As a young woman, clever, self-reliant Lydia Templeton scandalised society by rejecting Lewis Durrant, the county's most eligible bachelor.
Ten years later, Lydia has no regrets and, having concluded that matters of the heart need no longer trouble her, she is quite happy to remain unwed. But others still seek Lydia's advice on their love lives, and when her godmother implores her to take her young ward Phoebe's search for a suitor in hand, it's hard to refuse.
In truth, the prospect fills Lydia with horror (especially as she must go to Bath of all places to do it), but poor Phoebe, having managed to promise herself to two men at once, rather needs her help.
However, finding a solution to Phoebe's dilemma proves far trickier than anyone imagined.
As affairs become increasingly tangled, Phoebe more muddled and Lydia's exasperation grows, the confirmed spinster finds that her own heart is not quite the closed book she thought it was...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 07/02/2008
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780755307692
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Review by wyvernfriend
Quite a fun read, good but not spectacular and at times it felt like he was trying too hard to be Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer. Though I was actually surprised to find that the author was male.To the fore is the character of Lydia Templeton. She's quite fun, independent and says what's on her mind. Several years ago she rejected Lewis Durrant and now finds herself accompanying another woman in a quest for a marriage for her. One of the problems is that Lewis has put himself back on the marriage market.It's fun but nothing exceptional. I do intend to read more by this author though, the characters were fun and enjoyable but there were times that it was a little too self-referential.