn't like talking about certain things and shut Prudence out.
Things seemed to be only on his terms.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Will the Real Jane Feather Stand Up? 17 April 2004
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars CAPTIVATING 5 Nov. 2012
By dulcinea0704 - Published on
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I have read all three in this triology (I love sequels)... This one was my favorite in the set but only because the secondary story was so very captivating! I couldn't wait to see what the outcome would be!! GREAT JOB!!
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